Category Archives: Hope

Live According to God’s Purpose

Does change make you uncomfortable? Change is going to happen – we can depend on it. How will you respond? Fear of the unknown is often an anxiety riddled response. Whether you experience loneliness and pain or joy and comfort, we serve a God who never changes. (Hebrews 13:8) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In times of change, remember that our God is faithful.

In times of transition, when circumstances are changing, we can trust a sovereign and loving God to order all the events in our lives according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Every chapter of our life has its proper time ordained by God. We see this clearly in the book of Ecclesiastes. Each verse is matched with an opposite characteristic. We must accept God’s timetable or be broken by it. Through all the transitions and all the routine events of our lives, choose to Rest in Him.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born, And a time to die;

A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill, And a time to heal;
A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose;
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.

               *All Scriptures are taken from NKJV

Thank you, Lord, that you are the same every day. You have a plan for our lives. Help us to live according to your purpose. 

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Memories are Contained in the Storehouse of Your Heart

Do you ever wonder what Mary treasured in her heart – was it the memory of when the angels spoke to her, or the sweet memories of holding baby Jesus for the first time, or the sight of Jesus sleeping peacefully?

Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

… His Mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:51

God calls us to remember and to teach our children to put their confidence in God by remembering and sharing the good works of God. (Psalm 78:5-7).

God brought Moses and the children of Israel out of Egypt and then because of sin, they had to wander in the desert for 40 years. When God finally lead them into the Promised Land, He told each tribe to bring a stone from the Jordan and to build a stone tower. The Lord knew that their children would ask, “What do these stones mean?” They were to respond by sharing God’s faithfulness to bring them to the Promised Land. This monument served as a reminder to them and their future generations of what God has done. (Joshua 3 & 4).

We all have memories we treasure in our heart. There are times when God brings precious memories to mind. I am most grateful for these. When I question His plan or put my trust in worldly things, I often need to return to these treasures of my heart to remember God’s faithfulness to my family and me. God has given us the gift of our memories so we can return to those valuable thoughts when our lives begin to overwhelm us.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 6:19

Perhaps Mary remembered her treasured thoughts when Jesus was not welcome in his own hometown or even as he was being persecuted. Remembering her treasured thoughts provided her with the assurance that God was the same God who trusted her with the gift of being Jesus’ mother and that He could be trusted in all things.  (All Scripture verses are from the NIV). 

Thank you, Lord, for the treasured memories of your faithfulness.

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Where Have All the Mentors Gone?

women-mentoringWhen I was a young Christian and wondering what a new life in Christ would look like, a friend I had just met, volunteered to disciple me.

Each Friday night, a big bowl of popcorn sat between us as we opened our Bibles. I looked forward to our times together. I hungered for the truth and asked Diane, “What does God think about this, and what about that?”  She always went directly to the Bible to show me the answer from God’s Word.

It was between the pages of the Bible that she pointed out some of the women that God loved unconditionally. Women like Mary Magdalene, possessed by seven demons, but now delivered, healed and a follower of Jesus. Rahab, the harlot, who became a heroine of faith. They were two women transformed by God and later used in a mighty way. She shared the hope that God would transform me too as I followed Him.

Thirty-seven years later, she is still my best friend and mentor. She is a role model of how a Christian woman lives her life with all its trials and triumphs. Diane continues to have a great impact on my life, and she is surely one of my great blessings from God. Today our relationship is based on mutual caring and sharing.

Mentoring and discipleship are closely related. Discipleship is spiritual in nature. Mentoring is advising someone or teaching them a certain set of skills. Both are built on relationship building and a commitment to one another.

In the book of Ruth, we read about a beautiful relationship between two women. Ruth lifted Naomi’s spirits; Naomi guided Ruth. Each one was offering the other, the assurance of hope.

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Therefore comfort each other and edify one another,                         just as you also are doing.  (1Thessalonians 5:11 NKJV)

I have mentored girls coming out of sex trafficking and young girls needing someone to talk through situations of life. The need for mentoring is all around us. Will you seek the Lord to show you someone who needs mentoring or discipleship? It will be a most rewarding experience as you share His love with someone in need.  And who knows, you may just make a friend for life!

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Pray EasyThank you, Lord, for the relationship we have with you.

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Living in a Prison of Hope

"Let Your Hopes, Not Your Hurt, Shape Your Future" Robert H Schuller

“Let Your Hopes, Not Your Hurt, Shape Your Future” Robert H Schuller

I am secure when I lock myself in my prison of hope. Maybe you’re thinking that being a prisoner represents captivity and loss of freedom. In God, we are bound in believing the best is yet to come; victory is on its way. Allow yourself to be captured by and be filled with hope.

Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will  restore double to you. ~  Zechariah 9:12  

 

Biblical hope is a solid foundation. Hope is a confident and eager expectation of something good. God promises He will restore double what we have lost or had stolen from us. Are you ready to receive a double blessing?

As for me, I accept that I am a Prisoner of Hope – someone who God brought from a wounded victim in a biker gang war to an encounter with the hope and healing of God’s love.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,         for He who promised is faithful. ~ Hebrews 10:23

We know we will encounter life’s trials and tests.  But be assured, there is hope in the valley, there is deliverance at the end of the trial, there is joy in the journey. Whatever you may be facing today, open your heart to the one who is our hope. Rest in Him and His promise of eternal life. Nothing can separate you from His love for you!

When you do not see the answer to your prayers, your hope can become deferred. But, wait – hope deferred does not mean hope denied. f3252933eb4536a8fb5f574f35141d6f

So how do we guard our hearts against a hope deferred?

Our hope must be based on the unfailing, amazing love of God for us.                    1 John 4:19

Keep your eyes on Jesus and not on your circumstances.                             ~ Hebrews 12:2

God’s timing, is not your timing.                                                                                               ~2 Corinthians 6:2

God will work all things together for your good.                                               ~Romans 8:28

Know that we live in a sinful world and our plans may not come together in the way we envisioned them.                                                                                           ~Proverbs 16:9

In the meantime, renew your faith in the Lord. He is our Hope!

 

Thank you, Lord, for the hope, we have in you. May we live as a prisoner of hope. We know you are faithful to your promises.

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Once You Choose Hope Anything is Possible

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Looking at the statistics above, it seems likely that we all know someone (if not yourself) that has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Myself, I can testify to the difficult year I fought breast cancer. The endless tests, surgeries, and depleted energy were all a part of my journey of restoration. Today I can declare I am a survivor!

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Here are some attributes that you will want to hold close to your heart while you are going through your healing.

Love – Choose love over fear.  Love never fails. 1 John 4:16; We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Faith – Let your faith be bigger than your circumstances. Have faith in the goodness of God to provide hope for the future. Hebrews 12:2; Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Strength – While you are healing from the physical scars or the emotional scars that breast cancer brings, meditate on His promises. He is faithful. Isaiah 40:29;  “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength”

Hope – Hope looks forward. You will be able to break free from any fear and despair and receive healing and restoration. Psalm 39:7; “But now Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”

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Hold On Pain Ends – Whatever you are struggling with today, I encourage you to open your heart to the one who is our hope. The Lord is with you  –  be dependent on Him today. Rest in Him and His promise of eternal life. Nothing can separate you from His love for you. Once You Choose Hope Anything is Possible!

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Cultivate Compassion – God has great compassion towards you. Now put your compassion into action. There are many practical ways to help a woman that is suffering. You can lighten her load by preparing a meal, helping with the kids, running errands, and completing household chores. Your encouraging words and prayers will bring hope to the hurting.

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for your love and compassion towards me. Show me those who need my help and compassion.

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Do You Feel the Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence?

sheep-680217_640How do you look at other people’s lives? The above cliche characterizes a state of discontentment. So many people wait for the day when they will have a bigger house or a newer car, when they have lost weight, when they are out of debt or have a promotion and so on… Then they think, ” I will be happy.”

But, do those things bring happiness? Longing for a change of circumstances may be warranted, but only if you find contentment in your present situation. Read God’s truth in 1 Timothy 6:6-7  Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  

sheep-981881_640In our search for greener pastures, we may discover that looks can be deceiving. After what appears to be our breakthrough, we can find ourselves in more debt while chasing the shiny new must haves. Ask yourself now, “Was it worth it?” You find your new boss is very demanding and nothing like the old boss you left behind. Now you find yourself working longer hours just to have the corner office. Discontentment surrounds you and you long for the way things once were. But, it is too late now.

At times we all have jumped over the fence only to later regret a hasty alternative. It would be wise to seek the Lord before you make decisions. Hebrews 13:5  Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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Thank you, Lord, for supplying all my needs. Give me a thankful and contented heart.

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Does Time Heal All Wounds?

time-heals-all-wounds-1087107_640Time is a great healer…so we are told. If we experience a broken heart, let more time pass by and the pain will begin to subside…so we are told. Passing time can bury our hurt, our emotional pain can soften and the effects of physical pain can begin to dissipate over time. It is what we do during the timeframe that affects the quality of our lives.

Time alone can not simply heal anything. The following quote by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy makes a lot of sense to me:

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”

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If all we needed is more time to be healed, we probably would suffer from hope deferred and a heart that becomes sick. (Proverbs 13:12)

But there is hope because Jesus is the great healer. He may ask you to participate in your healing. Do you need to forgive someone? He may require further understanding of a situation where your heart was wounded. Whatever He is calling you to do, spend prayerful time in His healing presence. I’ve discovered the best way to heal a broken heart is to give God all the pieces.

Stand on these healing promises from the Lord:

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He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. Ps 147:3

 

 

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“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Ps 39:7

 

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for being such a complete healer. If we suffer from physical infirmities, you will give sufficient grace to the weak.

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When God When?

Have you ever cried out in frustration to God, “When God, when?” There are times when our prayers can appear to go unanswered. We question if God even hears our pleas. But be assured, He is working on our behalf.

Jeremiah 29:11 gives us hope for the future; “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”      woman waiting

We can wait on God passively or expectantly. The passive person will eventually give up, believing they have waited long enough and nothing will change. They decide to learn to live with the situation. The expectant person continues to hope and expects the answer is coming at any moment, even though the waiting continues.

Do you believe that God will never fail you? Can you accept God’s timing and resist the temptation to reason it all out on your own? “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) Can you live in hope and trust God who causes all things to happen at exactly the right time?

In the book of Genesis, we read about the story of Joseph. He waited many years for the fulfillment of the dream God gave to him. Joseph went through many difficult situations and remained in prison before the time came for God’s purpose to manifest itself. (Genesis 39:41)

I must confess that I had a passive heart regarding a health issue. In 1977, I became a victim of a violent biker gang war and suffered two gunshot wounds from an M16 rifle. While recovering in the hospital, I contracted Hepatitis C through one of many blood transfusions. It wasn’t until a few years later that I learned I was infected with the chronic Hepatitis C virus. This contagious liver disease will not simply go away.

For the past 39 years, I had numerous blood tests, liver biopsies, and doctor visits to monitor my liver. The only treatments available were difficult to endure, and the success rate for a cure was below average. I resolved to accept and adapt to living with Hepatitis C. I simply grew tired of waiting.

Suddenly a new drug came on the market, and I was an excellent match for treatment. More tests, frequent doctor’s visits, and endless paperwork followed, but this time, I waited expectantly. And then one day, a box arrived on my doorstep containing my first bottle of medication. I prayed with thankfulness for the healing that would soon come.

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My latest test results revealed the virus was no longer detected in my blood. My breakthrough had come. Now I am focusing on other prayer requests that have seemed to go unanswered. My faith has swelled with hope, for God is faithful!

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for your limitless power. Help us to wait patiently and expectantly to receive our breakthrough.

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Keep Your Focus on Jesus

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that wfocus2as set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (Hebrews 12:2-3 NJKV)

God does not want us just to glance at Him; He wants us to focus on Him. If we focus on Jesus and not the chaos in our world, we can choose to believe that the things that shape our world, do not have to shape our lives. What shapes our lives is knowing that God is alive  and working in our hearts as we focus our eyes on Him. Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

When we face trials and tribulations, we can feel weighed down in our struggles. But remember that Jesus suffered all the way to the cross so we may have salvation from our sins. What are our trials compared to the agonies He suffered?

It is essential that as believers in Jesus we do not yield to distractions. Sure, every day the news is filled with disturbing images of killings and devastation. He will supply all our needs, bear our sorrows, and give comfort for our burdens. We can trust Him for protection and defense.

Are we willing to lay aside fears, worries or anything that seeks to drain us of our hope in Christ? Focus on Jesus – the author and finisher of our faith. His faith working in us will strengthen us until we see Him face to face in Heaven.

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3 NJKV)  focus

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Thank you, Lord, that nothing can separate us from your love. We can depend on your faithfulness, your promises, and your righteousness. We are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!

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Those Who Wait on God Will Never Be Disappointed

I am waiting wait on Godand anticipating for God to answer a longsuffering prayer. To be honest, I must confess there are times I sigh and grow weary. I want to ask God, “When God, when?”

I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. How we wait is important to God. Will you be frustrated or transformed while you wait? He gives the grace to await His purposes if we trust in Him. In our flesh, we want proof; but our spirit requires faith.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) 

Here are some truths to follow while waiting on God: 

Put your hope in His Word.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. (Psalm 130:5)

Trust in the Lord, not in your own understanding. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You have an opportunity to experience God’s goodness. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)

Wait on God’s promise – Don’t go your own wayNow to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Be strong and courageousBe of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24)

Be steadfast in prayer and thanksgivingContinue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2)

Be assured – the blessings are comingTherefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. (Isaiah 30:18)

Next time you wait impatiently, remind yourself that God always has good reasons for making us wait, and he never asks us to wait without Him.  Isaiah knew this when he wrote:

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But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.        (Isaiah 40:31)

 

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Thank you Lord, for the faith to know that you are in charge of every detail of our lives. Your timing is perfect, and we can trust in you to renew our strength.

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