small pieces of joy

pieces of joy in each day

ponder no.2

on December 7, 2014

The background music: Christmas Piano Favorites from iTunes

The scent: Sage, Mandarin, and Eucalyptus votives from Yankee Candle

The place: My bed, books strewn about and my journal (there might be a pile of clothes too…)

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Here are some reflections and Bible verses I’ve been pondering lately. Take a moment and ponder with me.

The topic: hope

  • “The sufferings of the present time simply don’t compare to the glory to come that will be revealed to us.” –Romans 8:18
  • hope is “a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul” –Hebrews 6:19
  • “Oh Israel hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.” –Psalm 130:7
  • “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” –Romans 5: 3-5
  • “Trust God and he will help you, make straight your path and hope in him.” –Sirach 2:6
  • Let us learn to abandon ourselves to have total confidence in God, in the big things as in the small, with the simplicity of little children. –In Conversation With God Reflection
  • Hope keeps us moving forward when we’d just as soon give up–The Catholic Youth Bible reflection on Romans 8.
  • Life is something of a mixed bag. There are days of joy, when all seems complete and we are perfectly contented. Then there are days when we feel lost, confused about our purpose, and alone in facing our difficulties. We enjoy happy moments, and those of pain. All are a part of life. While embracing the fullness of this human experience, Paul reminds us that our hope is in something more. There is a longing deep within us–deep within all of creation–for another home. This present world, in all its beauty and wonder, cannot compare with the glory that awaits us in heaven.–The Catholic Youth Bible reflection on Romans 8
  • “Jesus asks for faith in his person, for the complete trust that opens our hearts to his saving and transforming power. Thus, asking for something with faith really means entrusting my needs and my hopes confidently to the One who loves me.” –John Janard, Magnificat Advent Companion

“May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy spirit.” –Romans 15:13

What have you been reading/pondering lately?

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