Archive for tag: Hope
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
Our church drama team has spent the last four months preparing the biggest production we’ve ever done on our own. Countless hours were spent memorizing and practicing lines, preparing props and sets, rehearsing and praying for our audience.
Saturday evening’s presentation went off without a hitch. Sunday morning, the snow started. Roads quickly got bad, and the wind polished ice made them worse. My police officer husband texted me to just get home from church, and don’t go back out onto accident strewn streets.
My heart sank to think of all the people who had planned to see the second night’s presentation. Postponing until next Sunday and competing with the Super Bowl seemed like a poor Plan B. So we simply prayed that if it might be His will, God would sufficiently clear the skies and roads for the show to go on.
He did. A good sized-crowd turned out. And then God answered more prayers, when five people asked for a pastor to contact them and two more made decisions to follow Jesus.
God knew people had a need. He used our presentation to begin meeting it. He gave us peace about the possiblity of cancellation—another need met. He gave us the gift of seeing the fruit of our labors.
That one is simply a gift. I thank Him for meeting needs. I thank Him for the gift of being used by Him.Read More »
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:39-40 NKJV)
I don’t know about you, but I have the audacity to invite God to step in to bring me life in a situation, and then hesitate and draw back when things get messy.
And the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. (Matthew 27:51-53 NKJV)
I know well that no matter how far gone a situation, no matter how long it’s been laid at His feet, the fact that I’ve not yet received my anticipated answer to prayer doesn’t mean that the Lord doesn’t yet intend to surprise me with a response bigger than anything I might have imagined.
Behold, there were very many [bones] in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones … ” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
(Ezekiel 37:1-10 NKJV)
I rejoice that God is bringing life in a relationship I thought dead. I am exceedingly grateful that I belong to a Creator Who delights in bringing life, light, and love wherever He is invited.
Thank You, Lord, for a cache of hope deeper than my doubt.Read More »
Tonight we are heading down to the Dayton, OH area for my grandfather’s funeral this weekend. Early Wednesday morning he left this side of eternity to go be with his Savior and Lord. It would probably take hours to explain what kind of man he was and the life he lived. If you could design the most biblical, family-oriented, disciple-making, kingdom-impacting man, you wouldn’t be far off from my grandpa, Harold R. Green.
I’m thankful to have been a receipient of his instruction, demonstration of faith, encouragment, and accountability over the past thirty years. He’s left a legacy that has impacted generations, possibly thousands of people. The visual I have of my Grandfather’s life is that of an overflowing basket of fruit.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. — John 15:5-8
I have a heavy heart today. There is a crushing power weighing down on my soul. It stems from the heartache I have for two different situations, one with my grandfather battling cancer and another with a friend who is fighting for his marriage.
Both situations seem to be void of hope when you consider only the circumstances. However, both my grandfather and my friend believe in a God that is not only above the circumstances, but under, through, and in them as well.
With a heavy heart, I am thankful for a God that is unexplainable and who does not leave any circumstance void of hope. My heart feels poor and needy but nothing can keep it from singing, “The LORD is great!”
11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD;
may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, LORD;
come quickly, LORD, to help me.
14 May all who want to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The LORD is great!”
17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
you are my God, do not delay.