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Tuesday, November 9, 2010


HOPE fills the afflicted soul with such inward joy and consolation that it can laugh while tears are in the eye, sigh and sing all in one breath; it is called "the rejoicing of the hope." (Hebrews 3:6)  - William Gurnall

There is a great need for hope in all of our lives.  It may be hope for a healing, hope for a life to be spared, hope that we and the world may find peace.  If we did not find hope in Jesus and his promises, how else could we bare the ills that befall us and/or our loved ones.  And yet when our hopes are realized and we are rejoicing, we may forget to "thank" God for the blessings.
   We cannot bargain with God, "If you give me this, I will do that" or "if you give me this, it will exhalt you even more!"  Have you ever done this?  I have.  I confess.  When I learned that my husband had Multiple Myeloma, I tried EVERYTHING in my praying to make a terminal cancer NOT be terminal for him.  Now five years in, I just thank God for every little moment that he lets us be together and I pray only for him to be free of pain.  If God offers more, we will be blessed and thankful!
   I cannot "push" God.  Nor do I want to now.

   My hubby's HOPE makes him smile after a night of pain in which he could not stand, sit or lie down because it was so severe.  He makes me laugh every day and I am glad to mop his perspiring brow when he is in the grip of pain. 

   The pain of Jesus on the Cross is a love story.  God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son to save us.  Jesus loved us so much, he went to the cross willingly to save us once and for all time.  So we do not HOPE for salvation, we are blessed with it and all we have to do is confess our sins, have a change of heart and invite Jesus into our hearts.  Accept the gift.  He is waiting for us with open arms, he beckons to us.  Remember when Jesus beckoned to Peter to come into the boat but Peter's faith wavered and he began to sink.  Jesus had waves roll under his feet to keep him above the water.  We can make it to Jesus' open arms, we need only have faith. 
  I have sung that song many times in churches when I did special music and I loved the line, "When Simon Peter walked abreast, putting his faith unto the test, he said, Master wilt thou bidst me come to thee?  Jesus said, 'come' so Peter went and when his faith in him was spent, Peter sank low but Jesus had waves roll under his feet!  Under his feet, Under his feet, there's not a problem that you'll face, he cannot meet.  Whenever you've waded out too far in waters too deep, Remember when waves are over your head, He's under your feet!"

   Jesus gives us the Hope that things will get better if we have Faith in Him.
   Let Jesus and His father fill your whole heart and there will be no room for fear, sins, sadness, ad infinitum!  Thank you for visiting today, please come again soon!

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Anonymous said...

A beautiful post Kerrie. I am reminded of the lyrics to the old hymn, Whispering Hope. Continuing to lift you and your husband up in prayer.

Ginny said...

Yes, God is always faithful in his promises! My brother-in-law has had the multiple myloma just about five years, as well. His first stem cell transplant (from his own cells) did not provide as big of a remission as they were hoping. So now they have given him a second transplant from his frozen cells, in order to try and get him in good enough shape to accept a donor transplant. We are waiting to hear the news this week. If it has really helped him, then his brother will be donating his cells. My husband and all the other siblings were tested for a match. But a donor transplant is much different from this other kind..I pray for your husband when I pray for Jacob, as well.

Marydon said...

You know I love this write, Kerrie. It says it all clearly in His words .. we must just listen & believe.

Have a great eve ~
TTFN Hugs, Marydon