That little mission in Wolcott I talked about yesterday was taken from a dump and exchanged for a place of worship. How? We knew God wanted us there and to do something in the process. This was God’s place and things needed changing. Volunteers were recruited and they cleaned, scrubbed and shoveled garbage. We laughed and shouted with joy at the retaking of holy ground. The people in the town watched and then came as well giving thanks for renewal.

But let’s be honest. There are at least two common attitudes that can push the hope of God out of our lives as believers. Watch out for these! They tend to be: “I’ll have to settle for less” and/or “I’ll have to get it myself!”

Just because we struggle, just because it takes longer than we want does not mean that we can’t have the hope, purpose and joy that God has promised us. But it does require some patience which translates to faith.  (You might want to read Hebrews 11:11).

Dear Father I feel pressured by a variety of problems today. So, I want to focus on You rather than the issues and ask that You watch over my church, and my family. You have promised and I will remind You of those promises today and by doing so can  relax knowing You have already answered. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

See you in church tomorrow!