Glenda Mills

A Heart of Hope


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Shoots of New Growth

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This hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5 NAS 

I’m embracing Spring’s hope this morning, not because I feel like it . . .

Because my faith demands it.

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Mama’s Table

Mama was Mrs. Southern Hospitality personified!

She absolutely loved being in the kitchen.

No one made biscuits, coffee can bread or cornbread like she did…her mama taught her well.

Southern fried chicken, stewed squash, sweet and sour meatballs, sloppy joes, chicken potpie and chicken and dumplings were a few of the delicious meals she loved to prepare and serve those who graced her table.

Are you hungry yet?

Try adding pound cake, chocolate pudding, peach cobbler, coconut cake, or banana pudding for dessert.  You have a fine southern home cooked meal!

Nothing could match sitting around mama’s table. What precious memories…those times our family and friends lingered there— laughing and  listening to the sounds of love.

Mama’s nurturing gift of love and hospitality blessed not only our family, but countless others who were welcomed into our home at a moment’s notice. Seems like there was always room to squeeze in one more at her table, and when there were no places left…well you were happy to take your plate to the living room or bedroom…. Her love followed you wherever you happened to sit.

Mama went home to heaven three years ago, leaving our family with a rich legacy of faith, hope, and love. How we miss her, but we’ll see her again…on that glad day when God calls His children home.

Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her. There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all. Proverbs 31:28-29 

How grateful I am God gave me a glimpse of His table through my precious mama.

This Mother’s Day I leave you with a song about our Lord’s table.

Gaither videos: Wes Hampton sings There is Always a Place at His Table. 


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You Need Never Be Alone

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Alone, I entered the garden
Where Jesus waited for me.
Alone, I sensed his presence…
The One who died for me.
Alone, I heard him whisper,

‘My child I’m alive…not dead!
Look at my scars,
Touch my hands,
Believe—It’s just as I said!
My body and blood was enough;
Atoning sacrifice for all sin.
Those who come to the Lamb of God
Need never doubt again.’

Now I’m never alone,
Christ is with me…Eternal Seed of God planted within.
Birthing new life, bringing new joy…
I’ve been born again.

The Hope of Easter is This: Those who look to Jesus, the Son of God need never
be alone. Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again that we might be born again. He waits
to spent time in the garden of our hearts. He promises to return again and take us home to live with him eternally.

Have you received the gift of eternal life Yet?

The invitation is still open…For God so loved He gave.

Reflections from John 20, Colossians 1:27, John 3: 2-16


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Take Words With You

While taking my early morning walk, the phrase— take words with you, kept resonating in my mind. I needed to go back and look at the verse again. Sure it would take extra time but what better way of spending my morning to find fresh manna for the day?

I like the way the NIV started; Take words with you…but I chose the King James version because of the phrase …render calves of our lips.

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Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips—Hosea 2:14.

I had never seen the word calves used as a metaphor to describe the offering of our lips. Have you?

In my study I found the Hebrew word means Par– with the biblical use meaning young bull, steer, bullock. When I did the commentary study the correct meaning of the verse opened up.

“Literally Hosea 14:2  says;  for we will offer the calves of our lips. Since bull calves were often brought for sacrifice, the translators felt justified in putting it…for we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.
However, the more literal rendering shows just how plainly our words of praise, worship, confession, petition, or intercession can be a sacrifice before God.” Quote taken from www.DavidGusik.com.

My thoughts: Is not this the better sacrifice we can present before God? Can we make the decision to take the needed time to offer the Lord the first fruit of our lips…calves of our lips…to give Him our praise and worship, confession, petition and intercession? I believe Mary understood it to be so when she chose to sit at the feet of Jesus. She must have taken his words into the day as she greeted others and shared the nuggets of truth he spoke.

I am convicted and convinced if I am serious about spending time with the Lord before greeting my husband…there will be no Martha in me fussing in the kitchen…and I will have fresh manna and words to share with him and others  throughout the day. 

My Prayer:  Lord Jesus, remind me of the importance of spending time with you each day so I will be able to take your words with me whereever I go. 



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#God Proved His Love For You


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Made right with God by faith in Jesus—

Peace with God through the blood of His son,

A place to stand in undeserved privilege,

Waiting for the glory of His second return.

 

Easter Reflections from Romans 5

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