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.


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Love Saw Our Greater Need

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Love saw our greater need…

Behind the questions of Nicodemus the teacher.

The woman caught in adultery and condemned by others.

The thief on the cross.

Saul the Pharisee and murderer.

The lost one in church… religious… but no relationship.

The Cross of Calvary is an invitation to all.
It doesn’t matter who we are
or what we have done.

The religious teacher who seeks Jesus is born again,
and receives new life of God’s Spirit.

The immoral released from guilt and shame
now walks with a pure heart.

The thief enters paradise
and lives with Jesus forever.

The Pharisee paroled from hell,
receives new life and vision.

The religious rebel redeemed from self-works
now walks with the Living God.

If we want to know God and live with Him eternally,
we need only
look to the Cross and believe.

For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him (her) up on the last day. (John 6:40 NASB).

When we see Jesus, the foot of the cross becomes the Amazing Throne of Grace.

Will you meet me there?

 Our Father in Heaven, we bow our hearts and lives before you, thanking you for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. May Your Kingdom come, Your will be done.  Forgive our sins. Renew our faith. Give us new songs of praise.

In the name of Jesus our Lord, amen.

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Perseverance

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I know I’ve haven’t written in awhile. Lots of changes going on in our lives right now and I’m still processing it all.

Yet In the midst of changing seasons, God has absolutely over-whelmed us with our son (Dave) and daughter-in-law (Michele), finally realizing their dream of adopting a little girl from China. So I gotta share this one with all my family and friends and boast in the love, grace, and beauty of our Lord who loves and cares for the orphans.

 

beauty from ashes

One of the things that I’ve always been afraid of, as a Dad, is that one of my kids would be involved in some kind of traumatic situation in which I would be unable to get to them, rendering them terrified and feeling helpless.

We found out yesterday that though Sara was supposed to have gone from her Foster Mom to the Orphanage for 2-3 weeks before we would arrive, in fact she was taken from her Foster Mom that very morning and drove the 2 hours straight to meet us in Changsha. Although we knew that it would have been harder for Sara to make 2 transitions instead of 1, it broke our hearts to see how terrified our daughter was to be far away from her home with no one familiar to comfort her.

The past 36 hours have given us the chance to try to bring comfort…

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Mountain Top Musings

I just had to share the pictures I recently took from my back yard. Everyday I am blessed to sit at my dining room table and feast my eyes on the  changing colors of fall. The words I shared are actually an old hymn written back in the 1800’s by a man named Henry Ironside, so it is now  public domain and legal to post without permission.

Yes I love hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs! I love contempary music and southern gospel, and even a little bit of bluegrass unless its too twangy! I love the older hymns because they share some eternal truths about God that are sometimes missing in contemporary music.  In the meantime, God often fills my heart and mind with songs I learned in the past…. I love it when He puts a song in my heart!

Overshadowed – Words by Henry Ironside

How desolate my life would be,

How dark and drear my nights and days,

If Jesus’ face I did not see,

To brighten all earth’s weary ways

I’m overshadowed by His mighty love

Love eternal, changeless pure.

Overshadowed by His mighty love

Rest is mine, serene, secure.

He died to ransom me from sin,

He lives to keep me day by day,

I’m overshadowed by his mighty love,

Love that brightens all my way.

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Monday Morning Meditations

Streams of Living Water

This morning during my quiet time, I got out my old copy of “Streams in the Desert”

The poem gripped my heart as I  thought of the struggle I usually have in knowing what I am to post each week. This was especially true after regaining strength from a 3 day bout of intestinal virus.

This is just one of the stanzas of the devotion written on May 23rd…yet God wanted me to read it today.

“Are you standing at ‘Wit’s End Corner”?

Your work before you spread,

All lying begun, unfinished,

And pressing on heart and head,

Longing for strength to do it,

Stretching out with trembling hands?

Remember, at “Wit’s End Corner”

The Burden-bearer stands.” -Antoinette Wilson

This seemed to be God’s personal encouragement for me today;  time to pick up my unfinished writing and start again…this time with new strength and resolve.

I know friends who are struggling at  “Wits End Corner” right now.

Are you? Do you have some unfinished work that has become a heavy load? Maybe you are at wits end…looking for new direction for your life. If so, I pray God will encourage and renew your heart and resolve today.

Are you tired? Worn out?  Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. (Matthew 11:28-30 The Message).

Dear Lord, Thank you for reminding us we have a burden-bearer who stands close by, willing to release us from the heavy load we’ve been carrying.  In the name of Jesus, amen.