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Help For Those Who Struggle

Hope. There is always hope. And hope has a name. His name is Jesus.

 For a long time she saw no hope so I believed for her. Her wounds were deep. The betrayals cruel.

Many times when I was with her I felt helpless. But I had been once where she was. I understood.

 Stones can hurt. Words can leave lasting scars. “I don’t see how to go on” she cried. “I don’t know where to turn.” Gently I reminded her of one who would never let her go and I also would walk with her. Slowly the sobs eased she got a job and moved.

Until years later quite by accident I ran into her. Smiles and warmth- She introduced me to her handsome husband and small curly haired toddler.

“You’ll never know how much your caring presence meant to me back then. God used you to bring life back to me”

I felt the tears behind my eyes as I gave her a hug.

 How grateful I was for the privilege of walking with her through the most difficult of times.

As I remember again today I know we all are surrounded with hurting people

 Please don’t walk on by

 Please don’t minimize their pain.

Please make time to reach out and care.

 Be the hope for another.

Possibilities

Waking up that morning

I tip-toed downstairs

so as not to awaken my daughters.

Something was different.

Something was changed.

What could it be?

I turned the coffee maker on, fed my begging  lab

and let him outside.

Still thinking.

Aware.

Something was different.

Today for the first time in weeks

there was a sense of energy and hope and aliveness.

Where had it come from?

For months there had been this heaviness within.

So many deaths.

So much sickness.

And rules to remember and follow.

But today it was different.

I poured my coffee and sat down in the familiar, deep green comfy chair.

Yes, it had been weeks of holding on,

 hoping upon hope for a change

but today was surprisingly different.

It was as if He had whispered it just for me.

“All things are possible.”

Yes ALL things.

I could hardly contain myself.

All things.

In 2021?

Yes I sensed Him assure me.

 No matter how challenging the days might still be.

No matter how difficult the problems.

God’s promise was still true. He knows and sees and loves us still.

He had not changed.

The wonder of it all flooded me again with new life.

What was different?

Why the change?

I can’t explain it but I realize it’s true – like never before.

God’s Word for me, for us, for all of us,

hasn’t changed.

All things are still possible.

I don’t know about you but that literally thrills me.

I’ve needed to know it afresh.

Maybe you do too.

Get away from the many distractions,

   the loud voices,

    the noise,

and turn to Him.

He wants you to come closer, to lean in, to bend your ear.

Listen well, my friends.

All things are possible with God.

He wants you to know this.

Today.

Especially today.

 

 

7 Words That Could Change Your Day

The words stayed with me long after my vacation in Maine

long after I’m miles and miles from the store

long after the long summer days have ended.

“It’s Going to be a Wonderful day.”

Yes, that’s how she greeted us each morning when I pay for

 my hot vanilla coffee

 and blueberry muffin.

Big smile on her face

and those words.

“It’s going to be a wonderful day.”

I always received them like a blessing on my day.

Of course it would be wonderful.

Why I was on vacation and the sun was shining

and well it couldn’t possibly be anything less.

But what about today?

My coffee is poured on this early Friday morn

 and I’ve had my morning Quiet time

and then those words come to mind

It’s going to be a wonderful day.

I could feel myself smiling,

But then…

what about all the pain

the suffering

the known huge struggles all around?

Those still exist .No denying that.

But in the midst of it all

to declare that it will be a wonderful day is more about a

personal  statement than about  the conditions all around us.

No, it’s an inner preparation –

a mental mindset-

to declare right at the beginning

it WILL be a wonderful day.

Reminds me of ‘This is the Day that the Lord has made

and I will rejoice and be glad in it.’

Today.

A gift.

A declaration.

A truth.

No matter what

It’s going to be a wonderful day.

Suddenly I feel  energetic, and strong and upbeat.

It gives a  clearer perspective of hope

that prepares  me for whatever lies ahead.

Yes, I might not have the ocean but I have this gift. These 7 simple words.

At the beginning of the day

to declare

that it will be a wonderful day.

Guess I have a new way to start my day.

Instead of waiting to see

I’m calling it. And encouraging you.

If every day you began it by saying to yourself

‘It’s going to be a wonderful  day’

wouldn’t that help? A lot.

You might just find it helpful too.

Try it with me.

And please take the time to share with me your experience.