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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Being a Good Leader Brings on Hope

We have a new winner in our promotion adventure. The person will be notified, and receive the prizes. We move on to yet another promotion where there will be prizes. The next winner will be the person who is our 95,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 30 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 90,650. If you haven’t already subscribed please do by clicking on the icon right after the title of this post.

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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, 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.
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It is great to have Taylor Wilkins back as a guest blogger. He is a staff member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His post today concentrates on the importance of all of us being good leaders and the changes it would cause.

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Extending your Reach
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
This is a quote by John C. Maxwell one of the greatest authors on the topic of leadership that the world has ever known. I admire his work as an author, both from the content as well as the sincerity of heart behind his writing. Every time I have listened to John Maxwell speak I can’t help but think of the similarity between King Solomon, the writer of the old testament books of wisdom; Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.
I love growing in my ability to lead because the entire heartbeat of good leadership is outward focused. My passion it to change my community for the good. I want to see people flourishing in life, especially the people who are in my sphere of influence. If it’s in my power to pull someone out of a pit, I want to do it! I believe most people actually have that same desire in life, but for some reason it seems like those who actually walk out that lifestyle are few and far in between.
This is where I believe John Maxwell’s quote is so incredibly powerful.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
Changing the world doesn’t happen by accident. It is always an intentional act of love that impacts the world for good, but before you can be intentional you must know the way. King Solomon says in Proverbs that “for lack of vision the people parish.” Without a vision you are destined to parish. You become a wanderer, moving aimlessly through life, you lose your passion for life, and your drive continues to dwindle until you feel you have nothing left. This is one of the gateways to depression, and sometimes the only way out of depression is to get vision for your life, and grab on to something worth living for.
Vision alone doesn’t change the world. It is the people who follow through on their vision that take the first step into the frontier of actually changing the world. When a man or women build up the courage to act on the God given visions of the heart, God is always near! In another Proverb King Solomon writes that “a man plans his ways but the Lord guides and directs his steps.” Taking a step of faith comes from a heart surrendered to  the Lord. When you get to this place then good things are bound to happen, but there is still one final step to get to the place of true magic.
In order to make the greatest impact on the world through your God given vision you must invite others to join you. You must invite people to be a part of your vision. This is why Jesus invited the 12 disciples to follow him before setting out to change the world forever. Jesus demonstrated the walk of a true leader. Jesus set out with vision, he walked out his vision with purest love, and he trained others to do the same.
I believe when great leaders are around, there is always hope! Don’t be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is for you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Never give up hope!

Taylor Wilkins

Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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Clothes Tattered and Worn? No Worry.

We just started a new promotion. The next winner will be the person who is our 90,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 50 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 88,850.  If you haven’t already subscribed please do by clicking on the icon right after the title of this post.

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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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Our guest blogger for today, is our most consistent writer we have. She has never missed an assignment and they have all been done by deadline. This dedication shows in her work. Thank you so much Lynn Mosher for being there every month for your readers.

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My Robe is All Scrunched Up!

‟For He has clothed me with garments of salvation

and draped about me the robe of righteousness.”

(Is. 61:10 TLB)

This robe cannot be rented, and it cannot be put on lay-away. It cannot be tried on for a while and, then, taken off.

I have one. God wrapped a covering of deliverance, prosperity, rescue, liberty, safety, welfare, and victory around me as a believer, to cover and clothe me in His garment of rightness, justice, and virtue.

It’s called the robe of salvation. David said, ‟For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.” (Ps. 149:4 NKJV)

It is a forever gift…but it was not free. It came with a great price tag to the Giver: the blood of Jesus.

In His pleasure, the Lord clothed me in a robe of spiritual refinement beyond compare, beautifying my soul with heavenly grace. I cannot work to purchase this robe or work to keep it, no matter how hard I try.

Jesus told The Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22 about the king who arranged a marriage for his son. When the king went to greet his guests, he spotted a man without a wedding garment.

It was the custom of many countries in Jesus’ day to wear long, white robes at public festivals, weddings, and other occasions. Royalty and the wealthy provided wedding garments for those invited to a wedding. Noblemen also gave a garment to someone they wished to honor.

Refusing to accept or wear the gifted garment was not only the highest insult and deepest disrespect, but, in some countries, also worthy of punishment.

The robeless attendee to this wedding presumptuously entered in his own attire, in his own way, without the garment given him by the king and, therefore, he dishonored the king.

As Christ died to purchase my wedding garment, I cannot enter the heavenly wedding feast without it.

So, what am I to do with this gifted garment? How do I wear my regal robe of righteousness, my beautiful wedding garment..

* inside out?

* backwards?

* upside down?

* thrown over my shoulder?

* dragging it on the ground?

* casually tied around my waist?

* all rumpled and scrunched up?

Do I drag my robe of beauty through the mud of disobedience? Crushed by Israel’s adulterous behavior and attitude, God said to them, ‟You dragged your beauty through the mud.” (Ezek. 16:25a GNB)

What do I do to de-beautify my robe? What is my behavior beneath it? Do I use it to hide under or try to throw it off to misbehave?

In the past, I would sometimes squirm beneath it or struggle to throw it off, to act the way I wanted. But instead, Paul reminded me to ‟Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” (Eph. 4:22-24 NLT)

And I’ve learned to follow Paul’s other advice, ‟Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” (Rom. 13:14 NLT)

When I first tried it on, it felt uncomfortable and scratchy like burlap. It felt as though it didn’t fit right; it was too large.

But now, I’m growing into it! It’s comfy, falling in velvety smooth folds of peace and joy around me. I love twirling around in it and praising the Lord, for He has given me ‟the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (Is. 61:3 NKJV)

So, wherever I go and whatever I do, I must remind myself I am clothed with Christ’s presence, with His robe of holiness, and, therefore, I must keep that robe clean and unscrunched!

Do you have a precious robe like this? How are you wearing it? Is it all scrunched up?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

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