In general, most people fit into one of two categories: the hopeless or the hopeful. The question then is how can a hopeful person become a prisoner of hope? Well, I’m so glad you asked.
Hence, the title — To the Prisoner of HOPE. Because some people may not realize they have become just that–a prisoner to their hopes.
Thus, before we go any further, let’s look at some definitions for ‘hope’ and ‘prisoner’ so that we are all on the same page. Hope means to look forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence. A prisoner is a person legally held in prison for the punishment of crimes committed. Also, a prisoner can be a person who feels confined or trapped by a situation or set of circumstances.
Happy New Year!!! We all can agree, 2020 was a doozy. The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world. Therefore, 2021 was a welcomed sight. A new year and a new beginning.
As a person of faith, I could not have made it through 2020 without prayer. Thus, praying is a major part of my daily life, because prayer is how I communicate with God.
If you are reading this blog post then you are alive; that is a blessing. You lived to see a new year. And no matter how you got here; you are here. So, take this opportunity to begin again. But I would suggest you start 2021 with prayer because prayer is simply conversing with God. No doubt, He wants to hear from you.
The holiday season is now among us. And 2020 is quickly coming to an end. Of course, it is always good to do some reflection before entering a new year. But what does it mean to let it go and receive God’s best? Well, I’m glad you asked. You see, it is always good to take some time for reflection.
So, before 2021 comes in, take a moment, and think about your life. When you see or hear the phrase ‘Let It Go,’ what comes to mind? Are there any mistakes or bad decisions you regret? Not only that, but have you found yourself unable to move forward because of them?
Besides that, are there people who tend to always seem to remember those errors of judgment you would like to forget? Well, whether others refuse to let go of your past missteps — it is time for you to let it go and get ready to receive God’s best.
When New Year’s Day 2020 came in, the resolutions began and planners made their plans for the year. Some people already had dates in 2020 scheduled well before 2019 came to an end. Most people in America had no idea that in March 2020 everything would come to a screeching halt. Because COVID-19 changed life as the world knew it. So, with all that is happening daily, there are those who are searching for peace in stressful times.
One can’t even begin to discuss a safe place to lay your heart without first discussing trust. Trust plays an essential role in our decision making. According to Dictionary.com trust means to rely on the integrity of a person or thing. For instance, have you ever given anyone the benefit of the doubt? Of course, we all have. And did you later regret it? Yep, been there too.
Well, according to Dr. Phil, we owe no one the benefit of the doubt. He said humans are the only species to sense danger and run headfirst into it. That includes various aspects of life. But, all other species trust their instincts and run in the opposite direction of danger. In other words, as humans, some of us trust too easily when we must be mindful in whom we place our trust at all times.
Have you ever thought about where you will spend eternity? Of course, there are those who do not believe there is life after death. They deny the concept of one going to either heaven or hell at the moment of death. And you know what—that’s their right to do so. But to those of you who are the least bit curious, this podcast episode is for you because—eternity awaits.
Generally speaking, there are three main religions that believe ineternal life. And those religions are Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. When looking at it from a Christian perspective, the Holy Bible is very clear about eternal life.John 17:3 Modern English Version says, “This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.”
And John 3:16 Modern English Version says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
To begin with, I pose this question. Have you ever wondered what people say about you when you’re not around? Generally speaking, most people have heard the saying, “I wish I could have been a fly on the wall.” Of course, only long enough to see and hear how people feel about you. So, who do people say you are? Are their perceptions of you formed from a personal relationship with you? Or are they formed based on the opinions of others whether true or false?
In general, most people agree that America has come a long way since the Civil Rights Movement. We’ve had a black president for goodness sakes. For that reason, many of our white brothers and sisters don’t think racism exists anymore. But black people face some form of racism on a daily basis. Now, you may wonder, what does the ‘heart of man’ have to do with racism in America? Well, the ‘heart of man,’ correlates with one’s beliefs about other ethnicities and cultures. But first, let’s look at the definition of racism so that we are all on the same page.
Generally speaking, a promise is a promise is a promise. Most people agree with that statement. Merriam-Webster defines the word promise as follows. A promise is a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified. It is also legally binding. Now, The Word of God as written in the Holy Bible is filled with promises from God. The question for some people is are those promises relevant today? Well, the answer to that question is yes. And not only that, but there are equal promises of God made readily available to those who would but receive.
In uncertain times, anxiety can cause some people to lose peace of mind. That’s why finding peace in uncertain times is so important. For instance, in January 2020 we wouldn’t have expected that by March our way of life would change.
In a matter of a few months, COVID-19 has made its mark on countries around the world. And as a result, families have experienced devastating losses. Such as the loss of a family member, a business, a job, or finances.
Naturally, people are anxious about the future. And for that reason alone, anxiety can void one of his or her peace. Hence, the topic of discussion–Finding Peace in Uncertain Times.