We ended our service today with one of my favorite songs by Chris Tomlin: I Will Rise. It echoes the truth of my life-scripture:

. . . But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31, NIV).

Isaiah 40, written when the people were in captivity, reminds us to not be controlled by the pressures and problems of this world but to intentionally focus on God. There’s such an incredible inspiration in the words of the prophet Isaiah, telling the people to not lose hope, but rather to experience the power of putting their hope in God.

In other words, there’s no defeat for those who hope in the Lord. God empowers us to move beyond the stuff, renewing our strength to rise on wings like eagles, to run and not grow weary, to walk and not be faint. At the end of the day, when we surrender it all, we receive new breath, new hope, new confidence, and new gratefulness as our souls are revived in Christ.

The thing is . . . the weight of the world does not rest on us . . . but on God, who gives us the ability to rise, to live beyond the stuff that belongs in the grave, to experience a hope that transforms us, making us into a new creation.

Day 5 of 40-days of Intentional Gratefulness: Rise, giving thanks for hope which renews and gives strength beyond all the stuff.

Learning to Kickstart each day with gratefulness,


(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

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