Ministering weekly for the last 23 years in Allied Skilled Nursing I have often wished there were more resources available for the residents. The reality of being partially disconnected from the local community and even their local church I see first hand the struggles and needs of people who have become my friends and extended family. Today I am making available a 31 day devotional called 31 Days of Hope for free this week in ebook form. If you are a family member a resident or a nurse this I pray thia month of readings will be a lifeline of hope that will draw you closer to God who is the truly Good Shepherd who has given us eternal hope in every dark place of life!https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075RRB5ZR
Day 31 – 31 Days of Hope
As we have come to the end of this series that God has led me on I have traveled with you. Whether you are battling cancer as my wife is, are seated in a nursing home or face life shaking situations of kinds i can not imagine I pray God will minister to you His miraculous hope that will last through it all. Be blessed and remind yourself that not knowing all the answers is okay. God’s hope does not depend on our abilities or wisdom but on His own!
When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned Acts 27:20
Paul was being carried as a prisoner in chains in a ship in a storm. He had no control of his destination or the means of his travel. Does this verse sound in a little like what you are experiencing in your life? When the landmarks of sun and stars disappear behind storm clouds it is easy to forget that others are going through storms right by our side. With wind and waves beating at the sides of your boat you want to hang on to something while time crawls by so slowly that we lose sight of others right next to you.
But in that night when everyone else lost hope, Paul received a message from God. God promised deliverance and not only to him, but also for the soldiers holding him prisoner, the sailors in charge of the boat and even his fellow prisoners. So today in your very real situation remember that God is not only with you in your biggest storm but that He is offering you all hope and hope for all who traveling by your side.
Day 16 of 31 days of Hope
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living Psalm 27:13
Writing 31 days of hope has been both a spiritual challenge and a journey to deeper faith in my life. I have found along this new and sometimes difficult path that Hope is the light that shines in my dark places. Hope has meant looking down the road waiting for the results of tests and the response to treatments for my wife’s battle with cancer. Hope has been holding hands in the hospital when no one else was around. Hope has been both the first star that shone in our new night sky and will one day give way to the sunlight of a new day dawning.
God created all of us to live with a passion and the desire to spend eternity by his side. That life is assured only by the cross of Christ which for our soul is the anchor of all hope. No matter the situation we face today; this hope remains. This hope is not so fragile that it can be blown away by the wind, washed away by a flood or burned up in the fire. This hope is the tangible enduring belief that by God will carry us through. This hope is the certainty that He is good even when nothing good seems to be in sight. Real hope is seeing ahead to His goodness. True Hope through Jesus Christ is to know that He walks by our side through the valley of the shadow of death till we come out into His sunshine in the land of the living!
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. Mark 5:36 KJV
The phrase is often repeated, “Don’t give up hope!” or “There’s always hope!”, as if hope is something independent of our circumstances. But hope never walks alone. Hope is always accompanied by her sister faith and faith links hands with love. Jesus doesn’t just say ,”Keep on hoping!” He walks with us and his presence by our side gives us the faith to be greater than our fears. How wonderful it has been to share this week with our grandchildren as my wife awaits chemotherapy. There simply being with us has helped us have faith to believe greater things and put fears outside the doors.
So this Sunday morning ask yourself if there isn’t someone you could walk beside in faith. Just your faithful presence may be what God will use to hold hands with hope and help them on their journey.