Here is a wonderful TREASURE I discovered for this last day of October.
<<<no, not the one to the right, I just couldn't resist the connection of a "Princess Hope and the Hidden Treasure") a parable I wish I had written to my recent series and this ...
However, a precious, favorite author released her newest book on my birthday! (NOT JUST ONE BUT TWO)! Now I'm sure that she does not realize it was my b-day, but I sure do, and that this book is meant for me for this season of the year, makes it a true gift (although I have not purchased it yet, I hope to do so, I'm reading my sample in Kindle for PC) (if anyone does have it, will you consider loaning it to me next year through Kindle? - lol) Naw, I'll just have to get it eventually like I did the other one released also on my bday that does go with My One Word for 2013 (ya' can't get two, or every book released by the same author) so I can do each one of the 150 days filled with experiencing HOPE through His Presence (the one I got is for all year-yeah)! I almost thought I heard God speak to me that this should be my new One Word for 2013 - HOPE (but since you may have heard, I already have one that He spoke to me, so we'll just have to wait and see) especially in my current hopelessness. I'm already set with my other word but I definitely want to "Experience Hope Through His Presence" every day ... so I'm clinging and reading. Hoping to encourage you to experience His Presence.
[I think "My One Word for 2013" and HOPE are so very closely entwined, so this book will come up again, I'm sure.]
But since "Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8) I can experience HOPE in His sweet Presence and treasure every moment like this ...
for such a time
Sarah writes in her intro:
"I believe the message of hope is extremely important at this time— for people throughout the US and around the world. Many individuals are feeling quite insecure and anxious because of economic problems, natural catastrophes, unstable governments in various parts of the world, plus nuclear and terrorist threats. There is a hopelessness creeping into people’s mind-sets as they look at problems in their lives and all around them. There is also a sense of helplessness among people who have lost jobs, homes, health, or loved ones. But the hope we can find in the Bible is a sturdy reality— no matter what is happening in our lives or in the world."
"For Christians, our hope is firmly anchored in the cross of Christ. Because He paid the penalty for all our sins, we know that we are fully forgiven and that ultimately our story finishes well— at the portals of heaven! Even now, as we live in the trenches of this world, we are assured that God is in control and He is good." ~ Sarah YoungThis seems to be just where the enemy wants us:hopeless and helpless so he gets to us, so let's fill our minds with what God wants us to hear daily:
|"I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME, LISTEN TO MY VOICE, and hold fast to Me— for I am your Life. This is the way of wisdom. I am training you to stay close to Me as you walk along perilous paths. In any close relationship, listening and loving are vitally important— and they are interconnected. Listen to Me as I rejoice over you with gladness and quiet you with My Love. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you receive My glorious Love in full measure. This will dramatically increase your love for Me. |
The world is full of dangers, so it is wise to hold tightly to My hand. Listen— through My Spirit and My Word— while I talk you through tough times. Pour out your heart to Me, remembering that I am your Refuge. As you stay in dialogue with Me, I help you handle whatever is before you. Hold fast to Me, beloved, for I am your Life."
from "Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence" ~ by Sarah Young
and how many great books are released on your birthday
(it's gotta mean something)