In the book of Proverbs Solomon writes that hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Have you ever lost hope? I’m sure we all have at times in life. Once hope is lost it seems nothing else matters. When we get to that point, we need to do as David did on so many occasions…cry out to God. In Psalm 39 that what we see him doing as he cries out, “My hope is in You!” That’s the key that unlock the door of hopelessness and pushes it wide open…that our hope is in God and nothing else.
What is your hope in?
I had looked so forward to decorating the Christmas tree and watch the holiday cartoon with the kids. It was Rian’s first Christmas and I wanted to make a lasting memory of it…boy did I. Miriam, Will, Caelan and Rian had packed up all the gifts int he car and headed the 30 miles to the hospital to have our family Christmas. They were all still in there pajama’s so I could imagine the looks on the faces of those in the hospital as they came bearing gifts. The kids didsn’t care where Christmas was…just that it was. I think all too often we worry about all the perfecct deatails and forget it’s the Who of Christmas we celebrate and not the what. Go to Broken Healer on facebook and watch the video.
Amazing how an anniversary no matter what it’s of stirs memories and flashbacks of pictures. I woke up several time during the night last night transported back into the shared room on the trauma unit of the University of Iowa hospital. It was December 4th, 2006 all over again. That nigh was spent in unrelenting pain as the meds had little effect. That first night I shared a room with a man in his
60’s (poor soul didn’t get a wink of sleep that night) and I remember hearing him pray for me every time I regained consciousness. As they wheeled me to a private room the next morning he said he would continue to pray for my recovery. I never got his name and vaguely remember what he looked like but his prayers still impact my life to this day. James 5:16, The prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective.
“And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!” (Isaiah 30:18, Amp).
Tis the season to wait…wait in the checkout line at the store, wait for the kids to get their picture with Santa. But this scripture tells us that the Lord is waiting for us to spend time with him. In this busy season don’t keep him waiting.
Surprises are great when they are filled with things that bring cheer. But what about the unexpected and not so thrilling surprises. On Tuesday I had sinus surgery (not fun) and on Wednesday we received a call from our landlord telling us we would be needing to move because they are selling the house. Those kind of surprises are never fun especially since I am recovering from my surgery.
My first response was panic, face it I can’t do anything but lay around the house and recover for 2 weeks and what about Christmas and the kids moving from the friends they have just made in the year we have lived in this house. Isn’t that our typical response? Even in the times of such uncertainty we serve a God who is not surprised and is waiting for me to calm down and listen to what His plan is for all of this…the surprise that looks terrible may just turn out to be a surprise that causes us to rejoice of the goodness of God.
Before I had my accident I never once thanked God that I could walk…in fact I never even thought about it until after my accident. Face it, the things we do every day like walking, being able to feed ourselves, seeing, hearing, breathing…we rarely stop and thank God for those things do we? Hardly a day now goes past that I don’t thank God for the things I that pre-accident took for granted. Are you thankful for the little things in your life?
Face it…we are all broken. Our relationship with God is broken until we ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins and rule our lives and even then we face things throughout our lives that leave us broken. It may be a broken body, a broken relationship, a broken bank account or even a broken hope that life will ever get any better. When Jeremiah was facing a difficult time in his life he wrote:
I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends!His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
Lamentations 3:20-24 (NLT)
Perhaps you are facing an awful time in your life right now, if so place your complete hope in him because he is always faithful to his word and will never leave you…never.
We had some bad news this week. On Wednesday morning my dad was taken to the emergency room with stroke symptoms. Turns out it was an aneurysm and it is serious. There’s not much we can do – but God has lot’s of options. We believe in a miracle working God. Faith isn’t just for when times are good. We are reaching out to you – please pray with us for my dad – and for my family.
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