What is hope?

When all hope feels lost!

So what is hope by term of definition:

hope

noun

  1. a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
    “he looked through her belongings in the hope of coming across some information”
  • archaic
    a feeling of trust.

verb

  1. want something to happen or be the case.
    “he’s hoping for an offer of compensation.”

What is hope in terms of God:

In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 6:17โ€ญ-โ€ฌ20 NASB

So, what does this have to do with anything right?

Hope seems to be a key factor in motivation to go forth in anything.

Hope to change our weight, our health, grades, education, career, etc. The obtaining of the end goal we shoot for and hopes to attain it are a driving force.

But, what about when hope feels lost?

We have to either encourage ourself or if you have someone close that is a great encouragement in your life to pull from in a time of weakness.

Those who can encourage you are great assets to have in this life.

I mean, I look back over my life and see where I lacked motovational encouragment in my life up until about 2013 when a lady came into my life and she is a pastor up a few counties away by the name of Juanita Gibbs.

She has been the only voice of genuine encouragment in my life to change and pursue all things. Had it not been for her voice would I be blogging today?

Would I been writing my book to put out soon?

Probably not!

With how I am surrounded in my day-to-day environment there is severe drought of encouraging hope filled voices. Many around will in not so many words be like give up, its not worth it, you haven’t achieved much in life to date, do what makes you believe it could be different? Those thoughts play often in hard times.

But, then Pastors words of the scripture that with God all things are possible. Her words have begun to dispell the dark give up thoughts of others implantes in my soul to even begin to change on any level.

Have I changed fully to where hope resides abundantly?

No!

Hope is a daily struggle for me! Its only up to me to keep and maitain a level of hope to be in faith to see God begin to even give a glimmer of wanting to do a new thing in my life.

With Pastors encouragment in my life I wouldn’t be doing most of what I do even now like working with the children teaching them. But, as long as she I along side of me its like I can go further than I or anyone else imagined for me. As God is within her and using her to transform my life!

(Pastors website, facebook and blog linked above. Check the links out on her webite check out her book and her store. Every tuesday on facebook she does a live teaching.)

~Cynthia

๐Ÿ™ŠRight to remain silent! ๐Ÿ™Š

The right to remain silent is an inner peace that has been made available!

Our inner silence is a work to obtain!

My soul filled with anxiety, doubt, fear, worry as mentioned in a prior blog is as likened unto a busy city!

But, my soul doesn’t have to stay in such a state of busyness. I can and have begun to cut down the noise that can be and has been on occasion so loud that my body wanted to just stop it was so overwhelming.

Yes! Even as a believer in Jesus this was going on in my life. The traditional/ religious follow the book and speak on only what will make people feel good while going through tough times was all I knew.

Now, if you are in a traditional/ religious based church and it works for you that is wonderful and this post is NOT knocking that as that is where I got some of my foundation in the faith!

For me it got to a place where the patch job wasn’t working any more and I longed for true deep inner change to silence the noisy soul I have.

One of the foundational verses for my now church is 1 Thessalonians 5:23:

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 NASB

This verse a biblical truth proved that His peace was available to me in my soul! It shows the grace of God to provide peace to make me complete inwardly and not so broken by the chaos of my soul.

Jesus is known as the Prince of Peace or Jehavah Shalom that very part of Him came to dwell inside of me at salvation, it is up to me to pull on that of the fruit of His spirit to have that peace in my life.

Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation, And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places; Isaiah 32:18 NASB

The more I am able to pull from His provided peace I can silence the noise within and begin to live in peaceful habitation and in undisturbed resting places with the tools provided me by my wonderful Pastor to not allow outer things to disturb my peace.

Now that I have asked, now prepare!

We are to prepare for what we pray for!

In my time as it has been if singlehood it has provided me time to pray and seek the Lord and its a great time to spend with my Savior. Developing that true and lasting relationship with communication and worshipping his majesty, thanking him for his goodness, grace and mercy in thanksgiving. To study and delve into his guide book for all things concerning life to navigate the path here on the earth.

In times past though I hated continuing to remain single. It was as if my mind decided to name it a plague or something. But when God got hold of me through my wonderful Pastor Juanita Gibbs to show me in reality it is a blessing and a prepatory time was revolutuonary for me. It held begin to reshape my thinking on the whole thing.

Later, as time has gone on she has helped me tackle some wring stronhild thinking that I have had about it and to begin to bring healing to places from damage in my soul from my past, how I have lived this life that seriously needed attention as I had tried for so long to put a man in those places and always ended up hurt and the more empty due to the contents of my soul.

Her book up above(which can be purchased on Amazon) has helped me have a paradigm shift to loose fear, doubt and worry and begin to have faith, hope and trust in God that in time He provides whats needed. Where I had thought it may just bot happen for me and that thought is not in line with the word of God. So it is to he captured when comes and cast down (2 Corin 10:4-5).

Freedom from old stuff is a process and it takes time. As to why the word of God is the best guide book to have in this life as it touches all subjects including relationships. Her book has helped me begin to shift my mind and see myself as a winner in the faith and trust in God and His timing.

These books below are others that I have read in time past before going to the church that has so wonderfully aided me in my life far more than theae books as my lraders know me and my battles and issues as they have taught the best knowledge is your own personal experiance and gaining wisdom from those who know you personally to help naviagte the journey.

In no particular order:

This book is great for understand yourself and how you commincate in showing/displaying love to those in your life.

This book mainly focuses on enjoying single life! I passed my copy on to encourage other single sisters, but God replaced the copy when He sent me a leader in my Pastor who tells me the same thing. Enjoy, live, focus on God, walk in my purpose and his will. She is my book of wisdom since the others fully cannot relate to me as she can relate me to my story and prepare me.

This book was pretty much a reinforcement to my Pastors councel to trust God. As this spoke about divine timing and God doing the work to bring about His will and plans for my life.

This book expounded on Ruths story. She focused on her purpose with Noami and Boaz found her. Our bishop has spoke on her story in times to wait to be found by him as we are about our Fathers business. To stop falling for the words of a Bozo (lol) but wait while God works. Wait patiently with good attitude.

This book also reinforced the concept of time and touched on boundaries and enlightened that if you have things going on in your life you may not need to be in a relationship where we need wait and get healing first just as my Pastor focuses on with us. Heal the inner and if its Gods will He will bring things to pass.

This one is a premartial counceling book. That focuses on reflecting marriage as marriage of christ and the church as to which that is what earthly union should reflect when 2 born again believers come together.

This book opened up more the concept from the prior book, but showed more the difficulty and challenges in union on one flesh. As my pastor has taught us that 2 becoming one is an undertaking of understanding, forgiveness, and unconditional love to not quit when things get hard, but to keep at it.

This one I have not read, but I have read the book Boundaries just not this targeted area. But my Pastor has been instilling in me boundaries are very important in all kinds of relationships.

I so love my church Reformation Developmental Center where they speak on practical wisdom tips as well as full depth of the word of God to bring us insight into all things in this life.

~Love Life~Live Life~๐Ÿ˜

~Cynthia ๐Ÿ˜‰