There Is Hope

Years ago, while going through a very, very tough time in my life, the following song has become one of my favorites. I had come to the end of my rope and cried out to the LORD for help. There was no end in sight of my suffering, so I begged that I will neither loose my faith nor my hope in God Almighty. I so longed for peace… Healing began after I let go completely and ask for His Peace and His Strength for my life.

Listen carefully to the words of this song and be encouraged and blessed by it.

 

Praise the LORD for there is hope in Him!

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Forget Not

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:

Psalm 103:2

I usually stay away from the internet and my phone in the morning hours except for rare occasions. (Otherwise my mind is side-tracked before I even start my devotional time!) There are some days, however, I do a quick check of messages that have come in overnight.

My precious sister in Christ works as a nurse. So whenever I know that she is working nights I will check my phone for text messages early in the morning on the next day. She usually texts me to send how the night went, praises and prayer requests. There was no message from her today, but another text from a sister in Christ had come in that so warmed my heart.

She shared with me that, on her way to a hospital appointment, she has seen many daffodils. She said that there were thousands of them. And then she pointed to the One who made each single daffodil and how He makes them stand out and comfort us during these days:

A lovely reminder of the Creator who continues to bless us during Covid 19 even with bright yellow daffodils smiling happily at the world!

Her words immediately reminded me of Psalm 103:2 I love the Psalms but especially this one. It started way back — nearly forty years ago. The pastor asked us to choose a confirmation motto. While reading the Bible verses this one grabbed my attention:

Lobe den HERRN, meine Seele,
und vergiss nicht,
was Er dir Gutes getan hat.

Psalm 103, 2

Little did I know back then just how rich and powerful this Psalm is. I loved the words of verse 2 because, in German, it reminded me not to forget what good He has done for us. Good? Yes!

Years later, I finally grasped what this Psalm is talking about when it refers to all His benefits! It talks about who this God is. HE is the ONE…

3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Forget not to think on these things!

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Memorize Scripture

That they may set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments;

Psalm 78:7

I wrote down this verse in my Bible journal this morning. Teaching the next generation about the Word of God is so important. We are called not to hide God’s Word from our children. Praise the LORD! Teach them! Show them how to put it into action!

One way to make it sink into their minds and hearts is by memorizing verses. Teach them while they are young — that’s when their ability to memorize Scripture is quite good.

How?

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Listening to verses over and over again is a good method. Another is to have them copy verses. Yet another is to read the verse then cover it and then try to repeat it by memory. Also, connect the verse/s to something they already know — linking the new with something familiar will help to remember the new.

Remember the Word of God!

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