Category Archives: Hope

In the Potter’s Hand

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This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:  “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.”  So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel.  But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Jeremiah 18:1-5

Feel like a marred pot?

That you have made so many poor choices that you are beyond hope?

That nothing can make you worthy in the eyes of God?

I have those moments too.

In the verses above God makes a point, using the potter Jeremiah watches, the pot is not conforming under the potter’s hands. What makes the pot flawed we don’t know but we are told that the potter had to re-form the pot into “another pot shaping it as seemed best to him.” Continue reading

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Even God Knows Relationships Are Messy

imageWhen I was a teen I was very curious about love as it was a foreign concept in my home.

At home, the word, meaning, or idea was never ever discussed… far from it. Life there was a string of harsh criticism and heartache.

In my mid-teens I became enamored with the newspaper comic strip called “Love Is.” I carefully cut out each little square and taped it inside my bedroom closet door along with the rest of my collection of Love Is comic strips trying to make sense of what love really meant. I gazed longingly at the little figures; their messages of love seemed so ideal.

I wanted their harmonious, altruistic, and thoughtful ways to be part of my life also.

I genuinely thought these little people represented the true example of love and relationship, and that anything else proved to be lack of love, something to run from. Continue reading

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Find Rest in Him

 

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There is someone who loves you enough to not only help you unpack,

but to take your heavy burden off your shoulders and back…

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A Word of Appreciation to God

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Thank You for the stunning world You have given us to live in.

There are countless delightful colors and sounds everywhere we turn.

Your imagination exceeds that of any artist or sculptor,

yet You placed a portion of Yourself in us. Continue reading

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Revive Our Land, Oh God

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The image is quite humorous, but there really should be so much of it that holds truth for those who are called by the name of Christ.

As Christ Followers, we should strive to leave a loving residue in the lives of those we come in contact with. We should be bold to speak of His love, mercy, and power as the begotten Son, the Son God sentenced in our place.

God has raised a body of believers in this country we call the United States of America, but in this day and age, at times it leaves some of us desperately hoping we once and for all shed our dormant state.

Jesus promises to heal broken hearts and set captives free. Yet there remain countless captives in this life. Luke 4:17-19

My prayer for the Christ Followers of America:

Please God free us of our captivities. Help us to come back to You.

The God who heals, the only God who offers true freedom.

We bear Your name, nevertheless we are terribly weak because we don’t study Your word, and because we believe the lie that we don’t need You.

We are held captive by negative thoughts, past traumas, poverty, drugs, alcohol, pornography, but worse yet, our biggest prisons are hatred, greed, un-forgiveness, self-centeredness, prejudices, lawlessness, and self-deception.

May we, Your people, never give up what You hold so dear, and that is Your presence in our lives. May we be bold enough to speak Your truth.

Refresh in our women the love for their family, and the modesty and respect for themselves You hold so dear.

Empower our men with the love for their families and respect for our women, their sisters; and raise up in them the innate desire for sound leadership You placed in them; rather than the complacent spirit that has settled over them.

Give our youth the appetite and longing to seek Your face, and lead their peers.

Keep our innocent from being offered on the altar of our own selfishness.

Revive America, Your land. Shed your grace on us from sea to shining sea once more.

Raise us up again, oh God. Raise us up for there is no power greater than You. Help us to be that bright light shining on the hill. Don’t let us hide our lights under a bushel any longer because when a covering is placed on a candle, its flame always suffocates.

Help us never to forget the hope that lies in us, and that hope is that through Christ we can be cleansed of all iniquity, find freedom and restoration, and spend an eternity with You!

Pour out Your spirit on us like never before. Revive us with a passion only You can muster.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Dear God, I long to be captivated only by Your salvation, grace, love, and the kind of peace only You can offer. An inner peace and freedom no one can ever steal or destroy.

Dust us off and breathe life to our dusty bones, bones that are dry of Your Spirit. Ezekiel 37:1-14

Please restore the hedge of protection you have kept on our country for decades. Shower Your blessing on us once more.

In Jesus’ name, may Your will be done. Amen.

Humble yourself, America. Call on the God of your land once more.

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By ~ Elizabeth Yalian 2013-2014 ©http://hiseyeisonthissparrow.com.

 

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From the Father’s Perspective

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What do you see when you look in the mirror?

A mess?

A weak person?

A sinful person?

A damaged person?

Do you see an insignificant person?

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Continue reading

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God is There

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Like each breath of air we take,

God is still there when we can’t see Him.

We cannot live or flourish without Him. Continue reading

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Buried in Editing and Revision

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I’ve been buried under a pile of editing, and have for a while semi-avoided the subject of the book I’m writing when I’m around friends, but they usually bring it up.

“So, how’s the book coming along?”

In embarrassment I tell them I am still editing and revising.

They may raise an eyebrow and say, “Still?”

I shyly admit, “It just keeps getting better.”

I’ve read that to be a good writer you must read, read, read, and write, write, write. I’m adding, edit, edit, edit, and revise, revise, revise.

The thing is, most people don’t actually understand what editing and revising truly entail. Continue reading

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Stay Salty, Do Good Anyway

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As Mother Teresa states, people will be people. It’s part of our human nature.  Sometimes, no matter how good our intentions may be, some people will lie about us, falsely accuse us, judge us unfairly without all the facts, treat us terribly, gossip about us, cheat us, and rob us.  Keep in mind those people will have to face God someday with their wrong choices.

What are we to do as Christ followers?

Stay salty, Do good anyway!  Give our best.  It is a tough one under such circumstances, but it is a requirement of God for our own benefit!

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De-stress

imageSometimes life stretches us in all directions. We long to climb into bed and say, “Wake me when it’s all over,” but we can’t because responsibilities must be met.

Take a break from your anxieties. Hopefully not, but chances are they’ll still be there when you get back. No one is going to steal them. Find one thing you can be optimistic about and keep your mind on that when worries threaten to drown you.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

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