Since I was involved in a month-long trial, which ended on Feb. 23, my daughter, Julia Anne Beasley, volunteered to write this part of the report for me this month. Julie, a dedicated Christian, walks the walk daily. She is an outstanding lawyer and a successful cutter. For the uninformed, that means Julie competes around the country in “cutting horse” competition. I will set out Julie’s contribution for this issue below:
I find that certain Bible verses help me deal with my work each day. It’s good to keep scriptures with you at all times. I will discuss two verses that are good companions.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
I like to also read this verse in the Amplified Bible—May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.
It is such a good reminder that God is our hope and the only source of our true peace and real joy. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we can believe and have faith in Him. I think we all want to have that kind of hope—that would overflow and bubble over…no matter what else is going on in our lives.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
This verse in the Amplified Bible is also wonderful. A bold statement, that there is nothing to fear because God is with us. We are faced with so many fears in life, but God promises to give us strength and to hold us up as we face that is such an assurance that we can trust God to stop fear in its tracks before it takes a hold of us.
I believe God wants us to experience more peace and real hope in our lives. So often, we allow fear to creep into our minds and it can prevent us from experiencing what God intends for us. It is so easy to get anxious about events or people or out-comes. I pray we ask God to help us be aware of that fear tactic of the enemy. May hope fill the place where fear wants to linger. Then, we can allow God’s joy and peace (that we cannot create ourselves) to sink in deep within our minds, our hearts and our spirit. God wants us to truly experience that type of faith—to believe that He is our strength at all times…and watch as real joy shows up and overflows (in spite of and in the midst of our situation).
Julie’s message is one that all young lawyers need to hear. It will help them—actually all of us—to deal with the activities of daily living. I am very proud of Julie and blessed to have her as my daughter.
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