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.

Photo: Turnbacktogod.com

 

 


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#3-Pass The Story Down

<<Legacy

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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#2 – Pass The Story Down

<< Legacy

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).

My Mother’s Heart

Time alone revealed the
heart of my mother
Seasons of her life reflected
the love and care she gave

Easter dresses…lovingly
hand made for five daughters
while she sacrificially and
unashamedly went without

Sunday dinners… prepared and served
With hard working hands
she did it with joy…
Because she loved her family

Letters and notes of encouragement
when a daughter or son was far away from home
Times spent on her knees knowing something
wasn’t quite right… and so she prayed

Daring to believe for a miracle when doctors said
“No chance this baby can live”
A textbook miracle for
the son who lived forty-five years

Caring for Daddy through
long years of illness…
faithfully by his side
with hope and prayers

A heart broken many times by unbelievable losses…
grandsons, husband, son, parents, brothers and sisters
Yet Mother lived with confident hope
she would see them again

Mother touched many hearts over the years
giving hope, encouragement, prayers
A testament of love and faith
for all who knew her

Thank you God for the heart of my mother and the legacy of a life well lived.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner…. And a good time to share the precious memories of loved ones who blazed the trail of faith before you.

I would love to encourage you to pass their stories down…. Tell it to the next generation, so they can share it with generations to come.

 


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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

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