Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

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 hard proof. He declared
he would not believe unless he could
see the nail prints in Jesus hand.

Jesus knew the heart of Thomas. And He knows ours.

Is it not true some of us are tempted to doubt God’s promises when things don’t turn out the way we had expected?

Sometimes our  minds and emotions tempt us to beg God for proof before we will believe. That’s when we need to remember to renew our minds by reading the good news the Bible speaks of.

So with that said, the following is my declaration of belief in the One who loved me enough to die on Calvary’s cruel cross in my place that I might have eternal life.
(John 3:16)

The stripping, beating, and cursing.
The casting of lots for his robe.
The crowning of thorns
on Golgotha’s hill.
The cross
and the nails.
The perfect sacrificial
Lamb of God,
Savior and Redeemer,
the body and blood of Jesus—
wounded and bleeding,
broken and spilled out,
dying for you and for me.

The prayer,
“Father forgive them, they
know not what they do”.
The loud voice,
“It is finished.
Into your hands
I commit my spirit.”
The veil, torn into
from top to bottom.
The open door
to the Holy of Holies
inviting whosoever
will may come.
The third day
angels rolled away
the stone and
Jesus rose from
the grave.

He Arose!

The empty tomb,
his appearing to
the women,
Peter and other disciples.
Then Jesus said to Thomas,

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“Put your finger here and look at my hands. Reach out your hand
and put it into my side.
Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:27

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Believing to See

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I will not lose heart though clouds threaten

To hide His face.

My Redeemer is strong,

Full of saving grace.

I will not lose hope if doubts rush in

And fear assails.

My Redeemer is strong,

Anchors, holds, prevails.

I will not despair when human love

Rejects, forsakes.

My Redeemer leaves not,

Accepts for Love’s sake.

 

One day heaven’s curtain will open and I will see Him face to face.

Til then I wait…

Believing to see His goodness,

Strengthened by His Faith,

Anchored in His Hope,

Embraced by His Love.

 

Reflections from Psalm 27: 13, 14; 1 Corinthians 13

 

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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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Feeling Incomplete?

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I wonder what happened?

A missing petal caused the lily to appear incomplete.

There are times I feel that way.

I’m caught off guard at times, responding in ways that are unloving or unkind to those around me.

Perfection raises its ugly head. “You’re still flawed, inadequate, imperfect!”

Disappointment grips my heart and I cry out…

“How long O Lord, how long?”

Then I hear the still small voice within; “As long as it takes.”

And I am encouraged.

How about you?  Ever get discouraged or impatient when your reactions

aren’t what you want them to be?

If so, isn’t it good to remember the promises from God’s Word!

The truth is, every follower of Jesus is a work in progress, and we need to trust Him to do the changing while we do the trusting.

The Bible encourages us to let our roots grow down deep in the soil of God’s love and embrace this promise.

Faithful to complete it.


I am certain that God, who began the good work 
within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Philippians 1:6 NLT


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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.