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.

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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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Seeing Clearly in Your Spiritual Life

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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 ever 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.

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Welcome back Lynn Mosher. She is a regular guest blogger. Thank you Lynn for your faithfulness to other here on Signs of Hope.

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Smeared Glasses

 

Ackk! My glasses are smeared again!

 

I reach for my specially-treated, purple cloth and wipe off the yuck. How does that stuff get there? Always amazes me that it just appears.

 

Usually, I don’t notice that my glasses are dirty, and I don’t realize I’m squinting. Sometimes, I get a headache. The change is so subtle that it’s overlooked. After removing the film and spots from my glasses, my eyes relax and I can see better.

 

As Trapper John said to Radar on M*A*S*H, “Clean your glasses and you’ll know where you are!”

 

Aren’t we like this spiritually? I know I am. Looking through spiritual lenses, I don’t realize the build up of smudges, spots, and blemishes caused by the things I say, do, see, hear, etc. Things get blurry. And get worse. It’s like gradually drawing down a blackout shade. So imperceptible that it isn’t detected. Until it is pitch black and I don’t know where I am!

 

I tolerate those tiny, subtle spots and unconsciously overlook them. I end up with a squinting spirit and instead of a headache, I develop a heartache. And the disconnect from the Lord slowly takes place.

 

Jesus died for those spots and blemishes in the lives of His Church Bride, “He gave up His life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to Himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.” (Eph. 5:25b-28 NLT)

 

I need to ask the Lord to search me, to bring those things to my attention of which I may be unaware or have ignored. Praying David’s prayer would be a good start, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Ps. 139:23-24 NLT)

 

Have you been seeing clearly lately? If not, clean your spiritual lenses and you’ll know where you are!

 

From His feet, Lynn

 

lynnmosher.com

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In My Darkness, You Are my Light!

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Lynn Mosher is back with us for another guest blog. Thank you Lynn for taking my place while I am in Florida on Vacation. (I know…name dr0pper!) This is a wonderful post that lets us know there is a light we can look for in our dark lives.

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In My Darkness, You Are My Light!

When the clouds of disappointment, heartache, and circumstances roll in to darken our day, what do we do? Whine and complain? Doubt and worry? Question God?

But what does scripture tell us? “Blessed are the people knowing the joyful sound; O Jehovah, they shall walk in the light of Your face.” (Ps. 89:15 Masoretic Text) The ‘joyful sound’ in Hebrew means an acclamation of joy or a battle-cry, especially clangor of trumpets, as an alarm, joy, jubile, loud noise, rejoicing, shout, (high, joyful) sound.

So, what can we conclude? Praise keeps us in the Light!

Therefore, would the opposite be true? Does our lack of praise cause darkness to linger? Or do we still raise our hands in praise and worship when in painful despair? Do we still fall on our knees in the presence of the Lord when in a heart-wrenching trial?

What do you do? When the stream of joy dries up and disappears, do you follow Paul’s words, “Again I say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4b NKJV) The one rejoicing unlocks the dam built by negative thoughts, words, and circumstances. S/he waters that dry, rock-bed and joy flows once again, for s/he “will have rivers of living water flowing from his inmost heart.” (John 7:38b Phillips)

Sing any tune, make up any words, but praise your Beloved. Praise the One Who is the Light of the world. The Light of your world.

In your darkness, He is your light! Raise your hands in praise and keep the Light on!

 

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Forgetting our Past and Moving Forward

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,”
Some of us have had xperiences over the past  years that we would rather not look back on. We’ve experienced pain, heartache, disappointment, and loss. We want to just forget about those experiences and move on. We don’t want to remember, we don’t want to look back, we don’t want to 

On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first man in history to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Within 2 months, John Landy eclipsed the record by 1.4 seconds. On August 7, 1954, the two met together for a historic race. As they moved into the last lap, Landy held the lead. It looked as if he would win, but as he neared the finish he was haunted by the question, “Where is Bannister?” As he turned to look, Bannister took the lead. Landy later told a Time magazine reporter, “If I hadn’t looked back, I would have won!”

In Biblical terminology, “to forget” doesn’t mean “to fail to remember”. We can’t possibly forget the passing of a loved one, a broken relationship, or a painful mistake that we’ve made. “To forget” in the Biblical sense, means to “no longer be influenced by or affected by.” It means that we break the power of the past by living for the future (Wiersbe).

Some things should be forgotten. Joseph could have wasted his life dwelling on the injustices he suffered. As a youth, his brothers sold him into slavery, and he was forced to live in a hostile land. He had to spend his teenage and adult years away from his beloved father. Joseph even spent time in prison. In spite of all he endured, he harbored no resentment. 

“And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget.” Genesis 41:51 

His ability to forget what was behind – to not be influenced by his past – gave him the power to succeed and have a prosperous future.

My past…
– my mother’s death
– our children’s suffering
– my time in addiction and the hurt to my family

Do those memories hurt? Sure they do.
Some of you have had even more traumatic experiences.
Am I allowing my past to influence my future? No way!

I’m not about to look back and allow Roger Bannister to beat me. 

What are holding onto as? Are there things you need to forget and let go of? 

Forgetting starts with forgiveness and leads to victory.

The power of a fresh start is realized when we forget what is behind and press on to what God has called us to.

Keeping your Forward Momentum and maintaining your fresh start

To “press on” means to “follow after”. The Greeks used this terminology to describe a hunter eagerly pursuing his prey.

Refer back to the race and what Landy latter accomplished. He wasn’t looking back anymore!

1956 National Championship in Melbourne…in the third lap, Ron Clarke (Australian and World Junior Mile record holder) and John Landy moved forward at a strong pace. They were shooting for a new world record! Then Alec Henderson tried to squeeze between the two runners and the inside edge of the curb and in so doing, clipped the heel of Ron Clarke with his spikes. Clarke stumbled forward onto the cinder track while Henderson was knocked onto the side arena. Landy then tried to leap over the falling body of Clarke but ended up stepping right on Clarke’s shoulder with his spikes. Everyone else either jumped over Clarke or ran around him as he lay there on the ground.

Just then, Landy stunned the sporting world with his incredible selfless act of kindness. Forgetting about the world record and the approaching Olympics, he stopped and ran back to help the fallen Ron Clarke. He got him back on his feet, brushed the cinders off, checked his bleeding shoulder and said “Sorry”. Clarke was ok and told Landy, “Keep going, I’m alright. Run! Run!”

Together Landy and Clarke set off to catch the other runners who were at this time over 60 yards ahead. As they pressed on they began passing the field of runners one by one. On the home stretch, Landy sprinted leaving Clarke behind with the most powerful finish ever. In the last ten yards, Landy passed the leading Henderson and Lincoln to win the Australian Championship in four minutes, four seconds.

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