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Monday, June 23, 2014

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My writings are moving to my new blog home titled with my name Carmen Horne . Please come visit soon and bookmark my new site!


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Give Hope a Chance

On page 420 of the old red hymnal it can be found, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” Wooden cross, willing sacrifice and selfless love are the stones lain by our Savior, Jesus. Eyes closed, memories filling my mind, I sing “The Solid Rock” to the top of my lungs.

Confident Expectation
Hope is…

A part of that great threesome in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love.” Hope and faith seem to go hand in hand. “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)

Hope is…

Wrapped tightly around new beginnings. Births, careers, marriages, retirement and for the believer, even death is filled with hopeAll my New Year’s resolutions and diets I began on a Monday were fueled by hope.

Hope is…

A choice. Mayhem (I love those commercials) seems to surround us at times. Your physician calls and asks to meet with you as soon as possible, your bank account balance is negative with two weeks left in the month, your husband is more like a roommate, your daughter has just told you she is pregnant, your job is being out-sourced, your… you fill in the blanks. Jesus actually promised us in this world we would have many troubles. That’s why faith is so important to hope. Faith supplies the confidence we need to hope when all seems hopeless.

Faith and Hope
Hope is…

Illogical. Don’t expect it to always make sense. It is during those times our hope must be completely based on our trust in Jesus.

Hope is…

Knowing that when you lay your head on your pillow tonight, tomorrow will bring new mercies and manna.

Hope is...

You are not alone.

Your situation is not hopeless.

Jesus is your answer.

May I pray for you?

Jesus, for each dear one who reads these words, I pray for hope when they feel hopeless, and peace where there is anxiety. May your love wrap them up like a warm blanket on a cold day. I ask You to place loving people in their lives to be Your hands and heart. Remind them each morning that Your mercies are new and Your grace is sufficient for the day.

I ask all these things in Your sweet name Jesus. Amen

Until we visit again,

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Light and hope in the dark.

My life was unraveling as if a loose thread had been pulled. Filled with distrust, not only of others but of myself. Each step felt soft, loose, and movable like sand under my feet. The solid structure of my home was like a house with termites. Outwardly all was well but the unseen was hollow and being destroyed.

But God…

Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 4:8 began to ring true for me, “We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair”.  In the midst of such turmoil, I felt a measure of peace that was hard to understand. 

Miracles appear in forms that can be difficult to explain. Most often they appear as a promise, accepted by faith.

Light and hope in the dark.

On a dimly lit path I walked. Looking ahead I saw darkness and uncertainty. Focusing on each step helped me see light and hope. There were days the beam of light was small like a pen light. I could only see my feet. As I walked, the light became brighter. 

Over and over Jesus assured me through song, devotions, Bible reading, trusted friends, and sound preaching that He had a plan. I must trust Him without knowing the end result. I felt Him say, rest in Me. Put your hand in mine and walk this path. In the end, you will be stronger and look more like Me. And, I did and do. If you find yourself walking in the dark, look for that small beam of light. Jesus shines.

If we are blessed to live a long life, each of us will experience our worst day. Chances are, we will have more than one. On mine, the foundation I had laid in Jesus was and is my salvation. He preserves my sanity. My family is rebuilding. The hidden hollowness is being replaced with new material. As time goes forward the evidence of the repairs will become fainter.

We are changed.  Our home is where life is lived, forgiveness is given and love is the greatest gift of all.

Until we visit again,