Where is The Peace for Us?

I am so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. The outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. There are over 50 new subscribers a day. The site just past 104,845 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

I have a new promotion. The person who is the 105,000 will win some nice prizes. We are only 155 away from the next goal . It goes very fast so don’t miss out. 

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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 updates about the new book. 

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+ Update! The book has been sent to my editor recently. Now I wait and see how many red marks she will have in it. 🙂

Some incredible endorsements have come in. I will be sharing some of those in my next post on

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It is time for our regular guest blogger Lynn Mosher to report in. As usual her post will inspire you. 

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Where’s the Peace?

 

Peace….sometimes elusive, isn’t it?

 

The Bible says Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us, always, and He is Jehovah-shalom, the Lord our peace.

 

At the Last Supper, in preparing the disciples for His death and departure, Immanuel spoke many things to them, and said this, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27 NKJV)

 

However, our Immanuel peace is sometimes in a state of flux, sometimes disintegrating. When chores, church, family, and all the rest, bulge our itineraries, they hold us captive and our prayer time usually suffers, slipping into oblivion. We end up with the “captivity of activity.”

 

Martha received Jesus into her home, yet, she busied herself with other things rather than sit at His feet. Jesus scolded her, “You are anxious and troubled about many things.” (Luke 10:41 NKJV) Can’t you see Him shaking His head and, in essence, saying, “Martha, Martha, you’re distracted with too many anxieties and cares; you have too much going on in your head; there’s a crowd in there making an uproar, disturbing your peace.”

 

When we are busied with the cares and anxieties of life, making no time for sitting at the feet of our most Beloved for intimate conversations, we relegate Him to a waiting room. Our peace is then at risk.

 

How often do you ignore Jesus’ command to “not worry about your life” (Matt. 6:25a NIV)? It would be to our advantage to heed Paul’s word, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.” (Phil. 4:6a TLB) The Message says it this way, “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayer, letting God know your concerns.”

 

The lack of worry and anxiety sabotaging our faith and cluttering our prayers has a promise, as Paul tells us, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7 NLT)

 

What rolls around in your head making an uproar, disturbing your peace? Are you sitting at the Lord’s feet or have you put Him on a waiting list?

 

I pray the same for all of you what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thess. 3:16 NKJV)

 

Immanuel, God with us, Jehovah-shalom, the Lord our peace, always.

 

~~Blessings, 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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What if You Didn’t Believe? Then What?

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 95,775 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

WE HAVE A WINNER!! We will be notifying the winner by email, if they put in the right email address. I will also let you know about when the winner subscription happened, so you can know that it may be yours. 

We are starting a new promotion and the winner will be the person who is the 100,000 subscriber. That is a huge milestone for us. More details later. 

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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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Earthly Vessels

Today, I am an addiction counselor/ professional, chaplain and have even written a book “Hiding in the Shadows”, but my life hasn’t always been walked on this path. Raised in church and Christian schools I knew God, I should say I had a knowledge of God, but I chose a far different path for my life. The reason I became an addiction counselor is because I have been in that lifestyle, and now how real it can become. How hard the cycle is to break. I cost me everything I had. I didn’t lose it, I gave it away, by the choices I made. But today, it has all been restored. God took away everything to show me that anything I do, anything I have, anything I accomplish, is because of Him and only through Him.

I’ve grown stronger in my weakness because my prayers have never been so honest. My need has never been so great. My dependence has never been so fervent. I realized that God is Jehovah Jireh, my provider … not me. It doesn’t matter if my income is a disability check or a payment for work completed. It all comes from Him. Sometimes God provides the ability to give; sometimes He requires the humility to receive. 

The Treasure We Carry
It’s humbling that God can best use us when others view us through our weaknesses. Second Corinthians 4:7 reminds us, “Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.” As Rick Warren’s popular book, The Purpose Driven Life, begins, “It’s not about us.” Each of us has an important contribution to make to the kingdom of Christ, and to fulfill it, we must recognize that we carry a treasure — the life of Christ — in our lives. It’s cliché but true; we’re the only Bible some people ever read. What version are you conveying?
 
Grammy-award-winning band Jars of Clay was so inspired by the imagery of 2 Corinthians 4:7 that they derived their name from it. Jars member Steve Mason explains, “As Christians, the biggest thing we can do to renew ourselves to the gospel is to understand how great a need we have for God through the person of Jesus. That’s what the image of the jar of clay means — being in a continual posture of recognizing the great need we have and who’s meant to fill that need, who fills the jar of clay.”
 
In biblical times, “It was customary to conceal treasure in clay jars, which had little value or beauty and did not attract attention to themselves and their precious contents,” notes the NIV Study Bible in reference to 2 Corinthians 4:7. The decanter was just a decoy. In the same way, we are challenged to constantly consider that what we contain is much more valuable than the container that carries it.

Living in Cracked Pots
The world tells us we must be attractive, intelligent, and wealthy to be worthy of the admiration of others. God’s Word tells us that it is in our frailties, our most humble and shameful moments, that He is closest to us. In fact, it’s only in our most vulnerable moments that He is best able to fine-tune us into exactly what He created us to be.
 
Rob Bell, pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., uses contemporary culture to convey powerful truths in his NOOMAs (MTV-meets-Sunday School mini-video messages). In the episode “Rain,” Bell is hiking around a lake with his infant son, Trace. At the mid-point, it starts to rain. Trace, in a hiking backpack, is soaked because he pulled down his hood. When Bell hears his son’s screams, he stops, stoops down, and gently tucks Trace close to his heart. As they make their way back, this father whispers words of comfort to his son. Bell reflects on that precious memory by noting that if it had not rained, he wouldn’t have had that intimate moment with his son. In the same way, when life is going well, we don’t need God with the urgent desperation that we experience when we are hit with stunning news:

“We’re downsizing and … ”

“It’s cancer.”

“There was an accident. I’m sorry to say …”

“I don’t love you anymore. I want a divorce.”
 
The apostle Paul was no stranger to difficult circumstances. In 2 Corinthians 11 and 12, he airs a laundry list of afflictions: imprisonment, floggings, exposure to death, beatings, stonings, and a shipwreck. Paul certainly did not desire these difficulties; in fact, he writes that three times he asked God to remove a “thorn in the flesh.” God’s reply to Paul is His response to us today, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).    

As Christians, one of the most difficult desires to submit to God is the idea that we can demand Him to model us in the image we have in mind: married by 25, kids by 30, vice president by 35 … healthy parents, nice house, size-six self (or spouse), and money to buy what we want, when we want it. The danger in this desire is that it presumes that we know better than God the purposes He planned for us.

Romans 9:20-21 says, “But who are you — anyone who talks back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ Or has the potter no right over His clay, to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor?”

The reality is that without the test, there’s no testimony. Without the struggle, there’s no growth. Without failure, there’s no fruition. Second Corinthians 4:8-9, which follows the reference to jars of clay, reveals our hope: “We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed.” There’s nothing wrong with being weak. Weak does not mean passive, helpless, or ineffective. Weakness has more to do with an accurate perspective of the source of our strength. In admitting our weaknesses, we affirm God’s strength.
 
With this perspective, we realize that we can be hurt but not helpless. We can be broke but not broken. We can be limited but not lacking. We can be single but not solitary. Mason explains that our frailties should not make us fearful, rather they are arrows, pointing us to our need for God. “When things weigh us down, or you see yourself in a shameful light and you feel like you don’t deserve God’s love because of things in the past, understand that grace covers all. Be encouraged in that process. We will fail, but that’s ultimately why we need the gospel.”

 When we recognize the value and vulnerability of our vessels, we’ll begin to care for them as God desires. And we’ll become beautiful clay pots tested by fire, filled with living water, and displayed for others to see — cracks and all.

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Immanuel…..God with us

We are pleased and honored to start having guest bloggers post on our site on Sunday nights, so that readers of this site may be blessed with other Men and Women who also have made it their hope and mission to help others along their journey. I realize it’s Monday night but this is the initiation of the guest blogs                                                                                                                    

We have the priviledge of having Lynn Mosher as our guest blogger for today, a very generous, humble writer that writes for the sole purpose of sharing God’s love and encouraging others. Her personal site is http://lynnmosher.blogspot.com/

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Immanuel…God with Us

The Advent season is upon us once again. It comes more quickly each year. I know, I’m just getting old!

 Since we’ll soon hear the amazing story of Jesus’ birth being told from countless pulpits and since biblical names always have a significance, let’s look into the meaning of Jesus’ name. 

 In the Old Testament, God’s name and His presence were virtually synonymous, which was evidenced in His name Jehovah-shammah, meaning the Lord is present or there.

Jehovah-shammah, dwelling on the throne of heaven, sent His Son to earth to be born in another form, to live personally with His people. His name? “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9:6 NKJV)

In the New Testament, Jesus was Jehovah-shammah, as Matthew, quoting prophecy, said of His name, “‘They shall call His name Immanuel,’ translated as, ‘God with us.’” (Matt. 1:23b NKJV)

When Jesus came to be with us, He threw off His robe of celestial royalty and dressed Himself in a tiny, pink suit of humanity, and from the birth-manger to the death-tomb, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14 NKJV) The original Greek says that Jesus “tabernacled” among us, which means to pitch one’s tent, to dwell in safety and security under its cover and protection.

That Divine Flesh was known by the name of Jesus, which the Word tells us is a “more excellent name” (Heb. 1:4) and the “name which is above every other name,” (Phil. 2:9b TLB) and to which “every knee shall bow.” (Rom. 14:11)

Calling on that precious name has opened the portals of heaven and shut the gates of hell bringing salvation to lost souls, turning away tornadoes, averting disasters, saving the lives of those in car wrecks, healing people of cancer and AIDS, giving the lame the ability to walk, hearing to the deaf, and sight to the blind, delivering those oppressed by demons, and even bringing some back from death’s grip. Dependence on that name is essential.

The last thing Jesus said to His disciples was, “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20 NKJV)

 As we celebrate the birth of Christ, let us remember that He was birthed in obedience that He might die to be with us forever.

 As Immanuel stood before Pilate, he asked, “What then am I to do with Jesus?” (Matt. 27:22 Phillips) What, then, do you do with this Jesus? Do you know that Jehovah-shammah Immanuel is with you…always?

 Prayer: Lord, may all who read this welcome You, Immanuel, God with us, to live in their hearts, filling them with sweet praise because of Your birth.

Lynn

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