Prevailing Hope Part 2

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  • Prevailing Hope in Chaos

Sometimes the chaos of the world will blur our vision with despair,  worry and fear. Where can we go to find the Truth? Where can we find  peace amid this chaotic world? How can we truly have Hope that prevails?

The reality in this world is many are without hope. As a result of  the COVID-19 virus, Suicide rates in Michigan rose 33%,  Life Hurts. These stats are only those being reported. What would drive  someone to take his or her life? Thousands of those left behind agonize  over this question when a loved one chooses to exit the world this way.  Something in their hearts and minds had to hurt so badly they thought  there was no way out. Or maybe it was a moment of desperation?

The victims of COVID19 is far reaching and is NOT just those who get  the virus. People have lost their jobs, security, homes and some as  mentioned above, take their own lives. For safety reasons some of our  elderly are isolated from loved ones and some will even die alone. Masks  and the six feet rule of social distancing may be necessary, but it  takes a big toll on relationships. Science backs up the facts that we  need human touch. We need to have connections with others. We are by  nature and creation a social being.

May we never forget those who work in the health fields. Doctors,  nurses, techs, and many others who take care of us are on the front  lines taking the risk to help us. They are making a sacrifice of long  hours, not only risking their wellbeing but their immediate family when  they go home from work. God bless them one and all. Where is their  protection and peace of mind as they care for us?

Then we have people who fight over toilet paper. And those who fight  someone who has a mask on – or does not have one on! It depends on who  gets bent out of shape the most. We fight simply because someone does  not agree [James 4:1]. Each person is convinced s/he is right! How can  we find and have peace if everyone thinks differently, but everybody is  right in their own eyes? That is their personal perception but is it  actuality?

Many have their Hope in a COVID19 vaccine! Some want to shut down  America for another 5 or 6 months! Will it work? No one knows for sure.  We cannot even agree on who won the election because there is so much  fraud and deceit in the political system. So where is there HOPE we can  count on?

As if the world’s problems were not enough, we have our own personal  physical problems. My “problem list” has 26 issues on the list. To name a  few, I have Multiple Sclerosis, blind left eye, osteoporosis, and the  most recent add on is Rheumatoid Arthritis which hit me this year It  slammed me with more pain. I am not alone. Thousands wake up each day  with their own personal battle. It could be RA, MS, ALS, Cancer or a  hundred other diseases. Where is the hope when the disease is  progressive, unpredictable, and incurable?

 How in the world can we be thankful? I have many reasons to be thankful! But this article’s focus is the greatest reason we should be thankful! There are millions of books in the world. You  would think humankind would have THE Answer to the problems in the world  by now. Many think the answer is in a global reset, the one world order  and the COVID19 vaccine. There are many theories.

The Truth is the Answer for our world is not a theory nor or a  Religion. It is a Relationship. We have the great privilege to choose to  be in a relationship with the One Who created the world! We need to  repent of our sin (all have sinned and fall short; Romans 3:23)  and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. At that moment, our heart  is transformed anew! My prayer is the Holy Spirit will woo you into a  real relationship with God our Father by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord  and Savior if you have not done so. It is the best and most important  decision you will ever make.

We serve the GOD of Hope. We need to remember His plan for this world  has nothing to do with having our best life now, at least NOT the way  the world thinks of it. Our best life is now is in knowing the  God of Hope. Amid the political chaos we can have peace.  When we accept  Jesus, the Holy Spirit indwells us. He is the Comforter and gives us peace that passes all understanding [Philippians 4:7].

Throughout history our Nation has been through many, many storms, and  wars. Never does the horizon of this world seem so dark and bleak. Yet  we have reason to be thankful. Not thankful for the circumstances but  thankful we can know the One Who will see us through. He promises never  to leave or forsake us. He is my King. I know He keeps His promises.  He  loves me. He loves you. We have the reason to give thanks to God…everyday!

How in the world can we be thankful? Jesus is always the reason to be thankful.

John 3:16-17

King James Version

16 For God so loved the world, that he  gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not  perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.


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Prevailing Hope – Part 1

When Despair is unshakeable …..

Yes, this is a post called Prevailing Hope so why am I writing about despair that prevails?Simply, because sometimes circumstances and situations wear on us; well at least on me. and despair seems to prevail. When despair seeped into my heart, it took my mind with it and it was difficult to focus on anything but the things gone bad.

Depression and SorrowHaving Multiple Sclerosis since 1981 you’d think I get used to the unpredictable life of new symptoms, old symptoms, pain, blurred vision, weakness, extreme fatigue and the list goes on. I won’t bore you with  the details. Suffice to say, I never get used to this body that betrays me. Difficult for me to understand it. So I know most of my well meaning friends cannot understand. I long to go out and walk on the beach of Lake Michigan when it warms up and play soft ball again, go dancing, just walk without pain. I know I am fortunate just to walk. What is it like to not be overwhelmed with fatigue? How to function when what is suppose to function does not? How to deal with more loss of sight and hearing? How does one keep pushing when life at times seems to offer little or nothing to push for…

Dealing with one area at a time would not usually throw me into a state of despair. Add a few more areas of challenges that try my heart and you know why I lingered on the wire of falling deeper into a pit. A few more areas in my life that have fallen into depths of despair are personal losses.It profoundly affects me when my friends face serious physical challenges and not good changes in life. Another huge challenge for me is my wonderful Shadow, devoted Service Dog for many years is now retired due to illness and pain. She is still with me and on medications. We can not go out as a team. Now we deal with separation anxiety; hers and mine. She cries when I leave her alone; I don’t cry on the outside but my heart hurts- I long for my dog to be by my side where she should be.

When I (we) am at my (our) lowest, surely the enemy takes advantage to add to our despair. Suddenly my mind was flooded with the bad choices I made over the years. There were a lot of them and I still make them. The broken dreams  I once had torment me with a sense of loneliness.. I always wanted to be married to the one I love who loves me- going places and enjoying the “good life.” I dreamed of having a career and living in a cabin in the woods; living a writer’s life making a living so I am able to give to others. Some dreams are just…dreams shattered by real life.

Now, that I am done whining (and I thought Shadow would take top prize at whining-not so!) it is time to share the Truth; the GOOD NEWS though it may not be everything is going my way answer- it is the Truth that pulled me up from the pit of despair. It is the same truth that will help you if you embrace it because it is God’s Word.

We all have two choices how to respond to life: Our way or God’s Way. When we become entangled in the world’s ways of dealing with issues it may help for a while but not for long. The world doesn’t hold any long term answers. Watch the news if you don’t believe me. God’s Word has the answer to every issue we have.

Hope prevails over despair when  we choose to live by the Word of God. The despair I was stuck in was rooted in what I wanted in life. I lost sight of  most important.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16

Once I got my true vision back on those things that are eternal, despair literally melted away like wax from a hot flame.glimpses Candle and Candles are melting on floor

Have you ever thought about all Jesus went through so we can live a life of prevailing hope regardless of our circumstances? What if He got tired of His horrible pain, physical, emotional and Spiritual while on the cross and called His angels because He was tired of it all? What if Jesus quit because life wasn’t fair? Life sure wasn’t fair to Him! Yet it was God’s will. All because of God so loved us! These questions loomed in my mind.When I accepted Jesus I chose to be crucified With Christ to be alive to Him. Somehow, I drift back into this life is about me  and my desires- and God does care about this but it is not ALL about me…or you.  I am privileged to know and live for the Most High God. He is the GOD of HOPE Who Prevails.

I repented of my despair as for me it was selfishness and the circumstances wearing on me. The joy of knowing the LORD and living for Him is what real life is about. No matter where and what is going on in life we as Christians are to be the LIGHT that scatters the  darkness.

Therefore, thus says the Lord [to Jeremiah],

“If you repent [and give up this mistaken attitude of despair and self-pity], then I will restore you [to a state of inner peace]

So that you may stand before Me [as My obedient representative];

And if you separate the precious from the worthless [examining yourself and cleansing your heart from unwarranted doubt concerning My faithfulness],

You will become My spokesman.

Let the people turn to you [and learn to value My values]—

Jeremiah 15:18

So what is God’s purpose in our lives? He is the Potter, we are the clay. The clay doesn’t tell the  Potter how to shape it.  The Potter skillfully and lovingly takes the clay and smashes it down to rebuild it into something beautiful. Then the Potter puts the vessel He made into the fiery furnace to get the impurities out of it and seal the beauty in, for His useful service. (Jeremiah 18- read about the Potter and the Clay).

We hold this treasure in our earthen vessel. We can choose to live for ourselves or submit to the Potter Who loves us. His desire is for us to be conformed into the image of His Son Jesus Christ, that all men may know Him.- the God of Prevailing Hope.

Big thank YOU to Dr. Jstark and AhaBibleMoments for the privilege of posting our series on Prevailing Hope.