My heart is glad, my being rejoices and my body shall REST IN HOPE- Psalm 16:9 With this phrase, the Psalmist shows how refuge in the Lord impacts him, and all who believe, on a personal level. It is upon this statement of confident praise, that the entire Psalm turns. The Psalmist begins with a notice of the “holy ones, the ones who have been chosen for a special role in Salvation. It is a general comment of God’s action among the lives of humans. The Psalmist recognizes that the power of God moves through certain men. Although certain figures in Biblical history stand apart for their greatness and devotion, the Psalmist wants to reach out to every person who entered into Covenant with God. Every person is reached by the hand of God. God’s power is not reserved only for the “holy ones”, but extends to all of His people. God is the source of counsel and help to all people who keep Him before them. The Lord ofContinue reading »

NEW GROUND I’m standing on new ground Searching, waiting to be found Forsaking all I’ve ever known Looking fro You alone Everything else is burnt away Time for You to mold this clay Formless and ready In Your hands I’m steady This is a new place These giants I will face Will not run or hide In You alone I confide Daily looking to You to know You go before and battle every foe Peace be in my heart, my soul I’ve been cleansed by Your coal

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve – Matthew 4:10   It is striking that Jesus, who later asserts that he could call down twelve legions of angels to assist him at any time, chooses to face the temptations of the devil in the wilderness with nothing but the Word of God — which is the same, and only, weapon that we have against Satan’s temptations, as well.   It is as if Jesus is showing us just how powerful, just how effective, God’s Word is in the midst of spiritual battle, so that we will trust it’s strength for our own struggles. Jesus three times faces Satan’s three temptations by quoting the Bible. What other tool could we hope for than the very one Jesus himself wielded in times of personal temptation? But these verses do not just magically appear to our minds in the moment that we need them.Continue reading »

Hope is one of the “theological virtues” of which, along with Faith and Love, Paul writes (1 Corinthians 13:13). Hope has a unique nature. Faith is displayed with fiery commitment and love manifests in selfless affection for another. Hope is a quality, or virtue, that has a steadfast nature. Hope sustains Faith and Love, despite adversity and persecutions. It is truly the anchor upon which we can rest and draw strength (Hebrews 6:18-19). The New Testament uses the Greek term “elpis”, which means much more than mere “expectation”. It entails patience and perseverance. It calls for TRUST in the Word of God and the message of Christ. The Word of God is a living entity, reflecting the power and personality of God Himself; that which guides humankind toward Salvation. This trust was seen in bold relief on the Cross. Jesus endured hours of pain and misery, in a horrific form of execution. He called out to the Father, “My god, My God, why have you forsaken me”, not as aContinue reading »

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV). Years ago, our sons Elijah, Luke and Gabriel loved it when their dad (Lee) came home from work and took them hiking through the woods near our home. As toddlers, the children tuckered-out easily and begged, “Daddy carry me, daddy please?” Gladly, he picked up Luke and held him in one arm and Gabriel in the other; but the oldest little guy Elijah walked alongside. Sashaying happily, Elijah often fell down; then repeated the process. I recall watching Lee as he patiently waited for Elijah to stand upright and begin following again. Sweet remembrances like those linger in my mind and when they do I think of our heavenly Father. I’m grateful we have a long-suffering Abba-Daddy who stands by in attendance, keeping watch as we stumble through life. To be honest, we need to humble ourselves quiteContinue reading »

Ever since mom passed away a couple of years ago, I’ve had these nagging feelings of guilt. Wishing I had been a better daughter haunts me. As you may know, guilt is an emotional experience that a person realizes or believes (accurately or not) that he or she has compromised his or her own standards of conduct. Also, guilt is closely related to remorse. Fortunately, psychology doesn’t have an answer or cure for guilty feelings. Even Sigmund Freud, father of psychology, stated: “guilt is the most powerful of all obstacles to one’s recovery”. And, yes I said ‘fortunately’ psychiatry isn’t the cure because there’s a better way. Let’s take a peak at the best solution for guilt by looking into the life of Israel’s most famous King. We read in the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel about the exposure of David’s adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah. For sure, this was a dismal period in the life of King David. By divine commission, the prophetContinue reading »

I’m sure you’re aware that ‘rest in hope’ is the name of this website and I adore the title. You know, I’ve never heard the words rest and hope in the same sentence before, but it makes perfect sense. For one thing, we cannot have true rest unless we place our hope in Christ. And another thing, only God grants the kind of rest that restores our souls “He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters, He refreshes and restores my life” (Psalm 23:2-3 Amp). I confess, I know next to nothing about the art of resting, but I’d like to. Again, I say ‘art’ of resting because I believe one must cultivate skills of relaxation. I don’t know about you, but calmness doesn’t come easy for me. By nature, I’m spontaneous, impulsive and usually blurt out words I should have kept to myself. On the opposite side and thank God, my husband is a thinker. I’m grateful forContinue reading »