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It’s Hopeless~

December 10, 2016 — Leave a comment

hopeWithout hope, a person can languish in unspeakable distress. When there seems to be no resolution to a current situation, we often say things seem hopeless.  That, my friend, is a very dark place to be – drowning in hopelessness.

Unfortunately, hopelessness is as old as time. In Psalm 42:5, the psalmist says, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

In the book of Job, hope is mentioned 18 times. In fact, one of my favorite verses is found there.  Job 13:15a says, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.” Who else is there, Love Heart, in whom you can truly put your hope?  Who has the power or sovereignty of God but Him?

Tomorrow is a new day and God has told us His mercies are new each morning. Don’t give up today, even if it has been a very long time that you’ve waited for help.  He sees and He hears you. More importantly, He LOVES you.
For whatever reason hope is delayed, your Father has the answers, and He is your Hope.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19 NIV)anchor


I’m Excited!

April 18, 2016 — Leave a comment

I know a little tune from way back that says, “I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it!”  That perfectly describes me!  The weird thing is I don’t know what I’m excited about…exactly.

I’m excited to see where God is going to take me and what He’s going to do in my life.  I’m still excited about Love Heart Ministries and the people who are being touched for the Savior.  But, all this is completely unknown for I haven’t a clue what God will do through me and with me. I have no idea what His plan is.  All I know is that I can completely trust Him.

He’s always amazing me because I would have never been able to come up with this ministry.  It was His idea and He just shared it with me and Debra.   But, this I do know, Love Heart, I don’t want to miss out on a single thing He has in store.  How about you?  Are you looking forward to what tomorrow might bring?  Trust your Savior!  He won’t let you down.  Gwen~

A Good Word

February 12, 2016 — Leave a comment

Back in 2011 I read an article on a news website about a woman who had delivered six babies on Father’s Day.  This is a portion of what the article said.

“Dr. Bill McKenzie, Carroll’s obstetrician, said she is resting and doing well.  ‘Heather and Mitchell Carroll were committed to this journey, their family and community were supportive and God was faithful,’ McKenzie said.”  I couldn’t believe my eyes.

One of Heather and Mitchell Carroll’s sextuplets, born on Sunday, June 19.

                Dr. McKenzie, wherever you are, thank you for speaking of God’s faithfulness!  It was like a breath of fresh air in the spring!

If God brings this young family to your mind, please pray for them. Gwen~

A couple of years ago, I met a woman for the first time and we talked for a bit about her life.  By her own admission, at 16 she had rebelled against what she had been taught by her pastor father.  At 17, she found herself unwed and pregnant.  Wow.  Too much life packed into too few years.  I’m sure when she was in the midst of all this, she probably felt like life was over.

Not so.  When we met, she was heading up a diaper drive for those who, once like herself, found themselves in a difficult situation and in need.  She spoke of her various ministries and what all God had done in her life and how He’s blessed her.  Life today is very different from what it once was for her.

Hebrews 6:17-19 (NIV) says, “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 set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

               Love Heart, hope is the anchor for our soul.  Be encouraged!  It is firm and secure.  If today you find yourself waaay in over your head and wondering if life will ever be different, take heart. Lean on God.  Submit yourself fully to His plans and purpose for your life.   Get onboard with what He has for you.  He won’t disappoint you.

Oh, yes. My new friend’s name…Hope.  Gwen~

I was in a training session where 5 volunteers were handed a roll of toilet paper.  Each one wasvolunteers instructed to “take as much as you need.”

Some took a few sheets while others rolled off many.  The only man in the group had rolled off a lot.

As it turned out, the object was for each volunteer to tell the group one thing about himself or herself for each tissue square they had.

toilet paperWhen it was Chris’ turn, he started out with his name, and gave us a little more information about himself with each additional square.  Then he said, “I’m an alcoholic.”  Another square – “I was unfaithful to my wife.”

The room was dead silent.  We were all taken aback, and I was thinking, oh, my goodness!  Chris continued. “Jesus saved me.”  Another square – “I have been forgiven.”  “I have been redeemed.”

I couldn’t help myself.  When Chris finished, I just squealed and hooted with delight!  Others clapped their approval.

Now, that’s not the kind of thing you expect to hear in a workplace environment, but Love Heartreasons, it thrilled my soul!  The middle part of 1 Peter 3:15 popped into my mind.  “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

Chris seized the opportunity to testify to the glory and awesomeness of God.  What an impression it made on me! In those moments, we all knew where Chris stood, and we knew Who he was standing on!  Praise be to God.  Gwen~