Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

A Song in the Night

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I’d rather walk

in the valley with Jesus

than on a mountain-top

without Him.

He gives a song

in the night. 

He sings loudly,

knitting our hearts together

with sweet chords of love.

I’d rather walk

through valley’s long trial

with the Shepherd—

than high on a mountain

without His sweet song.

Sing over me, Shepherd of my soul. Help me go forth with heart
and hands lifted up, s
inging Love’s sweet song.

 

I call to remembrance my song in the night. Psalm 77:6
He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 

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Harvest Time

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“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter,
day and night” (Genesis 8:22 NLT).


Summer and winter and springtime and Harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,

join with all nature in manifold witness,

to Thy great faithfulness

mercy and love.

* Lyrics Thomas O. Chisholm, Public domain


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#No Guilt or Shame

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I will remember my song in the night—Psalm 77:6

I don’t claim to have visions, but I’m a visual learner. Maybe that’s why God put some very descriptive pictures and words in my mind in the wee hours of the morning many years ago. It wasn’t a dream. I was fully awake and aware of two scenes that unfolded before me.

I found myself in the first scene, among a large crowd in Jerusalem where Jesus stood before Pilate. I could hear the mob shouting. “Crucify him! Crucify him! Give us Barabbas and crucify Jesus! I was horrified and ashamed to hear myself shouting along with the rest of the crowd…. knowing had I been there I would have been just as guilty of wanting the savior crucified.

“Your guilt and your shame have been nailed to the cross.” Those gracious words flooded my waiting heart, followed quickly by the next scene.

A woman caught in adultery lay on the ground, fearful of the religious crowd who were about to stone her. I felt her shame as though it was my own. I cried out, “Lord, that could have been me.” 

Once again I heard the same words….“Your guilt and your shame have been nailed to the cross.” What followed was like a symphony of beautiful music to my listening ears….like a healing balm over my heart and soul….replacing the burden I had felt for months with a new found joy that’s hard to explain.

The following Sunday morning I heard those words a third time. In the midst of his sermon, my pastor turned from the pulpit—pretended to hammer a nail into the wall behind him and shared the words that had now taken root in my heart….“Your guilt and your shame have been nailed to the cross.”

If you struggle with feelings of guilt or shame over something from your past, dare to embrace Jesus and believe this good news….

“He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14).

Prayer: Father in heaven, how can we ever thank you enough for nailing our sins to the Cross of Calvary. I pray for the one who struggles to be free of the feelings of guilt and shame. May we all continue to find sweet release and forgiveness at the foot of the cross. In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen.

 


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My Soul Takes Wing

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 And he said to them, “Come, we shall go to the country alone and rest a little.” Mark 6:31-Aramaic Bible in Plain English

Sometimes we need to find a quiet place to hear God whisper our name.

I’ve been there…for months.

With the backdrop of a little peak of heaven from my back yard, I am coming out of a season of desert dwelling. Feeling refreshed and renewed I am leaning harder on my Beloved, grateful to take up my pen and share some of my journal enteries over the
past year. It is my heart’s cry and desire that I write for Jesus.

In the words of my dear friend Joyce Coffin…“To God be the glory, as our lives tell his story”.

My Soul Takes Wing

I walked with God today
Listened to his voice so sweet
Laid my burdens at his feet.

Now trusting him with every-thing
My soul takes wing and
Soars and sings.


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When Flowers Fade

Seems like the older I get the faster the seasons come and go…and the challenges that come with them. This has been especially true this past year.

The sudden death of a special niece the day after Christmas.
The sudden death of a brother-in-law in July.

We traveled to South Alabama both times, wanting to give support and
comfort for my sisters and their famlies as we grieved the loss of loved ones.

Now months later, we are about to witness another changing season.
Soon the flowers of summer will fade and fall as the heat of summer gives
way to shorter days and cooler temperatures with the promise of another winter
to soon follow.

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I don’t feel ready for another winter. Seems like we just got through the last one.
Yet I love this time of the year. The metamorphosis of Fall beckons me to feast my eyes on the beauty of the changing season when green leaves magically turn yellow, gold, red and brown.

For me the beautiful backdrop of God’s creation causes me to pause and reflect on the faithfulness of God during the changing seasons of our lives.

Even the season of death and sorrow cannot take away the hope of seeing our loved ones again. Their death has been swallowed up in life. They are just beyond the thin veil that seperates heaven and earth.

Unlike the falling leaves, the Word of the Lord remains with us forever. We cling to the eternal and faithful promises that hold and strengthen us during times of stormy trials and grief and loss. We find peace through the Comforter who lives within us and those around us.

Our lives are like a fading flower, but we believe we will bloom in heaven for eternity.

What a great reunion in heaven awaits those who place their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, believe He died on the cross to save us from our sins, rose from the dead and ascended back to the Father where He has prepared a place for us to live with Him eternally.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)