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My hope is built on nothing less,

than Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name.

Refrain:

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

Standing at the bus stop tonight, this old hymn just overwhelmed me in the few minutes I had to wait for my bus ride home.  Hoping I could be alone for a few minutes to write, I was surprised, but not really, that no one was home as is often not the case.  The TV was silent, the dog and cat quiet and sleeping and I am alone with my thoughts.

I wonder how many of us think about what we stand on.  Do we stand on the Solid Rock, Jesus Christ, or do we stand on sinking sand…the theories, the philosophies of our society?  Do we stand on our careers, our own earthly hopes and dreams, on the economy?

Where does our hope lie?  What can we have true confidence in?  Can we truly trust in our government, our leaders, religious or otherwise, our friends and family?  Is there anything or anyone that never waivers and never changes with the tides, holds steady in the storm and does not ever collapse as does a house built on sand.

This grand old hymn says it best I think.  For me, at least, my hope, my confidence is built on Jesus, His blood shed for me, and His righteousness that never fails and never fades.  He keeps me, guides me, shows me what is right and what is wrong…and helps me to do right if I’m headed in the wrong direction.

The words go on to say:

When Darkness veils His lovely face,

I rest on His unchanging Grace.

In every high and stormy gale,

MY anchor holds withing the veil.

Refrain

His oath, His covenant, His Blood

Supports me in the whelming flood.

When all around my soul gives way,

He then is all my Hope and Stay.

Refrain

When He shall come with trumpet sound,

O may I then in Him be found!

Dressed in His righteousness alone,

faultless to stand before the Throne! 

Refrain

As the song says, there are times when we can’t see His face, when we think all is lost, that He has abandoned us, that there is no hope.  This is the time to hang on tighter than you ever thought you could.  He is there, He hasn’t left you.  This is the time when He carries you through even though you can’t feel Him or see Him.  That darkness is not permanent for the child of God.  It is only temporary and one day, when the Trumpet of God sounds, we’ll see Him when He comes to take us Home!

If you are struggling today, maybe this is for you.  I just knew that this song was meaningful to me tonight and I hope it will encourage you as well.  You are blessed, you are dearly loved by the Lord, and He wants you to know that He has done all He can and will do to secure your eternity and your abundant life when He sent His only Son to sacrifice His life for yours.  Pretty fair trade I’d say.  You can have confidence in Him and your hope can be built on Jesus, the Rock.

Tomorrow

“Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I love ya, Tomorrow….You’re always a day away!”. Remember that Broadway song from “Annie”?

I don’t know about you, but I tend to say “tomorrow” a lot.  “Awww, I don’t feel like doing dishes right now.  I’ll do ’em tomorrow.”  “My room is a disaster, but there’s always tomorrow.”  “I’d really like to go shopping and then get my hair cut, but — I can do it tomorrow.”

Do you do this? Surely, I can’t be the only one, I hope. Do you put off till tomorrow what you really could be doing today?  And, the reason you’re not doing it today is that other “stuff” has gotten in your way?

Or, on the other hand, is today going so badly for you that you say, like Annie,  “Surely tomorrow will be better.”  “I hope my health gets better tomorrow, because today I don’t feel good at all.”  “I hope I get a job tomorrow, because I’m not making much headway putting out applications today and all my bills are due.”

Tomorrow can mean so many things to each of us at any given time in our lives.

I was curious about what God says about tomorrow, so I went to my trusted friend Google, and I use the term very loosely might I add, and looked up Bible verses about tomorrow.  There are several, but the ones that stuck out the most are:

“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousess (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things (food, clothing, etc.)  taken together will be given you besides.  So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own.  Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.”   Matthew 6:33, 34  The Amplified Version

So, just like Annie, when we are faced with days that are “gray and lonely, we can stick out our chin and grin and say…. Oh!  The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun!”  Well, maybe not, but we don’t have to worry about it today, and we can trust in our loving God and Heavenly Daddy to care and protect and provide for us today too, inspite of what it all looks like out there.  He feeds the sparrows and clothes the flowers, so how much more will He care for us!

Ok, so what about putting off till tomorrow what we don’t feel like doing today?  Well, “there’s an app for that”, or should I say verse?

“The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish but that all should turn to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:9  The Amplified Version  (underlining for emphasis, mine)

“For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation).  Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation!” 2 Corinthians 6:2  The Amplified Version   (underlining for emphasis, mine)

There’s all kinds of things we can put off till tomorrow and it won’t matter one little whit.  But, if you have been thinking about, mulling over, and trying to decide if you want to give Jesus a second thought, may I encourage you to jump in with both feet and receive Him into your heart as Savior and Lord.  You won’t regret it, I promise!!  I say this because, sad as this sounds, you may not have tomorrow.

We all think tomorrow is a given, but we all know of many people, friends, family, in each of our lives who died, tragically, before their time (or so we think).  No one knows when it’ll be too late and tomorrow never comes…at least in this life.

Please, don’t wait.  Let the “Son” come out for your tomorrow, today.  Let your gray and lonely days be filled with “Sonshine” everyday.  He makes even those days better and more fulfilling.

I would love to hear your thoughts…. I made the decision for Jesus at age 18 and never looked back.  As long as you are still breathing, it’s never too early or too late!  So, what about your tomorrow?

My Parents

My Parents

Huh?  What does that mean?  Your guess is as good as mine!

I just came back from vacation where I spent some time visiting my 96 year old mother who has Alzheimer’s.  She resides in a lovely group home where she is cared for 24/7 by loving Christian people who consider her a treasure.  Truely, she is that.   Mostly she sleeps or keeps her eyes closed.  But occasionally, and some days quite often, she’ll blurt out sentences that make absolutely no sense to those within earshot, hence the title above.  Sometimes she just makes babbling sounds, other times just meaningless words.  At least they seem meaningless to us.

Unfortunately, Mom no longer recognizes me, or anyone else for that matter, but that has been coming on for quite some time.  It is sad to watch as she was always so vibrant and caring, loving and concerned about everyone as a parent, a wife, a friend.  But, since I know she has accepted the Lord Jesus as her Savior and Lord many years ago, her conversations, however odd they seem to us, make perfect sense to Him.  She will see Him in person before long I suspect, and will get to share in His Glory.  But what happens in the meantime?

I have confidence that the same God who created me, allowed me to live and be adopted and raised in a loving home, will continue to guard and care for my little mommy, in spite of Alzheimer’s or any other sickness or disease that might try to afflict her until it’s His time for her to go Home.  She is His child, from the womb to the tomb, and His loving hand has ever been on her life.  She has not asked for much in this life, but received the love and devotion of a wonderful man for 41 years.  She is loved by many and regarded as “saintly” by several.  Mom’s not rich in monetary terms, but is very wealthy in what really matters in life.

The hospice social worker says she’s just getting things off her chest when she does speak.  Getting ready to go home.  Well, I don’t know about that, but I do know that the One who created her and helped make her who she is, understands every word.  Maybe he’s preparing her for what she’ll be doing in Heaven.

We may not understand why ugly things happen to those we love, but in Mom’s case I know that she is blessed and adored by the One who loves and cares for us all.  Our understanding is so finite, so limited….but His is not.  He sees past all our reasonings, our thoughts, our schemes, our plans and brings His will to light.  If we could only dream bigger, look up instead of down, climb higher, and trust God with our everyday lives, how much happier and more fulfilled we would be.

“I have not lost sight of my plan for you, the Lord says, and it is your welfare I have in mind, not your undoing; for you, too, I have a destiny and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11  Knox Bible (KNOX)

What is God’s good plan for you?

One of millions of tapestries created throughout the millenia–beautiful!

Have you ever desperately prayed for or wanted something for a long time, or just wished that somehow things would change in your life for the better? But the answer seemed to take forever to come, or didn’t come at all or not in the way you expected? Well, I’m guessing that you’re right there with me on this one. Why is it that there seems to be such a delay? Where are you God? What is Your problem???? It’s a simple request. Surely, since you supposedly can move Heaven and Earth for other people, you can do the same for me! All I want is _________________!!!! Why is it so hard to give me what I want and am asking You for? Am I not good enough or smart enough to handle it?

From our perspective, our request just seems so logical and easy a task for God to perform…He is all powerful, all knowing, everywhere at once, isn’t He? So??? What’s the hang up?

Well, from past experience I can surmise that we are the hang up.

One of the main reasons I have such confidence in God is because He doesn’t bow to my demands in prayer, which often come out of pure childishness (the stomp-my-feet-if-I-don’t-get-what-I-want kind of childishness). He doesn’t answer when I’m in panic mode out of fear, He doesn’t even answer when I’m ever so sure I need whatever I’m asking for, or that it would be really cool if He worked out the scenario the way I think it should be handled. He answers only after He takes the entire context of the situation into account and the answer will benefit everyone involved. He answers when everthing we try in the natural fails, to show us that He knows more and better than we do and that He’s in control here..not us. He answers in the fulness of time, just as He brought Jesus to earth as a baby. When the time in right….on His time table, not ours. And, He answers, usually, in a manner that we didn’t even consider, but makes so much sense when we take the time to look back on it.

Because He is all knowing, all wise, everywhere at once, and all powerful, He knows more than we do and sees the end from the beginning. It’s sort of like us looking up from underneath a loom in a rug maker’s shop at a tapestry in progress: a myriad of different colored strings and messy stitches, irregular, no pattern at all. But, from His perspective, from the top, He sees a gorgeous rug that is sheer perfection, beautiful, useful, a treasure to behold, and everything is in its’ place.

Like the underside of that tapestry, our world is a big jumble of lives that seem out of control and meaningless, rushing here and there, frantic for the meaning of life but looking in all the wrong places. But, for those of us who know Jesus as Savior and Lord, and for those who would like to know Him, we can be confident that God has everything under control. He has given His Word to us which encompasses His will for all mankind, the Bible, to lead and guide us through the chaos in which we live. He’s given us many thousands of promises on which to anchor our souls.

If you have been disappointed with your life, or with the answers to prayer that didn’t happen like you thought they should, don’t abandon your confidence in God. He has something better and more fulfilling for you, and if you’ll stay the course, you will receive that bigger and better sooner than you think. He loves you more than you will ever know, at least on this earth, and wants you to have the very best, in abundance. He is not interested in letting you settle for second best, especially when, if you will remain true and faithful to Him and obedient to His Word, the best is just around the corner!

Don’t give up, don’t give in, don’t look back as if back there was better. God’s on the move and He wants you to go with Him, but you must trust that He is able to take care of everything that concerns you. You may not get everything you want when you want it, but He promised you will never lack for anything.

1John 5:14, 15 in the Amplified Version of the Bible says:

And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to {and} hears us.  and if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.

Have confidence in God!

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