White Roses of Hope

The cries of lonely, grieving people are heard on every street

     and every corner

     My heart breaks for those who are hurting;

         I weep with those who weep

     And sometimes – many times- I just don’t know what more I can do.

     If I had a magic wand I would spend hours touching people with it

     just to encourage them to keep on keeping on.

    That’s an interesting phrase, isn’t it?

    Keep on keeping on.

    Sometimes I think I do it well

    And other times not so well.

    But no matter how limited I am

    No matter how worn out and weary

    I remember that we have a God

    Who is the God of all Hope.

   And although I live day after day with limits

   I serve a God Who has endless Love and Grace for all.

   So how do I reach my world with that Good News?

   We must keep pressing forward in a world that is filled with sadness.

   So, today

    an ordinary Wednesday filled with many appointments and things to do

   as I was going through my day’s activities

  the thought came to me.

   Roses.

   White roses.

   Symbols of hope in this New Year.

   So I went out to the nearby store and purchased…..

  You guessed it. White roses.

   And passed out one rose at a time.

   God is alive.

   He does care.

   He sees your deepest need.

   He knows your aching heart.

   And He’s the One Who reaches out to each one of us

   In love today.

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.    Romans 15:3

  Yes, I’d love to cover our world with white roses

   Reminding people everywhere

   The young and old

   The rich and the less fortunate

   Those who are sick and those who are brimming with health right now

   That there is One Who cares for you.

   And He wants a personal relationship with you.

   He is the One Who breathes into our weary frames

   words of everlasting Hope.

   Yes, there are people all around us who need to know.

    Join me in telling them this Good News, won’t you?

    There is always hope.

    No matter how difficult your situation.

    Jesus loves you. And He gives to you —Hope.

 

 

Who Me? Be Strong?

As I write this we are in the 9th day of January.

Woman after woman shares with me her feelings of failure and disappointment.

New Years Day resolutions are already buried under

   Efforts to simply survive 2020.

And for those who know there is more to life

  the question begs for an answer

“Can I possibly be strong – strong in my soul – in this day?”

All around we see the erosion of moral values.

Deep within we are aware of our human weakness.

So can we possibly grow strong – soul strong – today?

I honestly believe so.

For again and again I have seen the when the storm winds blow

the roots do deep.

And oh how my heart longs for those deep roots of strength.

“I feel like such a failure,” she said and bent her head.

“Honestly I feel so ugly,” another woman admitted.

“Me? Oh I’m just a mess inside but I’d never admit it to another”.

My heart leaps out to these women and so many like them

who suffer alone with doubts, confusion and disappointment.

The superficial answers of today

    The skin-deep solutions

 Just.don’t. last.

No, they don’t and they won’t.

True strength – real soul strength- is found in One alone.

And it is only as I draw near to Him

   And dig deep into His Truths

That I discover a strength that lasts.

It is not dependent on my emotions, my moods, the latest best seller.

It is not conditioned on my financial security, or the amount of education I have.

No, it’s solely based on the character of God.

His everlasting Love.

His Plan and Purpose for my life.

His unchanging Nature.

There is a hunger all around for Truth that changes lives.

There is a longing to grow strong.

Let these words sink deep within –

1-3 Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!”
    Angels listen as I sing my thanks.
I kneel in worship facing your holy temple
    and say it again: “Thank you!”
Thank you for your love,
    thank you for your faithfulness;
Most holy is your name,
    most holy is your Word.
The moment I called out, you stepped in;
    you made my life large with strength.   Psalm 138:1-3 Msg

 

He wants to give you that strength today.

A strength that can face whatever storms you might face

A strength that will give you confidence to boldly embrace

His Truth in a crazy world.

Interested in growing strong – soul strong- this year?

Join me and others as we do just that.

It will transform your life.

 

 

 

  

 

 

Starting Strong in 2020

It tends to catch me by surprise each year-

 how suddenly Christmas is over,

 the carols are no longer heard and talk of income tax is in the air.

Although it might be easy to join the masses and stress over the lack

of energy, finances, health, relationships, etc,

 that is not our real need.

No, beneath all of those concerns

 is the need of our souls for His

Presence, His Peace and His Provision.

 Without Him, we drift in emptiness

 seeking to satisfy our aching souls

 with something.

But, in truth, He is the One Who satisfies our every need

 as we learn to depend upon Him.

 

So let’s start there first.

Ask Him to fill your soul with His Presence.

Ask Him to take control.

Ask Him to help you focus upon those things that matter most.

 

By doing that we’ll know that we are starting strong

no matter what happens.

Join me, won’t you, in taking that first step to start strong in 2020?