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Sometimes, when I’m reading a month long series, I get lost. I’m getting a lot of information and I lose track of how it is all connected! So I’m pressing pause today, as the writer, and catching all of us up on the most important parts of the series. As it turned out, my theme got too long. Did I bite off more than I should have for this series? Probably, but I’m in the middle of it now. So I will finish it and pick up the pieces later.

Your feedback will help me know what to add more to and what to de-emphasize later. Well, your feedback along with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. But your feedback is invaluable!

This has been the theme of our series.

My underlying theme is this: You are not invisible, you are embraced by your heavenly Father. You can hope in Him just as many did in the past. He is also the Shepherd of your soul who will walk with you through all the days of your life until you pass into His presence for eternity.

So, in light of my too long theme, here is some review. We have touched on the problem of being/feeling invisible, marginalized. vs.the truth of who we truly are–embraced by our heavenly Father!

We have followed a number of women so far, who were embraced by their heavenly Father. Some were by Jesus (GOD in flesh) when He was here on earth: Woman with bleeding disorder, Samaritan woman. Others were in the Old Testament, but were just as embraced: Hannah, Queen Esther, Ruth.

Then, we have woven through, the concept of hope in GOD throughout many of the posts. The definition of Biblical hope for our purposes is:
Hope is confident expectation
based on the person and promises of GOD.

One link among many I could give, is from yesterday’s post about hoping in god.

This is what’s coming in the next two weeks.

Now, we are moving on to the Shepherding part of our series. We will spend much of this week there. So, if you needed to catch up, you are now. If you needed to be reoriented, you are, I hope. Then we will close out our series with the best part…eternity with Jesus!

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
    on those who hope in his steadfast love,
 that he may deliver their soul from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

 Our soul waits for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
 For our heart is glad in him,
    because we trust in his holy name.

 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in you.

 Psalm 33:18-22 ESV