Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Wait with Hope


For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:24-25 (ESV)


HOPE….
not a pipe dream or a wish upon a star.
Hope carries the promise of an everlasting God.
“Hope springs eternal” in a believer’s heart. 

What do you hope for?

When surrounding situations overtake a peaceful moment,
When feet sink deeply in mirky muddy water,
When worldly woes intensify with escalating fear,
Is there hope at all?

A casual hope for happiness, 
A fleeting wish for bliss,
Offers temporary calm,
Soon dissipates with time.

Do you give up? 

When trials liquidate a dream from long ago,
When disturbances destroy peace,
When evil seems to overcome the very good of God,
Does belief cease?

Hope is firm and steady
Hope is sure and certain
Hope is fixed and anchored 
In the Sovereignty of God. 

Hope is based on truth,
The truth of God our Father. 
He made a promise long ago.
He keeps it for eternity.

He promised to abide with us, if we remain in Him.
Within the trials of the day, He draws closer than a friend. 
He’s faithful to His eternal Word, His deeds are guaranteed.
He will do what He says He will do.

Do you believe Him? 

When no answer comes,
When He says to wait on Him,
When unexpected situations occur,
Is trust thrown to the wind?

Hope refuses to focus on the past.
Hope doesn’t dwell in the present.
Hope leans forward into the future,
With expectant eyes.

Allow peace with patience to reign while waiting,
Like watchmen who sit upon city walls, 
Anticipating morning’s light while darkness encloses.

Watchmen heed signs of disturbances, schemes of the enemy.
Watchmen guard exposed areas where angst invades.
Watchmen believe, without doubting, morning comes,
So they wait. 

Waiting may be lengthy and laborious, demanding and draining,
But watch with expectancy.
Hope for His promises fulfilled.
Wait…..



Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence. 

Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.  Psalm 42;5,11 (NASB)

Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.  Psalm 43:5 (NASB)


Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is lovingkindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.  Psalm 130 (NASB)



“Hope springs eternal in the human breast; 
Man never Is, but always To be blest. 
The soul, uneasy, and confin'd from home, 
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.”  —-Alexander Pope

Sunday, January 15, 2017

ENOUGH


Have you ever worried about not being good enough or not doing enough in this world? I’m sure we all can answer yes. But worry is in vain because we aren’t good enough and never will be. The truth lies in the fact that God is our enough. With Him, we are enough. He is enough for us.

My son encountered a sleepless night as he pondered these thoughts. I encouraged him to write down his contemplations about being enough. All these reflections are his; I only rearranged and put in poetic form. I’m sure you’ll be encouraged with God’s answer to being enough. We’re not, but He is.




Enough…… 
I said as I lay awake
Pondering my duties of work, family, life.
Enough? Am I enough? Am I doing enough?

NO! The answer is clearly no
Because at the root of my question
Lies the flaw—I, ME!

Of course I am not enough,
Life is bigger than me.
It's about a little baby boy named Jesus
Who came to earth to be all of our ENOUGH, and more. 

Lives are filled with anticipation, joy, struggle, strife.
And yet my head screams enough,
Am I enough?

Quiet my mind, Lord God,
I’m trying to listen for You.
Enough?

Confusion clears 
As I hear Jesus, my Savior, calling out,
ENOUGH!

You are NOT enough,
But I AM.

The Great I AM came to us all,
To be our enough
With His grace, love, and compassion.

We need only be still long enough,
Be quiet long enough,
Listen and reflect long enough
To His perfect offering of love,
Of being our more than ENOUGH.
Written by Brad Crawford










And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NASB)


“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NASB)


"Your Grace is Enough" by Matt Maher....

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Wintertide Intrudes

Shadows of Christmas fall like tears,
Bright days wane away into the winter
Of cold, wet, drab, and dull.
The frenzied pace of holiday prep
Now leaves remnants of empty boxes, empty stockings, empty hearts.

Oh let it not be.
The time fulfilled,
You came to us,
A Savior babe,
To live with us.
Your joy and peace
Don’t take away.
Our God with us, Immanuel, the Great I AM,
Occupy our hearts again.

Expectations emerge as festivities approach.
Imaginations dream of terrific times
With family and friends, rarely seen,
Together again for a very brief time
To laugh and love and live.

Interruptions of human shortfalls break in,
Leaving sorrow and sadness aplenty.
Disagreements, arguments, failure, death,
Reality blemishes gatherings.
Disappointments afflict daily life.

Oh let it not be.
The time fulfilled,
You came to us,
A Savior babe,
To live with us.
Your joy and peace
Don’t take away.
Our God with us, 
Emmanuel, the Great I AM, 
Occupy our hearts again.

WHAT? Darkness conquers? 
Absolutely not! Truth prevails
As perspective determines state of mind.

Set eyes and heart on a timeless Godstrong, steadfast, unchanging—and remember...
Nothing, absolutely nothing, even death, can separate us from the Great I AM.
God is with us!





Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. Psalm 73:23 (NASB)

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 (NASB)


…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NASB)






"Praise You in this Storm" by Casting Crowns.....

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A New Beginning

Your past…..it doesn’t define, it prepares!

The slogan captured my attention as we rode past the billboard. I missed the advertisement, yet the saying stayed with me. The past doesn’t define me, it prepares me for what lies ahead. 

My believer’s heart pondered the words. No matter what I’ve done or thought, or what’s happened in my life, I don’t have to allow my past to define me. It’s a new day, a new year, a new start with a gracious God whose compassion never ends. Thank you, God, for this most precious gift. 

God offers new mercies each morning—there is hope. Receive His grace and begin anew. Today’s a good time to start. Happy New Year!



Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)


Oh, remember the bitterness and suffering you have dealt to me! For I can never forget these awful years; always my soul will live in utter shame.

Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day. My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him. Lamentations 3:19-24 (TLB)


Now thanks be to God for His indescribable gift [which is precious beyond words]!
 2 Corinthians 9:15 (AMP)