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Where has my hope been?

Posted by Dawn Dewey , 2/22/13

Psalms 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. 15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteous acts and of Your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is more than I know. 16 I will come in the strength and with the mighty acts of the Lord God; I will mention and praise Your righteousness, even Yours alone. 17 O God, You have taught me from my youth, and hitherto have I declared Your wondrous works. 18 Yes, even when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not, [but keep me alive] until I have declared Your mighty strength to [this] generation, and Your might and power to all that are to come. Even when I am old and gray-headed..WOW Lord did you really have to remind me about that this early in the morning... I tell my kids I am not gray-headed, but I have highlights of wisdom!...lol Pastor preached on HOPE the other night.. and ohhh how my pastor is used by God.. he really nailed my mental thoughts and emotions for the week and that day. My life has been in a whirlwind since ohhhh maybe May '12. That is when we (umm my husband) decided we were moving back to my home area..(this is another blog topic when God says its time..lol) A LOT of unfamiliar territory for me. Acts 27:20 just about sums up from then till now (in my mind). 20 And when neither sun nor stars were visible for many days and no small tempest kept raging about us, all hope of our being saved was finally abandoned. Gradually over this small time frame I have been losing hope... Hope in many different areas in my life. But in Acts 27 because of where Paul was standing (firm) he had not lost hope. I tried to write down many of the awesome points that Pastor made that night.. so some of these quotes are his.. but he said DO NOT LET GO OF THE EXPECTANCY OF RESCUE,CHANGE, AND GOOD THINGS TO HAPPEN. DON'T EVER LET CIRCUMSTANCES WEAR YOUR HOPE THIN! Circumstances are relentless!! I heard God replace Paul's name in Act 27:24 with mine "Do not be afraid Dawn!" vs 25 keep your Faith in God that it is going to turn out EXACTLY the way HE said! BUT I WILL HOPE CONTINUALLY, AND WILL PRAISE YOU YET MORE AND MORE!!!!! I WILL MENTION AND PRAISE YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS! It never ceases to amaze me how in every day life, talking(texting or emailing) and things we hear... how God uses EVERYTHING to speak to me to show me new things daily. vs 17... you have taught me in my youth... and I have declared your wondrous works... for those who don't know much about me... I was born and raised in the church.. I have been taught the word of God.. along this journey of life and the many circumstances that I allowed to get in my way...i have never doubted once that God's hand of protection was on me....I have learned a lot in the past ummm... years... hence the reason my highlights of wisdom are now gleaming through... (lol). One thing I have learned is that each time I share with someone else the goodness of God in my life personally ...that it is right on time in that persons life as well. It is an awesome cycle that I am praying will be a contagious one... If I HOPE continually, love & praise GOD more and more... if I tell others about the wonderful things HE has done in my life.. no matter how old I get ...keeping this "cycle" up... I will declare HIS mightiness to the generations to come. Isn't that what Isaiah 61:1 says..The Lord God’s spirit is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me.He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release for captives, and liberation for prisoners. God I just thank you and praise you for your word you have given to me re: where my hope has been. I worship and praise you God all the days of my life!