Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

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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When Conflict Comes

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The story is told about a father and his young son running out of gas one night on a lonely dark road. Their only option was to get out of the car and walk until they found a gas station some miles away.

“Daddy, it’s dark and I can’t see you. Can I hold your hand until we find the light?”

I think that’s how we feel sometimes when we encounter strange trials. The way up ahead seems dark and we realize there is no way we can find light again, unless we keep holding on to our Father’s hand.
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Have you been there?

I have. The truth is I don’t remember
the exact trial I was going through
at the time. I just remember choosing
to hold onto God’s hand…
knowing He knows the way out of
the darkness of conflict.

The following prayer/poem was given to me during that season. I feel led to share it this morning, in hope that someone will be encouraged to grab hold to our Father’s hand and trust Him to comfort, strengthen and give needed direction.

Peace Borne of Conflict

There’s a peace borne out of conflict, not of sweet repose.
The peace our Father sends
upon the One He knows.

Breathe upon our hearts, sweet Holy Peace of God.
Release the fragrance of the rose
upon the path we trod.

Pour forth Your Holy Spirit, the fruit of peace divine;
The peace borne out of conflict
upon this heart of mine.

In times of stormy conflict, through restless nights and days,
Blow gently upon this rose,
the sacrifice of praise.

If I say, “surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night”. 
Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139: 11,12 

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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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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 misused, 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.

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 and submit to the one who had abused her. 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?”

The well was called Beer Lahai Roi meaning, Well of the One Who Lives and Sees Me. *

When you come to that desert place, remember there is One who lives and sees 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 living water and living hope.

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” John 7: 37-38.

*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.

 


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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