Anchor of Hope

When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, ‘I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.’  And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…” (Hebrews 6:13-19)

I was reading Hebrews today and some thing struck me about this passage of scripture. God never gives up on us. When He says He will do something, He means it. This shows me a few things about who God is and challenges me to become more like His Son in every way possible. Here is what I have found:

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Love Beyond Measure

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Annie Johnson Flint has a remarkable story of her love for God and her dedication to live her life for Him during some very difficult times. I encourage you to read Annie’s story. Annie did not let the difficult things of life weigh her down. She did not give up hope, she never gave into circumstances, and she always knew God would see her through. Her poems can be found at Blessed Quietness. And her story can be found at the following link Annie’s Biography. I promise that you will not be wasting your time by checking out either link or both. I tend to go back to Annie’s poems as often as possible and I am encouraged by her steady stand in the Lord. She did not waiver. The poem below reminds us that God’s grace is enough! His grace will always be enough. May you stand in that Truth today!

He Giveth More Grace

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercy;
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.

His love has no limit; His grace has no measure.
His pow’r has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!

By:  Annie Johnson Flint

God’s love has NO limit. His grace has NO measure. His power has NO boundary known to men. We are living for the One, True, all powerful God who has no limits, no measure for His grace, and no boundaries to His power in our lives! These very words should make us excited that we serve a God who cares. We are serving the only One who matters! God has cared about you before it even mattered to you. There was a day you weren’t even thinking about it and neither was I, but God was. God has always been thinking about you and loving you. He’ll never stop! Child you are His! His grace abounds for you and it is more than sufficient for you!

Dear Father God, Thank You for reminding me that I am Yours and Your grace is enough for me. I don’t understand a lot of things, but I do understand that Your grace will be enough for me! I’m so glad that Your power knows no limits, Your grace no measure, and Your love no end.

Originally posted in 2015

Living in Your Grace,
Sarah Malanowski, author

The Cleaning Bug

I have to admit that I’ve been bit by the Cleaning Bug. Now that doesn’t mean that I’m actually cleaning anything. Rather it’s a fascination with these amazing people who like to blog and run Facebook groups about cleaning. You can really learn some interesting information.

Like, once you get the waxy residue left from window cleaners off of your windows and glass, you can simply and quickly clean them with club soda and never have streaks again. Wow!

But the best are the videos of other people cleaning things with pressure washers and the like. It’s amazing really and can completely suck away 5 minutes of your life watching the repetitive motion of the sprayer going back and forth as beautifully cleaned surfaces are revealed. It’s addicting in a therapeutic way. LOL!

There is no physical way to effectively and thoroughly clean driveways and sidewalks without a pressure cleaner. Man power just can’t do it. This got me to thinking about how God has cleaned our hearts from all the stains of sin. He did it through the Christ Jesus sacrificial death and resurrection. Once and for all.

But how silly would it be for me to say that I need to get my scrub brush out and clean my driveway after I just had it pressure washed? It would be ridiculous. You’d think I was crazy if I started telling you how incredibly filthy the driveway was and then acted like I could do something to make it better.

How many times do we do this to ourselves. Jesus has already cleansed our hearts and even now calls us clean. It’s our faith that believes He did it.

“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.”
John 15:3 ESV

I know this analogy isn’t perfect because eventually my driveway will need that pressure washer again. But my heart won’t. Thanks be to our loving father who made sure that Jesus’ sacrifice was once and for all.

“Then he said, ‘Here I am, I have come to do your will.’….  And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Hebrews 10: 9-10 NIV

I want to learn to catch myself before I start to call filthy what He has made clean. I am becoming today what I will be tomorrow. So right now, I’m going to practice acting like who I really am in Christ. Clean! Free from the guilt and stain of sin.

I am already clean!

Love,

You Are Radiant

Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

Psalm 34:5  ESV

 

Radiant. What a word. David, the author of the Psalms, did not use the word beautiful, joyful, or even happy. He used radiant. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, radiant is defined as:

radiant

adjective | ra·di·ant  | \ˈrā-dē-ənt\

1a: radiating rays or reflecting beams of light
1b: vividly bright and shining : glowing
2: marked by or expressive of love, confidence, or happiness

radiant smile

3a : emitted or transmitted by radiation
3b : emitting or relating to radiant heat

 

My favorite definition of radiant is “vividly bright and shining : glowing.” It gives a glowing visual of the way we all will be in heaven, and on top of that, Christ promises to make us like that now! He will enable us to radiate to the world around us, and through that, people will see that we have hope in Jesus Christ. For we, as Christ followers, are not looking to this world, our families, or even to our careers, but to Christ!

Through Isaiah 40:31, Jehovah-Jireh (“The Lord Will Provide”) gives us a promise when we hope in Him: “For those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings as eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will run and not grow faint.” He promises to take care of us when we hope in Him! We are constantly surrounded by all the promises he gives us and all we have to do is to accept them!

So as you run your race throughout the day, remember to hope in the Lord and that He will make your face RADIANT!

Love,

Isabella

When I Feel Weary

Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in. (Galatians 6:9, AMP)

Sometimes that weary feeling just hits me. I can be doing well but then the words of others or their actions just drag me down. I don’t do well with negativity and today I reached my limit. It dragged me down more than I would like to admit. I know better. I know better than to let anyone’s words or actions affect me in such a way, but sometimes it just happens. That feeling of weariness. I ran to the Word. I needed fresh strength. I needed renewed vision. I needed a fresh outpouring of the Lord as I was supposed to get on the phone for a recorded radio interview. Yikes! Right now, really?!? Not feeling it! LOL.

So what do I do when I feel weary, I run back into the Lord’s arms. He is my Abba Father. He saw this weariness coming. He knew I would hit my limit. He knows me. He sees me. He never lets me down. In these moments I choose to trust Him, I seek guidance in His Word and comfort for my weary soul. The words that breathe life right back into me are familiar at this point, they are some of the same verses I’ve run to since childhood. But yet, each time I arrive at this weary place God uses those very same verses to infuse strength back into me one more time. I’m so glad that God never runs out of patience. That He is loving and kind! That He knows me better than I know myself. Today, one of the verses that I find refuge in is…

But those who wait for the LORD [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] will gain new strength and renew their power; they will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not grow tired. (Isaiah 40:31, AMP)

I wrote a book about this very passage at one time. It’s called His Hope for Your Destiny, it was a book I wrote during a storm in my life. A storm that was determined to take me down but I was ever focused on what the Lord wanted to teach me through that storm. That’s the same kind of laser like focus I need right now as I face a current battle. A battle I find myself a little consumed by. But that right there gives you an idea of where my eyes have been. My eyes have been looking at the storm, not looking at the Protector in the storm.

That’s it! Today, I will wait on the Lord. I will not let this storm overcome me. I will use this current storm to rise on the wings of an eagle. I will not let my enemy win. God has a plan. A purpose! I’m on the front lines with this whole Priceless thing and the enemy will do whatever he can to distract me from God’s calling on my life. Today, I’m making a decision to run. I will keep my eyes on the Author and Perfecter of my faith. I will not let this storm or any storm after this dictate how I feel. I serve the Lord who is in control! He will never fail me.

I will choose to focus on my Savior. That is my word for 2018! My theme. Funny how that word comes into play during this storm. Focus! Yes, I will focus on what matters. I will focus on the King of Kings. I will focus on my Savior! I will focus on the Maker of the Universe! Today, I lift my eyes up to the hills. I know where my help comes from. He’s got me! And He’s got you! You can trust Him!

Shall I look to the mountain gods for help? No! My help is from Jehovah who made the mountains! And the heavens too! He will never let me stumble, slip, or fall. For he is always watching, never sleeping. (Psalm 121:1-3, TLB)

Lord, I took my eyes off of you today and focused a little more on my troubles than I should have. Thank you for catching me and reminding me that You have me! I’m Yours! I can trust You! So though my heart still aches a little and my body still feels a tad weary, I will focus on You! I will trust Your plan for my life and press into You with a little more today!

Living Loved,

Sarah Malanowski, author