Hope Rising

Monday, January 31, 2011

Trusting in His Sovereignty...

*God is too wise not to know all about us, and what is really best for us. He is too good not to desire our highest good. If what He has appointed for us does not seem to us the best, or even to be good, we need to remember that He sees further than we do, and that we shall understand Him in time when His plans have unfolded themselves.
-Henry Parry Liddon from A.W. Tozer's book, "The Pursuit of God." 

Psalms 18:30-32  
30 As for God, his way is perfect.  
All the LORD's promises prove true.  
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. 
31 For who is God except the LORD?  
Who but our God is a solid rock? 
32 God arms me with strength;  
he has made my way safe.
1 Corinthians 2:9(NLT)
...No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.

As I begin to walk through a difficult matter this week and in the next few months, I would appreciate your prayers...for His promises to be proved true, for His blessing, and for His guidance.
 Trusting in His sovereignty,
(along with His faithfulness, goodness, and love), 

*Recently read this quote again on Facebook, and copied it to my files...I can't remember which of my friends posted it, but thank you, whoever you are :).

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lay any burden on me, only sustain me...

"Lord, send me anywhere, only go with me.  Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Oh, my Jesus, my King, my life, my all, I again consecrate my life to you."
Ravi Zacharias' version of a prayer prayed by David Livingstone

Friday, January 14, 2011

My prayer tonight...

This poem always speaks to me. I have had it posted on a bulletin board over my desk (along with many other wonderful quotes and verses) for many years. It also reminds me of a principle shared by Oswald Chambers, which is to make sure that no one or nothing comes between your soul and the Father.  Be Thou the first...

When I can no more stir my soul to move,
And life is but the ashes of a fire;
When I can but remember that my heart
Once used to live and love and long and aspire--
Oh, be Thou then the First, the One Thou Art;
Be Thou the calling, before all answering love,
And in me wake hope, fear, boundless desire.

George MacDonald

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

True beauty...

One of my life verses is 1 Peter 3:4, not that I have attained the gentle and quiet spirit, but it is something that I would like to possess. :)  The following passage from the Eldredge's book, Captivating, really spoke to me (emphases theirs):   
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is pleasing in the sight of God. (1 Peter 3:3-4)
First, Peter is not saying that we shouldn't enjoy wearing pretty things.  What he's trying to say is that true beauty comes from the inner part of us.  Our hearts.  A heart at rest...

...A woman in her glory, a woman of beauty, is a woman who is not striving to become beautiful or worthy or enough.  She knows in her quiet center where God dwells that he finds her beautiful, has deemed her worthy, and in him, she is enough.  In fact, the only thing getting in the way of our being fully captivating and enjoyed is our striving.

"He will quiet you with His love" (Zeph. 3:17).  A woman of true beauty is a woman who in the depths of her soul is at rest, trusting God because she has come to know him to be worthy of her trust.  She exudes a sense of calm, a sense of rest, and invites those around her to rest as well.  She speaks comfort; she knows that we live in a  world at war, that we have a vicious enemy, and our journey is through a broken world.  But she also knows that because of God all is well, that all will be well.  A woman of true beauty offers others the grace to be and the room to become.  In her presence, we can release the tension and pressure that so often grip our hearts.  We can also breathe in the truth that God loves us and he is good.

This is why we must keep asking.  Ask Jesus to show you your beauty.  Ask him what he thinks of you as a woman.  His words to us let us rest and unveil our beauty.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Prayer for my son

Paul was praying for the church in Ephesus when he wrote this, but these words could just as well be me, praying for my son.  I could not express the desires I have for my son better than these verses.  (Any time you can lift my son up to the Father with me, it would be a blessing!)

Ephesians 4:14-20 (MSG)
14My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, 15this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. 16I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit--not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength--17that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, 18you'll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! 19Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. 20God can do anything, you know--far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Monday, January 3, 2011

"God is looking for better men..." (A quote worth some thought)

Men are God’s method.  The church is looking for better methods--God is looking for better men. What the church needs today is not more machinery or better; not new organizations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use. The Holy Ghost does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, He anoints men.
E.M. Bounds (The Power of Prayer)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcoming 2011

I'm not going to lie:  2010 was a good year, but not a banner year, and there are already some major issues that are looming in 2011.  In spite of those issues, I'm going to trust God to come through for me, just as He has in the past...and praise Him before I understand what He's doing, and pray that I will be faithful no matter what the outcome.
Life is parallel blessings and difficulties for most of us--and I'm asking Him to help me focus on the many blessings He has given me, and deal with the inevitable hardships in a way that will honor Him. He IS good.

I'm going to be carrying these verses with me this year: 

  • You crown the year with Your good blessings, and You leave abundance in Your wake. (Psalm 65:11 The NET Bible) *
  • The Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way you went until you came to this place. (Deut. 1:31)*
  • I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord: be strong, and take heart, and wait for the Lord... (Psalm 27:13,14 NIV)
  • Because of their shame, my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace, they will rejoice in their inheritance...and everlasting joy will be theirs...(Isaiah 61:7 NIV) 
  • Forget about what’s happened! Don’t keep going over old history. Be alert! Be present! I’m about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out. Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road in the desert and rivers in the badlands. (Isaiah 43:18-19 The Message)*

*Some verses taken from Beth Moore's LPM Blog...good stuff about the New Year over there.