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Door of Hope

 
In the desert prepare the way for the Lord;
Make straight in the wilderness
A highway for our God.
Isaiah 40:3
 
 
 
For those who are in:
 
 
 
 
 
E)  all of the above
 
Look for the Door of Hope! 
 
 
I will make the Valley of Trouble a Door of Hope.
(based on Hosea 2:15) 
 

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the desert

 
Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the desert and speak
tenderly to her.  There I will give her
back her vineyards, and will make the
Valley of Achor a Door of Hope.
Hosea 2:14-15
 
 
Imagine standing in a valley named “Trouble” (Achor means trouble) and in the far distance you see a doorway labeled “Hope”.  What do you hope is on the other side of that door?  From where you stand in the valley, what lies between you and the door?  What steps must you take to go through the Valley of Trouble and walk through the door into renewal?  How can focusing on God’s intimate, committed love deliver, heal and transform you?

 

For Piotr, Michelle, and Dana, who work with those who are in the desert of chronic pain. 

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every tear

 

For the Lamb …will lead them
To springs of water.
And God will wipe away
Every tear from their eyes.
Revelation 7:17

 

My Dad

I grew up hearing his stories
but not this story
of being forgotten
 
his mother left him many times
before the final leaving
she took her children to the movie theatre
(age seven, five and four)
leaving them there alone
choosing wine and party
 
they waited hours after the movie
for her to remember and return
a kind man had compassion
and waited with them
 
my heart travels to the past
and breaks
for the loneliness,
the pain,
the future abandonment
waiting around the corner
 
looking at them
I can see their future
I know the amazing things
they will accomplish
because they will be captured
by One who rescues hearts
 
 
For my parents:
Happy forty-fourth wedding anniversary!
God has used your marriage to flow
“springs of living water” into my life. 
With love, Sara

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Look to the Lord
And His strength;
Seek His face always.
 Psalm 105:4
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My friend Angela has taught me a lot about not complaining and trusting God to provide for my needs.  I wrote about her story on May 6, 2009.  She responded with an inspiring note.  Here is a quote: 
 
“I have been learning to be a seeker of God’s face, (to know Him) and not a seeker of His hand (His provision).  When you are a seeker of God’s face His hand of provision is sure to come, in His perfect time and unexpected ways.  The waiting time is not always graceful for me, but I have learned that I cannot make things happen, no matter how earnestly I try…” Angela
 
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walk through fire

When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isaiah 43:2
 
 
My friend Christine was burned many years ago, so she has a unique perspective about what it means to walk through fire.  Here is a devotional thought she wrote in 2000.
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On June 19, 1997, I walked into my kitchen and found a pot of grease on fire. In an effort to save the house from burning, I accidentally spilled the grease on myself, burning 38% of my body.  I was rushed to a burn unit in Mobile, Alabama where I spent the next 31 days.  It took two full years to recover.
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As I fought for my life and struggled with faith, God whispered His promises to me, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you.  I have called you by name; you are Mine!  For I am the Lord your God – the Holy One of Israel, your Savior!”
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With the comfort of these verses came confusion.  How can He say, “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze?”  I clearly had proven scripture false because I had been burned.  Where was the protection He’d promised when I needed it most?
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God reminds His people Israel that He knows them by name, has made a special covenant with them and He will not let anything overcome them.  He does not promise a life free of “floodwaters and fire,” but He does promise His love and protection.

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Our physical bodies are not exempt from floods and fires, but our hearts are held in the hands of our Redeemer.  He doesn’t promise protection from physical pain, but He does promise that He will be with us (Isaiah 43:2,5). He will love us because we are precious to Him (Isaiah 43:4), and He will bring us back to Himself (Isaiah 43:4-7).

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Three years later, I have walked through the fire and have smelled the stench of charred skin: “But I have also tasted the goodness of God’s love!”

On June 19, 1998 an ultrasound revealed God’s gift of twins.  As I sit here now listening to the playful voices of Abi and Micah, I rejoice that God has a perfect plan that doesn’t depend on my faithfulness.  I am so grateful His passion to pursue my heart and fill its thirst is never ending — even if it means walking with me through fire.

“It may not be the way I would have chosen

When you lead me through a world that’s not my home

But you never said it would be easy

You only said I’ll never go alone.”

 Ginny Owens, “If You Want Me To” from the CD Without Condition 

Christine Davis                                                                                                     Knoxville, Tennessee                                                                                           From the Heart of a Lion, © 2000 Bryan College: Bryan College Press, Dayton, Tennessee.

 

 

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