Hope When There Is No Hope

Have you been struggling with many different circumstances that you just have no answer for. Well you are not alone in this, there is hope when you think there is no hope.

God sees your heart and knows what is going on so don’t worry about what isn’t or is happening, allow Him to guide you through the darkest of days.

There is hope that tomorrow will be a s better day for you. What you are going through will not last.

We can only see what our eyes tell us, but it is what is unseen that we hope for and as we pray and have faith that God will show you the way, it is then that we can find the solution to what is wrong. When you are finding such things are happening to you, maybe it’s time to step back and wait for God to show you what to do. For He is in control, not us.

Be kind to people who frustrate you, be gracious to those who are not fair and be hopeful for all that God promises you. He will not leave you or forsake you, it is He who guides your path and makes a way. Now you must do your part and believe that He will.

Jesus tells us in John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Shalom
Nancy
The Christian Writer

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Step Back, Adjust Your View

Seeing things from a different perspective

Just recently I purchased a car with a back up camera, it’s a great feature and to know what’s right behind the back of my car that I can’t see. Although this is such an revolutionary idea, I still have to look around the sides and adjust my view, sometimes the camera can’t see everything. The same goes for photography, my grandson took a picture of the garden from his perspective, but if I took it from my view it would be very different. That’s the great thing about photography everybody has a different sense of an angle or depth of field, we adjust our way of looking at things, we adjust our view. ( I adjusted the size of the photo above) you can point the camera to to mountains and turn 360 degrees and take a water fall, it’s how we look at things and how we want to look at things.

Then there is my garden…

The deer have chewed our Hostas down to picks, I get it they love the salad garden we grow here at our house but I really get upset and would never cause any deer harm, so I changed my point of view from allowing them free reign to now spraying to keep them away, planting flowers they don’t like and just by changing our view and using the knowledge we have been given we are seeing the results!

In life, not only can we adjust our view by seeing, we can adjust by receiving and responding. We just have to step back and understand what’s really important to us, winning the fight or seeing the answer by someone else’s view. Pride can make you look only through a peephole, but let it go and see the whole bigger view that maybe you haven’t seen at all!    Step back, adjust your view.

Do you see yourself looking at things through one view or perspective?

The best solution for understanding comes through prayer, asking God for help, seeking Jesus in times of struggle and uncertainty and relying on that, trying to see things from God’s view!

Psalm 19:14 

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart

    be pleasing in your sight,

    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

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Shalom

Nancy

#Stepbackadjustyourview

#Jesus

#God

#perspective

 

 

 

Do Not Underestimate The Power Of God

Recently I heard a sermon about the prophet Elijah, he was a famous prophet of God, and he had blessed him with gifts of healing, power and prophecy.

Elijah was given strength to withstand the opposition of the wicked King Ahab, he was not afraid when he had Ahab call all 450 prophets of their god, Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah to go up to join him at Mount Carmel, for them to call out to their gods through worship and sacrifice, just to see who is really God and follow Him.

But they received no answer from their gods as Elijah tells them the one true God will answer by fire on the sacrifice he instructed them to set up, and that is just what God did, in the most miraculous way. 1 Kings 18:38

God gave Elijah the strength to kill all the false prophets of wicked Ahab and his wife Jezebel. Elijah had the strength of the Lord in him giving him the knowledge to bear witness for the Lord. Upon hearing about the slaying of the prophets, Jezebel sends a messenger to Elijah- “I will make your life like that of one of them.” 1 Kings 19:2

Hearing this, Elijah ran, forgetting just what happened at Mount Carmel, he was scared and he took his eyes off the One who is controlling the situation.

Don’t we all tend to do this? Something great happens; we know that God has given this to us. But as soon as something we don’t understand we lose sight of God’s sovereignty over us, because we believe what we can see instead of believing in the one who we cannot.

John 20:29

 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

It’s so easy to look at your circumstances and allow them to consume your every thought; we must re direct our thoughts to remember that God is in charge of everything, every situation, good and bad. We have seasons of learning, adjusting, growing, healing and loss.

As you go through situations where you just want to “run” remember to be still, God is over it as you keep trusting in His way and not your own.

Shalom

Nancy

 

#Godisincontrol #donotunderestimatethepowerofGod #Jesus

The Challenges We Face

Here comes the New Year…again.

As we look ahead to the future, some of us have set some goals, others planned vacation, and maybe some are thinking about moving either to a new home or job. But as you think ahead, considering your plans do you see hope in that?

The hope we see is that maybe this year could be better than last year, hey maybe it was a great year, but when we look back did we see the challenges we faced?

Sometimes the challenges were fierce and hard to deal with, others were spiritual challenges with hard lessons about ourself or others. Maybe some of you had or are having physical challenges and you think no one truly understands or cares.

Hard to see but the challenges we face are very healthy for our soul, teaching us strength and endurance. Facing each challenge we can look back and see how God has worked in it. He may have brought you closer to Him or someone you know and or love. It may have taught, things aren’t always what they seem to be, having to learn patience and understand that we should look at what’s going on as a bigger picture, challenging us to look outward and not inwardly.

No doubt this year there will be challenges, some easier than others, some could be triumphs and some traumatizing but remember this, God is and will be with you, just put it in His hands and as you depend on Him more, the results and outcome will amaze you. Stop trying to figure it out all the time or control it. Trust God and His purpose for your life, look to Him for all your needs.

May you live in peace and good health during the year with God’s blessings, Nancy

2 Corinthians 13:11

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

 

 

 

What Are God’s Promises?

God’s Promises are great, He promises never to leave you or forsake you,

He promises to be with you.

To love and have mercy on you.

To teach you as you go along,

He will provide wisdom when you ask Him for it.

He always provides a way out of sin.

His love endures forever in your heart when you worship Him.

He always sees what you are doing and gives you the tools to make it happen.

He is with you in a storm, in times of grief He stands beside you,

He is the rock that you cling to in times of trouble or of deep sorrow.

His ways are better than our ways.

When you turn away from Him, He welcomes you back with open arms

When you follow Jesus he prays for you,

He comforts you,

He loves you.

These are great things that God will do, has done and will sustain us through it all.

When people turn from you, He does not.

 

Do you feel as though you are going through things alone? God is with you as you do.

 

Believe in Jesus and your life will be transformed into becoming more and more like Him. Give up control of your life and give it to Jesus, watch what how your life changes.

 

Shalom

Nancy

 

#Jesus #Godspromises #loveGod

 

Put It Through The Strain Test

Have you ever read something that was very enticing and then later realized it was not true?

~Have you ever watched a speaker and thought, yea that’s the way I feel and later realize that the purpose of the speaker was to lure you into their book buying, agenda and following?

~Have you ever read a fact that was true then someone put their own “take on it” and make it seem true?

This is all called misleading. When someone or something takes your full attention away from God or the Bible and then that becomes your truth, which is not God’s, and you are mislead and taken away from truly knowing God.

Yes, some will even go to the Bible, point you to scriptures making them palatable, then twist it to their own teaching to entice you to want even more.

1 Peter 2:1 

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.

Many people are being mislead by a speaker, teacher, self called-prophet or pastor that has a program and somehow throws Jesus into their teaching and doesn’t always point to Jesus being the way, this is also misleading.

 It is always wonderful to have devotions, hear about someone who has healed through the healing power of Christ but the truth is the Bible is the source and whoever trusts in something that isn’t fallible as the Bible is, but is misguided to their own truths then that is a sin in itself.

Put everything you ingest in your mind through a strain test.

 Does this person profit from and promote their agenda?

Do they point you to the Bible over their own work?

 Do they point to Jesus in every aspect of teaching?

 Do they call themselves prophets moving people towards a certain “word” for them or healing and enticing you to want more (similar to luring of a psychic’s deception). You will know if the Holy Spirit is speaking to your heart by the way it has been presented to you from a humble perspective.

1 John 4:1

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Do some say “The End is coming soon” and give you a time or date?

Mark 13:32

The Day and Hour Unknown

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

And…..

Revelation 3:10

 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

Do they say “victory” over circumstances?

Jesus said we will have trials but to be an overcomer;

 John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

 Take the time to think through things you are taking in, and allowing that to be your truth, follow Jesus, not people, things or objects.

Exodus 34:17

“Do not make any idols.

And…..

1 John 5:21

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

Shalom

Nancy

#Jesus #idols #prophets #falseteaching #selfseeking #misleading

 

 

Born Again

John 3:3

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again

What does it mean to be Born Again?

When Jesus comes into your behavior begins to change. You no longer seek out things of the world. Jesus transforms you with a desire to seek Him , want an intimate relationship with Him and as you do, He begins to reshape you by taking away a hateful mind and opening your heart up to love, just as though you were a reborn child, not corrupted by the world yet.

Jesus transforms your worldly thinking into godly thinking,

You don’t depend on the world for your happiness,

                               Jesus fulfills all your needs.

You no longer seek the things that used to make you happy,

                              you seek the desires that only Jesus fulfills.

He gives you a heart for Him, instead of pushing Him away you begin to

                               need Jesus more and depend on Him.

He gives you a love for others, where you despised and hated someone or some thing

             you begin to look at it like He did, with compassion and understanding.

Money no longer drives you like it used to, you need it to live but it’s not everything to you because ……Jesus is.

Jesus takes away pride and replaces it with humbleness.

Your relationships change because you are changing, instead of pointing the finger, you see situations in a different light, you no longer have a desire to be doing what you used to do and the situations that used to upset you Jesus changes you to begin to forgive and understand.

                                 Only Jesus can do this transforming work.

Sin is a wall between you and God, your heart can’t get transformed unless you totally let go, ask God for forgiveness. Humbling yourself is the first step in letting Jesus take the wheel of your life.

  • Lay it down at the feet of Jesus. He will give you rest.
  • Seek His love
  • See your life transformed
  • Be His light to others
  • Leave it all at the foot of the cross

 

 

تسعى يسوع

taseaa yasue

Seek Jesus

 

 

Shalom

Nancy

 

John 3:4-8

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

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Who Is The Great Influencer In Your Life?

There are many people in this world that influence your; life, first it’s your parents or caregivers, maybe it’s a sibling or close relative.  It could be someone you look up to like a popular Movie Star or public speaker, maybe a motivator. All these people influence our lives on a daily basis. We want to be like them or look like them, people we probably want to look like or be. That could most likely how our lives get shaped. As you get older you’ve learned and grown and that person is no longer influencing your life so much any more. Maybe that person changed or did something you didn’t agree with, then they become less in your mind and the search continues!

I remember for years listening to a popular speaker his motivational style was quite amazing to me. He was the type of guy who would say ”no limits” – the walk through fire type. I have to admit I used to hang onto every word because I thought he was opening my mind to endless possibilities.

I was putting my trust in his philosophy and motivation. I even had my brother listening to his audio tracks.

As I grew older I realized that not everything he said worked for me, this person didn’t know me or my thoughts and furthermore I felt as though his motivation was selling more of his books and programs than pointing me to really knowing who it was that was truly the motivator.

I’m not saying that the person that has opened your mind to possibilities is wrong but were they really guiding you to the one who created you?

Goals and dreams are great to have, but who is the one that directs your path?

Proverbs 3:6

 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

Now I know there are people that are really doing great things in the world right now and we should always strive to do better in our lives but instead of looking up to them, why not look to who truly saved your soul?

Who is the ultimate hero of your life?

Jesus!

He is our motivator,

He is always with us,

He moves mountains no mere man can,

He loves us

He will never fail us in times of need.

                                That’s Christ who went to the cross for you and saved your life!

So as you think about who has influenced you through your life and were they lasting?

Were they there for you in every single aspect all the time?

                                                              Think…….

It is our Lord and Savior

Christ will never leave you or forsake you, look to Him to be the great influencer in your life!

Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Shalom

Nancy

#influencer #JesusChrist #Lord #love #motivator #God

 

Jesus Rises From Death

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4 NIV

When Jesus rose from the grave, that morning Mary’s heart was broken as she went to the tomb and saw that the stone was rolled away. He’s gone!

I don’t know where they have put Him.

We only can imagine, how upset she was, the man that she loved deep in her soul, the one she gave her life over to is now gone.

But no!

He arose and stood right near her and asked her who she was looking for (she thought he was the gardener) she was crying and Jesus revealed himself to her.”Rabboni!” she shouted but Jesus said “do not cling to me, I have not yet ascended to my Father.”

Mary ran to tell the other disciples as they waited together not knowing what to do except wait and think of the events of the past days, what happened to their Lord, the one they have loved, followed and were clinging onto His words. Thinking about how the disciples may have reacted some of these things could have been passing through their minds –

Will the Jewish leaders arrest us?

What did I do?

Can Jesus forgive me?

What do we do now?

 

But as Mary’s words came into their minds two of the disciples, Peter and John hurried to the tomb, John running ahead of Peter. He was gone!

He lives they thought, and they went back to rejoice with the others.

As the New Testament Scriptures say, Jesus showed up in the place the disciples were meeting, they were joyful in seeing him.

That’s what happens when we are separated from Jesus, our hearts are broken and we may know why, maybe someone you know doesn’t believe in Jesus or doesn’t believe any of the Bible is true, that’s why we point them to the Cross and what Jesus did for us all.

Debt Paid, Forgiveness of Sin, life everlasting that’s what the Savior did for us.

We are forgiven for all the past and can move forward…. free.

 

 

#resurrection # rosefromdead #Jesus arose

 

God’s Call For Everyday Service

1 Corinthians 1:9 

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

How does God call you into service everyday?

Do you feel God is not calling you to use your talents for Him?

Do you feel as though you are drawing a blank as to what the next move is?

And do you feel as though you are waiting on God for confirmation, as to how He will use you?

Here are a couple of hints that may be holding you back internally from hearing a clear call:

Fear

Which can prevent us from doing something God knows can be done, he will only give to us what He thinks we can handle. He has the plan and knows what you can do to glorify Him.

 

Missing the divine Appointment

Have you ever prayed and waited for God to send someone to you that needs to know about Him and He does but you totally miss it?

Thankfully he gives us another opportunity to minister and through the Holy Spirit’s prodding you know to respond.

 

A BIG call vs. an Everyday Call

Everyone’s call is different and God may call us for kind acts of service. Like calling someone that’s alone or how about bringing a meal and spending time with someone who needs it.

How about taking care of a child so a couple can go on a date night.

Every little thing we do, God sees it all, so when you think no one cares that you did something for him or her, just remember who is really seeing all of it and that’s Jesus.

Guidance

Being a parent or a grandparent is significant in God’s eyes, He gave you these little ones to watch over as a gift and taking care of them is a call. Shaping them to know Christ is a call, teaching them about the Bible is a call. Loving them is a huge call.

A dear woman recently told me at one time in her life she was looking for the Big call and thought it was more important than the little things she did everyday.

But then she said,“ I don’t look to do the big things anymore, I just wake up and say, Use me Jesus in this day.”

If God wanted all of us to be doing Big things for Him he would call you to that, but how great are small everyday blessings that we can share that glorify God, every day.

We don’t know what a wonderful part we play in the lives of others and that we could be the glue that holds them together. The rock in which they go to for guidance and help.

So when we think that what we do doesn’t matter, God sees everything done under the sun. He sees what we are doing for others just like He wants us to do. To be a light among those who might be falling into darkness. That’s a call, stepping into His Call For Everyday service

Shalom

Nancy