Stop Doubting and Believe

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I’ve always appreciated the honesty of Thomas. It mattered not when he heard the reports of others who had seen Jesus face to face the morning he rose from the grave. This doubting disciple wanted proof, and declared he would not believe unless he could see the nail prints in … Continue reading

A Peak At 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.

I can’t help but think of the parallel in our lives. Winter seasons of our lives,
threaten our faith and endurance. We wonder if the joy of springtime will 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.

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 nor forsake.

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
when we can no longer fight for ourselves. He fights for us and gives strength
to climb out of the pit and teaches us to embrace rekindled hope and the new
beginnings God promises.

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

May hope spring up in our hearts today, as we wait for the miracle of spring.

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

Embrace the Season

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We don’t have to leave our home
these  days for the world’s bad
news to come  crashing down
upon us. Too much information
crowds our souls as we search

the internet, scan the news or browse Facebook.

Sometimes we just need to stop, pull back, and take a break from the world.
The best way I know of getting away from it all is to get up early and watch
a new day dawn, especially at springtime.
 Signs of new growth abound and
soon I’m down on my knees digging in the soil, pulling weeds, 
transplanting
old plants, adding new ones.

In the same way, Spring can ring eternal in our hearts when we take time to
walk through the Word of God and embrace the promises found there. Eternal
truths never lose their power to renew and refresh our minds. Give comfort
when we grieve a loss; and cause new hope to arise in our hearts during times
of stormy trials and winds of adversity.

There’s a hope rooted
down deep . . .
Deep in the soil of God’s love.
Winds of adversity
test it . . .
Stormy trials try

to possess it.
But hope is
rooted down deep
in the soil of
God’s love.  

There’s a hope springing up
with shoots of

new growth.
Nothing can stop it…
Evil can’t thwart it.
Hope always
thrusts through

hardened soil,
softened by Spring’s rain.
Eternal hope . . .

Everlasting love.

Anchor of my soul,
birthed and
born again. (John 3:3-17)

Eternal Seed implanted . . .
catch the wind of the Spirit.
New life . . .
spring forth.

Awaken winter’s dead.
Heavenly showers fall—
rain flowers
upon my soul.

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