“What Shall We Hope For”, Timeless Quotes to Encourage and Inspire

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“Biblical hope is life changing certainty about the future … being certain about the future in a way that affects how you live now.”
–  Tim Keller; A Brick in the Valley

“We might be wise to follow the insight of the enraptured heart rather than the more cautious reasoning of the theological mind.”
― A. W. Tozer,  The Knowledge of the Holy

“Cruelty and wrong are not the greatest forces in the world. There is nothing eternal in them. Only love is eternal.
― Elisabeth Elliot, A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael

“While God, for the most part, allows this cosmos [creation] to work according to the laws of nature, there is never a time when He is not actively involved in every detail of life.”
― Swindoll Charles R.

“For daily I expect to be murdered or betrayed or reduced to slavery if the occasion arises. But I fear nothing, because of the promises of Heaven; for I have cast myself into the hands of Almighty God, who reigns everywhere. As the prophet says: ‘Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you.”
― St. Patrick, The Confessions of St. Patrick

“Now there was only one hope, the sovereign grace of God. God would have to transform my heart to do what a heart cannot make itself do, namely, want what it ought to want. Only God can make the depraved heart desire God. Once when Jesus’ disciples wondered about the salvation of a man who desired money more than God, he said to them, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27). Pursuing what we want is possible. It is easy. It is a pleasant kind of freedom. But the only freedom that lasts is pursuing what we want when we want what we ought. And it is devastating to discover we don’t, and we can’t.”
― John Piper,  When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy

Because of Jesus, there is always hope in your life”
– Tim Keller

“Who stands fast? Only the man whose final standard is not his reason, his principles, his conscience, his freedom, or his virtue, but who is ready to sacrifice all this when he is called to obedient and responsible action in faith and in exclusive allegiance to God–the responsible man, who tries to make his whole life an answer to the question and call of God.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer,  Letters and Papers from Prison

“We may speak about a place where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night; but those are just the benefits of heaven. The beauty of heaven is seeing God.”
― Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus: Knowing His Heart, Feeling His Love

“When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“We are bidden to ‘put on Christ‘, to become like God. That is, whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want. Once more, we are embarrassed by the intolerable compliment, by too much love, not too little.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“We need a living hope to get through life and endure suffering. A living hope enables us to have both sorrow and joy. Our living hope is an inheritance achieved for us by Christ.”
– Tim Keller

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How great our incomprehensible God is! We are surely ‘loved much’, more than our hearts can fathom by a God that forgives, draws us near and binds us to himself with unceasing Mercy. We can bring every concern and every hope to His Throne with confidence because of his enduring promises to us that will never pass or change. This is our true hope and the gift of His Spirit; the agency by with we have the ability and privilege of faith. Pray that it deepens and strengthen, let us receive encouragement from those that speak hope!

From L.Willows © 2019

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“Joy Comes in The Morning”, a worship poem from L.Willows

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Joy Comes in The Morning

Joy comes in the morning.
Faith rises, it deepens, renewed.
We live on with lives ever seeking,
hope in the day of Loves’ view.

Come, walk in the dawning.
Pray – call forth this song.
Life, as stirred in the making.
Hearts, all awakened and strong.

Joy comes in the morning.
Faith rises, it deepens, renewed.
We walk on with lives ever Godward
wrapped full in hope’s glory gratitude.

© 2019 Linda Willows

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

And those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Isaiah 35:10

“River Bridge that shines like Gold”, a hope poem from LWillows

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When the valley holds the weighted heart,
sloping drifts come in from far.
Starshine nights seem long and bright,
covered wraps can’t still the night.

Silenced woes seem louder in
all the still of wandered lulls.
How we muffle, how we cry
in the broken, yearning sky.

Looking up with hearts that gaze
we grieve upon a sign, a note
that leads the weary one to hope;
set sight above the drift of haze.

Oh, blaze the eye up to behold
The river bridge that shines like gold.
Cast across the valley’s form etched,
Reaching out, like love’s arm stretched.

Lifting, bearing, holding all.
Comforter of all heart and cries
Lord, you live near the valley of nights
Outstretched in mercy, in tenderness Brights.

© 2018 Linda Willows

Psalm 136:12
With a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Psalm 116:1-2
I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

Isaiah 40:29
He gives power to the faint and increases the strength of the weak.

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of discipleship, to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.

“The Christian and Joy”, from Ligonier Ministries by Derek Thomas

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