day 24 of hope

by admin on October 24, 2014

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“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentations 3.24

All I could hear on the other end of the phone line was hysterical sobbing. Caller I.D. told me it was my sister. The only words I could understand were, “He told me to *%$# leave.”

And, so began my (only) sister’s journey of rejection, desertion, and betrayal, toward divorce, after 46 years of marriage. As much as I could, I walked the journey with her.

When everything in your world becomes a lie, you quickly learn who and what you can count on. There’s no looking ahead because you are so focused on getting through the moments of each day.

My sister adopted today’s scripture as her mantra.

The Lord is My Portion.

The Lord is my Enough.

The Lord is my Cup.

The Lord is my Husband.

When one loses everything, those words become breath. They are the oxygen one relies on to move from hour to hour.

Remember the Israelites in the desert? God provided them with daily manna. He provided a portion for each person. He never gave too much. He never allowed for leftovers. He provided ENOUGH. They grumbled.

I’d be lying if I said my sister and I never grumbled and complained during those two years – especially me! Yet, she held on to her Portion. Her Provider.

She places her hope in Him and He is her Enough.

Today, Sister lives in another state and she is enjoying her life to the fullest. She serves the Lord with her whole heart and if you asked her how she is doing? Here’s what she would say,

“The Lord is my Portion, and my HOPE is in Him. My life is in Him and He is more than Enough!”

Rejoicing in HOPE until next time…

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day 23 of hope

by admin on October 23, 2014

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Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…Titus 2.13

I was born in 1950 and ever since being old enough to understand, I’ve been told that Jesus is coming soon! My Grandma Emily thought for sure she would see her Savior part the eastern sky and rapture His church. She passed away from natural causes at 79. My mom, born in 1926, thought perhaps she would live to see His return. She passed away in 2012. I wonder, “Will I see His gathering of the saints?” No one knows the answer, not even Jesus Himself!

I have studied the scriptures from Matthew 24 and tried to figure out the formula of when the fig tree blossomed etc!  Is the marker when Israel became a nation in 1948 or when they regained Old Jerusalem  in 1967? I’ve heard both views.

One can listen to teachings in Eschatology and Prophecy but no one, I said, NO ONE, can tell us the day or the hour. Yes, we can read the signs of the times, and as followers of Christ we are wise to do that and I certainly do.

I am confident in saying, “We are definitely living in the final days.” But, I must add, “A day in God’s time table is the same as a thousand years!”

Back to square one!!!

However, I don’t know about YOU, but I live and breathe looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…

Are you?

Rejoicing in HOPE until next time…

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day 22 of hope

October 22, 2014

Tweet I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. Psalm 130.5 That blasted “w” word…WAIT. Ugh! I have often wondered if God got a kick out of telling us to wait – that word is used a lot and very often with the word hope. Wait. Hope. Trust. […]

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day 21 of hope

October 21, 2014

Tweet For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God. Psalm 38.15 The more kids one has the more opportunities one has to trust in the sovereignty of a faithful God! I have not lacked in opportunity! A few years ago my middle child was in trouble. A marriage was […]

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day 20 of hope

October 20, 2014

Tweet I will give her her vineyards from there, And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. Hosea 2.15 I remember the first time I came across this scripture […]

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day 19 of hope

October 19, 2014

Tweet Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. Psalm 42.11 His older brother and sister called him the “golden boy”, born seven years after the birth of my second child, […]

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day 18 of hope

October 18, 2014

Tweet You are wearied in the length of your way; Yet you did not say, ‘There is no hope.’ You have found the life of your hand; Therefore you were not grieved. Isaiah 57:10 Have you ever wanted something so badly it hurt? I have. Last year I began to put feet to a desire […]

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day 17 of hope

October 17, 2014

Tweet Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. Psalm 16.9 Now, this scripture is chock-full of HOPE. My flesh also will rest in hope. When we see the word “flesh” in the scripture we know it is referring to our human-ness. Our eternal hope is one thing […]

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day 16 of hope

October 16, 2014

Tweet Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you. Zechariah 9.12 Do you ever wake up in the morning alive with hope? Stop and think about it for a minute. Some mornings I wake up and almost feel a dread of the day ahead […]

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day 15 of hope

October 15, 2014

Tweet There is hope in your future, says the Lord, That your children shall come back to their own border. Jeremiah 31.17 This scripture is key to my HOPE. I completely understand the context of the declaration – God is speaking to the Remnant of Israel. He is reminding them of His mercy. I know […]

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