Catherine Marshall Quote

 

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Of course you’ll encounter trouble.  But behold a God of power who can take any evil and turn it into a door of hope.

From Colossians 1:26-27:  “The mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to His saints.  To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Lonely Road

From 2 Corinthians 3:18:  “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”

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Sometimes life resembles a lonely road

Walking endless miles, filling with shame

Surrounded by darkness, always so cold

Feeling mixed up, never into the game

 

God’s Word and Spirit bring transformation

Empty, spiritual desert . . . leaving now

Bringing dramatic change, new foundation

An oasis of faith becomes a vow

 

Discovering new hope, suffering ends

God’s light shines ahead of our faithful steps

Stumbling and failing, no longer contend

God’s Glory reigns supreme, without missteps

 

Old ways transforming to a better life

Exchanging total control with our Lord

God’s Grace gives, without cutting like a knife

His everlasting love, brings rich accord

 

God’s army of angels, walking ahead

Lonely road left . . . following Christ instead

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Redeeming Hope

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From 2 Peter 3:8-10, 13:  “But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.  The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done will be disclosed.  But, in accordance with His promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.”

Bringing hope to Abraham to witness and see

Blessings arrive from His Holy Father above

Abraham’s hopes soaking up spirit, only for thee

“So numerous shall your descendants be” with love

 

Rejoicing in hope, while persevering in prayer

Marks of a true Christian, travel through hope

Being patient with suffering, God does care

Allowing His Word to appear on our radar scope

 

Christ’s Resurrection delivers hope, so rich

Without hope, all feeling shamed and pitied

Setting our hope on Christ, forever a cinch

Living for Christ’s Glory, every town and city

 

All called to Christ, as the early Christians were

Teaching from the Apostles, encouraging our faith

We are all gathered by Christ, this is for sure

Inheriting a glorious-filled hope, step up to taste

 

Remaining forever steadfast in faith and love

Hope travels by way of Jesus Christ’s Salvation

Accepting Jesus as Savior, He reigns from above

The hope of His glory, will be our eternal station

 

With unwavering hope, encourage one another

Delivering a Resurrection, a living hope awaits

God is pure, Christ is pure—like none other

Hoping in Christ; enriching, enduring faith

 

Hope and joy will witness Christ’s coming

A cunning Satan cannot block the way

Waiting with hope, the angels drumming

Christ’s final promise will come some day

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Shattered Hopes

From Romans 10:12-13:  “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call Him.  For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'”

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Sitting here on a quiet, morning dawn

Drinking coffee, warming a drowsy mind

Passing the time with memories, all wrong

Looking for warmhearted hopes, none to find

 

Wishing countless troubles would go away

Thinking another day will bring some hope

Realizing now, my dreams are crushed today

Watching out the window, through a hopeless scope

 

Opening a Bible, found by God’s Grace

Inviting me in, His Word reaches out

Sensing a way to change life’s dismal pace

Offering a new path, without a doubt

 

Witnessing Christ Jesus on a cruel Cross

Accepting my Savior, no longer lost

 

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Expressions of Hope

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Expressions of hope are written throughout the Old Testament.  At times, the people of Israel lost hope, but God always found ways to restore their trust and hope to believe in Him.  

From Psalm 65:5:  “By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and the farthest seas.

Broken faith with God

Flicker of hope remains

Have hope, seek God

Hopeful in His deeds

 

Place our Living God

Above all other gods

 

Light turns into darkness

Hiding in the shadows

Yet, God remains close

Hope grows once again

 

Living tree of hope

Will live into eternity

New buds always sprout

Strength from the Father

 

There is always hope

Even in darkest times

 

Life’s trials uproot hope

Adversaries line up against

God hears our cries

Intervenes when hope’s weak

 

Ancestors of Jacob witness

Their hope in God

The God of Jacob

Always God of Hope

 

God keeps His decrees

Believe, look to God

 

God remains always faithful

Our Lord reigns forever

For God’s righteous believers

Hope ends in gladness

 

Way of the Lord

Offers refuge with wisdom

Follow God with hope

Always in our hearts

 

Tree of Life endures

Ready to sustain us

 

Hope shows the light

Steady on life’s course

When spirit is dried

Hope quenches our thirst

 

God opens hope’s door

Inviting us to enter

 

 

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Hope is a wonderful gift from God, a source of strength and courage in the face of life’s harshest trails.

From Psalm 73:25:  “Whom have I in heaven but You?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than You.”