Advent Devotional: Saturday, December 8

Dianne Stillwell

First Week of Advent: Hope
Saturday, December 8, 2012

God’s Time

"Every word I’ve spoken to you will come true on time- God’s time." Luke 1: 20b (The Message)

Zachariah, an older priest; Elizabeth, his barren wife; together they lived honorably before God, careful in keeping to the ways of the commandments. As Zachariah was carrying out his priestly duties in the sanctuary of God, an angel of God appeared near the altar. Zachariah was afraid!
Gabriel: “Don’t be afraid. Your prayer has been heard. Your wife will bear a son! You are to name him John. Many will delight in his birth. He will achieve greatness with God. He will get the people ready for God.”

Advent Devotional: Friday, December 7

Justin Johnson

First Week of Advent: Hope
Friday, December 7, 2012

Hope for what He will bring us.

Over a year ago, as I began my senior year, a realization hit me that I had been ignoring throughout college; I was about to graduate. However, throughout that fall semester I continued to ignore this inevitable occurrence for fear of what that might bring. Beginning my final spring semester, it had become apparent that I could no longer deny this fact and knew I had serious decision making to do. I talked with individuals in fields that interested me and even shadowed some professionals but was still unsure exactly what I wanted to do. There was one Man who I had failed to ask for advice…

Advent Devotional: Thursday, December 6

Melodee Quinn

First Week of Advent: Hope       
Thursday, December  6, 2012

When I think of “Hope” I have to say “What in the world would we do without it?”  I personally can’t imagine how people can go through difficult situations without hope.
God’s promise of hope is what has gotten me through the most difficult times of my life.  When we are going through the tough times it is our human nature to say, “Why me?  Why now?  I don’t understand why?
Thank God that He sees and knows our future and sees the whole big picture!  We only are a small piece of the puzzle.

Advent Devotional: Wednesday, December 5

Jolene Hutchinson

First Week of Advent: Hope
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

And thou shalt be secure because there is hope.  Job 11:8a

After the death of our sweet daughter, Ann, and our precious little grandson, Paxton, I felt hopeless.
How could we get through the holidays?  How could we get through the rest of our lives without them?  Who would help us when we were older?  In time, these questions faded.  Life became normal again – not the same normal as before.  But through hope we found a “new normal”.   

Advent Devotional: Tuesday, December 4

Garnett Slone

First Week of Advent: Hope
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

What is it, anyway?

Hope.  Is that the same thing as wishful thinking?  No way!  
Oh, but “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” (Hebrews 11:1 KJV) Isn’t that the same thing as wishful thinking?  No way!  Then, please explain the difference.

Gladly!  Wishful thinking is what we would like to have but have no way of being sure we will get it.  For example, when I was a child, I hoped Santa would bring me a bicycle for Christmas.  However, when I got up on Christmas morning and looked for it, it simply was not there – nor was it hidden somewhere for me to find.  Hope on the other hand is backed up by a promise so sure that what we hope for might as well be ours already.  Hope is based on what God promises us, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV)

Advent Devotional: Monday, December 3

Geri Wells

First Week of  Advent: Hope
Monday, December 3, 2012

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:10-12

We have all expressed hope for something.  I hope to get a bicycle for Christmas; I hope that appliance goes on sale, etc.  Could that be described as a wish also?  To me, hope, based on Christ’ Promise is much more.

Hope is defined as a noun or a verb:
n. …the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope.
    …something that is hoped for: Her forgiveness is my constant hope.

v. … to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
    …to believe, desire, or trust: I hope that my work will be satisfactory.

Advent Devotional: Sunday, December 2

Stacie Herron

First Week of Advent: Hope       
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Light the Candle of Hope

“We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.”  Psalm 33:20

Hope.  Regardless of our age, it’s a word that is used frequently throughout our daily lives.  Children wish for their favorite foods, being picked first on a team, and staying up later than their bedtimes.  As adults, most of us have hoped for superficial things like a favorite sports team’s win, a short line at the grocery store, and material things.  The way we typically use the word hope is just wishful thinking.