Tag Archive | Hope

Broken Sea Glass:

mosaics416  Isaiah 53:4,5

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

I am back from a trip to the Pacific Coast, and from my son’s aviation camp.

It was an extraordinary time of reflection, fun, and new experiences.

I was able to walk the beach, enjoy sunsets, take my dog for walks, and look for treasures from the sea, among other things.

I wasn’t aware of ‘sea glass’, before this trip. Sea glass is broken shards of glass that are tossed and turned by the sea. They look ‘frosted’ and their edges are smooth. Their color is usually brought out by the constant abrasion of the sand, sun, and churning of the glass. Cobalt blues, emerald greens, soft whites, browns, and many other colors can be found. Some glass is from rare, old objects, and can be very valuable.

Crafty people make beautiful objects with this glass. Mosaics, mirrors, lights, and concrete are decorated with it.

How can brokenness be so beautiful?

At Communion, broken bread is eaten, in remembrance of the broken body of Jesus. He was ‘broken’ for us. He took our punishment, our sins, our iniquity, and His brokenness brought about something beautiful! — Our salvation and redemption.

Some of us are broken, and it is hard to see the beauty of God’s handiwork in this world. It is very possible that your brokenness is bringing about something very beautiful, and is being used for a greater purpose than you can imagine right now.

Maybe the colors of your tapestry include dark threads of a hard life. Those dark colors are needed, as well as the colorful ones, to bring about the beautiful life that God has planned. Darkness exposes the highlights in a picture. God is a great designer, creator, and builder, and can change brokenness into something beautiful!

Dear God, I thank You that You showed me that brokenness can be beautiful. Many people are broken and wounded, today, and You can sympathize with them, because Jesus was broken, wounded, and bruised too. You raised Jesus from the dead, and He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He didn’t stay broken. He was resurrected, changed, and made immortal. Even the ugliness of death is made beautiful with Your promise that we will be raised up with Christ. Thank You for hope, comfort, and peace. Thank You for everything. Amen. In the Name of Jesus.

-Dawn-

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The Journey to a New Land:

My Grandmother who was a relative of the John Jenny family, who came over to America in the 1600's on the Little James ship.

My Grandmother who had ancestors that came over to America in the 1600’s on the Little James ship.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people he chose for his inheritance. Psalm 33:12

My Grandma ‘Charlotte’, nicknamed ‘Lottie’, on my dad’s side, had ancestors who came over to America on the Little James ship, during the 1600’s. John Jenny was one of my ancestors.

John Jenny met many obstacles when he came to America. He left the home that he knew, for a territory that was unfamiliar. He took his family with him, and they journeyed to this new land.

As Christians, we have left our old ‘country’, to venture to a new life. We have been made free from sin, no longer under the bondage of a cruel ruler. Our King is Christ, our new home is Heaven, and we are on the journey that will lead us to a new land.

We are bound to be met with obstacles, with hardships, and strife, and some will experience physical death, but still, our new home is worth the trouble! We will be free, indeed!

Our journey has been paid for, our ship is Jesus Christ, and if we remain in Him, we can weather the storms on this ocean of life.

Our new world will have God as our Lord, and we will be His inheritance.(verse above) And we will be blessed!

Revelation 21:3

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Dear God, keep us focused on the prize, the end of our long, hard, journey. Protect us, and keep us from being deceived. Guide us and lead us in the way everlasting. Thank You for giving us freedom through Jesus Christ, Your Son. I pray that many would join us on this journey, and take part in the New World that You are creating for us. May Your will be done. I also pray that people would seek You, and repent of their sins, and that they would find salvation through Jesus Christ. I thank You for Your many blessings, and for Your Great Love. In Jesus’s precious name, Amen.

-Dawn-

Have a Happy, Safe, Independence Day, 4th of July Celebration!

Only a Season:

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My sister took this picture of the sky. I loved the light and color, and the one lone tree. This was a frosty landscape, in the winter, in the Midwestern United States.

I could relate to the tree, barren and cold, standing alone, in the face of the setting sun.

It stands against the harsh winds, and bitter cold. It knows that soon, spring will come. and its leaves will return, and it will be full of life again.

I am waiting for ‘spring’ too. God is preparing a place for His people. He has not abandoned us. As I view His beauty in His creation, I await for that heavenly home.– Heaven!

Like that tree, I have to live in the season I am experiencing, but there is hope and a future awaiting.

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Dear God, help me to stay focused on You. You will not leave me, nor forsake me. One day, I will be with You. Let me be a light in this world, an ambassador, and a worker, while there is time. Help people to repent and turn to You for salvation and help. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Dedicate Yourself to the Lord:

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When we allow God’s will in our life, when we commit our way to Him, and trust in Him, He will take care of everything.

We can cast all our cares on Him, for He cares for us.

God’s power within us is overwhelming! It gives us strength to weather the storms of life. It gives us patience in the midst of suffering. God’s power gives us peace in the turmoil. He gives us the power to love, to thrive, to live vibrant lives in the midst of chaos.

There are people in the world’s spotlight who seem to have everything,–wealth, power, talent, popularity, and beauty, but their spirits are poor, wretched, miserable, and naked.  Many are sad, lost, and lonely.

I know many Christians who have been imprisoned, impoverished, and everything was taken from them, yet they were rich in faith. They were rich in peace. They were full of hope, waiting patiently for their eternal home.

They saw the prize, and the high calling of God in their lives, and they purposed in their hearts to follow God faithfully.

What profit is it to gain the whole world and lose your soul?

Dear God, I pray for Your mighty presence in my life. I pray that You would encourage Christians with Your power and presence. Help us to stand firm in our faith in You. Keep us from being deceived. Your will be done. Help me to help others find the way to You. Protect us, and keep us in Your care.  In the Name of Jesus, Amen.-

-Dawn-

Eternity in a Bottle:

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For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4

Just think how time for God is so different! Our lifetime might be seventy or eighty years on average, but that is like a breath to God.

This verse makes me think of the lyrics to the Jim Croce song “Time in a Bottle”.

We cannot save time. It continues to press on and change things. Nothing really stays the same. We need to make every opportunity to ‘save in our eternal bottle’ the things that are really important.

The things that are lasting and beneficial,are faith, hope and love!

“Time In A Bottle”

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty, except for the memory of how
They were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go through time with

Know what really matters, and don’t waste a second of this life God gave you!
Dear Lord, thanks so much for everything. We are not guaranteed of our time on this earth. Help us not to waste one second on things that don’t matter. Help us to know what is important, and spend our time preparing for eternity with You.
In Your precious name, Amen.
-Dawn-

A Season of Life:

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It is a new season in the mountains. Wild roses, daisies, ferns, strawberries, honeysuckle, and various flowers have made an appearance. It is the beginning of the summer season. The sun is shining brightly, and everything is thriving on the sun’s energy.

I am reminded that everything changes with time. As the verse in Daniel 2:21 says, “God changes times and seasons;..” I see a different landscape compared with winter, just a short time ago. There were dreary days, not much sun, and the ground was buried in snow. The landscape seemed barren. The winter season was like a black and white photo compared to all the color I see today.

The world seems to be in a different season too. Earthquakes are more severe, and are occurring more often. Nations are rising against nations. Even the solar system has displayed different signs and wonders. Birds are falling from the sky. Fish in great numbers have washed up on shores. Honey bees are dying in large numbers. People are calling evil, ‘good’, and good, ‘evil’.

Don’t let these things take your focus off of God. This is a season. Things will change. God offers us hope, through our faith. He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to the discerning. Our hope is in God.

Psalm 46

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Thank You, God, for being our refuge and strength, and an ever-present help in times of trouble. We can count on You. Help us to  stay focused on You in this chaotic season of life. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

What Hope is There?

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God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity (Romans 1:18-32)

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

This was Paul’s description of the Romans, but it could be used to describe our modern day world– no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. People know the consequences of their actions, but do them anyway, and approve of others who do them too. People have abandoned natural relations, they are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity.

What hope is there for our world? –As much hope as there was for the Romans of Paul’s time, if we are willing to listen, repent, turn from our ways, and acknowledge God. Our hope is the love of God, and His forgiveness and salvation.

We are sinners in need of a Savior! There is only One who is able to save,– Jesus Christ, God’s Son.

Dear God, the book of Romans was written long ago, and the people Paul described, sound like the people of today. Just as the Romans needed You, we need You. Lord, I seek Your presence, Your forgiveness, Your love, and ask that You would fill this world with the knowledge of You. I pray that many hearts would be turned from sin, and that they would repent, and accept Your salvation. I pray for workers for the harvest. In the wonderful name of Jesus. Amen.

-Dawn-