“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3
“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” Isaiah 49:15-16
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy to have you here with me today and my prayer for you; is that you will truly come to feel and experience the closeness, of a great…loving and very caring God, while you’re here today!
Do we realize that God can be seen, during the darkest moment of circumstance? It doesn’t matter how far we wander away from God…because no distance is too great for Him.
I remember a time when I was just coming out of a long bout of deep…deep heartache. This was also a time, when I was beginning to connect with God, in a way that I never thought I’d experience in my life. There were times, when thoughts out of nowhere would come up to the surface of my mind so quickly; that I could barely jot them down in time. It actually got to the place, where I would leave ink pens in almost every room of our home…and there were many times, when I would write these inspiring thoughts on toilet tissue and Kleenex.
One summer, I had decided to take all my extra time and spend it with God and write…as a means of seeking Him for guidance and continual help in my life. After all my housework was finished, I would gather up my notepad and Bible and head for the covered deck. Sometimes I would just sit there and do nothing…just open my heart up to God. I even remember watching a mother robin feed her little one, while writing on how God truly cares for His own children.
One day, as I was sitting outside, I decided to get up and stretch my legs and as I leaned over the deck railing…out of nowhere, a huge gust of wind hit me head on and about knocked me over. As I stood there…thinking on how strange this moment seemed; I began to see this moment, as though the breath of God had just come down upon me…and from there a poem was born, titled… “Breathe on Me Oh Spirit.”
I’ve also had moments, when I had been sitting in my office in tears, due to pain or some other moment of distress and looked out my office window…only to find one tree branch moving…or should I say shaking, while everything around that branch remained still. To some…moments such as these may seem strange or they may even think it’s all in the mind …but I don’t agree because I truly believe that God’s presence surrounds us everywhere.
Through the life I’ve lived, I have come to experience God in so many ways. In fact, I had a moment, when I became speechless, due to a deep moment of heartache…only to find myself humming a song that I had never heard before. As the words came to life within my mouth…I began to see this moment, as a time when God was relaying a message of love and hope to me…one that only remained with me, until that storm had passed by.
One thing I truly believe; is that God knows His own and will do anything to come to that person, during a time of need. Many times people don’t experience His presence because they may be praying for help; but not truly looking for God to come to them, in their hour of need.
You know…a heart that craves God, especially during the tough times…will become a heart that searches for God, until they have found Him...and once God sees the heart that is searching for Him…I have no doubt that He won’t break down every barrier or obstacle; to reach that person and allow them to truly experience the love they need…a love that will ease their moment of pain, while holding them close in His loving arms, until the storm has passed.
No matter what you’re facing today…don’t just ask God for His help; but also anticipate His presence…and I’m sure you will come to find Him, right in the midst of your storm. Remember one thing…God is there, and He’s in everything that surrounds you!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” Philippians 3:7-8
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” Luke 9:24
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 find a piece of hope to hold to…through the words that God shares with us today!
As we begin our time together, let me ask you some questions. How are you coping with a circumstance? Are you in a panic…are you crying out and begging God to stop what has been raging within your soul or are you seeing these moments, as a time when God may be using them, to make you better and different for Him?
As I look back into the past, I remember many times, when I would cry and cry and cry, while begging God to remove the awful moments of deep…deep heartache from my life. I just couldn’t understand why He wasn’t listening to me…and most of all, I couldn’t understand why He wouldn’t give me relief and walk me out of these awful moments of despair.
Through time, I came to see that it wasn’t because God wasn’t listening to me…and it wasn’t because He didn’t want to take me out of what appeared to be…“walking through the pits of hell;” but rather, He had a plan…a plan that would change my life forever…from an old broken down life…to a life that would truly connect me with Him, while allowing Him to stand out in my place.
You know… a Christian’s life should never have the same appearance that it once had before accepting Jesus into their life; but instead, a Christian’s life should be one that stands out and appears to be different…and I have come to see that sometimes; this is why God allows moments of affliction to enter our lives; so He can empty the chambers of the heart that once were filled with ourselves; that there may be room for Him to come in and do a great work within us.
In my early teens there were two sets of Bible verses that actually became deeply embedded within my heart…which are actually two of our verses for today. (Philippians 3:7-8 and Luke 9:24) Never did I know in my lifetime that those verses would come to life within me later on. As God began to do a deep cleaning of the heart…one by one, the rooms of my heart became empty and prepared for God to move in. I’ll have to tell you something…the “cleaning of the heart” was no easy task and the process seemed never ending at times; but once each chamber of the heart became empty…cleaned and polished up; that is when I began to let God move into those empty rooms, where I had once lived; that He may fill my heart totally with Himself and begin the work that He had planned, since the day He had created me.
No matter what you’re facing…and no matter how long these difficult moments have resided within you; just know that God has a reason and a purpose behind everything He allows within your life; otherwise, He would have never allowed it. One thing I’ve truly come to see; is that no matter what takes place in my life…I KNOW that God has the control stick in hand and when He’s finished with the great work He’s doing in my life…He will relieve me from the hurt and pain that I’m experiencing…and just as He does this in my life…He will do the same for you; so never give up on God or ever feel that He has walked away and forsaken you. Instead of begging God over and over again for help; why not open yourself up to what He longs for you to be a part of…something that can strengthen you and make you different for Him!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
“I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.” Isaiah 44:22
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34a
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 all of us; is that we will truly come to see what it means, to forgive others and ourselves!
You know…it’s so easy to speak words of forgiveness and think that we have truly forgiven others or even ourselves; but what I would like to ask all of us today; is are we truly feeling the words we speak…deep within the heart or have these words only become a pomp and circumstance event, where we just spew out…“I forgive,” with really no meaning at all? One thing I’ve learned within my own life; is that the heart has to match up with the words and if it doesn’t; then we need to ask ourselves…did we truly forgiven that other person…or even ourselves?
As I’m writing you today, I’m also thinking back to a time in my own life; that I never thought I’d have to face…forgiving a grandfather, who had molested me. As I sat on a stump in a cemetery…wondering how I was ever going to find a real heart of forgiveness, for the one who had hurt me so deeply; God began to work with my heart. As He began to lead me to a Bible verse in Matthew 6:15, which reads… “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”…I knew that I would have to learn to forgive my grandfather, in a real and honest way; otherwise, God would not forgive my sins. You see…we need to remember that we are not anymore innocent, than the one who hurts us; so if we would want to be forgiven of our sins; then we must also learn to do the same for others.
Anyways…as I continued to sit there…near my grandfather’s grave; I found myself completely focused on God, as my heart continued to seek a way to forgive what my grandfather had done to me. I would say that within a few minutes…following my talk with God; I found myself actually having pity on my grandfather, for the very first time. It was as though God was opening my eyes; to show me how this had all begun…with a family that was so dysfunctional and hurt…only by the generation before them.
As I began to see what had taken place, within the past generations of this family, I also came to see a man who needed help…just like I had needed help at that time. Through these thoughts and feelings, I began to truly forgive my grandfather and the past…and as I left that cemetery, I knew that I would never return again…because you see, everything had been forgiven…and even more, I had learned to let go of the past and forgive myself too…for clinging to so many years of needless pain and heartache.
Do we truly understand today; that we don’t have to hold tightly to the wrong that has been done, through others…or even ourselves; when there is a God who has already walked way beyond our faults…and the faults of others, to meet the true need of our hearts? We must remember that this God we serve has a perfect love…a love that doesn’t focus on what we did wrong; but rather, on how He can make our lives even better for Him.
Just think…if God could love us…despite what we do wrong to others or even ourselves…and still accept us and love us for who we are; then why do we find it so difficult to do the same? We must remember that if God can see the good in us…despite all we may have done wrong; then just maybe we can also come to forgive and let go of the things that are keeping us distant from Him and life itself.
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“You are my hiding place from every storm of life; you even keep me from getting into trouble! You surround me with songs of victory.” Psalm 32:7
“There I’ll be when troubles come. He will hide me. He will set me on a high rock 6 out of reach of all my enemies. Then I will bring him sacrifices and sing his praises with much joy. Psalm 27:5-6
“You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.” Psalm 31:20
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 and join me this week and my prayer for you; is that you will truly come to see God…as One that you can run to, while facing the storms of this life!
You know…I wonder why we choose to take refuge in a problem; that only becomes a broken down shelter…a place where we truly aren’t safe from the storm we’re already facing. Don’t we realize that these broken down problems only allow more storms to enter, while allowing ourselves to be beaten and battered in a needless way?
As we continue our time together, I would like to share with you a quote; that I wrote a while back and it goes like this… “Why do we turn to a problem that can’t understand what we are going through or fix itself; when there is a God that has had firsthand experience, when it comes to pain, heartache and loneliness…a God that can become the remedy to what we are facing?” Here…we have a problem that can’t even understand what we are feeling at the time…a problem that cannot even fix itself; but yet we tend to run to the problem, rather than running to a God, who has had firsthand experience, with the feelings that we may be experiencing from these problems. I don’t know about you; but when I’m facing a fierce storm…I want to run to a shelter that will keep me safe and protect me, until the storm has passed and I just don’t see that in a problem. In fact…the way I see it; is this broken down problem we’re wanting to run to; is only going to open us up to other problems.
One thing I’ve come to see; is that God doesn’t always take away the troubles that are troubling us at the time; but He has offered to become a hiding place…or a place of refuge, where we can be safe, until the storm has passed us by…but the final choice is up to us. Now tell me…where would you rather be, while facing a fierce storm in your life…in the midst of a broken down shelter called a problem or in the arms of a loving God, who will wrap His arms around you and protect and keep you safe, until the storm has passed?
Maybe today, we need to have our eyes open to the deceptive ways that Satan can use a problem, as a means of pulling us away from the One we need the most, during difficult times such as these. One thing is for sure…running to a problem, by trying to fix the problem on our own…or even trying to ignore the problem completely, will only keep us caught out in the storm, where the storm can continue to raise havoc with us.
One of my favorite hymns that I have carried with me, through some rough and fierce storms; is titled… “The Haven of Rest” and a few of the lyrics go like this… “My soul in sad exile was out on life’s sea,
so burdened with sin and distressed; till I heard a sweet voice, saying, “Make Me your choice”; and I entered the “Haven of Rest”! I yielded myself to His tender embrace, in faith taking hold of the Word, my fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul; the “Haven of Rest” is my Lord. I’ve anchored my soul in the “Haven of Rest,” I’ll sail the wide seas no more; the tempest may sweep over wild, stormy deep but in Jesus I’m safe evermore.”
Today, can you say that you are closer to your problem than God? If so, then be prepared because this new found friend of yours will only take you by the hand and lead you to shelters that are not safe…shelters that will only continue to draw you closer to the problem and the storms that have stemmed from the problem.
No matter what we are facing right now; it’s time to let go of the problem and run to a God, who will pick us up…take us in His arms and shelter us, with His loving and powerful hands. Once we are safe within the shelter of God, we will quickly come to see that we are no longer being beaten and battered by the problem; but instead, we are in a shelter that will surround us with a love that no evil can penetrate…a place where we can remain at peace, until the storm has moved on.
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."