The End of Our Journey and a Giveaway! {Abounding Hope :: Week 13}

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It’s the last week of the Winter HelloMornings challenge, and we’re almost to the end of our time in the Abounding Hope Bible study. Thanks for taking this journey with us! As a result of studying the scriptures, our prayer for you is that you now believe — with greater conviction — that through Christ we can have hope even amidst the most difficult circumstances.   He is faithful, ladies! So let us hold fast to Him, the source of abounding hope. (Psst…if you have enjoyed the Abounding Hope study, will you take a moment to leave a review on Amazon? We would appreciate your support!…

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God’s Love is Immeasurable {Abounding Hope :: Week 12}

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I’ve never experienced quite the harsh circumstances that Job or Joseph did. And even though none of us may have experienced the extremes they did, I know some of you have come close. And then there are those of you like me who wonder if your life testimony has any worth or story to it, because from the outside looking in, it looks like a simple, easy life with little difficulty. Overcoming the conflict is what makes the story good, interesting, maybe even valuable, right? But in the midst of our stories, there is an unseen character. This character is…

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How to Battle Our Fears {Abounding Hope :: Week 11}

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  I’ve struggled with fear since at least 8 years of age. I used to run down the darkened stairs as quick as possible as if fleeing from an unseen monster into the bright, safe light of the occupied living in my parents’ house. My logical reasoning told me nothing was there, but fear originated in my heart and spread into a flight response in my limbs. Now, with a son with a degenerative heart condition, severe speech delay, and many more special needs, fear all too easily soaks my heart. But, we’ve read through Job’s story and Joseph’s story…

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Joseph’s Hope in Our Sovereign Lord {Abounding Hope :: Week 10}

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I don’t know about you, but I love the story of Joseph. It has all of the elements of a modern day box-office hit…desire, deception, disaster…not to mention a handsome leading man. But the story of Joseph is so much more than these things. At its heart, the story of Joseph is about trust. If we were to list all of the things that happened to Joseph from age 17 to 30, we might expect him to be a bitter, angry man. Joseph had been hated, sold into slavery, wrongfully accused, jailed, and forgotten. Can’t you imagine someone in this…

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Joseph Confesses Hope {Abounding Hope :: Week 9}

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By Tereasa Mansfield Ladies, you are going to love week nine! There is so much meat in these scriptures. In fact, I found a lot to chew on in one short sentence. I better set the stage so we can partake together. Joseph Faces His Past Joseph’s brothers knelt before him and it all came flooding back. They had come for grain during the famine and did not realize who he was. His dreams, like his homeland, had become a faded memory and now they were coming true. Hope abounded, yet overwhelmed him.  By the names of his sons, Manasseh…

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Trials are Temporary {Abounding Hope :: Week 8}

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by Heather MacFadyen Trials will come. You know it. I know it. Perhaps you’ve had your own “Job-like” season recently. Kids continually sick, your husband’s work more demanding, a cancer diagnosis, or a strained friendship. My entire 2012 felt very “Job-like”…house robbery, broken foot, isolation from friends due to the birth of a 4th child, husband’s demanding work schedule. But you know what? 2013 has been a different story. Hope has been restored. Joy and life have returned to our home. What last week’s lesson on Job reminded me is trials are temporary. Goodness can be restored. Job lost all…

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Defining Blessings {Abounding Hope Bonus Study}

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by Lara and Katie One sign of a good Bible-study-er is reaching the point where your time in God’s Word perplexes you. Last week we read that Job’s friends angered God with their poor theology. Specifically, they assumed Job had sinned because of his suffering. They thought God was punishing Job for something he had done. Which wasn’t true. God does discipline His children when we sin. But we can’t assume discipline when we see difficulty. Similarly, we have to be careful not to make the mistake and say that obedience will bring me a happy, trouble-free, “blessing-filled” life. Obedience does…

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Going from fear-based to faithful obedience. {Abounding Hope :: Week 7}

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By Tammie Gitt We’re starting the second half of our study! This week, we see Job’s fortunes not only restored but also multiplied exponentially because of his great obedience during his suffering, as well as his continuing faithfulness through the second half of his life. Obedience brings blessings. From the time Moses prepared the Israelites to enter the promised land to the words of Christ in his revelation to the apostle John, we are reminded that following the voice of God brings his favor. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added…

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The Turn Around {Abounding Hope :: Week 6}

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by Aubrey Barela Moving on to week 6 of our Abounding Hope study, friends! Are you into this as much I am? I sure hope so. I mean this is getting good! Last week God kind of put Job in his place by challenging him with understanding the creation of the Universe and the understanding of justice and power. Basically, I feel like God was saying, “Don’t mess.” Ouch. Has God ever so mercifully put you in your place when you think you know it all and then all of the sudden you realize just how small you are? I…

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How Hope Can Arise {Abounding Hope :: Week 5}

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 By Laura Luyt We know that as long as we are in this life, there will be hard times. All through last week, I found myself singing about hard times—asking for them to come again no more. My 12-week-old stirs each time I lay him down to try to write, my other two little boys happily engage in scream dancing. I trip over things waiting to be organized. We moved to this house, this island, a mere four months ago. I labored for six days amidst boxes and chaos and our families thousands of miles away. New home, new city, new…

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