Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint


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Miracle of Spring Time

I couldn’t wait to take a peak. I pushed
back the mulch and sure enough, there
they were. Daffodil bulbs I planted in the
fall had forced through winter’s frozen
ground. Once again I was seeing evidence
of the miracle of Spring time.

To me the passing of winter reveals this truth we often forget or take for granted.
Life follows death. The earth has gone to sleep in late fall, followed by winter.
Soft grounds harden and all vegetation dies.

I can’t help but think of the parallel in our lives. Winter seasons of our lives, threaten our faith and endurance. We wonder, will the joy of springtime ever come again? Will we be able to rise up and leave winters past behind us?

There is One who promises that we can endure. We can pass that test. We can rise up again and experience new beginnings that God promises for those who love Him.

Why?

We have a hope that is anchored and secured in our soul through all seasons of our lives. But sometimes hope lies dormant in the soil of our heart. We must wait for hope to spring anew.

For those who believe, our hope lies in the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, and in His Promised Presence. He has promised He will never leave….never forsake us.

When sickness, death and loss shake our world; when doubts and fears raise their ugly heads; when the battlefield of our heart tempts us to question when we should trust….We need to remember the Lord is near.  He doesn’t leave us alone to fight our battles. He gets down in the trenches of our troubled hearts and minds, and when we can no longer fight  for ourselves. He fights for us. Gives strength to climb out of the pit and teaches us to embrace rekindled hope and the new beginnings God promises.

What a Hope! What a Savior! What a Creator!

The same God who planted seeds of new growth in the beginning, (Genesis 1) can also plant new seeds of hope in hearts that make room for Jesus.

What new seeds do you need to plant in the garden of your heart today?

Winter is past, and the rains are over and gone.
flowers are springing up,
and the season of singing birds has come.
Song of Songs sv. 2:11,12 NLT

Thank you Heavenly Father for the miracle and beauty of springtime. We pray that you will rekindle the eternal hope you placed in our hearts when we were born of Your Spirit. Let the seeds of faith planted in our hearts, burst forth once again with songs of praise.

Faith, Hope, and Love Whispers

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Daddy and Esther
We miss neither tears nor sadness,
just sweet moments of heart connects;
when time stood still and Faith whispered,
“Everything’s going to be all right”.

We embrace not the loss of years,
just sweet memories tucked in our hearts,
when time stood still and Hope whispered,

Everything’s going to be all right”.

We walk through storms with heads held high and do not fear, for God is near and time stands still and Love whispers,

Everything’s going to be all right”.

In memory of my dad, whose life and words echoed this promise…

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God,  who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

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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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Christmas Gifts – Wrapped and Unwrapped

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I have many gifts to be thankful for this Christmas and none of them will be found under the Christmas tree.

Don’t get me wrong. I love to receive gifts just like everyone else and to tell the truth I would be disappointed if I didn’t receive any.

No, the gifts I am thinking of are those who come wrapped…not with paper…but with the love of God.

Past gifts: Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, brother… no longer here on earth but gifts of precious memories they brought to our family.

Present gifts: husband, children, grandchildren, sisters, brother, friends, family.

All gifts, each one handcrafted, beautifully formed, and given the breath of life by Creator God.

God has placed all kinds of gifts in our lives. Some come wrapped in warmth and love. Others come in rough wrappings and wait to be wrapped in the love of God….

The same love God wrapped us with when He sent His son.

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

What person has God brought into your life to show the gift of Christmas?

Prayer: Thank you Lord for the gifts of life and love you place in our lives everyday. We ask you to open our hearts and eyes to recognize and receive them as you would. In the name of Jesus our Savior, we pray. Amen. 


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A beautiful true love story

Get your kleenex out! This one will bring the tears…I promise!

Morning Story and Dilbert

Kleenex Alert

See a wonderful YouTube Version at:http://youtu.be/5R8PWX5pU5Q

One day, a young guy and a young girl fell in love.

But the guy came from a poor family. The girl’s parents weren’t too happy.

So the young man decided not only to court the girl but to court her parents as well. In time, the parents saw that he was a good man and was worthy of their daughter’s hand.

But there was another problem: The man was a soldier. Soon, war broke out and he was being sent overseas for a year. The week before he left, the man knelt on his knee and asked his lady love, “Will you marry me?” She wiped a tear, said yes, and they were engaged. They agreed that when he got back in one year, they would get married.

But tragedy struck. A few days after he left, the girl had…

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