My Hope In Him

A topsy, turvy world and a little personal, Christmas chaos can throw even the most organized into a flat-out Christmas conundrum real quick. So much bad news with so many things just all gone wrong in the big picture today.

Ahh, today~ So many suffering! So many sick! So many with so much excruciating weight to bear. Families torn apart with isolation, depression, argumentative spirit, disagreement and just right out strife. It seems the enemy calls the shots and takes the win on so many fronts. No one can give in and no one can agree and so it hangs on and puts everyone on edge and over the edge! Ah but ‘Tis Christmas though, the season of holly, jolly joy and love and blessing, all wrapped into one, but it’s, well…it seems it’s up and walked off the face of your earth, leaving you high and dry in that, spinning out of control, world of yours and so really now, who cares about the twinkle, the fuss and the seriousness of Christmas anyway?

So beautiful one, with beautiful soul threshing about, we’ve a Saviour of light who was born into the deep darkness of this world and born into the bleakness of our world and born into the chaos of our world to bring hope to our world, because He came to live among us just to die for us. So how can His death paint a pretty picture for us at Christmas time? Thing is, He didn’t stay in the manger! He grew, He lived, He taught, He felt, He hurt just as we do. He knows our pain, He feels our rejection, our loss, our chaos. Just because He’s been there, all the way to the painful rejection and agony of the cross but it wasn’t the final chapter. He didn’t stay there. His empty grave became our victorious moment when death lost its sting! Because He conquered death, He made a way for us to escape its penalty.

His birth announced with the surround sound of angels and the brightest star of all time that dark night, ushered in a glorious hope and a the turn-about for the redemption of man and a lost world.

Yeah, our hopeless, helpless world! His world that He so loved! His birth was God’s plan of action to set a really messed up world right with forgiveness and salvation. But the baby in the manger had to grow up and go through the agony of the cross.

So, today, wherever you are in your chaotic world of COVID Christmas moments, know that His plan was for you and it’s still offered! Those “On The Edge” moments right now, you can know He can level those. He can make them safe, protect you and carry you over. Yeah, so He came that night…just for you! To make that way for you to find your way through the crisis of the edge.

So, see the picture. it might be tattered here, bent in the corners and broken but God holds it and each step of the way, He’s fitting the pieces together for a beautiful finish. Oh, couldn’t we all do with a little less conundrum today? A little less stress? A little less worry? For the believer, every adversity is an occasion to trust. And so we do as David did and despite difficulties, he rests in God and remains undaunted in the face of trouble. Say with him in Psalm 62: 1, 2

“I will wait quietly before God for my victory comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, My fortress where I will never be shaken.”

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. My victory and honour come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people trust in Him at all times.”

Psalm 62: 5, 6, 7 8
#HopeIsInHIm#Advent 

 

No News Is Good News


So what’s the news today? What’s hot off the press and just waiting for your attention? Oh I know there’s most likely something that has your focus and just when we think that it’s all ok with one thing something else steps up to the plate and scores a home run with demands of time or finances or health or just some plain old answer to some earth shattering question, doesn’t it? Fact is, there isn’t always time, or money or any just plain old answer to give, not even one last time. Not any more! Not this time! You’ve been totally spent and so has your time, your effort, your finances and your emotions.

Where do you go then? Where do you go when everything has gone and left you reeling in conundrum and chaos with still another glaring issue at the beginning of a new day at the beginning of a new year?

Well, a talk with God is good for starters. Your news hasn’t caught Him off guard! These harsh demands are not ‘news’ to Him. He’s got them for you! He holds them for you! He can orchestrate them perfectly! He knows you inside and outside, right side up and inside out. Yeah, the thing is too, He cares about it all, because He cares about you! You’re the apple of His eye and His delight is in you, even when the “hot off the press” news, pounds in your ears with every heartbeat, He still cares! So when the “Just fixed’ breaks once more, or the resolved issue cracks open yet again, just find some quiet place in some quiet space and hear God out! Let Him speak into your anguished heart and beautiful soul about your latest news! He understands perfectly the next step and is eager to share with you, His loved creation.

David voices so beautifully the reasons why all people should praise and revere God for His almighty power and merciful care, when he pens Psalm 65 and in 65: 1 he writes, “What mighty praise O God belongs to You in Zion…4: What joy for those You choose to bring near, those who live in your holy courts. What festivities await us inside your holy Temple. 7: You quieted the raging ocean, with their pounding waves and silenced the shouting of the nation…for where the sun rises and where it sets, You inspire shouts of joy.”

So when “No news is good news” is met with that dreadful “Not so good news”, let Him calm your pounding heart and silence your fears. When you’re there with Him in that quiet place ~ that holy place ~ that holy Temple of your heart and soul, join Him in the festivities of the moment as He speaks peace and love and joy into your news.

#FragmentedSoul

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Love ♥ & Gratitude & Light * & Hope & joy to you my sweet friend ~!
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He’s Got This


So there might be a whole lot fear heaped up ahead on the road you travel right now and panic might be driving the motor car and it’s reeling out of chaotic control now, heading right to your doorstep. And there it sits heavy on your shoulders right in the middle of that heap of fear and it’s got you pinned underneath it’s weight and yeah, the old saying that “No news is good news” has changed because just maybe we got news and it wasn’t good after all. No news was better wasn’t it? And it’s processing in our heads and our hearts right now and it’s a difficult place with hard steps and I wonder what it is it that has caused panic and fear to emerge with such force to make you want to throw in the towel and run fast in the other direction? We can’t do it! We can’t run away! We can’t run anywhere because our story is our story and it’s us and it’s ours to deal with. So we can’t make a get-a-way except straight into the outstretched arms of Jesus and step into His peace, even right where we are! You gotta know He’s got this. Your stuff has been Father filtered and even though it’s tough, it has His stamp of approval for this moment. And even though it’s a hard place, He has it and He has your back and He has unlimited grace enough to get you through. So beautiful soul, when the brokenness is harsh and the news is bleak and the pain is unbearable, and the mind can’t focus, rest in the nail pierced hands of the Savior, the Sovereign One who knows the pain. Yeah, for sure the One who spoke peace into the vicious storms and calmed the raging waters can and will whisper peace into your life.

Mark 4: 38 – 40
“Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”…

John 14: 27
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

God Bless pen