“Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.” Psalm 5:8
“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:5
“Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”
“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2
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 come to see how life can be easier…with fewer struggles…just by letting God lead the way!
I think sometimes we struggle so much with life’s problems because we are walking down these dangerous and difficult paths alone…where we become vulnerable to the ways of evil. I like to look at it this way…a problem to me, actually becomes a path that can lead us into unknown territory…a place, where we can become an open target to Satan and his ways…but when we allow God to lead the way and personally walk us through these difficulties in life; then I truly believe that He will be the shield that protects us, from the fiery darts that Satan attempts to further wound us with.
I remember many times in my past, when I chose to walk through the heartbreaking moments of my life alone. In some way, I thought God was there; but as I look back…there was no way that He could have been welcomed into those trying moments of my life because life got increasingly worse, as I walked down paths that we so dark…to the place, where I feared other obstacles that may have been ahead of me.
One thing I have come to see; is that when we are being led by God through these difficult times, rather than walking alone; then His light will be there, to brighten the path ahead…and there will be a settled feeling within us; that we are not alone.
There was a time, when I had gone to a youth outing at my church, as a teenager and one thing they did that night, was to have a scavenger hunt in the dark. As I walked down this darkened path through the woods...someone ran up to me and my friends and mentioned that they had found the next clue. Well…everyone got excited and ran ahead and left me in the dark, with no flashlight or anything…and since I couldn’t run…due to my knee problems; I just stood in the darkness of that woods all alone, with not one clue, as to how I was going to get back to camp.
As tears began to flow down my cheeks…I knew that God had read the thoughts and feelings that had been etched upon my heart; because within a few minutes…my brother and his friend caught up with me…and from there, I was safely led out of the darkness of that woods.
In a similar way…we too, can be overwrought by a problem that we’re facing. We can feel as if that problem has left us in the darkness, with no light to help us walk out of that darkness. Many times, we just sit there in the darkness and give up…but what we don’t realize at the time; is that just sitting there in the darkness is never going to get us out of that darkness.
We must realize that if we are ever going to be led to a place, where we can reach the other side of the trial we’re facing; then we are going to need to take hold of the One who already knows the way out. You know…even though we can’t come out of these trying times on our own; that doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone greater, who can help us out…and today, we need to let go of ourselves and take hold of the One, who can safely walk us out of the wilderness of despair…into the light of a new path…a path that will bring us safely into the very best that God has for each of us!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“Thus says the LORD:” The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, 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 31:2-3
“Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” Lamentations 3:22
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
“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
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 we will truly come to know a love and a grace that can help us to experience God…in a way that we could have never imagined!
Let me ask you some questions, as we begin today. How could we know God, without experiencing the love and care He has for us? How can a darkened path be lit, without the light of God’s presence? Who is going to free us from the chains of evil, without God being there? We know all about our pain and heartache, etc…; but we will never really know the good things that can take place through these moments, without God…for God is the only One who can break the chains and unlock the prison cell of despair.
As I look back on my life, I can’t even begin to describe the moments I went through…but put it this way; there were many times, when I felt as though I was actually walking through the pits of hell. These moments that were meant to bring me down to a place of destruction, were so overpowering at times; that I could barely stand to exist. The pain…loss and deep, deep heartache I experienced put me in a prison cell of despair…a place where I thought that I would never be free again.
As I sat to myself and thought about where my life was headed; there were times, when I could hear the still small voice of God whispering within my spirit; saying… “Diane, I will bring you out;” but due to the overpowering moments of circumstance…a battle remained within the heart and mind and it was the side of the circumstance; that seemed to convince me that there would never be freedom again in my life.
You know…I truly believe that God allows us to experience the deep dark moments of despair; so when we do walk out of these very trying times in our lives; then we will be able to see God in a way that we have never seen or experienced Him before…and this is exactly what God did for me.
The paths in my life were long and tiresome and there were many times, when I experienced the darkened clouds along my path, with dead weeds, instead of beautiful flowers and sunshine; but somehow…in the midst of all that darkness; there seemed to be a presence, whose light followed me along this darkened path. Even when I was upset and tired of this journey; that I appeared to be on…the light still peaked its way through the darkened clouds, as though to say… “You are not alone, Diane.”
After walking many miles, down these darkened paths…a time did come, when I began to see a break in the clouds…a time, when God’s grace began to turn my life around, from the old past…into something new…and when I say new…I mean new! Instead of looking and focusing on every symptom, of the problems I was facing; I began to take God’s word and use it as a survival manual…something that could wake me up, from this darkened state of mind and give me a reason to press on. Through these moments alone with God; I could feel Him pointing out…just the verses I needed to hear at that time and each one became a “wow factor;” that seemed to be taking me out of the dormancy that I had been imprisoned in.
Each new lesson learned and each new word of hope I read began to turn me around…and not into someone I used to be; but into someone brand new. Now I see God, in a way that I thought that I would never see Him! He has now become my best friend…a friend that I share my days with, as we work together, to help and encourage another person in need.
No matter what you’re walking through…may I encourage you to not give into the prison cell of despair; that you may feel locked within! Instead, take God’s word and work together with Him and allow His grace to step in and turn your life around into something brand new…something that you never thought you’d ever experience in your lifetime!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 25The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,” Ephesians 3:16
I am writing you today, with a heart that is overflowing with love and concern; for whatever you may be walking through in this life…and as I share my heart with you today, I would like to make it known to you that someone cares…and that you’re never alone, in what seems to be a very lonely world.
As I’m visiting with you today, my thoughts are going back to a time…where I sat alone…heartbroken and tired of the long and tiring journey that I had faced, for so many years of my life. As I sat there to myself…completely forsaken by those; that I felt at one time were my friends; there was one thing I asked God for at that time…and that was to have a heart that would break in little pieces, for others who hurt. I just didn’t want to see anyone go through the extreme moments of pain and deep heartache alone…just as I had experienced.
You know…today, I could write on something else; but instead, I would like this writing, to be a heartfelt moment, from God’s heart and mine…to yours. Today, you may feel alone. Maybe others have walked away, with no care or understanding; about what you are going through…but I understand… and I care. I have walked through moments, when friends and family have left my side…at times when I could have used the support the most; but do you know what? These lonely moments became the time, when I made a new friend…a friend who has remained close by and has never walked away. In fact, there were moments, when I tried to walk away from Him; but He remained and never gave up on me once.
Maybe today…you feel as if your circumstance has taken you to the end of your rope. Maybe the rope that once held you up; is now a thread of what seems to be little hope. I know those feelings because a time came, when I emotionally collapsed down to nothing…but at a time, when these moments only spelled out total defeat…a still small voice was making a promise to me; that He would bring me up and out of that awful pit of despair…and even though I didn’t know what to believe at that time; He did keep His word.
If you aren’t experiencing loneliness or deep heartache today; then could it be that you may be facing endless moments of pain and chronic illness? Maybe these moments have taken a toll on you and you wonder when all of this will ever come to an end. I know those feelings…and I can understand your pain because I have lived over 50 years of my life in hospitals…while recovering at home…never knowing what could possibly be next. Even now, I live with chronic pain and a leg that won’t bend; but even though I haven’t been healed, for reasons that may not be fully known to me…this friend I’ve told you about…walks through each painful moment with me and brings peace and comfort…to sooth the moments that can seem so out of control.
This friend that I have been referring to, in the past few moments; is not only someone who will never leave you or forsake you; but He’s a friend that will stay close beside you and will also walk through the moments that He has allowed within your life…and His name is Jesus Christ. In fact…He is the One, who is sharing His love and heart with you, throughout this writing.
Never feel as though you have been abandoned and left as an orphan in your storm; for Jesus is there and He will be the One, who will always love you, when you feel as if no one else loves you…and He will be the One, who will care for you and never walk away, when others don’t care or understand what you’re facing.
This world can definitely make a person feel alone…especially, while walking down unknown paths of pain and deep heartache; but always know that God is closest to the one with a broken heart…believe me…I know!
As I end my time with you today, my prayer is that you will always find the strength of God above your moments of weakness. May you always know that you are never alone, in the deepest, darkest moments of your circumstance...and may you find the light of God’s presence…a light that can shine down upon the darkest path and lead you out of these unknown moments that can make you feel so desolate and alone.
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
“In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:2-3
“All honor to God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; for it is his boundless mercy that has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are now members of God’s own family. Now we live in the hope of eternal life because Christ rose again from the dead. 4 And God has reserved for his children the priceless gift of eternal life; it is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.” I Peter 1:3-4
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad that you stopped by today…and my prayer for you; is that you will truly come to see that there is hope, through the deepest and darkest moment of affliction…the greatest hope ever… HEAVEN!!
I remember a time in my life, as a little girl, when I would lie outside on the grass and look up to the sky and think to myself…this world will probably never end. Of course, I was only a small child, who hadn’t gotten to see what this real world was truly about…and even more, I hadn’t come to know Jesus yet.
As I began to grow up…never did I know that I would walk a long and difficult journey with Jesus…one that would take me through some very trying times…but one that would be used to help me see and understand Him, in one of the greatest ways ever.
Through time, I have come to truly see this world, as a world that won’t continue on forever; but rather, a world that has come to seem…more like a motel to me…a place where I will only reside for a little while, until my real home in heaven is finished and ready for me.
As we live in this world, we are faced with struggles and challenges every day; that can truly attempt to convey to us a message of no hope. These moments can become so overwhelming at times; that before we know it; we lose sight, of a place called Heaven…and instead, our thoughts and eyes become deeply attached to problems and things in this world that only longs to lead us to a place within the mind and heart that spells out total defeat.
Today…I’m not going to talk about the problems in this world…and today, I’m not going to talk about how bad life is or could be; but rather, I would like to paint a picture for you, of what I feel real hope is about…a hope that can be yours, just by knowing Jesus as your personal Savior…
“Someday soon, I will finally walk the last mile of this journey with Jesus. As I meet Him in Heaven, for the very first time, I will fall into the arms of One so true…the One who always stood beside me and never walked away…the One who became my best friend in life. You see…I will recognize Him because He will be the One with the nail scared hands and feet.
As I begin to take in all the beauty that’s surrounding me, I breathe a sigh of relief, as tears begin to fall down my face. As I look up to Jesus…He wipes the tears from my eyes, for the very last time…and it’s as if He is saying to me… “Diane, I knew the pathway wasn’t easy…for I cried with you too. It’s all right…it’s all over my child…for you will never suffer again.” From there, He loosens each shackle of pain and heartache; that has attempted to keep me in bondage and takes them away and exchanges them for a beautiful crown.
The scars that have marked my body, for so many years are no longer there and the rod that stiffened my leg is gone and now I’m able to run and jump again. I fall to my knees for the first time, as my eyes remain fixed on Jesus. As He gently lifts me to my feet, He presents me with a beautiful white robe.
As I begin to walk with Jesus, I turn around for the final time, as Heaven’s gates begin to close. Evil attempts to enter; but does not succeed…and this becomes the moment, when I begin to realize that I have truly reached a place of eternal hope…an eternal hope called Heaven!”
Blessings on your day!
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."