Finding Hope

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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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Desperation.

I was thinking about my life and reflected on times that money was tight. Living paycheck to paycheck and not keeping up with bills. I have at times worked extra jobs to try to make enough money to pay bills and it was a struggle. Get up early and go to work, get off one job and go to the second job and when I got done there head home and sleep a few hours before starting all over again, barely getting by and doing without a lot of things I could have used in order to provide for the family. It was tough but due to circumstances I was desperate and willing to do whatever I needed to do in order to make ends meet.

As I thought about how I was struggling then and needed the money I think about some jobs I took out of desperation; working places and doing jobs that I never would have thought I would have considered likely that I do. I found myself taking a variety of part time jobs in addition to my full time job. I did work that was terrible to even consider. Literally digging ditches, working in or around hog houses, other jobs dealing with people that were not the type with whom I would associate, alcoholics, drug abusers and other well, unsavory types. Right or wrong I thought I was better than the type of person that would do such things but there I was, doing exactly what I thought I would never do with people whom I held in low regard, at times I had mocked those people and here I was working with them. But, I was desperate……or at least thought I was desperate with a wife and child I had to get money for expenses. I did not know anything about food stamps or other government assistance so I did things I thought beneath me to get myself into a better situation. I struggled, I worried, as I said, I compromised myself and associated with people that were not the type I would associate with, all due to desperation.

As I thought about that, how much I wanted to try to make things better, how I was willing to be around people that I would never have associated with at all, just to try to make a better life because I needed more money for bills and such, I realized I had compromised myself to try to make things better. That caused me to wonder how many people compromise themselves to try to get by, earn money or get what they think may be a better life. Some suffer right along and never compromise themselves as they struggle, others repeatedly compromise. But, one thing I should know is that He did provide and I was able to find some extra work to help pay bills.

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

As I reflected further, I realized that I was also sort of reaping my own reward for belittling or mocking those people, whether literally or possibly only in my mind. I was being judgmental and I needed to learn some humility. Boy, does God know how to teach us humility.

[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Philippians 2:3

Then, I thought more about times I was doing fine, but desperately wanted something, so I would spend more than I should have to get it or do it. I wanted to go fishing or hunting so I would ignore things that were more important, chores at home and such. When I was in high school I would desperately want to do something and would leave homework undone. I ignored responsibilities because I desperately wanted to do something “fun.” I talked in one post previously about blowing off a friend I was supposed to meet so I could run around with other guys that were part of the “cool crowd” and I desperately wanted to be considered one of the cool guys.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14

This doesn’t necessarily mean people that don’t believe in Christ, but also people who may believe that He is the Son of God, died and was resurrected, but still intentionally live in a way that is not pleasing to God.

Sometimes desperation isn’t due to hardships, suffering or otherwise actually needing something, but can be related to a person’s wants. To be honest, many times things I thought I NEEDED were only things I wanted. I have seen people that, like I mentioned in the post about black Friday, behave horribly and do anything to others to get that one thing they “desperately need” for Christmas. Back stabbing, talking terribly about people. It is sad.

But, real or perceived, desperation causes people to do a lot of things that they normally would not do: treat others in ways that they would never have treated them otherwise, tolerate far more from some to obtain what they “Desperately” want, take risks they shouldn’t take, ignore responsibilities and any number of what would otherwise be considered bad judgement.

Another thought is that the tough times happen and if we let Him, He will use those times to strengthen us. He also gave me opportunities to learn to trust Him more, opportunities for better jobs and the desire to get my education so I could have an even better life in the future. He helped me get through that all no matter how bad I thought times were, no matter how desperate I became, HE DID NOT FAIL ME and Christ carried me through and is leading me to where He wants me in life. I may have done things that did not please Him, I may have strayed from the path He had planned for me, but He still was with me.

Know ye that the LORD he [is] God: [it is] he [that] hath made us, and not we ourselves; [we are] his people, and the sheep of his pasture.   Psalms 100:3

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy name and thank You for seeing more in me than I saw myself and for helping me through so many difficulties in life, many I created for myself, but Your love and presence saw me through. I thank You for the difficulties that helped shape me into the person You desire me to be and that brought me to the place You want me to be for Your glory. I ask in the name of Jesus that You continue to help me improve my Christian walk. I pray for those who feel the desperation as I did at times, due to finances, marital problems, job issues, poor health or any other areas of concern for them that they lean on Christ to help them through and give them the strength and assistance they need to get through the hard times they feel they are facing and show them how to know You and Your will for them in dealing with their hardships. Please draw my family and loved ones to You and help them come to know You and Your plan for their lives. I thank You for my salvation that Christ paid for through His suffering and death, through His defeat of death when He was resurrected.

Amen

 

Thank you all for your time. Please have a blessed day and try to be a blessing to others.