“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Psalm 119:71
“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.” Job 42:5
“Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.” Psalm 119:67
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad that you were able to stop by for a visit today and my prayer; is that we will truly come to experience a hope that can take us above the problems in our lives!
Have you ever faced a problem that seemed as tall as the highest mountain and all you seem to say to yourself; is how am I ever going to get to the other side of that mountain? I can see it all now…we’re standing face to face, to what seems to be the highest mountain ever. As we stand there, with our hands on our hips, while looking straight up to the highest peak of that mountain…we just shake our heads and begin to think…what’s the use.
I’ll tell you…I have seen some pretty high mountains in my life…and they weren’t here in Washington State. In fact, the mountains I have experienced in my life were so high; that at times, all I could seem to do was cry, in a moment of desperation. Isn’t it amazing where our minds and our hearts take us…at a time, when everything seems way out of control?
One thing I have come to see, while facing these high and steep mountains; is that God can use these mountains at times, to put us to the test. In other words…what is our first reaction, when we walk straight ahead, into a mountain of problems? Do we fall apart and panic and allow these feelings to have control over us or do we find ourselves immediately crying out, to a loving and merciful God?
You know…I think one problem we have, while coming face to face with a mountain; is that we are too busy sizing up the mountain of problems that stands before us; that before we know it, we have convinced ourselves that nothing or no one could ever get us over that mountain.
You see…when a mountain stands before us and we don’t have the strength to climb it or a way to get around it and all hope seems to be gone; then this truly gives us a reason to call out to a God, who can lift us up and over these mountains that get in our paths…but on the other hand…when we choose to sit in the middle of our path and let the mountain have control, while giving into the problem; then we will only remain in a standstill with that mountain of circumstance. The choice is up to us.
We need to remember that nothing can be greater than the power of a mighty God…no matter how big the problem may seem. Maybe we don’t know the way over these mountains and maybe we don’t have the strength to even try; but I know a God, who can transport us over these mountains, with wings of love.
No matter what you may be facing today…and no matter how tall that mountain may seem; just know that it was put there for a reason…and God just may have allowed it to be there; to see if you would take the time, to call out to Him for help.
You know…God longs so much to be there for you…as a father is there for his child. He knew that there would be times, when we wouldn’t be able to withstand Satan’s blows; so He promised in His word; that He would never ever leave us or forsake us. Now the choice is yours. Will you allow these mountains to have control over you and eventually defeat you or will you take a little time, to simply call out the name of Jesus? We can make life so difficult on our own and truly exhaust ourselves of life itself; but when we choose to use the situation, as a reason to call out to God; then I know He will come running and be there for us all…at a time, when we truly need Him the most.
Blessings so much on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.”
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;” 2 Corinthians 1:3
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”
“It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” Lamentations 3:22
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy to have you with me today and my prayer for you; is that you will truly come to see a different side of pain and suffering; that can actually help you to rise above despair, while finding a reason to praise a God that has been so faithful through it all.
As I have been sitting here today…thinking on what God would have for me to share with you this week, I have been listening to our song for the week… “Heal the Wound.” As I look down to the road map of scars, on both of my knees; these markings can sometimes bring back bad reminders of the painful surgeries I went through over my lifetime.
We all know that once a person has had surgery…a scar is left behind and many times, these scars only become a reminder of some difficult moments in our lives. In fact, we want to hide them from others; but if we were to look at scars in a different way…they not only show what we went thru; but how we got beyond those moments…to where we are today.
As Christians, we can experience some hard and difficult times in our lives…especially from the past. These little reminders that tend to haunt our minds can make us feel as if there is a scar upon the heart…or even deep within our thoughts, which only seems to say… “See what you did wrong?” or “Look at all you went through?” After a while, of being reminded of the past, we can find ourselves sinking low…to the place, where we begin to tell ourselves that we aren’t worth anything.
I wonder what would happen, if we would speak back to these questions that keep reminding us of what we’ve been through and say… “These things may have happened; but I’m also being reminded, as to how loving…faithful and merciful my God has been to me.” From what I have experienced within my own life, I think that the wound would heal and allow a scar to form…a scar that could constantly be a reminder, as to how far our God has brought us.
You know…its Satan, who longs to keep the wounds from the past open. In this way, he can continue to add to the wound and bring even more pain into our lives…especially when we come to believe in these deceiving thoughts that he has attempted to embed within our minds and hearts.
Today, we need to allow God to heal the past…a past that was at one time…a set up by Satan, to bring us low and take us out of commission with God. Then from there, our prayer should be; that God would not only bring each piece of our broken life back together again; but that He would also leave a scar; that could always be a reminder to us, as to how merciful and faithful He had been, at one time.
In my office, I have things hanging on the walls and even put away that will always be a reminder, as to how far God has brought me; but I have found even more; that when I see the scars that line my legs; they not only become a reminder, as to how far God has brought me; but they also become hope to me; that God will always be with me once more…no matter what I face in life.
No matter what you’re facing today…or no matter what painful moments you’ve walked through; God can heal those wounds…I know…and He can seal them over, as a reminder, to how faithful He can truly be. Once we take our thoughts away from how bad life has been or how difficult life is right now; then this will be the space He needs, to step in and heal what has been broken within our lives….and from there, we will always have His mark upon us…a mark that will always give us hope, as we face other uncertain moments in our lives.
Blessings so much on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-9
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” I Corinthians 15:10
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad to have you with me today and my prayer for all of us; is that we will truly find peace…in knowing that God’s grace is sufficient, during times of need!
As we begin today…let me ask you a couple questions. Have you ever felt, as if God was saying no to a prayer request? Have you begged God over and over again, to bring you through a trial; but yet it still remains? Moments like these can attempt to convince us that God no longer loves us or has just abandoned us and walked away; but what I have come to truly see, through moments such as these; is a loving God…comforting me with a grace that truly sustains me and helps me, until He is ready to walk me out of the trial.
I don’t know how many times in the past…I found myself begging God over and over again, for His help…only to feel rejected, by the One, who I thought had truly loved me. At a time, when I felt as though all hope had been lost; God led me to a couple Bible verses, in 2 Corinthians 12:8-9a, which reads…“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:”
How is it that we feel we have to be relieved of the trials we’re going through…before we can find peace? Is it the trial itself that frees us from these moments of despair? Yes…relief can definitely be found, when an illness has passed or deep heartache has moved on; but what about the moments; that just don’t seem to leave at the time?
Quite a while back, God gave me a quote that I now keep in my Bible…and it reads…“Safety is not found in the absence of danger; but rather, safety is found in the presence of God.” In other words…we can be going through the most difficult trial and still find peace, in the midst of the storm.
When I think about a hurricane; I think about a very destructive storm. Even though this kind of a storm can be destructive from the outside of the hurricane; there is a place on the inside, where skies are often clear above the eye of the storm and winds are relatively light. In a similar way…we can experience the fiercest storm, from what we see with our eyes on the outside but little do we know; that there is an eye to this storm; that is more than sufficient, to sustain us and keep us from the moments that can attempt to be so destructive. In fact, we can experience the most calming affect…even before the storm has come to an end…simply by just knowing that God’s grace is sufficient for the time.
You know…how is it that we fall apart, when God hasn’t answered a prayer? Don’t we know that God has a backup plan…something that can sustain us and hold us close to Him, until He is ready to say yes to our prayer needs? Why not take hold of God’s grace today; a grace that can keep you safe and at peace, until the storm ceases to rage no more.
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
"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." John 16:33
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Hello everyone…and a 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 will work with our hearts…in a way that will help us to see; what He can truly be for us, while walking through difficult times of trial!
You know…we may face trials in our lives that don’t always go away…at a time, when we would like them to; but I have come to see that there is a way to get through them and remain standing through it all.
I remember a time, when I had been through a very rough day. It was all I could do, to keep the tears from flowing and as I prepared to go to sleep that night…I stretched out on the bed and began to tell God about every little thing in my day. I knew that God could handle it because we had been best friends for a long time and I saw how He had become my peace and my strength through several years of my life…at a time when I thought that I was not going to make it.
Anyways…as I poured my heart out before God…we began to have the best time ever and as I went from one thing to another; it seemed as though each burden, was now being transferred from my shoulders to His.
After our time together, I prayed for God’s perfect peace to enter my night because you see God’s peace is an ongoing peace. It’s not temporal like the world’s so-called peace. In this world we live in, we tend to use food…material things, etc…to bring peace and happiness, to our broken hearts; but I have found that once the newness wears off or the food is eaten…the problem once more stands before us, as Satan picks up, from where he left off…to use these moments of weakness…to once more bring us low.
Anyways…once I had asked for God’s perfect peace…I turned out the light and began to lie back on my pillow…just thinking about the time that I had just spent with God. As I closed my eyes…in my mind’s eye, it was as though God was holding a watering can above my head, while little droplets of peace began to fall down around me. Instantly, I began to feel a calmness come over me, as the problems of the day began to leave, like the waves of the sea. Before I knew it…I had fallen asleep, and was now waking up to a brand new day…filled with a better outlook on life; then what I had felt the night before.
You know…I have come to see that we do not have to face the hard and heavy blows, of a circumstance alone. God knew that we would go through these very overwhelming times in our lives; so He gave us a gift to hold onto…a gift of peace…something that would help us to spiritually and emotionally get through the difficult times; that were meant by evil, to bring us down…but do you know what? So many times, we choose to tough it out alone…only to find ourselves drained and fallen along the wayside.
Today, we need to get alone with God…pour ourselves out before Him and then wait quietly in His presence and as He sees the hurt and the deep desire we have within our hearts, to experience His loving touch…a still small voice will walk into our spirits and say… “Peace be still!”…and His peace will begin to calm the troubled storm within us...in a way that we have never known before…a way that will truly help us to experience His endless love.
No matter what you’re facing today…and no matter how long these difficult times have been with you…you don’t have to hurt alone, when there is a God, who can step into these difficult moments and bring peace. Take some time…get alone with God and open your heart up to Him…and a connection will begin to take place between His heart and yours…a connection that will allow Him to be the sustaining peace you need, until the storm has completely passed by.
Blessings so much on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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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."