Do you sometimes feel beautiful GEMS like shaking your first and shouting out “Come on! Give me a break!” when one thing after another hits you, your family or someone close to you?  We are reminded daily whether in the news or in our own life circumstances that life can be hard.  I was having that kind of week, and the word that arose up in my heart was HOPE!  As I was reflecting on that word, the promises of what that word represents starting pouring out of my heart.

Hope for a new day tomorrow that can turn everything around, hope for a solution to your problem or an answer to your question that could be just around the corner, hope in a God who loves you just as you are and will never leave you or forsake you, hope in looking at the beauty around you to see that light does overcome darkness and we are that light, hope that our dreams and desires will indeed come to fruition, and hope that the strength already inside you will be used to shine out light and love to those around you who are also standing in need of Hope.

I pray today and always beautiful GEMS that hope floods over you from the top of your head to the soles of your feet.  I pray that as Hope strengthens you from the inside out, love overwhelms your heart so you realize just how valuable, amazing and loved your are, and that your faith increases and abounds in your circumstances knowing that you may not see it yet but breakthrough is just around the bend.   And that you cling to these three promises from God – hope, love, and faith – daily to help lift you up and over the humps days of life.

Hebrews 6:18-19 – God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.

Be blessed, be free, and shine on! #hopefaithlove #gemsmadetoshine #dontgiveup #youareloved!

~Leslie Kirby McElhaney

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