It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Chapter 3, Page 16, Book 14

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes

Today’s Focus:

Give up discouragement----be full of hope.

Deuteronomy 31:8 

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you: he will never leave you or forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Too often our battles in life are won and lost in the mind. How we think about ourselves and our circumstances affects everything else. The good news is that we can choose to think better.  Thinking positively will cause hope and faith to rise in your hearts.

Automatically seeing the negative is a habit, and just like other bad habits, it’s not very good for you.

Every day we’re told to get more, to buy more, and to be more. We’re haunted by temptations of materialism, security, and prestige because they feed our insecurities and they trick us into believing that we’re powerless, incomplete, or somehow not enough. 

Avoid distractions of the spectacular; see beyond the illusions,and recognize you have what you need to move beyond guilt to freedom.

One of my favorite hymns tells about weariness which is often a result of discouragement.  It’s based on the verse from Isaiah 40:31

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.

An eagle fearlessly flies through a storm because it keeps its vision.  It’s focus.

Too often we focus on the size of our problems, rather on the size of our God.

The aim of Lent is that we might breathe in the beauty of a clean slate and celebrate the gift of a fresh start.

Four things a man must learn to do
If he would make his record true:
To think without confusion clearly;
To love his fellow men sincerely;
To act from honest motives purely;
To trust in God and Heaven securely. 

Henry Van Dyke


Hollie said...

Another great entry!! Thanks for sharing this!!

jack69 said...

It is so nice, and peaceful when you have HOPE!!!!
Wow what a meaning in life. HOPE!

linda m said...

Great post this morning. Thanks for the "hope" Blessings

betty said...

I like that from Henry Van Dyke. I like also how the Bible is full of scriptures like Deuteronomy 3:18 that reminds us that God is with us and goes before us and that he never leaves or forsakes us.


Jean said...

Great entry MA. It has been a rainy day here in Alabama today. I had thought it had stopped, but just heard it thunder. Take care. Jean


LOVE the Malcom Forbes quote. It is a good one, indeed.