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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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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Songs in the Night

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 I’d rather be

in the valley of trials

with Jesus,

than on the mountaintop

without Him…

He gives a song

even when I can’t sing it.

He’s there,

watching, caring, singing

over me…

And I’m held by strong chords of God’s love.

Reflections from Zephaniah 3: 16-18

 

 


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Fully Expectant

I laid it down.

Conflict of heart

and soul…

Dropped it into

reaching hands

of Abba Father…

The One

who sees

and knows all. 


I left it there.

Entrusted and

gave it

to the One

in full control.

Then entered

soul rest…

Breath of fresh

Wind and Spirit.

This day

I stand at

my watch post…

Fully expectant

the long delayed

answer will come. 

Then I will write

down the vision 

and run with it. 


Reflections from: Proverbs 3: 5-6; Habakkuk 2: 1-3