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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#3-Pass The Story Down

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Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children.
Pass the story down from generation to generation (Joel 1:3 NLT).

“Grandma, do you know everywhere you walk, you leave your footprints?” Looking down, I saw a perfect set of footprints on the freshly carpeted floor. My granddaughter was right— and her words gripped my heart. She was watching my every move, even where I walked, and the footprints I left behind. It made me wonder—what kind of impression am I leaving on the hearts of my grandchildren?  

Someone said,  “A child is born only once, but a grandparent is reborn with each new grandchild”.  How True! Grandchildren have the ability to pour new life into grandparents.

There’s just no greater joy than spending time with them. My husband, Dave and I never cease to be excited about having the grand-kids come for a visit. We may sometimes be tired when they leave to go home…but its the most rewarding tired there is! It doesn’t take long for us to rest up and we’re ready for them to come again!

I think of my own grandmother…Grandma Biggs was the happiest when she was with her children and grandchildren, yet the joy of the Lord remained constant in her life no matter whom she was with. My greatest childhood memories are wrapped in the love and joy I felt when I went to grandma’s house.

I was always greeted with a joyful smile and big hug. Her laughter was contagious—her love unconditional. In her eyes, I could do no wrong. Grandma was always there for me—to listen—to pray—to encourage.

Grandma Biggs

Even after she died, memories of her life were a constant source of encouragement. When life’s challenges left me shaken in faith… and in need of wisdom….I asked myself, “What would Grandma want me to do”.

I knew the answer even as I asked it. This loving fortress of a woman would encourage me to look to the Lord for strength and direction. He’s the One who remains constant through all the seasons of our lives. He’s the One who forgives and loves unconditionally….And gives grace to help us do the same for others. He’s the One who promised to make all things work together for good to those who love Him.

I always wanted to be like my grandmother and confess I have a ways to go. I struggle at times to forgive and love unconditionally…yet Jesus stands ready to show me how to love and forgive others…as He has loved and forgiven me. I struggle at times to choose joy—yet He continues to send His, when mine runs low.

I know He hears my heart’s cry. I know He loves and forgives me. I know my life is a work in progress…

And so is yours. He will complete the work He started in me—and in you!

The old song, “It Is No Secret…what God can do. What’s He’s done for others, He’ll do for you. With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you. It is no secret, what God can do.” * It’s an old song, but still  relevant for today.

Jesus is the True Joy Giver for all who come to His table of Grace. 

Do you sometimes struggle to leave loving impressions on the hearts of others? If so, please join me at the throne of Grace where our Advocate Jesus Christ intercedes for us.

Lord, you know we sometimes fail to love others. How we need your grace to love and forgive as you do.  May we be found faithful to follow and love you all our lives. Help us leave loving footprints of the Savior on the hearts of others… and for generations to come. Amen. 

*It Is No Secret What God Can Do – Stuart Hamblin

 


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Why Do I Write

Too often, I get the cart before the horse…making hasty decisions I later regret. I got up this morning, tired from the events of the weekend, yet anxious to get to my writing. After quickly reading my bible and praying, I felt I was ready.

Several frustrating, failed attempts later, I got up from the computer—Put on my shoes and took a walk. The blog would have to wait.

It was the best decision I could have made!

I took time to breathe in the beautiful fragrance of the rose.

I took time to breathe in the beauty of the changing sky on the mountaintop.

Later I sat on the porch with my husband and we enjoyed a cup of chai together, feasting our eyes on
mourning doves and songbirds at our feeder.

Ah—This is just what I needed!

Was it co-incidence when our chimes played a beautiful melody as we joined hands in prayer?

I think not!

Once again, I was reminded—All I can bring to Jesus are my needs.

My priorities now in order, I came back to my writing—renewed, encouraged, and energized. I was ready for words to flow from my heart onto paper.

There are four things I need from Jesus before I write. Can you identify?

1.  Time alone with him, a quiet place where I can sit at his feet, with an open Bible.

2.  A cleansed heart, free from wrong thoughts and motives that block the flow of writing.

3.  Empowering grace of the Holy Spirit within me.

4.  Wisdom from the gift giver as I ask myself:

          A.  Why do I write?

          B.  Who am I writing for?

          C.  Are the goals I set from God or my own?

Do you find yourself running on empty, even before the day begins? What distracts you from spending time with Jesus?

I love to take time to smell the roses—Yet without the fragrance of the Rose of Sharon in my life, I just don’t function well!

How about you?

Let’s go off by our-selves to a quiet place and rest awhile.  –Mark 6:31

Apart from me, you can do nothing.  –John 15:5

I would love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below.


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WHOSE BATTLE IS IT?

“I will stand at my guard post. I will wait to see what the LORD says

And how he will answer my complaint.”
(Habakkuk 2:1 NLT).

I sat down to pray… but words would not come. Finally I poured out my tears;  “Your Words Lord…I don’t know how to pray!”

Jehoshaphat knew where to turn when the threatening letter came against his household. He could not fight his enemies alone. He called God’s people together for prayer—and God’s answer came with power and clarity!

“You need not fight this battle. Stand firm; see the deliverance the LORD will give you.
(11 Chronicles 20:17a NIV).

This was God’s battle! His people waited on Him in prayer…and obeyed His Words. They faced their enemy with bold faith; and songs of deliverance preceded the victory God gave that day.

The place was called Barakah…the Valley of Blessing!

When all kinds of difficulties come, do you feel alone in the conflict? Maybe you hesitate to ask others to pray because of fear of rejection. Maybe it’s just too hard to admit you have a need. Maybe the body of Christ has failed to support you in the past.

I have been there! I have known loneliness in the midst of deep pain. I have known fear that brought me to a standstill. I have lost God’s peace because of pride, anger, or unforgiveness. I am no longer there, because of the kindness and grace of God…nor do you have to be. Healing and strength come when we face our fears and tell God all that’s in our hearts. Ask God to bring just the right brother or sister into your life to pray with you.

Like Jehoshaphat, when we reach out and take willing hands, our hearts can be encouraged and healed to move forward.  Jesus never intended the body of Christ to be scattered in times of warfare. He desires we encircle each other with arms of loving support and pray with one another…no matter what. We need each other. There is strength in numbers, even if its two or three!

We are the Body of Christ. The community of Faith. There is power in prayer, both in our private prayer closet and in prayer with others.

I think the enemy must tremble when we choose to come together for prayer rather than run the other way.

Maybe someone reading this needs to take the risk and reach out for prayer. I am praying you will. It’s God’s way and He promises victory when we do it His way.

What practical lessons may we learn from Jehoshaphat in his time of crisis?

First: Run to Jesus! He is there to give strength and direction in times of crisis.

Second: Ask the Lord to direct you to the right person (persons) to pray with you. Two or more can defeat the enemy’s schemes and strategies.

Three: Pray together. If words fail, pray the Lord’s Prayer together, pausing to meditate after each phrase.

Four: Be still and wait for the Word of the Lord. It might be a still small voice of comfort or a convincing voice of direction.

Five: Get up and go on in trust as you let go of your burden. God will reveal His will and purpose in His time.

Six: Give God praise and thanksgiving as you obey what He tells you to do. He will walk with you from the valley to the mountaintop.

Seven: Rejoice and recount the blessings that came out of your valley of difficulty.

Eight: Ask yourself… Did I find myself richer in lessons learned about God and His faithfulness…even when the results may not have been what I wanted? Am I able to look beyond temporary suffering as a means to eternal gains? *

 

“I will never leave you, nor forsake.

In my hand is a sword, and for you my child, I undertake.

You need not fight in this battle!

 Stand firm in Me and wait. 

Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.

You will see the goodness of the Lord.

Station yourself in this battle!

 Stand firm in Me and wait. 

Though trials linger and hell seems bent to destroy,

Station yourself in this battle!

 Stand firm in Me and wait. 

When time seems too long, too far from your sight;

There will be a day, a time of favor.

Station yourself in this battle!

                                                                                                        Stand firm in Me and wait.

* 11 Chronicles 20 gives full story of God’s deliverance for His people
* 2 Corinthians 4:18

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