THEREFORE HAVE I HOPE                                                                                                           Andy Hollifield 1-19-19

Lamentations 3:20-21 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. (21) This I recall to mind, therefore have I hope.

What gives you hope? What can you remember that God has done in your past that gives you confidence that he will meet your needs in the future. I know most of us can quote some scripture about hope. I am not talking about scripture, I am talking about events in your life. Jeremiah was remembering the hard times but come to a conclusion in verse 22-23. Jeremiah had been through enough to know what God’s power could do. As he remembered those times in his life, he also remembered something else; the Lords mercies and compassions. What gave him hope was “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (23) They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Don’t you just love those verses? Because of his compassions and mercies. Not reheated blessings new ones all the time.

What actually got me to thinking about this was some events in my life that were characterized by God’s mercies and compassions. Just like Jeremiah, as I think about them I am humbled that God would allow me to be a small part of such great blessings. It was one year and ten days ago today that Little Sam came into our lives and nothing has been the same since. I have a better understanding of adoption because now I can see how it is possible to love someone so much that you aren’t even related to. I know I wrote about Sam back in December, but you might say I am a proud grandpa. And just think, God allowed me to try to help his momma through a hard time in her life, but I was the one that received the greatest blessing.

Now, as of Sunday, Yaudy will be due to have her baby boy. Her name is pronounced as a “J”but spelled with a “Y.” The Super Blood Moon will occur on January 20th to the 21st. It will be a total lunar eclipse. I know that babies are often born during full or new moons. We are just anxiously awaiting his arrival which could very likely be this weekend. My point in all of this is that once was wonderful and now God has blessed me by letting me be involved in an almost identical situation to start off this year. This time, the baby will be living about three and a half miles away. Papa Andy will have easy access to spoil this little feller tee totally rotten.

This post isn’t really about the new baby or Sam or even Jeremiah. It is about experiences God has let me be a part of that give me hope. Even in situations that come up in life that have nothing to do with these births, after having seen God fix situations involving these two young ladies, I can’t help but have hope. Because I can look back and see God’s hand in both of these situations, I have hope. I have hope that no matter how rough things might be or what may come up, because of what I have seen God do, therefore have I hope. I am just humbled that God has blessed me to see some of the great things he has done in my life and let me be a small part of it. What can you remember and be humbled by? Is it the mercies and compassions of God that fail not. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

Please keep Yaudy and the baby in your prayers. Thank you.


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