What Does the Human Heart Crave?

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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. Look for updates here.

UPDATE!!  In the final stages of having the book finished. Much of it is already sent off to my editor. The countdown begins!!

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The human heart craves…

 

…peace

…a Savior

…forgiveness

 

…strength to cope

…a leader to follow

…shelter in the storm

 

…security for the day

…protection from evil

…joy in spite of turmoil

 

…provision for all needs

…power to fight the enemy

…recognition of achievement

 

…fulfillment for its emptiness

…to be loved, unconditionally

…safety from all that would harm

 

…soothing for the frustrations of life

…to be accepted, without reservation

…refreshment in those parched times

 

…courage to step out when fainthearted

…tenderness when the world is unlovely

…confidence and calm when fear attacks

 

…to be understood, without condemnation

…the right spouse, job, school, friendships

…comfort in times of stress, grief, and affliction

 

…a guidance counselor to find the designed path

…encouragement for those days filled with woes

…to be welcomed Home into the Everlasting Arms

 

…an intimate relationship with the Love of the universe!

 

And yes, there are times when the human heart is contrary and desires the wrong things, seeking in confusion. A right heart craves to beat in perfect harmony with the Heartbeat of the Beloved.

 

Crave the Love that is offered in that intimate relationship. Crave that oneness. Crave the Love that is above all others. Crave the Love that loves you beyond belief.

 

Don’t feel like it? I hear some souls sinking. But I don’t feel loved.

 

Perhaps you’ve been grieving over some loss in your life. Perhaps you’ve been wrongfully accused of something or hurt in some way. Perhaps you’re feeling very discouraged right now. Perhaps you have negative feelings about yourself or negative thoughts bombarding your mind.

 

Perhaps…well, whatever your perhaps may be, your heart is wounded. Your eyes spill over with stress-induced tears from a broken heart.

 

Well, I’m here to tell you that feelings change but the truth of God’s love does not. The truth is…God loves you with a love that can still any storm, win any battle, override any tension or discomfort, soothe any pain, comfort any hurt, calm any fear, encourage any heartache, and will always uphold you and share peace and joy with you.

 

You, the one He loves truly. You, the one for whom He died. You, the one to whom He yearns to be close. You, the Lord’s espoused, His intended, His precious companion for all eternity. You are His precious heart’s desire.

 

He rejoices over you with mirth and pleasure. He spins around in excitement over you with shouts of joy and songs of praise! (Zeph. 3:17)

 

This is the Love your heart is craving!

 

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.” (1 John 4:16-17a NLT)

 

No matter what circumstance is swirling around you, you are loved and you will be okay. If your life is falling apart right now, you’ll be okay. Even if all looks dark and dreary, you’ll be okay.

 

Let me encourage you… YOU. ARE. LOVED. Each. And. EVERY. Day. No matter what!

 

The only one you truly need to make you feel loved is the Lord. He will never leave you, nor abandon you. And that, my sweet friend, should fill your love tank to overflowing!

 

May your craving be filled with that special, tender fulfilling Love!

 

Blessings, Lynn

 

lynnmosher.com

 

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If We Trust God, We Persevere

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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, 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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We welcome back Jeannie Pallett. who a regular guest writing. Here post today will give you comfort and peace.

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Marching Forth
Life comes at us hard and fast and it takes us by surprise all too often.  We need to live prepared for whatever comes our way and one way we can be prepared is to practise leaning into Jesus.
When we ‘acknowledge’ the Lord in all our ways, we are really pressing into intimacy with Him as we develop a deep relationship with Him.  It is our choice to press into Him, our choice to choose union with Jesus over the calling of our flesh and soulful ways.
I have been learning that this acknowledging is tied into loving the Lord my God  with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.  When I choose Him as my first love, He directs my steps into the path that is right for me.  Marching forth with confidence with peace and joy filling my heart is a consequence of loving God. Joy and peace are qualities we long to have in these fast and busy days.
Trusting God is such a precious gift we have been given and I pray that each one of us would learn to listen for HIs voice and to remember what His voice sounds like so we can learn to listen with expectancy to hear.
Listening with expectancy to hear will change our walk with Him.  We are opening the door for deeper relationship with Him, expecting Him to show up.  His heart must burst as He sees us waiting on Him and for Him, leaning our ears to His heart and wanting to learn His way of doing and being.  We need to be prepared for change!  He isn’t going to let us stay the same and once we have entered into a deeper relationship with Him, one that brings us to the place of union with Him, people are going to see the glory of His life within ours.
I believe in this day and age we want to live our lives knowing we can march forth with confidence and triumph.  Our God is going before us leading the way and preparing the path for us to walk.  When we listen and obey, we will march forth with peace and joy crowning our hearts.
We are a quarter of the way into a new year!  May each of us be faithful to keep our hand on the plow and continue to do what God has called to. To love Him first and to be obedient to His call upon our hearts.  That will look differently for each of us but obedience is the same no matter what.  It is of utmost importance to our Father and I hope we can live out the days of our lives listening with the intent to obey.
We have been beckoned into the presence of the King.  May we live in His royal presence.
Marching forth with peace and joy into the days He has prepared for me.
Jeannie Pallett
 
 
 
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The Wind Always Blowing in Your Face?

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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, 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. Doug sent off his mini proposal to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more.
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It always seems like we trudge along struggling to make headway. It is like walking two steps forward and one step back. We make progress, but it seems slow and tedious.
Do you have those kinds of days? Have the clouds hidden your dreams? Are there days you felt you would rather stay in bed all day? (Like I feel today.)
I have been through that cycle. Some days are good and others not so good. I am on one of those not so good days right now. Got a nagging couch; stuffed up nose, and feel weak from not getting enough sleep. Other then that I am  fine.
I feel your pain. I feel your frustration. I wish I could snap my fingers and make it all go a way for you.
That isn’t how life works. We each have our own storms. We each have our own trials. We must face them, and try to be strong.
I have come up with some thoughts to help me through these kinds of days, and I hope it helps you as well:
  • I know there is an end to every storm.
  • I know that if I persevere it will make me stronger.
  • If I can help one other person through the same thing I am going through, they feel better, and so do I.
  • If I lean on God during my storms, He helps calm them.

Don’t try to take on your storms alone. Rely on God to help you through them. All you and I have to do is ask. Ask for strength. Ask for guidance. Turn all your worries over to Him, and wait for His love and compassion to see you through the day.

I can’t imagine trying to take on this world alone anymore. I cling to the robe of God, and He Holds me in His arms. He keeps my head above water, and I am able to walk with confidence knowing He is there to help me.

Yes, there will be some bad days ahead. They may seem unbearable. But, if you and I stand strong with God on our side, we will prevail, and we will reap the rewards from God for our loyalty we showed Him.

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 is Faith All About?

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We are staring a new promotion. The next winner will be the one that gets us to 83,000. We just passed 80,600. It will go fast as we have been averaging close to 100 new subscribers a day. There are nice prizes, so don’t miss out, subscribe today. Just click on the icon right after the title to do that.

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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, 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. Doug sent off his mini proposal to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more.
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We are happy that Lynn Mosher is back for her monthly guest post. When we were shut down, she was very patient and waiting. Thank you Lynn for your loyalty. He post today teaches about faith.
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Now Faith Is…

 

“Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see.”

Martin Luther

 

One of my very favorite verses is Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (NKJV) I love taking verses apart and finding the definitions of words to discover a deeper meaning. Wanna see what I found?

 

*Now…

 

Faith, to be beneficial, must always be now, in the present tense. We can’t have hindsight faith. However, the meaning of the word used in this verse for now does not mean at this moment of time, though many good sermons have contained that meaning.

 

It is a conjunction or connecting word between two thoughts. It means but, moreover, moreover also, and, also, and also, or but rather. It would be more appropriate to say, “And also faith is…” or “Moreover faith is…”

 

*Substance…

 

The Greek word for substance is hupostasis, which means a setting under, support, essence, assurance, confidence, person, the substantial quality or nature of a person, substructure or that which has foundation, hence, is firm and has actual existence.

 

(This word is used in Hebrews 1:3 of Jesus as the “express image of His essence,” or the actual existence or personification of God.)

 

Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words says, “It here may signify a title-deed, as giving a guarantee, or reality.”

 

*Things hoped for…

 

The word for things hoped for is elpizo, which means to expect, confide, trust, or confident expectation. Its root word means to anticipate, usually with pleasure.

 

*Evidence…

 

Evidence also means that by which invisible things are tested or proved, conviction, proof, or test.

 

*Things…

 

Pragma is the word for the second use of the word things, which also means an object, business, matter, work, that which is an accomplished fact or is being accomplished, that which exists, and so on.

 

(From this, we get our English word pragmatic, which one definition means the testing of concepts to determine their validity by the practicality of their results.)

 

Therefore, defined, this verse might say, “Moreover, faith gives actual existence as a guarantee to what is expected, as the confident anticipation of matters being accomplished with practical results as proof of the invisible.”

When we co-operate with God by faith, we are fellow-workers with Him and we will see the answers to our prayers, which are already accomplished and held in expectancy in heaven as something yet to arrive or be revealed.

 

Only when faith is attached to all we do are we pleasing God, as the writer of Hebrews tells us, “So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith.” (Heb. 11:6 NLT) If we have no faith to please Him, how do we co-operate with Him?

 

Those who are willing to trust God and apply faith to His Word, without further evidence, will receive the visible proof of His promises. And “if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” (Rom. 8:25 NKJV)

 

Smith Wigglesworth said, “I believe there is only one way to all the treasures of God and that is the way of faith.” And St. Augustine said, “Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”

 

Just remember, faith is not a big, copper cauldron in which we conjure up our slightest wish. Nope, nope, nope! Faith is the producer of the will of the King, not the will of the servant. As Jesus said, “Not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42 NKJV)

 

  1. B. Simpson once said, “True faith drops its letter in the post office box, and lets it go. Distrust holds onto a corner of it, and wonders that the answer never comes.”

 

Faith: Though the eye beholds no evidence, the spirit is assured of its existence.

 

From His feet, Lynn

 

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