Unwrapping Hope

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. 
~Isaiah 11:1-2~
Without Christ we remain fallen, without hope.
It all started back in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Even ate from the Tree of Good and Evil. They fell from their relationship with God and the consequence was that they must die for their sin because they ate the fruit from that tree. God had told them ahead of time that eating the fruit from this particular tree was forbidden and had the consequence of death.
Not only were Adam and Eve without hope but their action left every single human being to be born after them without hope.
But God.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
~John 3:16~
God had a plan after all. A redemptive plan to save us from the terrible consequence of sin.
A new tree springs forth out of the small stem of Jesse. A family line of obscurity, and of the youngest son, Jesse, a King is born. God gave hope where no hope was expected.
Today, you and I, obscure, unimportant, forgotten, yet not forgotten by God, we have a hope springing up, watered by the Living Waters of the baby Jesus, the Branch who gives us grace through His precious  blood shed on another tree that gives eternal hope everlasting.
Today as we think of Advent, we think of the Coming of baby Jesus over 2000 years ago and yearn and wait expectantly for His triumphant Second Coming. His Return. Allow God to stir in you, His hope, His transformation of new life during this Season of expectancy.
How has God stirred hope in your heart and life?
You’ve just got to read this phenomenal story
of my band director and the song he continually
had in his heart to God be Praised!!
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Judith lives in the beautiful Pocono Mountains with the most amazing husband for the past thirty-five fleeting years. She has been blessed with seven wonderful children through birth, adoption, and tubal reversal. When her oldest was five, she quit her job on the night shift and homeschooled for over twenty-five years. God has taken the imperfections of her life and keeps turning them into something that can be used for His glory. She writes in her spare time over at WholeHearted Home to inspire and equip women for holy living with joyfilled hearts.


Unwrapping Hope — 2 Comments

  1. Hello dear Judith! It seems like it’s been forever since I have dropped in for a visit. It was such a delight to read your sweet comment on my blog and I pray you are doing well, dear friend. Christmas is just around the corner which is hard to believe, but very exciting.

    My husband and I are actually in the process of moving into a new home right now so for the last month and a half we have been quite busy and I have not had a lot of time on the computer.

    You are a blessing, sweet Judith! Enjoy the rest of your week. Hugs to you
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    • I really often think of you, Stephanie, I really do. Moving into a new home is exhausting but such a blessing!! Moving seems to be in the air as I have heard of a number of people who are moving. Thankfully we are not moving :-) as I am so happy with our home. We moved 6 years ago and that was quite the undertaking with 7 children. The amazing thing was how much they just took over and helped since they were between 12 and 24 at the time.

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