Hope overflows

For the last few days my little boy has been working on a memory verse from Romans. Earlier this week we were on the way to soccer practice, and I asked him if he’d learned his verse yet.
“Not yet, Mama,” he answered. “I mean, I know a little bit.”
“Well, what do you know?”
“I know that it’s Romans 15:13. And I know it’s about hope. And that’s about it.”
While we were sitting at a stop light I grabbed my Bible, looked up the verse and read it out loud: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Alex was quiet for a few seconds, and then he said, “You know what, Mama? That last part is the best.”
“What part?”
“Overflowing with hope from the Holy Spirit, Mama. It’s the best part!”
And you know what? It really is.
“Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” – Romans 15:13, The Message


  1. says

    Sophie — Alex has it right… that last part is best!
    Romans 15:13 is a verse that I’ve cherished over the last few years. I love that this verse states ‘the God of hope’ and then I think of the song ‘Hope Now’ and the lyrics —
    Everything rides on hope now
    Everything rides on faith somehow
    When the world has broken me down
    Your love sets me free
    He IS the God of HOPE and I may we ALL overflow with HOPE that only comes from Him!

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