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Hope That Soars

Week 1, Tuesday Leighann McCoy He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31 These are perhaps my favorite verses in the Bible. What a great promise! I love these verses because I qualify as a recipient of their promise. I am weary and I am weak. I stumble and I fall. But according to this powerful truth I don’t have to live in perpetual fatigue. I can choose to soar. God promises to renew my strength when I put my hope in Him. Isaiah used eagles to illustrate the strength that comes to those who place their hope in Him. We have eagles that live in...

Hope Does Not Disappoint

Week 1, Monday Leighann McCoy Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:1-5 (emphasis added) I experienced a stroke of insanity a few years ago when I practically begged Rose to invite me to speak at her widow’s conference. What was I thinking? I’m not a widow, and I never hope to be one. As the day drew near for the widow’s conference, the more ill equipped I felt. On...

The Satisfaction of Joy

Week 49, Tuesday Anne Wright You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11 (nasb) I love being around people who enjoy life. These people can be labeled as the life of the party, the sparkle in the room, or a bubbly personality. The type of person I am describing is said to know how to have fun. But I’ve come to realize that there is a marked difference between fun and joy. The dictionary defines fun as entertainment or amusement. This would lead us to believe that we could have fun if we try hard enough, are creative enough, and have enough money and resources to maintain our desire to be entertained. But we all know that even the most amusing entertainment eventually gets old. It runs its course, becomes outdated, and needs to be traded in for...

God Doesn’t Change

Week 49, Monday Anne Wright I am the Lord, and I do not change. Malachi 3:6 (nlt) Change happens to everyone! It is so easy, when unexpected change occurs, to think you are the only one who has experienced it. But the fact is, change is universal. There are simple changes that are intentional such as changing your hair color, wall color, or style of clothes. There are the more complicated changes of a career move or change of address, which can affect the whole family. Some changes are joyful, such as a wedding or a birth. Other changes are of a more traumatic nature, like illness or death. Many people thrive on change, feeling static or bored when things remain the same. Others balk at change, preferring the ritual and routine of predictability. But regardless of your feelings about change, it can’t be avoided. But as inevitable as change is, there is one thing that remains a constant...

Leading of the Spirit

Week 48, Monday Ellen Olford Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10 The most important decision for me to make, day by day, is to do God’s will. By my surrendering to the Spirit, reading and studying the Word of God, and praying daily, God enables me to know His will. The Holy Spirit speaks to my heart to guide me in following God’s will. As our key verse says, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God” (emphasis added). Because of the Spirit’s presence in our hearts, we are open to hear His voice. This voice assured Isaiah, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:21). God will surely guide us into His good plan. As David said in...

Abandon

Week 47, Weekend

Rita Salter

The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. . . . So Abram went, as the Lord had told him. Genesis 12:1,4 (hcsb)

The call is not that literal for all of us. We aren’t all called to go to a land far away, but we are called to abandon everything for Him.

For me, the call was literally to another country, another culture, away from my family and everything familiar. I sold my truck, my horse, and my house. I was ready to abandon everything for the opportunity to follow God overseas. But did I really leave everything behind? After returning home from my first term, I realized I had not. During the first worship service in my heart language, we began singing the...

Just Believe

Week 47, Friday

Rita Salter

But Jesus paid no attention to what they said. He told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36 (ncv)

Fear not! These words are repeated throughout God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation and are generally followed by a message that we are about to embark on an unfamiliar and uncomfortable journey with Him . . . if we choose to follow. He may be calling us to a seemingly impossible task. Whatever the case may be, our response reflects our faith. Will we respond in fear or in faith? Fear is the very thing that hinders our walk with the Lord.

I know a lot about fear. You see, when I was growing up I was afraid to talk to people. When I was twenty-six, I was with my dad walking up and down the aisles in a store. He greeted everyone...

True Rest

Week 47, Thursday

Rita Salter

Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. Matthew 11:28-29 (ncv)

Temperatures had been rising, volunteer loads increasing, distractions mounting, and company changes occurring . . . all within a few months. I felt as if I was just surviving life on the mission field and didn’t know why. My brain was fried. I had reached my breaking point and knew I had to get away. I cried out to the Lord, “How do I keep my commitments when obstacles and distractions keep mounting up against me? I want to release it all to You, Lord.”

My bungalow at the hotel where I was staying that night was being cooled down...

Dwelling

Week 47, Wednesday Rita Salter He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (nkjv) Where am I dwelling? Sincere faith means taking God at His word. There is no point in asking God to increase our faith if we do not believe His Word. If we want to abide under the shadow of the Almighty, we must take time to dwell in the secret place. I have a friend who used to comment on how I never say anything negative. Another friend had a nickname for me: Polly Sunshine. But the last few months, this has not been true. Too much is happening too fast and I can’t think and my personal time is being sucked away. I didn’t even stop to rest yesterday. In fact, I didn’t even stop to refresh my spirit before the start of the day. There’s the problem. It’s no...

Teach Me

Week 47, Monday Rita Salter I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 32:8 (nasb) When God called me overseas six years ago, I didn’t have a clue what that really meant, I just knew that He told me to go. He sent me to Mali to do a job that required the use of my greatest weakness—speaking. Daily greetings were mandatory, and initiating conversations with people an integral part of my assignment—to find out which people groups in Mali do not have adequate access to the gospel and then engage them. The task was understandable. Sounded simple, but how to begin? Every time I made a phone call, I would have to muster every ounce of courage just to pick up the phone. What if I was interrupting them? What if I said something stupid? I would cry out, “Lord, Your...