The Old Rugged Cross

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more updates about the new book. 

+ Update! The book has been sent to my editor this week. Now I wait and see how many red marks she will have in it. 🙂 

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We have our regular guest blogger for the second month of each month here tonight. She has a perfect post for the Easter season. She talks about one of my favorite songs. The Old Rugged Cross.

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The Old Rugged Cross

I cannot sing and cry at the same time. Therefore, I never sing “The Old Rugged Cross.” You see, I had a precious grandmother whom I adored. She loved to sing the old hymns, loud and off-key. And that hymn was one of her favorites. I can still hear her voice ringing in my memory. Jesus has been listening to her sing for the last 56 years. I’m sure she sings much better now.

George Bennard, a Methodist evangelist, wrote the first verse of “The Old Rugged Cross” in 1912 and finished the hymn one year later. It is said that during one of his revival meetings, Bennard suffered ridicule when some youths heckled him. After which, he experienced a life struggle.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the first verse and chorus…

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

The One dying for the world’s sins carried a rugged crossbeam that fateful day…

A large, jeering crowd, intermingled with a great many mourners, moved toward Golgotha’s hill on the Via Dolorosa (the Way of Grief). A man, whipped beyond recognition, stumbled in agony under the weight of His crossbeam.

So disfigured and injured was He that the soldiers “laid hold on one Simon, a Cyrenean…and on his shoulders they put the cross, for him to carry it behind Jesus.” (Luke 23:26 Weymouth)

Jesus said to His disciples…

“If anyone desires to come after Me,

let him deny himself,

and take up his cross,

and follow Me.”

(Matt. 16:24 NKJV)

Matthew Henry wrote, “In taking up the cross, we must follow Christ’s example, and bear it as he did.”

Is it our heart’s desire to trail behind in the footsteps of Jesus so that we deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him daily? I say as Paul did, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” (Phil. 3:10 NIV)

My heart has been to Golgotha’s hill. The agony of that cross pierced the depth of my soul. My life received the precious blood of salvation poured out at the foot of that cross, washing me with the Savior’s forgiveness, cleansing me of all my sins.

Therefore, I will deny myself, take up that old rugged cross, and follow Christ daily.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

How about you? Will you deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus daily?

From His feet,

Lynn

lynnmosher.com

 

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Sacrifice of Worthship

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 94,000 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it. We have a new promotion going with prizes. The person who is our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.) The number of followers rises fast. We are averaging close to 30 new subscribers each day. So don’t hesitate! Click on the icon right after the title of this post to subscribe to be eligible for the prizes. 

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Look for updates here.

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Sacrifice of Worthship

“You must worship the LORD your God

and serve only Him.”

(Matt. 4:10 NLT)

What is ‘worship’? How does the Bible define it?

Combined, the Hebrew words for ‘worship’ mean to bow down to royalty or God, humbly beseech, do reverence, do obeisance, and so on. The Greek words combined mean to prostrate oneself in obeisance or reverence, honor, adore, venerate, praise, minister to God, serve, and so on.

Our English word for ‘worship’ comes from the Old English word ‘worthship.’ To worship Almighty God is to bow down in reverence to Him because He is worthy, to acknowledge His divinity, to bow in humility and obedience, to bow to His will, His plan, and His purpose by relinquishing one’s own agenda, to bow in service to Him with one’s life, to honor Him as the One True God.

Do you seek God’s face just to worship Him?

Do you seek the Lord’s Presence or His presents? Do you seek His handout or His hand?

If I asked you to answer, without thinking, what you love the most, what would be your immediate response? Your spouse, your children, your grandchildren, your house, your bank account, your investments, your career, your physical appearance, your morning Starbucks? Jesus asks you, “Do you love Me more than these others?” (John 21:15 TLB)

First place in one’s heart should be reserved for God alone, as scripture says, “What does the Lord your God require of you except to…love Him, and to worship Him with all your hearts and souls?” (Deut. 10:12a,13a TLB)

Matthew Henry said, “Those cannot worship God aright who do not worship Him alone.”

 What is a sacrifice of worship?

According to the English definition, sacrifice means, in part, an animal or possession offered to a deity especially for homage, or the surrendering of something prized for something considered to be of a higher or dearer value.

It is that which costs you something in order to obtain something greater, that which is given out of a heart of humility, love, pain, grief, suffering, lack, abundance, or obedience.

The prophet Micah asked, “What shall I bring to the LORD, the God of heaven, when I come to worship Him?” (Micah 6:6a GNB) Whatever the gift that a petitioner brought to the Lord in the ancient temple, the heart had to accompany it; otherwise, God rejected it. God said to Judah, “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me [unless they are the offering of the heart]?” (Is. 1:11 Amp)

 How lavish is your worship of the Creator’s worthship?

What is my favorite lavish gift of worship in the Bible? It is this…

The New Testament relates several from-the-heart, sacrificial worship gifts of expensive oil given to the Lord. According to one in the book of Mark, before Jesus’ betrayal, as He reclined at the table at Simon the leper’s house, a woman broke open her beautiful, alabaster passion box, full of the extremely valuable, perfumed oil of spikenard. As she lovingly poured it upon Jesus’ head, it probably trickled down His cheeks, seeped into His beard, and gently dripped upon His shoulders, saturating His garment.

In Eastern culture, the garment of the bridegroom is saturated with rich perfumes. This woman lovingly poured out her precious possession upon the heavenly Bridegroom which permeated His garment. Almost as prophetic words, the Shulamite woman says of her beloved in the beautiful Song of Solomon, “While the king is at his table, my spikenard sends forth its fragrance.” (SOS 1:12 NKJV)

Don’t you know that throughout those long hours of His agony in the garden, during His betrayal, and in the courtyard of His judgment, and until that garment was removed, Jesus breathed in that sweet, sacrificial aroma of love poured out upon Him? Maybe this scripture echoed in His Spirit, “The odor of your ointments is fragrant, your name is like perfume poured out.” (SOS 1:3 Amp)

As some of the disciples were indignant at what they perceived as this woman’s expensive waste, Jesus defended her, “Let her alone, why must you make her feel uncomfortable?” “She has done Me a most gracious service.” (Mark 14:6a Phillips, Mark 14:6b Weymouth)

The most gracious sacrifice of worship from the heart is one that glorifies the Lord with all of one’s life. A heart that is humbled and repentant before Him will “offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ,” as “a sweet-smelling sacrifice.” (1 Peter 2:5 Amp, Phil. 4:18 NLT)

Is your worship a gift of a sweet-smelling aroma of sacrifice? Do you worship and praise the Lord even when your world comes crashing down around you? When a job is lost, when the bank account is empty, when an event rips apart the family, when a spouse dies at an early age, or when a spouse’s libido finds another outlet, do you still praise the Lord?

A true, sacrificial worship gift costs us the surrender of our hearts, for we sacrifice our emotions to glorify the Lord. It costs us the surrender of our lips, for we sacrifice our praise to God when all seems lost. Whatever it costs, it must come from a loving and willing heart.

Is your worship a sacrificial gift of worthship to the Lord?

~~Blessings, Lynn~~

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

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How Do We Win a Gold Medal in Life?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book.

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The Olympics are exciting to watch. So many tremendous athletes all gathering at on spot. Some are honored by winning a medal while others feel the agony of defeat.

The many years of preparation for one event that may last for a few seconds. The stress. The pain. The dedication. Everything else is put on hold and they workout daily for several hours.

Have you had a time when you wanted something so bad? You worked hard. Have you struggled to reach your goal, and then only be a little short of what you needed.

That is a hard pill to swallow.

We all want to achieve our dreams. We all want success in everything we do, but in life that doesn’t always happen.

This is when we find out what we are really made of. This is the time we do a personal check on our character.

Like the Olympians we try very hard. And like Olympians we don’t always get the medal.

I have learned:

  • Defeat can be a growing step in your life.
  • Just because you failed once doesn’t mean you should never trying to anything again.
  • Finishing the race is Just as important as entering it. Never give up.
  • If you win and get the gold, do not hold that over everyone’s head to say “Look at me.”
  • Be proud that you was brave enough to even take on the task, when others probably wouldn’t have.

Yes, life is a lot like sports. That has to be a loser, and there will be a winner. What we need to realize is that no matter what outcome we face, we need to be humble, and show others we are strong, and can overcome any adversity.

I have learned:

God is my pillar of strength. He holds my hand. He directs my path. If I stay strong with Him, I know that what ever I am doing, or where ever I am going He is with me.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

 

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People Don’t Understand me-PTSD

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The post tonight will be a little long. It is a difficult subject to write about, but PTSD affects so many military and veterans that I felt we needed to address it. Let others know about this post that you think may be struggling with this affliction.

We all know that great and satisfying, marriages are possible. What about those who face PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, in their marriage?

People with PTSD may affect many more than just their spouses. It could be the parents, children, friends, and co-workers.

The MAYO clinic’s definition of PTSD is, “A mental condition that is triggered by a terrifying event.”

It is extremely important to stress that people who struggle with PTSD are not crazy, weak, a failure, or even a bad person. They are looking for help just like the rest of us.

Some of the symptoms of PTSD are:

  1. Reliving the event. They have nightmares. They have flashbacks. Seeing or smelling something, which is called a trigger, may cause them to relive the event.
  2. They may avoid situations, and places that remind them of the event. They may avoid large crowds, and may not want to drive because the event could have been a bombing of their convoy.
  3. There may be a change in beliefs and feelings. The way they think about others may change. They may not have as many positive or loving feelings toward other people. They may not be able to talk about the traumatic event. They may feel no one can be trusted.
  4. They may feel keyed up all the time. This leads to having a hard time sleeping, concentrating, and they may be startled by loud noises or a surprise. (Please remember this when you are shooting off your fireworks on the 4th of July.)

Some spouses may end up with many of the same symptoms. They Go through the trenches with their spouse.

I read an article in Guide Posts Magazine about a wife who started having the same symptoms as her husband who was battling PTSD. A family with PTSD in it  can be pulled into the muck and mire, just like a family who have one of their own battling drugs or alcohol.

Wouldn’t it be great to say, “Take two aspirin and see me in the morning,” and the PTSD would be all gone? The sad truth is that the veteran with PTSD may never totally get over it. But the people involved can learn to deal with it; to handle it better. They can do this and still have a good marriage.

Welby O’Brien suggested in her wonderful book, Love our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD:

(You can find her book on Amazon.)

  • Accept that there is no quick or easy fix.
  • Keep an open mind, but proceed with open eyes.
  • Be willing to do some hard or uncomfortable work.
  • Connect regularly to a good support group.
  • Stay current on PTSD therapies, resources and developments.
  • Surround yourself with people who care, and hold tight to those you love.

Looking at Welby’s list I see a common thread that is critical to the success for a person with PTSD. It is imperative to have good support from others in the family. There is a dire need to get help for the PTSD victim through counseling and therapy. It is crucial that those around the PTSD veteran stand strong behind them and urge the veteran to seek as much help as needed to improve their life to a point that they can exist in normal situations.

In closing. I can’t begin to claim I know what a person battling PTSD is going through. I do know if they seek help they can live a much better life. Never try to face this world alone. Don’t hid and let the dark side creep into your space. Get the help you need and let God give you comfort through His word. I have used the Bible many times to help me through a crisis.

Think about this:

Isn’t it interesting how hard it is to seek help, and yet we feel so much better when we do?

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up! 

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