Dear readers, I am consumed with my retreat writing and am sincerely hoping in God to find the words to say and to meet my own internal deadline of completing my first draft by the end of August. Thankfully, the retreat is not until September 26 and I'm pretty much on track. Consequently my writings have been a little sparse this past week. However, I am also thankful that I am able to share a post written just yesterday about hope, written over at Truth Talks. I'm sharing it here in its entirety today because someone stopping by might be refreshed and rejuvenated by these words.
HOPING IN GOD
by Sharon Houk
As I hear about all the challenges our nation and world is facing, I am tempted to cover my ears and eyes hoping it will all go away. A nagging voice lures me to sit back and let others do whatever is necessary to fix it. Others who are closer to me struggle with fear and frustration of personal crisis. What am I to do? I am but one person.
I am to share biblical truths and promises wherever I can. That's what I am to do.
The purpose of Truth Talks is to challenge its readers to know how the Truth, the truth of God's Word, sets us free from uncertainty's bondage. Whether it’s uncertainty in the world or in the other room, struggling through heartache is doable when we know the promises of the God of hope. Take a moment to soak in these promises.
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:9-10)
On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. (Psalm 138:3)
The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.(Isaiah 58:11)
It is said that two things in life are certain: taxes and death. There is a third certainty: hope in God. We may not see what he’s doing at the moment, but he answers our calls. We may feel like we’re walking alone, but he’s guiding our steps. We may feel parched and sun-scorched, but he’s preparing refreshment. Keep hoping in God.
Who do you know that needs a cup of refreshment today?