Category Archives: HOPE BEGINS HERE

The “Seeds” of praise and thanksgiving we sow into our lives each day bring the bountiful harvests of hope we need. It all begins here.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.  —Robert Louis Stevenson

“The Song of Songs,” the loveliest song,

   The song of Love the King,

No joy on earth compares with his,

   But seems a broken thing.

His Name as ointment is poured forth,

   And all his lovers sing.

Draw me- I will run after thee,

   Thou art my heart’s one choice,

Oh, bring me to thy royal house,

   To dwell there and rejoice.

There in thy presence, O my King,

   To feast and hear thy voice.

Look not upon me with contempt,

   Though soiled and marred I be,

The King found me-an outcast thing-

   And set his love on me.

I shall be perfected by Love,

   Made fair as day to see.

(Canticle 1:1-6)

Joy Is Where You’re Going Trust Will Get You There

“Shepherd,” asked Much-Afraid earnestly, “tell me why I nearly got into Pride’s clutches again, and why Resentment, Bitterness, and Self-Pity have been able to pester me for so long in this dreadful way. I did not call you before, because they never dared to come close to me or to make a real attack, but they have been lurking around all the time and making their horrible suggestions, and I couldn’t get away from them. Why was it?”

“I think,” said the Shepherd gently, “that lately the way seemed a little easier and the sun shone, and you came to a place where you could rest. You forgot for a while that you were my little handmaiden Acceptance-with-Joy and were beginning to tell yourself it really was time that I led you back to the mountains and up to the High Places.

When you wear the weed of impatience in your heart instead of the flower Acceptance-with-Joy, you will always find your enemies get an advantage over you.”

― Hannah Hurnard, Hinds’ Feet on High Places

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Joy Is Where You're Going“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

— C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


 

acceptance with joy
THANKSGIVING
THaNGksˈɡiviNG/
noun
acceptance with joyHOPE
hōp/
noun
A person or thing that may help or save someone. Grounds for believing that something good may happen.
2 . ARCHAIC – a feeling of trust
 
verb

want something to happen or be the case.


acceptance with joy

 

JOY IS WHERE YOU’RE GOING.

TRUST WILL YOU GET THERE.

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

Psalm 40:3Psalm 40:3
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3 He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God. Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in Yahweh.

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“Answers From A Cross” (New Song #11)

In all this darkness there is a light,

A song from God, sung in the “night.”

“Where is God!” some men demand.

“Where was His, mighty, omnipotent hand?”

Sutherland Springs Texas

Devastation from stormy blast…

Stricken faces—still aghast.

“Where is God…” their whispered plea.

“Doesn’t He care? Doesn’t He see?”

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“How could He care—and look away?”

“Where was His LOVE that autumn day?”

“Oh God, if You are Love; if You are Light…”

“Where was Your shield; where was Your might?”

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“Dear child,” in whispers soft and low—

A Voice, now speaks, so men will know.

“This evil thing that men have done…

Is why I sent My ONLY Son.”

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“Where is God? you ask of Me.

He’s hanging there—for all to see…

Upon a cross… sent by Me,

To die upon that gruesome tree!”

the price of God's grace

“For every scheme and wicked plan,

Formed and fashioned there by man,

The glory of that cross will shine,

And ‘gold’ from grief—shall be mined…

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If in your deepest pain and loss,

You seek your answers at my cross?

Blood met with BLOOD—shall be redeemed!

Every… EVIL… WICKED… scheme!”

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Broken hearts—now wet with tears,

Covered! Cleansed! Conquered here!

Touched with glory from above;

Sealed forever—by My LOVE…

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So love conquers—death and hate;

So Love—never comes, too late!

My cross is victory’s conquering light!

My cross drives back your blackest night.

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Come My child, here, you will find;

Rest for weary heart and mind.

Hope reborn—Dreams anew!

At My cross, Light shines for you.

The answer

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer;

I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33John 16:33
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33 I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.”

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Living In A Simple Uncomplicated Truth

living in a simple uncomplicated truthThis is the season where “giving thanks” is on everyone’s mind. But, as I was contemplating Thanksgiving I thought, “Isn’t this the simple and uncomplicated truth we are to live in every day?”

Isn’t this to be our daily reality?

I’m not talking about standing on street corners, making loud and boisterous noises for others to notice and applaud, saying, “Here I am. Come and LOOK and SEE how thankful I am.”

No.

I am talking about a much deeper inner reality.

Let me explain.

First, when I think about what Jesus Christ has done for me; what He has accomplished on my behalf, and given to me simply because HE LOVES ME? It fills my heart with gratitude, and the inner words that flow from that inner understanding, are like a continual and quiet flowing stream of thanksgiving.

When I look around at all that God the Father has created for me to enjoy; to gaze upon in simple wonder?

When I remember that He “saw me” in eternal ages past, knew who I would be, what I would do, how I would fail Him, and yet He chose me anyway, and said, “This one will one day be Mine and will belong to Me forever.”

When I think of Him sending His only Son, to sacrifice on a cross, to lay His perfect sinless life down for me?

Oh, the thanksgiving that flows from that place!

Then there is my Beloved Best Friend!

He is “The Alongside One” who is ALWAYS with me, will never desert me, no matter the outer calamity or inner failure. He is my Comforter. My Teacher of all Truth. He never lies to me. He never abuses me. He never betrays me.

He is Faithfulness itself, bequeathed to me, how could I receive all of that, and not be full of thanksgiving?

This is my simple inner reality.

living in a simple uncomplicated truthIt is as quietly constant as breathing is for my lungs when they nourish my body with oxygen.

Giving thanks, is the spiritual air I breathe.

It is not an outer show—done for impressing others—or myself?

It is living in this simple uncomplicated truth.

God created me—for Himself—and then chose me to be a child of His forever.

Jesus Christ saw me, for what I was, and still He loved me and chose to die for me; to redeem my life from the clutches of the enemy.

All this was done so that The Holy Spirit could come to me, to comfort me in every distress, to open Truth to me so He could teach me, and He will be constantly in me, with me, and upon me all the days of my life.

living in a simple uncomplicated truthKnowing all of this?

That this uncomplicated truth is not dependent on my moods, or my behavior, or what others think they know about me?

It is here I live in a quiet inner reality.

Here my spirit is breathing in hope, and breathing out thanksgiving.