Hope of Answered Prayer

31 Days of Hope – Day 12

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus  Philippians 4:6-7

Whether you are facing life from inside the four walls of a nursing home or the four walls of your apartment or house our need for God’s help doesn’t change. There are hours we all pass through when we have lost patience and through tears of frustration hope seems far away. But God’s presence and promise to take care of us as our shepherd and provide for our needs hasn’t changed.

At that very moment when we can feel the dark shadows closing in around our world God stands close and anxiously waits for us to leave our anxieties and needs at His feet. He will not stop caring for us when the cares of life press in. He will not abandon us when we feel alone. He hears our worried thoughts and listens to our prayers. He stands ready to come to our aid. He has not failed, forgotten us or written us off. Our great Savior guides us through every night and carries our hope in His hands.

Faithfulness

Invisible Unshakable Hope

Life in a nursing home is like living in a challenging neighborhood. Sometimes neighbors named depression, frustration or pain keep us up all night or make the days seem long and tiresome. But no matter where we live God gives hope and strength when we place our hope in Him. These 31 Days of Hope are written to lift you up and help you to refocus on the unfailing love of God. This is day three in our series. b If you have a family member or loved one in long term care then pass today’s reading on like a small bouquet to brighten their day. God bless you with His Hope!

Day 3     Invisible Unshakable Hope

Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope                   Psalm 119:49 ESV

Hope in You

A few years ago I became quick upset with my doctor after going through some minor surgery. On the appointed day of the procedure the nurse came in, the anesthesiologist put me under but I never saw the doctor. I was incensed that he would take my money, do his work and then leave without talking to me! But what my mind had told me was not the truth. My wife assured me that the doctor had come in and spoken with both of us after the operation. My problem was that I was still so affected by the anesthesia that my memory was playing tricks on me! Sometimes it works in that same way when we have gone through a spiritual crisis. But our heavenly doctor has not forgotten us. The one who has brought us through the operation will be with us in the recovery room! Our God is the invisible unshakable Hope that carries us through every storm!

 

 

 

To the Setting of the Sun

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From the rising of the sun to its going down The Lord’s name is to be praised Psalm 113:3

The funny thing about sunsets is that they look a lot like sunrises. In this Psalm, David reminds us that, though the day has passed and many things have happened between morning light and sunset, one thing remains: God’s name is to be praised.

In my own life as I grow closer to sunset it sometimes I feel that the important things are in the past. I begin to think that nothing new or significant can still be ahead. But God’s word points to God’s never changing nature. No matter whether my alarm clock has just gone off or if the lengthening rays of sunset are approaching, there is still time to praise the Lord! He will be praised in my frailty as much as in my strength. He will be praised in my quiet days as much as in my busy ones. He will be praised when everyone applauds my first steps as well as when it is difficult to take the next one. God is ever constant, never changing, always faithful and always lovingly at my side.

The name of the Lord is now more than ever to be praised!

Even There

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 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me Psalm 139:9-10

 

The hard part when we have chosen the wrong path, the far city or the direction away from our calling is the hopelessness and finality of our failure. But David encourages us that in God there is always hope even in our failures. He is always with us always. – even there – and he will lead us by the hand and hold us close to Him.