Hope for Today will inspire you to live a life connected to Christ by empowering you to fall in love with Jesus through personal spiritual growth. Teaching you the power of your identity and authority in Christ. Encouraging you in your inheritance as an ambassador for the kingdom of God!
Wherever you find yourself today I encourage you to choose the better part. Choose Jesus and He promises any time spent with Him will not be taken from you. He invites you in to lay all your cares and burdens at His feet.
So many times we are quick to quote John 3:16 and many times we forget to add the verse that holds its hand. John 3:17 tells us Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, He came to save the world through His actions on the Cross.
I understand that many of you believe the Bible is only a group of stories written over two thousand years ago by men not God. I get it. Before I became a believer I couldn’t get past the first sentence on the first page. I understand that some of you who are believers struggle to understand this Book as well. All of this is okay. God knows, He sees and He understands. Most importantly He loves you and I pray He blesses you with the faith to believe in Him and understand these words written over centuries ago.
Have you ever experienced a mountaintop high and suddenly out of nowhere you are crashing to the valley floor and you ARE done?
That was the prophet Elijah’s experience (you can read his story in 1 Kings). Elijah experienced a victory at Mt. Carmel and then he finds himself running for his life from the queen of Israel who has vowed to kill him.
All along the way God provided for Elijah. He gave him food, water, supernatural strength for a forty day journey. He even provided a broom tree which is actually a desert shrub for Elijah to sleep under.
Elijah comes to the end of himself. He is experiencing deep sorrow over his fellow countrymen, who have turned away from God when God does something spectacular. He gives Elijah even more of Himself. He reveals Himself to Elijah in a gentle whisper. On the mountaintop.
Elijah was physically on the mountaintop but it is possible to walk along the ‘valley floor’ and experience mountaintop highs. Perhaps that is why we sometimes miss those mountaintop highs because we are so focused on walking the valley floor but the goodness of God and His provision can be found wherever we roam.
Are you listening for a loud, booming voice, or, are your ears tuned for that gentle whisper?
Whatever your situation is right now at this moment, God sees you. He promises after a little while He WILL restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. #standandresist with #firmfaith and on the #promises of a Mighty Warrior God who fights for you.
For as much as the Old Testament is filled with violence, rules and regulations, it is also filled with the sweetness of His love. He is with you, He saves you, He takes delight in you and He rejoices over you with singing. Imagine that, God sings!
I wonder if you ever feel as if your living your life in the desert. Alone, hot, dry and parched. You may wonder how you found yourself there. What were the choices and paths you took that led you to a place that can be both beautiful yet overwhelming?
We read in God’s word the story of a mom named Hagar. Hagar had a son named Ishmael. Due to circumstances beyond Hagar’s control she found herself walking with her young son in the desert. Their water had run out and Hagar, not wanting to watch her son die, placed him under a bush to shield him from the hot desert sun and went a short way off, sat down and began to weep.
Many times because of the steps we’ve taken God lures us to a desert place out of His love for us. He blocks our path and walls us in and waits patiently until we’ve come to the end of ourselves, sit down and begin to weep. He speaks tender words of restoration and hope while He removes the idols from our life, those things that we turn to hoping they will do only what God can do, fill the empty space in our heart.
He cleanses our heart and takes the desire to sin from our heart so that we will love Him with all our heart and soul so that we may live as recipients of His blessings. (Deuteronomy 30:6)
Precious One the desert isn’t barren or a place of punishment. It is God’s gift and love for you. Restoring you.
Choose God. Choose His will and righteousness. Choose His blessings in your life.
Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. Which season is your favorite? I love everything about Fall. The bright, crisp days, the turning of the leaves from green to vibrant yellow, orange and deep red. The sense of accomplishment of the first half of the year and the readiness to hunker down for the shorter days ahead.
As we celebrate the seasons of the earth we realize that life has many seasons. Seasons that come and go. Some that are long and others that are much too short. Many of us are in a season of letting go. Some of us have been through this season before and find ourselves in the last of its kind. For some this is your first experience in this season.
Even as God has been preparing me over the last five years I find this final season one of the hardest. Yet, I know He will never leave me nor forsake me. The season of empty nesting is both sad and exciting at the same time. If you find yourself in this season I encourage you to embrace it as gladly as you do your favorite season of the year!
Precious One, your identity is found in Christ not the season.
Going to the store always involves a list for me. Lists ensure that I won’t forget all the items I want to buy. Sometimes our walk of faith can become a list checking frenzy. Causing us to check off our time with God like a grocery list when it isn’t about a list but a relationship.
The old and new, law and grace. One give us a set of guidelines speaking to us of our need of a Savior and the other gives us the desire to live for Him because of the power that raised Him from the dead the power of the Holy Spirit.
Law and Grace walking hand in hand alive and relevant today as the day God breathed them into existence. Even the prophets have not been abolished. All remain until the day that Jesus returns to set all things right according to His will and righteousness.
Precious One please do not wait to allow the law to shower you with its knowledge of the Savior. The longer you wait draws closer to being too late. And what you have to lose is eternity.
I love this picture. It was taken at a writers conference I have begun to attend every year. In fact, I am excited to be on the marketing team for next year’s conference! Our team is amazing and I am looking forward to learning so much from them as we all work alongside each other to bring a cumulative branch of knowledge and talent. More on that in the weeks and months to come.
If I love the picture, I love the Scripture even more. Many of you have followed me on this journey of restoration that began in January of 2017. This journey has been about physical and spiritual healing. It has not been easy nor has it been pretty but it has been necessary and through it all God has been faithful.
In January 2017 I was visiting a church and the Pastor’s message was on the restoration in Joel 2. I knew God was speaking directly to me. In February of that year I attended the writer’s conference and there in huge, lighted letters was the word RESTORE.
This year God gave me the word overcomer and while we are overcomer’s because Christ has overcome the world, that isn’t the Scripture he gave me. Rather, He gave me a verse from one of my favorite books of the Bible.
But this is what the LORD says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. Isaiah 49:25.
Not only does God promise restoration in Joel 2:25, In Isaiah 49:25 He promises to return the plunder the enemy stole! Oh, but it gets better. He promises to contend with those who contend with me AND my children HE will save!
As God’s restoration, overcoming and healing continue to come little by little and day by day, I am thankful for His reminders and promises that I often forget in the midst of the struggle.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
Waiting. We wait in line at the grocery store, we wait patiently for our appointment time at our doctor’s office, some of us even wait eagerly, with anticipation and excitement, for the thrill of being strapped into a one-person seat, as a black cushioned harness comes down over our shoulders and secures us to our spot, signaling the end of waiting and the beginning of twists and turns and heights and drops, that cause our stomachs to reside momentarily in our throats.
Yet, waiting on God can be one of the hardest places to be. Especially when life mimics a roller coaster and we feel we need His answer right now.
Of all the definitions of waiting in Numbers 9:8, the most significant is to be present. We’ve already travelled the road of yesterday and the road to tomorrow is waiting to be stepped upon. But, the here and now is where we can be fully present, nurturing our relationship with Jesus, while we wait for His perfect timing and answer for what we’ve been waiting.