FORTY-YEAR MILESTONE: WISDOM & HOPE

A forty-year birthday marks a milestone that I can hardly believe my son has reached. It does not mean that he is old or “over the hill” as some say — but perhaps it does indicate that his parents are!

How well I remember his birth as a time of joy, hope, thankfulness, and with prayers for him and his future. Having him as a son still fills me with the same feelings of joy, hope, and thankfulness. I continue to pray for him, his future, and his beautiful family with whom he is blessed.

So many prayers have been answered along his life’s journey so far. I have experienced exceeding parental pride through these 40 years. I have loved watching his gift of encouragement impact others. I have learned the value of wisdom for his life perhaps through recognizing its need in my own.

Proverbs, a book of Wisdom, is a good reference for living well. It offers wisdom for all generations — mine, my son’s, and his child’s. It offers hope that all of us need at every age of life.

Today my prayer is for my son to always know God’s  Wisdom and Hope. They are found in the Bible and can be easily instilled in the head by reading. They can only be deeply ingrained in the heart by God’s Holy Spirit. They are worth the sacrifice of time and study.

Happy birthday, my beloved son! May your life be full of Wisdom and Hope always!

“My son, do not forget my teaching,
But let your heart keep my commandments;
For length of days and years of life
And peace they will add to you.
Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute
In the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.
Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce;
So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.
My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord or loathe His reproof,
For whom the Lord loves He reproves,
Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
and the man who gains understanding.
For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold.
She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.
Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast.
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens.
By His knowledge the deeps were broken up, and the skies drip with dew.
My son, let them not vanish from your sight;
Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
So they will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck.
Then you will walk in your way securely, and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”  (Proverbs 3: 1 – 24)

BIBLICAL WISDOM: BIRTHDAY HOPE

“Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.” (General Douglas MacArthur at age seventy-eight)

As wise General MacArthur realized it is one’s  outlook more than one’s age that makes one old. Today is the birthday of my beloved. He has spent decades studying Biblical wisdom, and this is a good example the rest of us could follow. He maintains interest in this study; perhaps he will never grow “old.”

Happy birthday, Dear! May you always have HOPE. Below are some verses especially pertinent to one who is accumulating years and wisdom. I am thankful that God and His Word never change despite radical changes in our world. I am also thankful to share your golden years and God’s blessings.

“For You are my HOPE; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth. By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother’s womb; My praise is continually of You…. But as for me, I will HOPE continually, and will praise You yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and of Your salvation all day long; for I do not know the sum of them. I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone. O God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still declare Your wondrous deeds. And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me until I declare Your strength to this generation. For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; and my soul, which You have redeemed.”  (Psalm 71: 5, 6, 14 – 19, 23)

“They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green,”  (Psalm 92: 14)

“The glory of young men is their strength, and the honor of old men is their gray hair.”
(Proverbs 20: 29)

“Even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.”  (Isaiah 46: 4)

PHILIPPIANS 4: PEACE AND HOPE

If there is one thing we want today it is PEACE. We need it — and we need HOPE. Everywhere on the planet people seek peace.

Peace is more than the circumstance of our surroundings. It is a condition of the heart. So many desire it, yet so few seem to have found it. Is peace too far out of reach? Is it meant to be elusive?

What does the Bible say about peace? Perhaps it is not as complicated as one may think. I have found that this Holy Book is usually straight-forward in its instruction.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
(Philippians 4:8, 9)

Maybe peace is simply focusing on “…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute… any excellence… anything worthy of praise… dwell on these things…. and the God of peace will be with you.”

Does it sound too simplistic? I am certain that if one has found the God of Peace, then one can know peace. Rather than seek peace perhaps one should seek the God of Peace.

I have hope and confidence that the Bible is true. If it says knowing God of the Bible brings peace, then I believe it. This is a matter of faith, but there is more. I have experienced its truth. I know the God of peace; I know His peace.

When I focus on the God of Peace I am filled with His peace. This practice gives me hope. He gives me hope enough to face this difficult world. Even through these uncertain and unprecedented times He has proven faithful. In future trials to come there is no reason to doubt His Word.

For peace I shall continue to trust God. For all good things I shall do the same. Of course that means I must do what He says. As a wise old hymn says… “Trust and Obey.”

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 4:4-7)

Philippians 4 happens to be one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It gives me HOPE. It tells me how to have PEACE, His peace, the only real lasting peace.

Can I do what it says? It reminds me of the way that I can. “I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

It assures me of the outcome. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

With a grateful heart of devotion and hope I will close. “Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”  (Philippians 4:20)

INDEPENDENCE DAY: PATRIOTISM & HOPE

Tomorrow — July 4th — is like any other day on most of the planet, but in the USA it is recognized as Independence Day. In pre-pandemic times celebrations would be held with many crowds gathered for special patriotic events.

On July 4, 1776, the status of 13 British colonies with taxation but no representation under the oppressive rule of King George III  changed significantly to the “United States of America.” Brave signers of the Declaration of Independence risked everything for freedom.

Requiring more than a document with signatures, a war was unavoidable between seemingly unimportant colonies and a powerful world force. The war would last 7 years and cost thousands of American lives, but with Providential help the USA emerged victor to become a light on a hill.

The new nation had one thing that led amateur soldiers to triumph over the threat to their freedom, their families, and their fortunes. Their very lives hung in the balance. They had patriotism, and that one essential thing gave them hope to carry on.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, patriotism is “love for or devotion to one’s country.” For about 250 years America has been home to many patriotic individuals. I am thankful that many Americans have patriotism today.

Patriotism is still greatly needed to maintain the Judeo-Christian heritage and national life gained and held by Founding Fathers. Has too much patriotism been lost? Has the light been extinguished? I think there is little doubt that it has dimmed and burns less brightly than it once did.

Whether celebrating jointly or separately patriotic music can be a part of our 4th of July. I recommend adding the songs below to your playlist. I am glad that recorded music is not quarantined.

As long as patriotism exists, I am hopeful for “one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” I admit that this is not reality now, but I prefer to be hopeful rather than hopeless.

Together may we heed an Old Testament verse that says, “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  (2 Chronicles 7:14)

When God’s words are followed, then we may have real hope that can impact not just our nation but our planet. Tomorrow may we celebrate safely, fly our American flags, enjoy our music, show our patriotism, be hopeful, and pray. May we thank God everyday for our land of the free and our home of the brave.

 

PATRIOTIC SONGS:

THE PATRIOTIC MEDLEY
(Bates, Howe, Berlin)
I WILL STAND”  (Allegiance Trio)
IN GOD WE STILL TRUST”  (Diamond Rio)
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”  (Gary Moore)
MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA
(Weldon Kennedy)
AMERICA”  (Chris Tomlin)
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL” (Katharine Bates)
“GOD BLESS AMERICA”  (Irving Berlin)

PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE:

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

DANNY GOKEY: HOPE IN FRONT OF ME

You may think that little has changed since my last post… still a pandemic around our planet… still problems in most places… still pain in many people… still panic in some hearts.

Where is hope? Today this is an important question to ask. It may be even more important to answer this question.

Danny Gokey saw the answer through eyes of faith. He expressed it musically and shared it in a song. Listen to “Hope in Front of Me” as often as needed and be blessed by his answer.

HOPE IN FRONT OF ME

“I’ve been running through rain
That I thought would never end
Trying to make it on faith
In a struggle against the wind.
I’ve seen the dark and the broken places,
But I know in my soul
No matter how bad it gets
I’ll be alright.

There’s hope in front of me.
There’s a light, I still see it.
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it.
I might be down, but I’m not dead.
There’s better days still up ahead.
Even after all I’ve seen,
There’s hope in front of me.
There’s a place at the end of the storm.

You finally find
Where the hurt and the tears and the pain All fall behind.

You open up your eyes and up ahead
There’s a big sun shining.
Right then and there you realize
You’ll be alright.

There’s hope in front of me.
There’s a light; I still see it.
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it.
I might be down, but I’m not dead.
There’s better days still up ahead.
Even after all I’ve seen,
There’s hope in front of me.

There’s a hope still burning.
I can feel it rising through the night,
And my world’s still turning.
I can feel Your love here by my side.

You’re my Hope.
You’re the light; I still see it.
Your hands are holding me.
Even when I don’t believe it
I’ve got to believe.
I still have hope.

YOU ARE MY HOPE.”

(Danny Gokey)

I am thankful for Gokey’s song and for his many others, too. I am thankful for faith to know the One Who is Gokey’s hope and my own as well.

Regardless of temporary darkness in this world, I am not hopeless. I know I am blessed. Christ’s light burns eternal, His grace is sufficient, His peace sustains, and His love never fails.

Where is hope? His HOPE is right in front of me.

 

Sometimes we don’t discover our purpose until the darkest moments strip us of everything, and all we are left with is brokenness and heartache. It is in these moments, ironically, when hope becomes our strength and carries us.”  (Danny Gokey)

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep for You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.”  (Psalm 4:8)

PEACEMAKERS: BLESSING AND HOPE

Protests… unrest… chaos… violence…. In many places on this planet there is no peace. In many lives peace has never been known. Does this describe your place… your life?

Sadly where there is no peace, there may be no hope.

I realize injustice exists. I understand life is too often unfair. Abuse and suffering reign in too many lives. What is to be done? How does one experience relief? Is peace even possible?

Peace… calm… rest… comfort…. To ponder these words may inspire some to reach toward achieving them. Unfortunately these words describe the opposite of reality for many who do not know how to obtain them.

Is there an answer to this dilemma? Is peace obtainable? The Bible teaches there is One Who is the Prince of Peace. Not only can He be known, He wants us to know and experience Him and the peace He offers.

It is no accident that He is called Prince of Peace. It was not on a whim or by chance. God knew this world would need peace, His peace. Contrary to those who do not understand His character and His timing, God provides that which we need. God understands our need, and He is our Provider, because He loves us so. That should give us hope.

When we seek Him and find Him, then we can become peacemakers and share the Prince of Peace and His peace that He gives. Then we are promised blessing.  “Blessed are the peacemakers” is a promise that brings hope.

As I am now mature enough to reflect on my life and past, I regret my failure at times to be a peacemaker. Although it is the past, these recollections should stir me to try harder and do better in the present to bring peace to others, to situations, to this planet.

I confess that those times of failure were when I chose to be defensive, to escalate situations, and even to retaliate. How much better it would have been to have chosen peace instead… to have been led by the Prince of Peace. I admit that so often I failed Him and missed His blessings.

Remembering that I can share peace only if I know the Prince of Peace, I look to Him — Jesus Christ — and to the Source of Wisdom, the Bible. I am thankful God provided this Book of Truth and especially that He gave the One Who is the Truth.

I am also thankful that when I make peace, I reap benefits — God’s blessings that include hope. God is good and faithful all the time. When I believe this, then it is my desire to be faithful, and that means making peace in a world where peace is desperately needed. Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant (you and) me peace (and hope) in every circumstance.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”  (Matthew 5:9)

Finally, brethren, rejoice! Be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”  (2 Corinthians 13:11)

Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.”  (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”  (James 3:18)

Setting your goal to become a peacemaker like Jesus will bring God’s love and peace to your life.”  (Lynette Kittle)

“… if we can catch God’s vision of what it looks like to be a peacemaker — to bring harmony, security and rest to a difficult situation — it will allow us to feel secure and at rest in the midst of conflict. We can stand confident as children of God. By learning to give peace the way we receive peace from Jesus, His peace flows through our lives.”  (Nicki Koziarz)

“World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point. Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built.”  (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Continue reading “PEACEMAKERS: BLESSING AND HOPE”

JEREMY CAMP: HEARTBREAK AND HOPE

Jeremy Camp has more than a decade of successes as a minister singer and songwriter. With four million albums sold, four RIAA Gold albums, a multi-platinum DVD, three American Music Award nominations, and a GRAMMY nomination, he is influencing this planet with his inspired music. He has toured 25 times across the US and has performed in more than 30 countries. Camp calls himself, ‘a minister who happens to play music as a way to minister.'”

If you are not very knowledgeable about Jeremy Camp, then you may think his life is all rosey. Great musical successes… and now there is a movie that features him, his wife, and their marriage. “I Still Believe,” is a new movie about Camp… and his wife who died.

Wait…. His is a love story touched by death? He suffered great loss? He has known spiritual lows? Suddenly it does not sound so rosey. He has experienced lots of love… but love AND loss.

Focus on the Family’s Plugged In review of the film stated, “‘I Still Believe‘ is a poignant portrait of faith and doubt, love and grief, heartbreak and hope.'”

Jeremy Camp has allowed his experiences to bring into focus his priorities that give him hope and help him share that hope with the rest of us. His is a hope that helps him live through each day of his life and will lead him home when it ends. His hope is in Jesus Christ.

I remember hearing for the first time his song below. I immediately loved its meaningful and powerful message. I relate to its lyrics, and I think they will become even more meaningful as life becomes more challenging.

I am thankful that Camp expressed so beautifully his need and desire, because I realize they are mine also. Jeremy Camp, his ministry, his music, and especially his Savior all give me hope.

“Give Me Jesus”

“In the morning when I rise,
In the morning when I rise,
In the morning when I rise
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world.
Just give me Jesus.

When I am alone,
When I am alone,
Oh, when I am alone
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world.
Just give me Jesus.

Jesus.
Give me Jesus.

When I come to die,
When I come to die,
Oh, when I come to die
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world.
Just give me Jesus.”

(Jeremy Camp)

EDGAR HARRELL:  SURVIVAL, COURAGE, AND HOPE

To commemorate our recent Memorial Day I viewed David Barton’s 2017 interview with Edgar Harrell (1924-2020).  He was one of the Greatest Generation and endured extraordinary circumstances in 1945 shortly before WW2 ended. Those circumstances found him in desperate need of hope.

The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by an enemy submarine and quickly sank in only 12 minutes. Onboard were 1,196 military members from both US Navy and US Marines. Sadly only 316 would survive the sinking known as the greatest single loss of life at sea from a single ship in US Naval history.

Harrell’s testimony of his experiences relate hope even today 75 years later. He received much-needed hope by recognizing God’s providence, by receiving His peace and courage, and by a miraculous survival against great odds.

To learn more about this American hero’s true story of how God’s providence helped him survive shipwreck, shark attacks, and being lost four days in the Pacific Ocean, then read his book or visit his website at Indysurvivor.com.

Harrell’s personal story is featured in his book, OUT OF THE DEPTHS: An Unforgettable WW2 Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis, co-authored by his son, David Harrell.

Also an interview with Harrell can be heard anytime at WallBuildersLive.com. Parts of his story are given below in Harrell’s own words from a transcript of an interview by Rick Green.

“From a spiritual standpoint, I have to say that I was just so fortunate that somehow, someway that the mercy of the Lord that I know and serve; somehow, someway He enabled me to endure…. It’s just a consolation just to hear and know and to be able to tell of the providence of God to bring me through such an ordeal….” (Edgar Harrell)

“I can’t take any credit for the fact that I endured other than the fact that when I left that ship… I was actually believing, praying, and asked the Lord to give me some assurance that I’m going to survive.” (EH)

Then to have a Scripture come to mind from just a little Sunday School boy a few years before, ‘I’ll never leave you or forsake you.’ Not audibly, but I knew.Peace I give unto you not as the world give unto you, let not your hearts be troubled, don’t be afraid.’ That was ringing in my ears. I say to the Lord, ‘You’re speaking to my heart; I’m going to make it.'” (EH)

“But then I wondered, wondered, wondered these next… days when I would see a buddy next to me that… his torso is gone, then maybe he bumps into you, and he leaves part of that residue of the decayed body on you, and you wear that, you know you wonder if you’re not going to be the next one. But then to look back on all of that, and it makes a different person out of you….” (EH)

Wounds, aggressive shark attacks, dehydration, and hypothermia were now increasingly against those who had lived long enough to get off the rapidly sinking ship. By the time they were rescued four days later 20-year-old Harrell was still alive.

“Now there was a big story in those four and a half days… from the time that I left the ship until I was picked up…. Now that is God’s Providence working in my life. I have a wonderful story to tell, and that’s recorded in my book, too.” (EH)

Many will remember Harrell’s unforgettable experience as a story of survival and courage. To me it is also a story of hope, and I shall remember that God provided the hope for Marine Corporal Harrell just when he needed it most.

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them for the Lord your God is the One Who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”  (Deuteronomy 31: 6)

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”  (John 14: 27)

“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”  (Matthew 14: 27)

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me.”  (Psalm 139: 7-10)

RAVI ZACHARIAS: LIFE AND LEGACY OF HOPE

Ravi Zacharias (1946 – 2020) was a Christian apologist and author of more than 30 books on Christianity including Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Gold Medallion Book Award winner, CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT GOD? His life blessed this planet, and although he recently moved on to heaven, his legacy will continue to impact this world.

His messages via radio, television, worldwide web, and writings blessed me personally for almost four decades. I began listening to his radio programs in the 1980’s, which led me to read several books he authored and to listen eagerly at every opportunity. His messages were worth hearing and full of hope in Jesus Christ.

Ravi was probably my favorite Christian speaker to whom to listen. He made me think, and he always directed my thoughts toward the Subject of his messages — Jesus Christ. His program, “Let My People Think,” was named appropriately. Both as a listener and a reader I was always challenged to think. I was led to Hope, Truth, and Love all found in the One he knew well and followed closely.

Because of Christ Ravi’s physical life was saved from a suicide attempt when he was 17 in India, and then his life radically turned from hopelessness to one full of hope. He devoted his life work to sharing the same hope with humanity, and his messages reached millions that include me. His spiritual life was saved by Christ to prepare him for eternity.

I found Ravi to be a brilliant intellectual apologist that touched me every time I heard him speak or read his books. He did not seek personal glory but was held in high regard for his faithfulness. His walk matched his talk.

Ravi’s impact will not end with his death. His legacy goes on, because he used the gifts God gave him. He left us with so many evidences of what matters in this life and so much wisdom for the one to come. If you are not familiar with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), seek to learn more. Especially seek the Lord of his faith and His hope.

When I learned that Ravi had died, my first thought was this: “Now his faith is sight.” I want that statement to be true of me when I leave this life. I want to be sure the legacy I leave counts. I am thankful for Ravi Zacharias, because he was used greatly to build and strengthen my personal faith. His faithful and hopeful life leaves a powerful and hopeful legacy.

 

Beginning well is a momentary thing; finishing well is a lifelong thing.”  (Ravi Zacharias)

My goal is to satisfy the hunger and longing for those who are seeking the truth.”  (RZ)

There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.”  (RZ)

One often sees a call only in retrospect. This, too, is God’s design. God often reinforces our faith after we trust him not before.”  (RZ)

What I believe in my heart must make sense in my mind.”  (RZ)

Faith is a thing of the mind. If you do not believe that God is in control and has formed you for a purpose, then you will flounder on the high seas of purposelessness, drowning in the currents and drifting further into nothingness.”  (RZ)

“Love is a command not just a feeling. Somehow, in the romantic world of music and theater we have made love to be what it is not. We have so mixed it with beauty and charm and sensuality and contact that we have robbed it of its higher call of cherishing and nurturing.”  (RZ)

“Truth that is not undergirded by love makes the truth obnoxious and the possessor of it repulsive.”  (RZ)

“One of the most staggering truths of the Scriptures is to understand that we do not earn our way to heaven. …works have a place – but as a demonstration of having received God’s forgiveness not as a badge of merit of having earned it.”  (RZ)

“I do not believe that one can earnestly seek and find the priceless treasure of God’s call without a devout prayer life. That is where God speaks. The purpose of prayer and of God’s call in your life is not to make you number one in the world’s eyes, but to make Him number one in your life. We must be willing to be outshone while shining for God. We hear very little about being smaller in our own self-estimate.”  (RZ)

“It was not the volume of sin that sent Christ to the cross; it was the fact of sin.”  (RZ)

“Unless I understand the Cross, I cannot understand why my commitment to what is right must take precedence over what I prefer.”  (RZ)

“Goodness can endure a few moments; holiness is life-defining.”  (RZ)

MORE WARING POETRY: MORE HOPE

In Heavenly Love Abiding,” a poem by Anna L. Waring, was featured at this blogsite on March 27, 2020. If you missed it, look back and read “ANNA WARING POEM: HOPE BEYOND MEASURE” to learn a little about the poet and to let that inspired poem bless you as it does me.

In view of the continuing global pandemic, I think it is time for another dose of hope; hence more Waring poetry. Find another inspired poem below that expresses the love which I desire to become true in my life.

Read it over and over to let it speak to you personally. Allow it to soak into your soul. Look to the One Who is the Object of the poet’s devotion. Ponder the poem’s message. Do not fear, wait on Him, and have your spirit filled. Receive His strength and hope that we all need today.

FATHER, I KNOW THAT ALL MY LIFE

“Father, I know that all my life is portioned out for me,
And the changes that are sure to come I do not fear to see;
But I ask Thee for a present mind intent on pleasing Thee.

I ask Thee for a thoughtful love through constant watching wise,
To meet the glad with joyful smiles and to wipe the weeping eyes;
And a heart at leisure from itself to soothe and sympathize.

I would not have the restless will that hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do or secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child and guided where I go.

Wherever in the world I am in whatso’er estate,
I have a fellowship with hearts to keep and cultivate;
And a work of lowly love to do for the Lord on whom I wait.

So I ask Thee for the daily strength to none that ask denied,
And a mind to blend with outward life while keeping at Thy side;
Content to fill a little space if Thou be glorified.

And if some things I do not ask in my cup of blessing be,
I would have my spirit filled the more with grateful love to Thee,
More careful not to serve Thee much but to please Thee perfectly.

There are briers besetting every path that call for patient care;
There is a cross in every lot and an earnest need for prayer;
But a lowly heart that leans on Thee is happy anywhere.

In a service which Thy will appoints there are no bonds for me;
For my inmost heart is taught ‘the truth’ that makes Thy children ‘free,’
And a life of self-renouncing love is a life of liberty.”

(Anna L. Waring)

“…I love You, O LORD, my strength.”  (Psalm 18:1)

Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.”  (Psalm 27:14)

Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.”  (Psalm 100:2)

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:16)

Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  (Matthew 16:24-26)

And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  (Romans 5:5)

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 15:13)

Not that I speak from want for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  (Philippians 4:11-13)

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians: 16-18)

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”  (1 John 4:18)

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.”  (1 John 5:3)