Category Archives: Have Hope

Lord, Give Me One More Hour With My Loved One…

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My friend, Amy…

Lost her 10 year-old son, Kaleb recently…

See my post at:

https://godssceneryandpromises.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/grief-are-you-in-the-club/

She posted this question on Facebook…

Amy

I responded…

“Tell me what you would say to Kaleb in that hour…”

Her heartfelt answer…

“I’d mostly hold him…

Tell him how much I love him…

Make sure he knows I always have and will…

I would just listen to all the things he would tell me…

I miss listening to him…

We talked so much more than I realized…

And just listening to the joy that came out of his constant laugh…

I miss him so very much!”

I found a great blog about “Thoughts On Grief And Loss”

“Keep the positive memories alive…”

http://elliesway.org/thoughtsongrief/

 The God Of All Comfort…

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

“Praise be to the God and Father

of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of compassion

and the God of all comfort,

who comforts us in all our troubles,

so that we can comfort those in any trouble

with the comfort

we ourselves

have received from God.

Amen!

When you receive comfort from God…

Give it to others!!

When Can God Be Trusted??? Always!!

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Always, Always…

  His help is on the way!!

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(Sunset photo taken at Ponce de Leon Park by my friend Marian!)

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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Psalm 37:5

“Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in Him and He will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.”

Foes are many…

Rise against you…

Hold your ground!

Don’t fear the wars or storms…

Your help is on the way!!

Our God will not delay…

  He’s our refuge and strength…

Always!!!

His promise is true!

  Our God will come through…

Always!!!

Trouble surrounds us…

Chaos abounds…

My soul will rest in You!!

Lift your eyes up…

Your help comes from the Lord!!

Always from You Lord…

Always!!

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Psalm 124:8

“Our help is in the Name of the Lord,
    the Maker of Heaven and earth.”

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Psalm 121

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of Heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, He who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    He will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.”

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Where does your help come from???

Look to the Lord…

He’s always right here!!

With His Love…

His Promises…

His Strength…

His Help!!

Always!!

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Exodus 15:2

“The Lord is my strength and my defense;
    He has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise Him,
    my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

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Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you?

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid;

do not be discouraged,

for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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Psalm 28:7

“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise Him.”

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Psalm 73:26

“My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.”

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Psalm 9:9

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.”

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Ephesians 6:10

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”

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Amen!

“Marked By Our Past…Transformed By Love!”

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We are a small group of people humbled by the love of Jesus,”

Read the entire Denison Forum Cultural Commentary on Truth and Culture,

Tattooed Jesus:  Blasphemy or Blessing?

http://www.denisonforum.org/cultural-commentary/856-tattooed-jesus-blasphemy-or-blessing#jesus-tattoo-video

To form your own opinion!!!

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Saved!!!

Accepted

Free

Loved

Trusting

Holiness

Joy

Redeemed

Set Free

Purpose

Cherished

Brave

Humble

Peace

Confident

Child of the One True God!!!!

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No longer…

Outcast

Addicted

Jealous

Fearful

Sin

Hurt

Mistake

Scarred

Worthless

Invisible

Coward

Self-Righteous

Strife

Depressed

Lost!!!!!!

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1 Peter 2:21-25

“To this you were called,

because Christ suffered for you,

leaving you an example,

that you should follow in His steps.

 ‘He committed no sin,   

and no deceit was found in His mouth.

When they hurled their insults at Him,

He did not retaliate;

when He suffered,

He made no threats.

Instead,

He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.

‘He Himself bore our sins’

in His body on the Cross,

so that we might die to sins

and live for righteousness;

‘by His wounds you have been healed.”

For ‘you were like sheep going astray,

but now you have returned to the

Shepherd and Overseer

of your souls.”

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Isaiah 53:5

“But He was pierced for our transgressions,   

He was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,   

and by His wounds we are healed.”

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1 Peter 1:18-19

“For you know that it was not with perishable things

such as silver or gold

that you were redeemed from the empty way of life

handed down to you from your ancestors,

but with the precious blood of Christ,

a lamb without blemish or defect.”

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1 Peter 3:18

“For Christ also suffered once for sins,

the righteous for the unrighteous,

to bring you to God.

He was put to death in the body

but made alive in the Spirit.”

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Thank you, Jesus…

For taking the marks of my past on Your body…

And transforming me…

 With Your amazing love!!

I’m humbled!!!

Amen!

Every Little Thing You Do…

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Really Does Matter To God!!

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1 Corinthians 10:31

“So whether you eat or drink

or whatever you do,

do it all for the glory of God.”

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1Peter 4:10

“Each of you

should use whatever gift you have received

to serve others,

as faithful stewards

of God’s grace in its various forms.”

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Colossians 3:17

“And whatever you do,

whether in word or deed,

do it all in the Name of the Lord Jesus,

giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

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Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s handiwork,

created in Christ Jesus

to do good works,

which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

You’re picking up toys on the living room floor
for the 15th time today
Matching up socks and sweeping up lost
Cheerios that got away
You put a baby on your hip and color on your lips
and head out the door
And while I may not know you I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes does it matter at all
Well let me remind you it all matters just as long as you

Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of Grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

Maybe you’re that guy with the suit and tie
Maybe your shirt says your name
You may be hooking up mergers, cooking up burgers
But at the end of the day

Little stuff, big stuff, in between stuff
God sees it all the same
And while I may not know you I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes does it matter at all
Well let me remind you it all matters just as long as you do

Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you
To do every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of Grace with every move that you make
And every little thing that you do

Well, maybe you’re sitting in math class
Maybe on a mission in the Congo
Maybe you’re working at the office
Singing along with the radio
Maybe you’re dining at a five star
Or feeding orphans in Myanmar
Anywhere and everywhere you are
Whatever you do it all matters
So do what you do and don’t ever forget to do

Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of Grace as you do
Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
‘Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of Grace with every move that you make
And every little thing that you do
Every little thing you do

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This includes every Mom– smiling while wiping off the highchair, and the floor around it, yet AGAIN!!

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This includes every Teacher-cheerfully, reminding kids ONCE AGAIN to be kind to each other!

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This includes every Dad-happily playing with the kids, even AFTER a tough day at work!

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This includes every Waiter/Waitress/Salesperson/Cashier-being patient EVERY DAY with difficult customers!

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This includes every Student-Doing well in school, even when they’d rather be ANYWHERE else!

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This includes-WHOEVER YOU ARE

 And WHATEVER YOU DO

For the GOD WHO MADE YOU!

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This Includes YOU!

And EVERY LITTLE THING YOU DO

For THE GLORY OF GOD!! 

Amen!

Life’s Not A Snapshot…Hang In There!!

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Galatians 6:9

“Let us not become weary in doing good,

for at the proper time

we will reap a harvest

if we do not give up.”

Got a story of rejection???

Defeat???

Trials??

Pain???

Hurts???

Mistakes???

Uncertainty???

Regrets???

Hardship???

Indecision???

Doubts???

Walking in darkness???

Are you scared???

Need some faith???

Some direction???

Is life a bumpy roller coaster ride???

Need some Light in your life???

RIGHT NOW???

To find your way???

Be Brave!

Have Courage!

You’re Not Alone!!

He’s Holding You!

Step Out!

Dare To Believe!

Press On! 

Hang On For The Long Ride!

Fight The Good Fight!

Wait For The Light!

The Dawn Does Come!

This Is Just The Dark Before The Morning!!

Life Is Not A Snapshot!

It May Take Awhile!

Take Some Processing Time!

Processing Time For Your Miracle!

For Your Circumstances To Be Changed!

Through God’s Perfect Plan For You!

For Your Life!!

Hang On!

“Til He Shows You The Bigger Picture!

His Panoramic View!

Of Your Life!

Believe!!

It’s His Best Plan For you!

In The Meantime…

Wait Patiently!

With Great Expectation!

And Use Your Experiences!

To Help Others Along The Way!

Just Wait A Little Longer!

Don’t Feel Compelled To Try To “HELP” God!!

He Doesn’t Need Your Help!

Trust Him Completely!

Amen!!

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Do you wonder why you have to,
Feel the things that hurt you,
If there’s a God who loves you,
Where is He now?

Maybe, there are things you can’t see
And all those things are happening
To bring a better ending
Some day, some how, you’ll see, you’ll see

Would dare you, would you dare, to believe,
That you still have a reason to sing,
’cause the pain you’ve been feeling,
Can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

So hold on, you got to wait for the light
Press on, just fight the good fight
Because the pain you’ve been feeling,
It’s just the dark before the morning

My friend, you know how this all ends
And you know where you’re going,
You just don’t know how you get there
So just say a prayer.

And hold on, cause there’s good for those who love God,
Life is not a snapshot, it might take a little time,
But you’ll see the bigger picture

Once you feel the way of glory,
All your pain will fade to memory

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Lamentations 3:22-24

“Because of the Lord’s great love

we are not consumed,   

for His compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;   

great is Your faithfulness.

I say to myself,

‘The Lord is my portion;   

therefore I will wait for Him.'”

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Yes…

Say this to yourself ever day!!

To walk the walk of Faith in our Mighty God!

Amen!

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Psalm 30:5

“His anger lasts only a moment,   

His goodness for a lifetime.

Tears may flow in the night,   

but joy comes in the morning.”

You’re Beautiful, My Sweet, Sweet Song!!

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You Are My Jesus Who Loves Me!

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Ephesians 2:4-5

“But because of His great love for us,

God, who is rich in mercy,

made us alive with Christ

even when we were dead in transgressions—

it is by grace you have been saved.”

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Proverbs 8:17

“I love those who love Me,   

and those who seek Me

find Me.”

You are beautiful my sweet, sweet song!

And I will sing again…

You are so good to me..

You heal my broken heart…

You are my Father in Heaven!

You are beautiful my sweet, sweet song!

You ride upon the clouds…

You lead me to the Truth…

You are the Spirit inside me!

You are my strong melody…

You are my dancing rhythm…

You are my perfect rhyme…

I will sing of You forever!

You poured out all Your Blood…

You died upon the Cross!

You are my Jesus who loves me!!

Oh, You’re beautiful my sweet, sweet, Lord!!

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1 John 4:9-11

This is how God showed His love among us:

He sent His One and Only Son

into the world that we might live through Him.

This is love:

not that we loved God,

but that He loved us

and sent His Son

as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Dear friends,

since God so loved us,

we also ought to love one another.”

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Zephaniah 3:17

“The Lord your God is with you,   

the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you;   

in His love He will no longer rebuke you,   

but will rejoice over you with singing.”

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Job 34:18

“…who shows no partiality to princes   

and does not favor the rich over the poor,   

for they are all the work of His hands?” 

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“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.  – Augustine

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However, as it is written:

‘What no eye has seen,   

what no ear has heard,

and what no human mind has conceived—   

the things God has prepared for those who love Him—'”

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I love You, Lord!

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I will sing of You forever!!

Amen!

When God Ran

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Luke 15:20

“So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off,

his father saw him

and was filled with compassion for him;

he ran to his son,

threw his arms around him

and kissed him.”

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Almighty God…

The Great I Am…

Immoveable Rock…

Omnipotent…

Powerful!!

Awesome Lord…

Victorious Warrior

Mighty Conqueror…

Commanding King of Kings!!

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Yes, He’s Our Almighty God!

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And the only time…

The only time…

I ever saw Him run…

Was when…

He ran to me…

Took me in His arms, held my head to His chest

And said, “My son’s come home again.”

Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyes

With forgiveness in His voice

He said “Son, do you know I still love you?”

It caught me by surprise when God ran!

The day I left home…

I knew I’d broken His heart

I wondered if

Things would ever be the same…

Then one night…

I remembered His love for me

And down that dusty road, ahead I could see…

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I saw Him running to me!

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It dropped me to my knees…

When God ran…

Holy God…

Righteous One

Who turned my way

Now I know…

You’ve been waiting

For this day!

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When I would run back to You!!

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Luke 15:24

“For this son of mine

was dead

and is alive again;

he was lost and is found.’

So they began to celebrate.”

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If you find yourself in a “pig pen”

Eating what the pigs eat…

Remember the House of your Father…

Come to yourself…

Your Father’s servants have plenty to eat…

Humble yourself…

Get up and go back home!

Your Merciful Father will see you…

And run to you!!

Your Heavenly Father will take you back!

The door is always open to a repentant heart!

The banquet table is ready!

The royal robes are ready!

You will be received by the King!

Rejoice!!

With those who have never left the Father’s House…

Who know that everything He owns is theirs…

Who have known His Abundant Grace…

All along…

It’s time to celebrate!

The lost has been found!!

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Amen!