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January 7, 2019
Genesis 21:5-6
Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.  Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 
New International Version (NIV)
               Have you deferred your hopes?  Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick . . .”  Abraham and Sarah must have deferred hope so many times.  Even as people of faith, the thought of ever having children was laughable.  Their age had long since prevented the possibility.

                Right on God’s standard time, he kept his promise to Abraham and Sarah.  Late in life, they bounced a baby boy on their knees.  What do you name a miracle child?  They named him Isaac, which means laughter.  They had laughed at the thought, but God made them laugh with joy.  Those who laughed at them, now laughed with them.

                What hope have you deferred?  What if you pulled it off the shelf and prayed about it again?  Nothing is too hard for God.  As we hope in him again, he may heal our hearts.  God may yet have the last laugh in our lives.  Wouldn’t that be good?  It would!

Pray with me:  
Father, we thank you for the gift of children and the gift of laughter.  All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above.  So we give thanks to you, thanks to you, for your goodness and your love.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.      
This year our Every Day with Jesus readings will follow The Bible Project Read Scripture Plan.  Copies of this reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download 
the app at readscripture.org.  Read through the Bible with us in 2019!
Joyfully, 
Duane 

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