“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I Thessalonians 5:18
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
“We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands.” Proverbs 16:1
Hello everyone! Welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I’m so glad that you were able to stop by and pay me a visit today…and my prayer for you; is that you will come to experience a hope that can keep you pressing on, even during the times that can seem so uncertain in your life.
As we begin our time together today, can we honestly say that no matter what we face in life; that it is well with our soul? You know…I have come to see; that to be happy, in the midst of despair, can be quite the challenge at times. We want to trust God and continue to press on; but at the same time, it can seem as if we are up against a wall, with no way to get around it or over it.
As I think back on my own life, I remember the many disappointing times I experienced…especially when it came to the problems I was facing with both of my knees. There were times, when I actually felt like an experimental project. In fact, some of my surgeries were done in operating rooms…for students to observe, while microphones and cameras hung from the ceiling…and oh yea…the time, when x-rays and pictures of my knees were taken to Orthopedic conferences, as my situation was a very rare case.
Many times, I came out of the doctor’s office, in the same way I went in…with no new answers. These were the moments that became very discouraging and hard to understand, as I questioned God continually, as to why He never answered my prayer for help.
As time passed…and more and more surgeries took place…to repair damage done by major knee dislocations; I began to wonder if God even loved me anymore…for I just couldn’t understand why a loving God would ever want to leave me in this pit of hopelessness and despair.
Finally, I began to see that I was going after something that just wasn’t going to happen. From there, I even asked my husband to stop praying for a miracle…and it wasn’t due to a lack of faith; but rather, it was time to accept God’s will for my life, and why He was allowing these painful moments to remain within my life...for as time passed, I began to see that God had allowed me to be born this way for a reason…even though I didn’t quite understand it all at the time.
As I gave into God’s will, rather than my desires…a peace truly began to take hold of
me and before I knew it; I began to see the reasons why…and ever since that moment in my life; I have watched Him use these legs…and the pain I bare each day, for His honor and glory. To this day, I live with two bad legs and lots of pain; but you know what…I can truly say… “It is well…it is well with my soul…and why…because God’s got it!
No matter what you’re facing…never give up on life; but rather, give it all to God and let Him make the final decision, as to what He has planned for your life. One thing I truly came to see…through those trying times; is that life will never be truly well with our soul…and we will never experience His eternal peace, until we are willing to let go of our own desires and wants…and let His will be truly done within our lives.
Blessings so much on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Psalm 51:17
“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18
“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Hello everyone…and big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy to have you with me today…and my prayer; is that God would truly fill each of our hearts with a hope; that can help us to remain standing, even in the midst of brokenness!
As I was preparing to write to you today; I thought to myself…this is one topic that I can definitely share with you…heart to heart! You see…there was a time in my life, when I felt as if everything around me had literally fallen down, into a mound of rubble at my feet.
At that time…life for me couldn’t have been any worse than what I was already experiencing. In between surgeries…recoveries and pain; I was also dealing with a sexual abuse from my past. I don’t think that my plate could have been filled any further, without it overflowing into a pit of total destruction.
For the longest time, I just couldn’t see how all these broken pieces that stood before me, could be put back together again. In fact, I began to see my life as a puzzle, with pieces scattered all over the place…never knowing the true picture, as to what I was even created for.
Then one day, on February 2, 1990…these were the words that God gave me…“Our minds, spirits and hearts are ruled by God, and when a mechanical part breaks down; God doesn’t put in a used part; but rather, a whole brand new part.”…and this is exactly what He did for me!
Over time, God began to slowly remove all the brokenness in my life…and the pieces that had fallen to my feet. As He threw out all the broken pieces of my past…He was now bringing in brand new parts; that would strengthen this broken down life of mine and build me up, into someone who could be strong and able to press on…through the hardest of times.
One thing I’ve truly come to see, since God took my life and repaired it; is that these new parts that He has replaced the old ones with; are now strong enough to weather any storm or hard time that may come my way…and they are not easily able to be broken, like the old parts of my past.
Today, you too may feel as if everything has come crumbling to your feet, as you stand in the midst of a broken life…one that just seems too impossible to be fixed. May I encourage you today, to reach out to the One, who will not only fix your life; but will make it into something brand new…something that can bring hope back alive within you and draw you closer to Him…one that can help you to keep pressing on…no matter what may come your way.
If you are hurting deeply today…and just don’t feel as if there is any hope of putting back together the pieces that stand as rubble beneath your feet; just let it all go into the hands of God. Let’s face it…we just don’t have any idea, as to where these broken pieces go…do we? One thing I can say for sure…once you are willing to let go of everything, except for Him; that is when you will begin to see the pieces of your life come back together…only this time, into something brand new!
Blessings so much on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11
“In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally[a] rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years.”
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11-12
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4
Hello…and a big welcome to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad that you chose to stop by for a visit today and my prayer for you; is that you will come to truly experience a hope that can carry you out of the troubled waters of despair!
You know…there can be times in our lives, when we feel as if our circumstance has tossed us into an ocean of deep despair...and as the circumstance enhances with strength, we can feel as if the waves of circumstance are about to swallow us up. As we attempt to stay afloat, we find that we are not strong enough to remain above these troubled waters of despair, which can make us feel as if we are about to go down for the final time. Moments like these have a way of making us lose sight, of the One who can truly come and take us out of these waters…One whose strength can reach down from the heavens and rescue us; before we are taken down, to a place of total defeat.
In my own life, I experienced a time, when I felt lost at sea…a time when everything in my life seemed so dark…like the dark skies that form with a storm. As fear began to set in… the circumstance became so overwhelming; that I began to see myself, as if I was out on a piece of wood…floating aimlessly through the troubled waters of despair. As the clouds began to get darker and the waves began to grow higher; I began to call out, in desperation to God. Within a short time, it was as if He had truly walked out onto those troubled waters…to where I was. As He drew closer to me; He stepped up on this small piece of wood and began to hold me close to Him, as if He was sheltering me from the storm. Finally, as the winds became calm and the skies began to appear, as if the sun would shine once more; He led me safely to shore, where He placed me on a path; that has led me to where I am today.
These circumstances we go through in life definitely have a way of making us experience these kinds of feelings. As the skies grow dark and the problems we face begin to enhance…with a strength that is unknown to us at the time; we become overwhelmed by the darkness of evil and what has come our way.
One thing we need to remember; is that Satan has a way of portraying himself, as something stronger and greater than God. These troubled waters we fall into can seem cold and fearful, as the darkness of the storm surrounds us. There can even be times, when we feel as if the high waves…brought about by our circumstance, are about to take us down for good; but one thing I learned through my own experience; is to never get caught up in the storm. In other words…don’t let it reign and rule over your life; but instead…just know in your heart that these moments do pass…and the sun will shine once more.
The hope that I’ve come to see and continue to see, as I face the troublesome times that we all experience in life; is that God is there for us. Sometimes I just think He’s waiting for us to call out for His help. Lately, I have especially come to see; that through the humble and broken down moments of life; is where we truly experience His loving and compassionate Spirit; so call out to Him today…for He’s waiting to lift you up and out of the troubled waters, with strong arms of love!
Many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.” Deuteronomy 33:27
“I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” Isaiah 46:4
“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” Psalm 91:4
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy that you stopped by today and my prayer for all of us; is that we won’t suffer needlessly, by leaning on our own thoughts and ways; but rather, we will turn to the One who is strong enough, to hold us up, during the difficult and trying times of our lives!
How is it that we choose to lean on a weak and broken down circumstance, rather than a strong and loving God? I have come to see that when we choose to follow in the way of a circumstance and focus tightly on every detail of that problem; then we are also attempting to lean in its direction.
Why do we attempt to lean on broken moments of weakness…a weakness that is only leading us to a fall? Don’t we realize that the crutches of weakness and despair can break any moment and lead us further down…to a place, where it seems almost impossible to get up again?
I remember a time in my life, when I was struggling with many issues of the past. I had tried to hang onto my broken down life, for quite some time…hoping that everything would go away and fade into the background of my life; but a moment came, when those crutches of weakness and despair broke and I found myself literally on the floor…hopeless, with nothing more to live for. One thing I did come to see through those moments of deep despair; is that when we are alone…trying to muddle through the problem on our own; then we definitely do have everything in life to fear; but on the other hand, when we choose to lean on God; then we find ourselves safe and secure, in His everlasting arms of love and strength.
Through time, I came to see that the dark and dismal moments of circumstance can lead us to a brighter path, when we are leaning on a God, whose strength can walk us away from darkness and into the perfect light of His peace; but in order for this to happen, we must first be willing to let go of everything except for God. When we choose to put our weaknesses upon Him, rather than working hard, to lean on something that isn’t strong enough to keep us standing; then we will find that we can be led out of the dark and dismal moments of circumstance.
No matter what you may be facing today, just know that your problem isn’t going to take you anywhere in life, except for further down. If you’re tired of the pain and heartache you’re going through; then let go of it and take hold of a God, who will let you lean on Him completely, until He has safely walked you out of these moments of deep despair.
As you prepare to start another new week, I pray that you will find God’s strength, to be a strength that can actually carry you through the trying times of your life!
Take care & many blessings on your week ahead!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."