Finding Hope

searching

I talk to a lot of different people over the course of my days and some conversations are pretty mundane, the typical “how are you today?” conversations where each person asks about things in the other’s life and usually it is the superficial, “pretty good” or “not bad” or similar replies. Sometimes someone has something good, or great, going on and there is talk of that. They got a new car, a promotion, they are planning a trip or any number of things. Other times, things are not good, problems at work, at home, their child got in trouble at school, someone has a serious illness or any number of woes and worries that life can throw at a person. Sometimes the person is nearly devastated and feels there is no hope and that nothing can happen to make things better. I will say that for those who don’t know Christ, those times can be overwhelming and that all is lost, like a boat that is sinking in a storm, with no hope for rescue.

We all face times that, to one extent or another, are like that as we make our way through life and no matter how hopeless things may seem, there is hope. I have faced times such as this, where I thought no possibility of hope existed. Like I was in total darkness and without chance for improvement. Yet there always was hope, all I had to do was seek Christ, the comfort He provides and the salvation He gives.

I hear songs on the radio and I have commented on some from time to time, sometimes they are songs that are new to me, other times, something I am going through, or someone I spoke with is going through is on my mind and a song plays that speaks to me. The other day I heard, “O’ Lord” by Lauren Daigle and several parts of the song spoke to me. How at times I have needed the message in the song and at other times people I talk to need to hear it. Here is a link to the lyrics, I hope it works because I know there are people that need to be reminded of the message that it contains, a message of the hope, love, strength and comfort He can provide us.

http://www.klove.com/music/artists/lauren-daigle/songs/o-lord-lyrics.aspx

Sometimes, the message comes through much stronger than others, I always wonder how and why that is, but God knows when I need to hear certain things. He tells us what He wants us to know. We serve an AMAZING GOD!

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.  Romans 15:13

2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 5:2-5

Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  Isaiah 41:10

 

There are many verses that talk to the hope He provides for us, if we maintain our faith and continue to seek Him. He will deliver us from the hard times, He will strengthen us when we are weak.

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.  Deuteronomy 31:6

 

At times I remind myself of these promises, other times, I remind others, but the truth of His promises are for us all. So, to anyone who feels hope is lost, that there is no way life can be as we want and need, remember He is there, He always is there and will always be, waiting for us to seek Him and His help.

 

Lord, I thank You for the mercy, grace and hope that You give me. For the strength when I am weak and the comfort when I need it. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to remind me of these truths and the truth of the salvation Christ bought for me. I pray that You speak to the hearts of anyone who feels despair and hopelessness that they know You have what they need to see them through the difficult times and that You will deliver them from the hardships they face. That You will be their hope and rock and that You will see them through the storms of life and bring them out of the troubles with which they are dealing. Draw us all to You, give us all the deliverance from sin and sorrow we all need.

Amen

 

I hope all are able to be a blessing to someone today and are blessed as well. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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Happy New Year!

newyear

 

As 2018 ends and 2019 begins we all face the new year and new, different experiences as time matches forward. As I ponder on the coming year I also reflect on the old and i would say that I’ve had a lot happen: some good, some FANTASTIC, some not good and some terrible. I’ve seen and dealt with things I never expected to have happen. But even in bad, there can be god found. It was during the worst that I came to know Christ again. Oh, I’d always known Him but when faced with some difficult times that I could never have dealt with on my own, He was there for me, as He always had been, just waiting on me to call out to Him, ask for and receive forgiveness and salvation. He made me a new person.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   2 Corinthians 5:17

I think of mistakes I’ve made, on what can I do to correct and never repeat them and how I can be the man Jesus wishes me to be for His glory. I think on the bad, yes, but as lessons on life but more than reflecting on the bad, I rejoice on the good God has given me.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.  Luke 6:38

He can do that for everyone. If you find yourself in situations that you know are not right; if you realize you have done the wrong thing; if you know that you displeased God in anyway or somehow hurt yourself or others; He is waiting to help you. He won’t force you to do what He wants, but when you are ready to do what you know He wants, He is there to strengthen you so you are able to do that which you should. His love endures despite what one does. He is there, patiently waiting and when you seek Christ and His help, you will receive such blessings you will wonder why you didn’t do things sooner.

And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  John 1:16

I think all of us, since we are all sinners, should talk to God, ask Him for forgiveness and acknowledge that Jesus, His son, died and was resurrected that we may have that forgiveness and the salvation it brings.

4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:4-7

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Romans 10:9-11

Lord, I worship You and ask forgiveness of my sins. I thank You for Jesus who you sent to die for my sins and to be resurrected to defeat death and to give me a path to redemption. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me be the man You would have me to be in the coming year and every year after. Help me see Your truths and make the changes I need to make to take the path You wish for me to take. Help me be a representative of Your live, mercy, forgiveness and grace. Teach me to know and live the heart and mind if Christ. Please draw my loved ones to You as well that they too may know what wonderful things You have planned for them if they just seek You and trust You as they follow your will for them.

Amen

I hope all have the full measure of the blessings He has in store for you and that you remember to be a blessing to someone else as well.

Buyer’s remorse

car lot

My daughter and son in law were in need of a new car about 2 years ago. They wanted a newer used car rather than a brand new and had been searching on line for quite a while. They finally narrowed down the search to 3 or 4 different models and were taking their time, looking to see what they could find that was what they were looking for at the time. They found a couple dealerships a couple hours from here that had several different cars that they felt were good options so they went to look and that evening came home with a new car. But, it was a completely different make and model than any they had considered. It was a nice looking car, drove well, mileage wasn’t too bad and price, was a little less than the others they were considering, so they bought it. I asked my son in law and he said they had looked at and driven several cars that day and then the salesman at one dealership wanted to show them this particular car. He told them all the wonderful features and how it was a great deal and better car than any of the others they had looked at so far. They drove it and liked it, well my daughter really liked it, the son in law was not that thrilled about it. They really didn’t know much about that particular model. They had not researched it to see if it had been subject of multiple recalls, if there were any consumer reports about frequently reported problems with it. But, they went ahead and started some negotiations with the salesman and ended up purchasing it. In a couple months they noticed a slight problem with driving it at certain speeds where it had a slight vibration. They had the tires checked, some uneven wear, slightly out of alignment, but the shop here couldn’t do it as it required special equipment to do the alignment and the only place that could do that was the dealer. So, 2 hour drive each way to get it aligned, with the cost being far more than what it would have been locally. But, it seemed to drive better. Then, a few weeks later, issues with the brakes. Hmmm, no one locally stocked or could order the parts, so ordered from the dealer, who also said that there was a special tool needed to remove the calipers to replace the brake pads, which they had to order as well. Fixed that and all okay, until some issues with the rear axle which required repair at the dealership and while it was covered by the warranty, that required a lot of discussion with the dealer as, after the repair was done, they said the manufacturer informed them it was not a warrantied repair. They discussion went back and forth, finally the company agreed to cover the repair. Since then, there have been other issues and both have expressed regret over the purchase since after they started having issues with it they did the research and found that the problems they had were common and usually required work at the dealership. Some covered under warranty, some wasn’t covered.

Sometimes I would help my son in law with the repairs and he would complain about the need to work on the car and if my daughter was in the garage she got very defensive about it. Saying things like, “Well, that could happen with any car.” “It wasn’t that expensive to fix it.” and otherwise being very defensive about any criticism about the vehicle. This happened every time someone said anything even slightly negative about the car. She would argue how wonderful the car really was and the little things weren’t that bad and most of the bigger things were covered by the warranty (although, that was not always true.) My son in law told me recently that he had misgivings about buying it but still, thought it was going to be ok. My daughter really wanted that car but now tells us that within a couple months of buying it she was having some significant regrets, she was having buyer’s remorse about buying it without getting to know more about the car and not taking time to do any research about it.

There have been times I have had buyer’s remorse or regrets about many things. Usually it was when I didn’t take time to really evaluate the potential purchase; Cars, houses, power tools, etc. But could apply to different jobs I accepted over the years. Usually, when I bought something that I kind of knew better than to buy without looking into it closer or taking the jobs I was uncertain about I would never admit to it, pride got in the way and I didn’t want people to know that I had messed up so I had to act like I was thrilled with the car, house, whatever, even it I really wanted to get rid of it. The list is endless and every time I did something a certain way without full thought or purchased something on impulse or without fully researching things and considering options, whether that be continue to drive my current vehicle or choices between brands of power tools and such, I almost always came to regret getting in too much of a hurry and not doing a little more research and comparisons between brands and options.

One’s actions often bring undesired results, one fails to consider all aspects and makes a rash decision and acts on that decision and then, over time they realize it was a mistake. God doesn’t want us to make uninformed or poorly informed decisions about life, whether that be major purchases, significant career choices, or any number of things. One should, as a Christian, approach all things not only with careful consideration, but with prayer, patience and a willingness to do without something until it is clear that one is following God’s plan.

35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after Heye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Hebrews 10:35-36

 

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 Proverbs 3:5-6

 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33

He wants us to seek Him before worrying about what decision we should make and if we do, He will reward us and guide us. He will protect us from our own bad decisions, IF WE SEEK HIM and let Him do so.

While we all make bad decisions with which He was likely not pleased; whatever actions we took, purchases we made, etc; it is more displeasing to God if we fail to correct whatever error was made. He is patient and won’t forsake us, but will remind us repeatedly that we made an error that caused some sort of division between He and us.

9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad.

2 Corinthians 5:9-10

But, regardless of poor decisions, made without seeking guidance from the Lord, He loves us and will forgive us, He will help us correct our mistakes and set us on the path He desires. We need not live with remorse for bad decisions, we can correct mistakes and let Him help us make the correct ones in the future.

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for the instructions You give me. I know I have a lot to learn. I am at a point where I am making some significant decisions and I pray in Jesus Name that I remember to seek You first and let You guide me as I do so. I pray that You show me what You would have me do. Draw me closer to You, show me, and my loved ones, Your will and way for us. Show us all the errors we have made that we may correct them, show us the correct path before we take a wrong step. I ask that You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones to draw them closer to You that they may seek and be given the forgiveness and salvation You will give.

Amen

 

Thank you all for stopping by today. It’s labor day and I, unfortunately, have to work. But, I pray all have a blessed day, and that you bless someone else as you enjoy your holiday.