A Thrill of Hope for a Weary World


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Merry Christmas, my Friend! May your heart be filled the thrill of hope found in Jesus. Praying God's blessings for you today and through the year ahead.

Merry Christmas, my friends!

I’m praying God’s blessings for you today and through the year ahead. May your heart be filled the thrill of hope found in Jesus alone.

The Thrill of Hope

 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Father, I’m praying you will fill my friend with the thrill of hope. Fill them completely with joy and peace and bless their celebration. Amen.

Faith and Love

You have this faith and love because of your hope, and what you hope for is kept safe for you in heaven. You learned about this hope when you heard the message about the truth, the Good News. Colossians 1:5

Father, thank you for the gift of your Word. Your Good News to us gives and grows faith and reminds us of Your overwhelming love. Thank you for wanting Your children to know Your truth through the power of Your Holy Spirit. Bless my friend with growing faith and make them secure in the truth of Your love. Amen.

Jesus Our Hope

God decided to let His people know this rich and glorious secret which He has for all people. This secret is Christ Himself, who is in you. He is our only hope for glory. Colossians 1:27

Father, You didn’t keep the secret from Your people. Thank you! You gave the gift of Jesus and proclaimed His glory through angels, prophets, apostles, and followers. Give my friend hope and surround them with people who will remind them of the “secret” when they lose their way. Amen.

Courage and Strength

May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father encourage you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. God loved us, and through His grace He gave us a good hope and encouragement that continues forever. 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17

Father, I ask you to bless my friend with courage and strength. Every promise You’ve made is sure. Your plans are secure. Your forgiveness is complete. Your salvation is eternal. Your love is enough. Thank you for giving us everything we need in Jesus to be strong and courageous. Remind my friend of the hope they have in Your promises and give them Your peace through bold faith. Amen. 

Grace, Mercy, Truth, and Love

Grace, mercy, and peace which come from God the Father, and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love. 2 John 1:3

Father, please bless my friend’s family with your grace, mercy, and peace. Fill their home with the light of Your love. Bless their celebration of Jesus’ birth and meet every need today and throughout the year ahead. Give them a love for Your Word and bless them with Your presence. Amen.

Merry Christmas

My friends, I am so very thankful for you. I count you among my most precious blessings. Thank you for pouring yourselves into this space through your comments and prayers.

May your days be filled with faith, hope, and God’s love.

Merry Christmas, my Friend! May your heart be filled the thrill of hope found in Jesus. Praying God's blessings for you today and through the year ahead.


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  1. And of all the “thrills” this weary world seeks, the one most needed is hope. Thanks for being a fountain of hope in this space, Deb!

  2. Merry Christmas Deb! Love that you equated the gift of Jesus with a “thrill.” Makes me think of how we should be giddy with a child-like faith this Christmas! xoxo

  3. These prayers are a blessing to me, Deb. Thank you for sharing your joyful, gracious heart on this blog, and Merry Christmas to you!

  4. Hope is everything! We know and believe that our God is sovereign over all and that is what keeps us pushing forward.
    Have a blessed Christmas Deb.

  5. Mary Flaherty says:

    Thank you, Deb! Have a blessed Christmas.

  6. Thank you, Deb, with filling us here with the thrill of hope!
    Wishing you and yours the best Christmas ever!

  7. Thank you Deb for this message of hope! Have a blessed Christmas!

  8. Merry Christmas Deb and to all, and keep counting your blessings in 2017!

    Celebrating that God came for us, Happy Birthday Jesus!

  9. Deb,
    Thank you so much for featuring my post from last week (and thanks to Sherry Stahl who alerted me to it)! Thank you for offering this space to us to connect and be encouraged. Much love and bountiful blessings to you in 2017! xo

  10. Deb,
    Praying the thrill of Christ fills your Christmas with excitement and peace all at the same time. Something only Christ can do!
    ~Sherry Stahl

  11. Hi Deb, I’m just popping in to wish you and Rev a very merry Christmas and a joy-filled New Year. Thank you for being such a blessing to me this year.
    Love, hugs and sparkles.

  12. Thank you for these incredible bible verses and prayers of encouragement Deb. They are much needed for me this weekend as this has been a most unusual week leading up to Christmas. I am committed to keeping my eyes on Jesus. Thank you again for sharing these words today. I hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season.

  13. Thank you so much for sharing a link to my post, Deb! What a lovely surprise. I love sharing about books (which isn’t surprising, I suppose, since my latest post is the can’t-miss books coming in 2017). I hope many of your readers will find encouragement from the words you linked. Thank you!

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