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

 

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If God brings you to it, He will bring you Through it

I had something happen to me yesterday that may have been devastating to some, and it did knock me down for a few minutes, but I got up and got excited.

I am having a book signing this Friday December 10th at Eola Hills Winery Rickreall, Oregon from 6-9 p.m. I worked hard and got some outstanding performers and a dynamite guest speaker.

Things were going great until yesterday, when I got a call from my guest speaker, Laura Morett, who is a TV star from the 2009 Survivor TV series.

She informed me that her Sister-in-law Brandy had fallen ill and is on life support. She left today to be with her. I lost my main speaker for my event. Disaster? Wait! 

What follows is an actual excerpt from the book I will be signing at this event called, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.”

* Sorry about the double spacing. I posted it correctly but it is determined to be double spaced! Some about taking directly from the manuscript.

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IF GOD BRINGS YOU TO IT, HE WILL BRING YOU THROUGH IT

 

                                                 CHAPTER 43

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will

find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will

not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the

pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys

at midday.

—Psalm 91:4–6

 

SOMETIMES GOD ALLOWS things to happen to us to let us

know He is there for us. I have known people who have had

things happen to them that caused them to turn to God for

help—for the first time in their lives.

 

September 11, 2001 changed many lives. Events of this proportion

seem to change lives every time. He uses situations to make

people stronger and to send them a message. These are the close

encounters that help us grow.

 

If the steps we take seem to come to a wall we can’t climb over,

we need to consider whether or not God might have another plan

in mind. We need to pray to Him and seek His will. That kind of

prayer will be answered faster if we ask for the wall to be moved!

 

We’ve all been through personal crises—health issues, loss of

a job, separation from a family member, the death of a dear friend,

or other things that have thrown us for a loss. At those times we

wondered if we’d make it through the situation. It was devastating

at the time.

 

God knows everything about us, and knows what will happen to

us even before we face hardship and fear. The most important thing

to understand is that God prepares us for this kind of hard times.

I told you about how close I came to committing suicide and

how I thought I had nowhere to turn. In reality, I had a source that

was there for me all the time. It just took me that frightful moment

to realize I could turn to God for help. God let me come to that

point. He brought me through it, and He will bring each one of us

through any pain and tragedy we face.

 

We need to stay close to God, and always rely on Him for

comfort. We can do this by reading the Bible each day and praying.

There is never a time I read the Bible without finding something

new that gives me peace and strength. The same verse in the Bible

can have a different impact depending on what I’m going through

at that time.

 

I have a friend who puts the date next to a verse that stands

out to her and notes what it means to her at the time. When she

looks back years later, she can recall the circumstances that made

that particular verse stand out to her.

 

God does allow sorrow, sadness and danger in our lives, but we

will be able to cope with it much better with the knowledge that

He is there for us when we need Him.

 

Second Corinthians 1:9 says: “In our hearts we felt the sentence

of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves

but on God, who raises the dead.”

 

Another version says that Paul thought it was good that they

thought they were doomed! How amazing to see that his faith let

Paul know that he and those traveling with him would be killed if

it weren’t that God was there to save them. Do we have that level

of trust? We should. The same God who saved Paul is the same

God that is with us today.

 

I would like to suggest a book for you to read. It is an amazing

book about a man who was declared legally dead for 90 minutes and

lived to have a huge impact on people’s lives. The book is 90 Minutes

in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey. It was published in

2004 by Fleming H. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group,

Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

Don Piper was in a horrible car accident and was pronounced

dead by the medics. He was stuck in his car for 90 minutes, and

the first part of the book is about what happened to him while he

was supposed to be dead.

 

A friend “just happened” to be going by the accident scene that

day and refused to agree with the medics that Don was dead. He

prayed over Don the whole time he was supposed to be dead. That

part of the book is amazing enough, but then when Don began to

recover, many wonderful things began to happen. It is a story of

lost hope, and how God brought him through the hard times and

made him a stronger person than he could have ever dreamed.

 

For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand

and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.”

—Isaiah 41:13

 

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down,

your sleep will be sweet.

—Proverbs 3:24

 

Further Adventures

1. Spend time praying each day. This will help you know ahead

of time what God has for your future. Often through prayer

God sends a message for you to understand. We shouldn’t

wait for a crisis to start seeking God’s help.

2. If you know of someone who is troubled by a trial God is

allowing, be there for them and help them to know that He

will help them through it. Let them know they don’t have

to fear, because God is with them.

 

Something to Ponder

Isn’t it funny that the more we depend on God, the safer we are?

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Life for Today, and Forget the Past

Do you go through each day lacking the courage to take on the daily routine of life? I have been there. I know what you are going through.

Here are some thoughts on how to bring courage back into your life, and help you to defeat the negative thoughts that haunt you each day.

  1. Stop feeling powerless over the environment around you. You are an important person who has self worth. Don’t let the environment dictate your actions.
  2. Life for the present moments in your life. Tomorrow will come with its problems, but you don’t have them to face yet. The past is already gone, and there is nothing that can change what happened. Life for today. Today you can make positive things happen.
  3. Keep positive people around you. Having a good foundation of friends, will help you cope with the trials of life.
  4. Use selective thinking in your mind. Keep out all the negatives thoughts, and concentrate on the positive things around you.
  5. Get out of that rut you have been walking in and climb onto the smooth path that God has in mind for you.
  6. Never let the past come back to haunt you. That is why the call it the past. It is gone.
  7. Start choosing to remember the good things you have done, and the good things others have done for you. Build one these each day.
  8. The most important thing is that you are free to change. You do not have to remain in the funk you are in. You just need to decide that you have had enough of this kind of pity party, and move on with your life.

You will develop courage as you concentrate on each one of these.

Remember that God is with you. His is on your team. With Him on your side, who can be against you? Some silly misguided angel? I don’t think so! I have read the end of the book, and he loses!

Get up off of the ground. Stand tall, and know that you are a person of worth, and you have a gift that God has given you. Pray for Him to let you know what path He has chosen for you, and go down that path knowing  that you are a strong, solid, warrior for God.

I have been down in the ruts of life myself. I was afraid to get up each day and face life. I didn’t like the daily rush of negative thoughts that kept coming at me.

I finally reached the end of my rope and was holding on for dear life. That is when I realized it was the hem of God’s robe I was hanging on to.

He rescued me, and showed a way to fight back and be strong. I hope you will turn to Him and let Him do it for you too.

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Sweating Blood can Really Happen

Jesus Really did Sweat Blood

 

Jesus really did sweat blood. It is called henatidrosis. Severe anxiety causes the release of chemicals that break down the capillaries in the sweat glands. When this occurs, sweat comes out tinged with blood.

Jesus was God’s Son, but he had the same emotions that you and I have.

Jesus smiled. Jesus Wept. Jesus was stern when he tipped over the tables at the temple. He faced fear when he was raised on the cross. Jesus knew anguish when the disciples turned their back on Him. Jesus was sad when the rich man couldn’t give up his wealth to follow Jesus. He was troubled when the disciples still didn’t understand Him near the end.  

Jesus went through the same emotions you and I face everyday.

You have faced situations where all you could do is sit and weep. The task in front of you was just too much to handle. It could be the loss of a loved one. It could a lost job. It may even be a lost home, or loss of your mind.

You have felt anguish when something you believe in is slowly leaving the minds of today’s people in this world. It could be abortion; the slogan, “In God we Trust;” the flag salute in schools, or the freedom of speech.

You have been sad when you see so many hungry children; so many homeless people; many that are losing their homes, or losing health insurance to take care of their children.

We are all troubled by the events in the world like Iraq, Afghanistan, oil spills, earthquakes, or floods.

But remember, Jesus also smiled. Through all the turmoil and sadness Jesus was strong and found good things to smile about. He smiled when the little children played while he spoke to the people. He smiled when a woman had so much faith she lowered her daughter down through the roof to be healed. He smiled when Lazarus came walking out of his tomb.

How could He have a smile going when He had something so horrific about to happen to Him just days later?

It was because He was obeying His heavenly Father and He knew that what he was doing was helping all mankind for eternity. He knew that His death meant life for others.

We can learn from the example that Jesus has laid out for us. Yes, there are days when we face our own horrific times. When the horrific things come knocking at you door keep your eyes on Jesus. Remember what He went through for you. Remember how He handled it.  

I know it isn’t easy for any writer like myself to imagine, but I have had my horrific times, and more than once. I have faced death. I was ready to check out of this hotel called earth. I have faced my share of defeats, and sadness.

How I coped was to keep my eyes on Jesus. What I was going through was minimal compared to what he went through.

If we can always look to Jesus in our troubles, the road may be rough, but we are not walking it alone. Jesus has already walked that road and He is there to hold your hands to guide you along.

Remember with Jesus on your side, who can be against you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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