Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint


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Shoots of New Growth

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

IMG_1583.jpg.irisheartofhopeWe don’t have to leave our home these days for the world’s bad news to come crashing down upon us. Too much information . . . both good and bad . . . crowds our souls as we search the internet, scan the news and 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. Now with the changing of seasons, I love to take a walk and embrace the beauty of springtime.  Signs of new growth surround me 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. The eternal truths written down for us 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
tests it . . .
Stormy trials try

to possess it . . .
But hope is rooted,
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.


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You’re Not Alone

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Lay to rest ghosts’ lying shadows,

Put them away where they belong.

Embrace Truth of timeless ages,

God is Love and on His Throne.

 

Lay to rest life’s dis-appointments,

Put them away where they belong.

Embrace Love’s Divine appointments,

Walk with Me, you’re not alone.


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#Declaration of Love

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Today is the 4th of July. The day I have the wonderful privilege and joy of celebrating both my country’s birthdate and my own. There will be lots of celebration and fireworks all across the country today as we remember those who sacrificed life and blood down through the years to make us free.

Because its my birth-date as well, I remember the love and sacrifice of my mother who gave me birth seventy-one years ago.

Most of all, I remember the God who created me in my mother’s womb and caused me to be born again twenty-six years later, when I came to the saving knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The prayer below is my declaration of love for the One who came to set my soul free many years ago.

Father God, I praise you that you know my name.
Yes even in my mother’s womb you created and called me,
Hovered over and cared for me
In that secret place known only to you.
I praise you for the years of faithfulness and mercy
You’ve shown on my life’s journey towards you.

Most of all I praise you…All Sufficient…Gracious Savior…and Lord,
for the wonderful privilege to know and be known by you.

O Lord, you are the portion of my inheritance and my cup.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places. Yes, I have
a good inheritance (Psalm 16:5,6).

*The gift of the Rose was hand-stitched by my granddaughter Esther. Thank you Essie for each little stitch of love you poured into this beautiful keepsake!


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He’s Still God

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He still speaks… to hearts flung open wide, brought near like a child.

Am I listening?

He still reveals…shines light through lens of searching eyes.

Am I seeing?

He’s still longing…waiting from a distance, longing to forgive and
heal effects of rejection and brokenness.

Am I receiving?

He’s still loving…waiting for me to drop arms of hurt and self-defense.

Am I surrendering?

He’s still listening…for questions yet to be asked and answered.

Am I asking?

He still speaks.

Reveals.

Longs.

Loves.

And listens.

He’s still God and I am not.

This day I come as a child drawing near through
the blood of the Lamb,

acknowledging His holiness and my unworthiness.

Grateful He gives the right to call Him Father.

Grateful He’s still Savior and Lord,
after all these years
 and all these *tears,
bottled up, measured, written down in His book.

Grateful He still reveals light and love when I lift
the eyes of my heart,
repent and return.

For God so *loved…He gave…His Son…
*the exact representation
 of all the Father is and does.

He never left us…we left Him.

He didn’t abandon us…we abandoned Him.

He didn’t lie…the tempter did…and does.

He still breathes new life, peace and rest, to worn and weary pilgrims.

He still promises weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.

He still speaks truth!

What truth do you need to hear to be set free?

Jesus said: “And you will know the truth, and the truth
will set you free” (John 8:32 NLT).

Lent Reflections:
*Psalm 56:8, *John 3:16, *Hebrews 1


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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.