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The God of Hope

What do you do when bad news threatens to overwhelm you?

The spring my friend Yvonne heard that she had terminal cancer she was devastated.  “I won’t plant any flowers then,” she said. “I mean, what’s the point, I won’t see them bloom anyway.”

But sitting around and moping didn’t feel right either. One day she said to herself, “I was born with a death sentence—all of us are. But I’m not going to sit here and wait for it to happen. I want to live each day to the full. I will continue to grow flowers. If I don’t see them bloom, my neighbors will.”

And for seven more years, Yvonne’s yard looked like a flower garden. There were roses of exquisite colors, hanging baskets of petunias, beds of geraniums and impatiens.

What really helps my peace of mind is to cling to Bible verses that speak of God’s loving plan for our lives,” she said. Verses such as:

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:16 LAB).


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