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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In Life, There’s no Shallow End

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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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So many times things happen that causes us much stress and pain. We certainly didn’t welcome these storms, or trials, but they come anyway.

Life isn’t like a swimming pool where you can go down to the shallow end and be safe. Life is all sink or swim situations.

That sounds very scary. That sounds very pessimistic. That doesn’t sound fair. Unfortunately, that is exactly what each of us have to face each day.

There are several things we can do when life treats us badly:

  • Run away as fast as you can the other way.
  • Stick you head in the sand and pretend it never happened.
  • Face the trials and storms head on, with God’s help.

All three have different outcomes.

They say if even if you run you can’t hide. The trouble will still be chasing you and catch you eventually.

Trying to ignore it and think it will go away doesn’t work either. It will not go away.

Turning to God, and allowing Him to take on your burdens, will work every time. Imagine the weight off of your shoulders when God has taken over your burdens. Imagine the peace and comfort that you have with God on your side. With God on your side, who can be against you? No one!

I know, it still seems like we still go through a lot even with God helping us. I try to imagine what it might be like if I hadn’t turned my burdens over to Him. I don’t think I would be here typing today. I think I would have succumbed to my own depression, which I battled for many years, and checked out of this hotel called earth.

Do you feel like you are out in the ocean with no life jacket, and going down for the third time? I have been there. Do you wonder if you are worthy of God’s love for all the sin you have done in the past? I have been there.

The answer is that God is your life jacket. He will keep you above water, and guide you down the right path.

As far as your sins, God will forgive you just the way you are as you read this post, warts and all. He doesn’t care what sins you have done in the past. He just wants you to confess those sins to Him and your book of life is clean.

Never assume all is lost. Never assume you are taking on this world alone. God is there to hold your hand and walk with you through all your good times and bad times.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

 

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Is Easter About Bunny’s or About Jesus?

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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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The daffodils and tulips are blooming. Spring is here. I saw the first Robin of spring fly by my window.

This Sunday is Easter. It also is a sign of Spring. A new beginning. A new start. Jesus rose from the grave to give us proof that there will be life after our physical death.

So, what does that mean to you? Do you feel you are one of the chosen people to see God after you pass away? Are you thinking that maybe you don’t qualify to be with God?

Some may even think they aren’t worthy of such a sacrifice that Jesus did. He went all the way to the cross for us. What have we done to deserve His love ?

We don’t have to do anything to receive His love. We don’t have to do something to earn our eternal life except to confess that we have come short of the glory of God and ask for forgiveness. It is that easy.

Those bad memories from the past? Forget them! Those times you turned your back on God? He allows U-turns! You think you have a sin that is unforgivable? Not true!

God loves you the way you are, warts and all. He doesn’t care if you are rich. He doesn’t care if you aren’t the most beautiful person on the block. He doesn’t care what clothes you wear.

We are all equal. We have all been made in His image. He gave us His only Son to die just for you and me the way we are.

So, Happy Easter, and remember there is much more to the Easter Holiday than eggs, and a huge meal. Jesus rose from the dead on that day, and we should all be thankful for His unfailing love.

Also 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 Journey Would You Choose?

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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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Welcome back Lynn Mosher as our returning guest blogger. We can always be inspired by her post. This post lets us know we have choices as to what journeys we can take. Some of our choices lead to self-destruction.

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Journey of Choice

 

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,

but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Proverbs 19:21 NIV

 

Where shall we go today? To far-off lands of intrigue? To clear blue lakes? To lovely mountaintop vistas?

 

How do we get there? We arrive at our destination by the daily choices we make.

We all make good decisions. And on occasion, we also make bad ones. But, if we’re smart, we choose to make good ones because we want the good results. I know I do.

 

With all the choices that pop up like a whack-a-mole game every day, each opportunity of choosing will take me on a journey – a journey either to walk in submission to God’s will or to walk in disobedience. Each preference will have its own path with its own outcome.

 

We can choose to take the path of self-destruction or self-preservation. We can choose to take the path of negative thinking and speaking or positive thinking and speaking. We can choose to take the path of uplifting and encouraging others or tearing them down.

 

We can choose to get even with the one who stabbed us in the back, or we can choose to forgive. We can choose to be hateful to our spouse for whatever reason, or we can choose to be loving, no matter what.

 

We can make good financial, emotional, physical, or mental decisions if we so choose. We can go down the path to those good results. Or not.

 

Whether it’s a decision about our finances, our physical well-being, our relationships, or whatever, we have the opportunity to make a choice. It’s our decision. And ultimately, our journey of outcome.

 

What’s your decision path look like lately?

 

*feeling alone?

*on the brink?

*dashed dreams?

*lost?

*making a decision?

*rejoicing?

*at peace?

*in God’s Light?

 

If you’re off-track, you can easily get back on the right path. Ask for forgiveness and turn away from whatever has led you down the wrong path.

 

What does God say about His plan? “I know the plans I have in mind for you…they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.” (Jer. 29:11 CEB)

 

Either we fit in with the Lord’s plans or we go our own way. His way is always for our benefit. Those good results. Filled with hope.

 

Is your journey of choice one that agrees with God’s choice, or is it one of your own making? What are the results of your daily decisions?

 

~Prayer: Lord, I know Your plans for me are more excellent than anything I can devise. They are for my good and my benefit. Help me to remember to consult You with each choice that confronts me every day. May my choices bring honor and glory to Your name. Amen.

 

From His feet, Lynn

 

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