Saturday, October 24, 2015

31 Days of Hope - October 24

If I go up to the heavens, you are there; 
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
Psalms 139:8

What a difference a day makes! Isn't there a song by that name? Yes, but I digress. 

Yesterday, I was feeling quite low, as you all know, but was encouraged by my son. Then this morning, I received a beautiful message from someone and it encouraged me so much! Sometimes people can send a message or an email and it's like being lifted high on the mountain. I have received several such messages this week and I truly feel that the Lord is encouraging me in an area of my life and giving me great HOPE as only He can do! 

The lovely thing is, it is as the Scripture says...whether I am on that mountain top or in those depths, God is there. He is watching, listening, and giving encouragement not only through His Scriptures but through other people. I am so grateful that God cared enough to give me these nuggets of HOPE and so thankful to those who took the time to share these nuggets. They could have decided it was too much trouble to email or message me, but they didn't. They took the time to listen to God's nudge and share HOPE with me. I am blessed!

One of these very nice things that happened to me was winning this!

Aren't they lovely? I had entered a giveaway by Kregel Publications and was so thrilled to win! This coloring book is full of gorgeous pictures, including Scriptures, and it's just amazing! This is a new favorite thing for me to do - color. Actually, it's not new at all. I remember coloring in high school and in my early years of marriage. It's so fun and such a stress reliever! I love that there are so many beautiful coloring books available these days! This is one of the most beautiful I've seen, though. Here's a picture of some inside pages.

Isn't this the cutest thing? And yes, tea is always a good idea, in my humble opinion! ;) I can't wait to start coloring in this beautiful book and will share some of the pages as I do. Many thanks to Kregel Publications for giving me this beautiful book and all those wonderful pencils!

Even coloring these pages with Scriptures will bring HOPE because it will keep me focused on God's Word! You sit and color these pages, look at the Scripture and meditate on it. There's something about the process of coloring and meditating that helps me to really put these Scriptures in my heart. I HOPE this makes sense because I really encourage you to try this wonderful pastime.

I HOPE that God is sending you special thoughts, Scriptures and messages from others that will encourage you and give you HOPE! I also HOPE that you will think of some people in your life that could use some encouragement and HOPE and be the messenger that brings it to them. A card in the mail, a text message or an email can really brighten someone's day and bring them HOPE from God!

Blessings - Julie


  1. :D What a nice coloring set!
    I have been trying to get through to an online friend for a month. She pulls into depression and it is hard to remind her of hope.


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