What if You Didn’t Believe? Then What?

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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 details about the new book. Doug just interviewed a WWII veteran, for the book.  Fascinating! Look for updates here.

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Welcome Back Lynn Mosher as our monthly guest blogger. She always give is pause to ponder. Tonight is not different. 

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I Had Fainted Unless…

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see

the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

(Ps. 27:13 KJV)

Here we go a-pondering! I love to do this. If you’re a fairly new reader, you’ll soon find out that I love to take apart a verse of scripture…by its definitions. New and deeper meanings are sometimes discovered. Let’s see what we can dig out of this one.

*The above verse in other versions:

NKJV: “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

New Living Version: “I would have been without hope if I had not believed that I would see the loving-kindness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

The thing is, “I had fainted,” “I would have lost heart,” or “I would have been without hope” are not in the original. The translators added those words.

In the original Hebrew of the Masoretic Text, it literally says, “Unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living.” It breaks off abruptly, as if he had said, “Oh, had I not believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” We are left to imagine what would have happened had he not believed.

Because of the efforts of his numerous and formidable enemies, David knew his only support and deliverance was God. He believed he would see His goodness. And he did.

*Definitions:

The Hebrew word for unless means if not, except, had not, or were it not that.

Believed means to build up or support, to be firm or faithful, to trust, to be true, to uphold, to nourish, to be established, confirm, enduring, etc.

The word for goodness means beauty, gladness, welfare, prosperity, joy, fairness, etc.

*Rewording

Lynn’s Version might say, “Oh, had I not I believed, trusted, and endured to see God’s beauty, welfare, prosperity, and joy!” If we do not believe, how do we see the evidence of God’s goodness?

Doesn’t that remind you of Hebrews 11:1? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not being seen.” (The Received Greek Text)

*Application/encouragement:

Because David sought the Lord and believed in His goodness, he said in an earlier verse, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.” (Ps. 27:5 NKJV)

David went on to say in verse 14, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (NKJV)

David’s main message of the whole psalm is wait, hope, and trust in the Lord. So, when you are in the midst of any trouble, always believe and have courage as you wait for the Lord to act on your behalf.

Be encouraged that, in your waiting, the Lord will strengthen you and will hide you in His secret place.

If I had not believed in God’s goodness and His working, deliverance, and love and waited for Him in my life and circumstances, I wonder what would have happened to me? Oh, I shudder even to think about it!

What would have happened to you if you had not believed to see the goodness of God in some trial or circumstance? What will happen in the future if you don’t believe?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

 

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When we put all we have got into something and it still fails, it can be very depressing.
Over thirty years ago, I was in the final plans to start a boy’s home. I was going to be the director. I had the backing financially. I felt I was on the right path that God has laid out for me.
Then something happened to destroy my dream. I was accused by a female student at my school of touching her inappropriately.
Long story, very short, all the charges were dropped, and I was innocent.
However, the school district decided I was too much of a liability, and fired me. I had all the reasons in the world to sue, and get my job back, but I did want to put my family through all of that.
I met with the districts and we reached a settlement. But I was out of teaching.
The worst part was my financial supporters for the boy’s home backed out and I lost my hope for a special school.
What happened was a tragedy in my life. I felt alone. I felt defeated, I was overwhelmed with depression. So much so that I considered suicide.
Then God spoke to me. He came to my side and showed tremendous love. He directed me into new dreams, and ideas. I am here today telling you my story on one of the most successful blogs on the planet. Not many blogs have over 80,000 followers.
So, as I look back, it may have been God’s plan to allow me to go through the trials and storms. He seemed to want  me to go in another direction. I felt that immediately.
He directed me to write my first book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.” It is ready for its second printing, and I am near the finishing touches on my second book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.”
Because of one horrible storm I had to go through, I am now a published author, and the founder of Daily Signs of Hope.
How about you? Have you been dealt a losing hand in life? Do you have storms in your life like I did? Did your dreams disappear and left you feeling like you were being pulled down like a huge magnate?
Stop right there in your thinking, and step up to the plate of life. God has a new plan for you. God has a new direction for you. He is laying out the right path to take you on a journey that will give you joy, and provide you rewards you never thought could happen. Just believe and obey.
Remember:
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!
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What do you See Looking in the Mirror?

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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 soldiers and veterans who may be battling anxiety, Fear, depression, addictions, rejections, 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. He just got back from a writer’s conference and had some very positive meetings with some agents who are interested in taking him on as a client for his new book. He will up date you as he finds out more.
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“The way you look on the outside is not who you are on the inside!”
I heard that phrase at my Church on Sunday. It seemed odd, but the more I thought about it the more I liked it. I started retracing the whole sentence with my pen. It stood out much darker than the rest of my notes. Every time I wrote something new, my eyes would see that sentence first.
Are you a Ferrari or do you feel like a old beat up Nash Rambler with 200,000 miles on it? Is your engine not purring like it used to. Do you leak oil, and make noises? Does your upholstery look torn and tattered? Are your wheels running thin?
I have felt like that Nash Rambler at times. I felt that people looked at me and thought, “Boy! There is an old dude!”
Then I remembered another sermon I had heard, about you can be what ever you want. The verse used for the sermon was, “Everything is possible for Him who believes.” Mark 9:23.
That was Jesus who said that. The full story starts around Mark 9:14. It is the story of a man and his son. The man had asked the disciples to heal his son. The disciples ranted and raved, and did many things to try to help the boy but nothing happened. The Scribes who were there were mocking the disciples because they were failures.
Then Jesus came into the picture like the Calvary that comes at the last minute to save the day. He walk up to the crowd and the disciples and accused them of non-belief. He told them to bring the boy to them. The father brought the boy to Jesus.
The father said “If you can do anything take pity on us and help us.” Jesus replied. “If you can?” Jesus then said one of the most said verses in the bible, “Everything is possible for him who believes.” He, of course, healed the boy and the father believed.
What is holding us back from believing in ourselves? Is it the person we see in the mirror, or is it the person from within? What is holding us back from believing that everything is possible when we believe in the lord?
Time to put those ear plugs on when someone thinks you won’t be successful. Time to listen only to God and believe He will guide you down the right path to things you never dreamed you could 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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Update on our new book, ” Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days.”

I am very pleased with the quality of the devotions for the book that will reach out to those who suffer anxiety, fear, rejection, self-doubt, depression, addiction, and the many other usual suspects.

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+ I had a special moment recently when my first book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” received a national award from the annual Readers Favorite Awards. It is an honor to receive this award, and I recommend you check out the book by going to the bookstore on this site. They are only $15.99 with no shipping fees. 

+ I also have been honored to be named as a finalist for the Author of the Year Award, from MARsocial. This is like the American Idol competition except it is for authors.

+++++The latest update is that I ended up being the runner-up in this competition! What an honor! The winner is now the Executive Director of the up coming movie “Disturbed.” I have lots of side benefits from this such as guest blogging, interviews, and my book has been put on several website bookstores.  YAHOOO!!!

NEVER GIVE UP! You have great potential that you may never knew you had!

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Jeannie Pallett is back for Her Sunday guest post. It is another outstanding post that is a must read. 

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Are you daily looking for signs of hope when your days are difficult and you are not sure the direction your future is headed?  Sometimes we find hope in the places we least expect to hear it from!  Our tongues!  Yes, that small part of our body that can raise havoc or bless others.

We can bring blessing to our own lives too when we choose to tame the tongue and teach ourselves to speak the truth of God’s Word.

Having the Word of God in our hearts sure makes a difference when we find ourselves at trouble’s doorstep. The Word of God we hide in our hearts?  It doesn’t have to be big or long.  Like most things we learn in life, we start small and then work ourselves up.

One of the simplest verses that really affected my life this past year is just that!  Simple.   Isaiah 3:10. “It shall be well with us. “   It was in the midst of life turning upside down and everything not the way it was hoped that this instruction comes.

My husband and I encountered a situation the other day, this verse was fresh in my mind and yet the situation struck fear in my heart.  It was then I knew.  I knew the first words I would utter over this predicament were “it shall be well with us.”  And you know, God gave my husband a plan, He gave me some amazing familiar Scriptures that were so applicable to the situation and I knew He was saying we were to go ahead with the ‘plan’ and He would bless it.

He never wants us to feel that all is lost or there is no way through to victory on the other side of the darkness we must pass through.  We ‘pass through’ we do not stay in that land of darkness, nor is there ever any reason not to hope for something better.

We so need to remember that there is a growing and refining happening when we are in the midst of the fires and tribulations.  Our confession of our belief and faith is so important I encourage to you to begin speaking out the Word.  Declare it over your various situations and then watch and see what God does.  His Word is not without power!

Which reminds me of my recent visit with the dentist and how the bottom line of the consultation with him would be thousands and thousands of dollars should I go ahead with the treatment he spoke about.  I was glad I had my husband with me as I had a hard time taking everything in.

I didn’t have a hard time with recognizing a lack of peace though and sought the Lord – and He heard me.  He began to instruct me to start making declarations from Proverbs.  Immediately I began and now have perfect peace.  My choice is to trust, believe, and rest in the finished work of Christ.

If you would like to peek at the declarations I have written out, please pop on over to http://psalm119greaterthangold.net.  I think you will be encouraged and blessed.

Until next time, may the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart be acceptable and pleasing in His sight.

With you in His palm,

Jeannie Pallett

http://psalm119greaterthangold.net

Author: Beckoned by the King (http://psalm119greaterthangold

 

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