A Constant Hope

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A Constant Hope

“Hope does not disappoint” (Rom. 5:5).

You have always known that God was going to answer your prayers. When you were unmarried, you knew that one day the Lord would bless you with a spouse and children. When your family members were still unsaved, you knew that someday they would all come to know the Lord.  You knew that you would write your examinations and pass them.

You also knew that you would eventually get that much needed and deserved promotion and raise at work.

You waited patiently to see these things (and other prayer requests) come to pass, because you had hope as an anchor for your soul (Heb. 6:19).

Hope is a good ingredient to have in our character because it motivates us to keep going. When my wife and I accidentally drove our car off a hill and landed at the bottom of a ravine, it was the walk back up the side of that hill that told me how strong hope really is.

I kept telling my wife while we were climbing, “Cars are only metal, glass, and rubber. We can always get another car, or even do without one if we have to. But there is one thing we have that no one can take from us, and that is our hope and desire to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”

Hope keeps  desire alive. It motivates us every day to get up and give life another try. It keeps us going when circumstances are screaming at us: “Give up! You’ll never make it, why try any longer?”  We need it to survive. Never let it go.

 

Culled from Dick Mills.

 

P.S: As you go into the New Year, go in with hope. Hope that things will get better even if it doesn’t look like it at the moment because…it will.

 

Critical Decision

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Critical Decision
So it has finally come to this, you think sadly. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. You had everything planned. But your castle in the sky has come crushing down and there seems to be no way to break this fall…
She was the love of your life. She complemented you in ways you felt no one else could. You knew she would be a great help to you in the ministry; your ministry. But everything turned sour.
She was a vivacious girl with plenty of friends, both male and female. Her father who served as an elder on your church board disapproved of her outgoing nature but her personality delighted you. You couldn’t believe it when she said yes to your proposal.
She had a guy friend who was her childhood playmate whom she visited often. You knew this guy; he seemed nice enough and you did nothing to inhibit their friendship. She was so sweet and never gave you any cause to worry. One fateful day when she went to visit him, her childhood playmate arranged with a group of guys to violate the love of your life. Yes.your fiancée was raped. The word still throws you into an unspeakable rage when you think of it.
Felicia was so ashamed that she didn’t tell anyone about the incident till it was too late and she was carrying a baby. Of course she didn’t know whose it was. When the ugly truth came out, it was received with cynicism. Even her parents did not believe her. She had been too close to her childhood playmate. But you did. You knew she wouldn’t lie to you. You still loved her; even more for the trauma that she passed through. You still wanted to marry her. Felicia blamed herself; something that hurt you more than she could understand. She asked you to leave her and find someone else more suited to you and your ministry. But you knew what she obviously didn’t. She was perfect for you.
You still wanted her as your wife. There was only one problem. The church didn’t agree with you. They couldn’t or wouldn’t have such a promiscuous woman as their pastor’s wife. If you married Felicia, then you couldn’t be their pastor. And that was that. You could either marry Felicia and lose your ministry or forget about her and move on. None of the choices seemed palatable. You have tried to put off making the decision and now Felicia’s baby has been born.
The church board is awaiting your decision. What do you do? Marry the love of your life? Or marry your calling?
( By Sola Oniyide)

P.S : This is a really sad situation that happens more often than we think. Women get raped but for many reasons, choose not to disclose it. When their significant other finds out, it poses a lot of problems. And the decision on what to do doesn’t seem as clear-cut as one would wish. Let’s discuss why disclosing the fact that they are raped is such a problem for women and what the pastor should do in this situation.

Guest Post: To my Friends…

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To My Friends Who Are........... SINGLE
Love is like a butterfly.
 The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.
But if you just let it fly, it will come to you when you least expect it.
Love can make you happy but often it hurts, but love's only special when you give it to someone who is really worth it.
 So take your time and choose the best.
 
To My Friends Who Are............ NOT SO SINGLE
Love isn't about becoming somebody else's "perfect person."
 It's about finding someone who helps you become the best person you can be.
 
To My Friends Who Are............ PLAYBOY/GIRL TYPE
Never say "I love you" if you don't care.
 Never talk about feelings if they aren't there. 
Never touch a life if you mean to break a heart. 
Never look in the eye when all you do is lie. 
The cruelest thing a guy can do to a girl is  to let her fall in love when he doesn't intend to catch her fall and it  works both ways...
 
To My Friends Who Are............ MARRIED
Love is not about "it's your fault", but "I'm sorry.
 "Not "where are you",  but "I'm right here." 
Not "how could you", but "I understand.
" Not  "I wish you were", but "I'm thankful you are."
 
To My Friends Who Are............ ENGAGED
The true measure of compatibility is not the years spent together but how good you are for each other.
 
To My Friends Who Are............ HEARTBROKEN
Heartbreaks last as long as you want and cut as deep as you allow them to go. 
The challenge is not how to survive heartbreaks but to learn from them.
 
To My Friends Who Are............ NAIVE
How to be in love: 
Fall but don't stumble,
 be consistent but not too persistent,
share and never be unfair, 
understand and try not to demand,
and get hurt but never keep the pain.
 
To My Friends Who Are............POSSESSIVE
It breaks your heart to see the one you love happy with someone else 
But it's more painful to know that the one you love is unhappy with you.
 
To My Friends Who Are............ AFRAID TO CONFESS
Love hurts when you break up with someone. 
It hurt seven more when someone  breaks up with you.
 But love hurts the most when the person you love has no  idea how you feel.
 
To My Friends Who Are............ STILL HOLDING ON
A sad thing about life is when you meet someone and fall in love, 
 Only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and that you have wasted years on someone who wasn't worth it. 
If he isn't worth it now he's not going to be worth it a year or 10 years from now.
 Let go.....
 
TO ALL MY FRIENDS.......
My wish for you is a man/woman whose love is honest, strong, mature, 
never-changing, uplifting, protective, encouraging, rewarding and
unselfish.
 
Always,
Mabel
 
"Till the state of the air is changed, what thaws in the sun will 
Freeze  again in the shade."