Stop Doubting and Believe

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I’ve always appreciated the honesty of Thomas. It mattered not when he heard the reports of others who had seen Jesus face to face the morning he rose from the grave. This doubting disciple wanted proof, and declared he would not believe unless he could see the nail prints in … Continue reading

Embrace the Season

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We don’t have to leave our home
these  days for the world’s bad
news to come  crashing down
upon us. Too much information
crowds our souls as we search

the internet, scan the news or 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, especially at springtime.
 Signs of new growth abound 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. Eternal
truths 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
test it . . .
Stormy trials try

to possess it.
But hope is
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.

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

Well-Spring of Water

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She never thought it would come to this.
She had done what was asked, but with
the wrong attitude. Now despised and
abused, Hagar ran for her life. The Bible
tells us the Angel of the Lord found Sarai’s

maid by a spring of water in the wilderness between Kadesh and
Bered in the land of Israel.

“Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?”
I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.”
“Go back to your mistress and submit to her. I will multiply your descendants.”

The promise was not without cost. It would take courage to return to a place
where she had been hurt and cast out. Yet the encounter in the wilderness
with The Living One overshadowed Hagar’s fears. And gave hope for her future.

She called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are The God Who Sees; for
she said, “Have I also seen Him who sees me?”

When you come to that desert place, remember there is One who sees and knows you. Yes He sees you, knows your name, and understands you like no other. The same God who revealed himself to Hagar longs to fill the empty places of your heart and life with with hope from His Springs of living water. 

The well was called Beer Lahai Roi meaning,Well of the Living One who Sees Me.’ Genesis 16

The road in the wilderness
led to the
Well of the Living One.
The One who saw my tears
and knows my name,
filled my thirst 
with rivers of living water,
and I will never be the same.