Jasmine's Place Issue No. 20 - Christmas 2017 - Page 10

For a long while I had experienced an angst in my heart regarding my life, my gifts and calling. There was something more I felt, that I had been created for. I took this matter to prayer... I can remember saying hundreds of times, "Lord, I know there is more You have created me for, but I don't know exactly what it is!" I was fully convinced this yearning for something more had been placed in my heart by God. It was during this, that the Lord spoke that one word to me. Hope... So, began my "season" of learning about hope. I think the most important lesson I learned was how to correctly think and process things. The people closest to me know I tend to be very analytical, a "processor." All the issues of my life had to go through the rigors of my mental processes and be weighed and examined from all angles. It was exhausting. Maybe you can relateā€¦ What I had to learn was that for me, hope had to begin with His Omnipotent Perspective on Everything 10 JASMINE'S PLACE H.O.P.E. I learned when I applied His omnipotent perspective to my situation, desires, and even my angst, I could really tap into the mind of Christ! I learned how to apply His ways as a filter to whatever was going on. Let me just tell you - that was so liberating! You see, His perspective is always hope-filled because He is omnipotent, all-powerful, supreme, almighty. He is power over all circumstances, situations, emotions, you name it. I learned that if I abide in Him, things will always work out for the best...because His plans are designed to give all who are His, a future and... a Hope! From there, hope became my cherished life word because when I began to process things from the King's perspective, (which always has eternity in mind) there was no way to go back... It was sight received after years of blindness. It drew and continues to draw me closer to Him than I ever knew possible. An intimacy deepened, and a threshold was crossed, that transformed me and in some ways, set me apart. I found myself set apart from old affections, desires, and ways of life... Yes, even things of my earlier Christian life...