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.

Call Him Jesus

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Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son…Isaiah 7:14 

For God so loved He gave….John 3:16 

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Call Him God’s Son
Loving Savior
 Incarnate Baby come down to earth

Call Him Mighty God

Birthed in holy hush of night
and Laid in a manger 

Call Him Wonderful Counselor
Infinite Comforter,
Full of grace, mercy and truth

Call Him Jesus, Gift of the Father 
Seeking and saving
those who are lost 

Reflections from Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, John 3

What a wonderful time of the year as believers in Jesus remember the hope and joy of Christmas. What wonderful news that Jesus broke through the darkness of night to enter our  world…To show us what God is like. And what a miracle to believe that Jesus can still break through the darkest and hardest of hearts and cause us to be born again. We can become like little children and given eternal life when we bow before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and receive this Blessed Gift of the Father. The gift of forgiveness of our sins, the gift of new life in Christ, the gift of heaven awaiting those who will come and believe. I invite you to grab a bible and read the entire chapter of John 3. May we have eyes to see and ears to hear the good news of the gospel.

May the Joy of Jesus fill your heart and home this Christmas and in the days to come.
Love Glenda and Dave Mills 

*Painting by my sister, Jean Bryars 

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A Song in the Night

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I’d rather walk

in the valley with Jesus

than on a mountain-top

without Him.

He gives a song

in the night. 

He sings loudly,

knitting our hearts together

with sweet chords of love.

I’d rather walk

through valley’s long trial

with the Shepherd—

than high on a mountain

without His sweet song.

Sing over me, Shepherd of my soul. Help me go forth with heart
and hands lifted up, s
inging Love’s sweet song.

 

I call to remembrance my song in the night. Psalm 77:6
He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 

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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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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