Keep Hope Alive!

Friday, September 29th, 2017

In today’s world with frightening headlines blasting the worst possible scenarios into our homes, and the stress of the daily responsibility of providing for ourselves and our families weighing heavy on our hearts, coupled with the unpredictable, unwelcome, unwanted, unbelievably hard or harsh circumstances like floods, fires, relationship strife, death and disease it is very easy to get depressed, discouraged and down-trodden. But God has a solution for our despairing hearts!

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While writing my newest book (co-authored with Bible teacher Jean E Jones and artist Karla Dornacher), Discovering Hope in the Psalms: A Creative Biblical Experience, Jean, in passing said, “Psalm 71:14 I think could be the theme verse for this study.” Intrigued, I immediately looked up Psalms 71:14:

But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. (Psalm 71:14)

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I like to say, “trust while you tarry” , or to wait patiently (and sometimes painfully long) for God to show up and show off! After doing a word study, to summarize the meaning, this hoping is to bepsalm 71 14 fountain exercised: surpassingly, repeatedly, increasingly, intensely, exceedingly, continuously, regularly, consistently, and perpetually! When I drew the verse in my Bible art journal, I pictured a geyser of ever-flowing hope!

My contribution to Discovering Hope in the Psalms is a series of inspirational devotionals that help women apply the psalms to their everyday lives and keep HOPE ALIVE. To help me keep HOPE ALIVE, in my bullet journal, I have pages I write my “God-Sized” hopes and dreams and I wrap them with scripture so I can pray the Word over my life.

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The key to securing a hope like an eternal spring is also in this same verse, “praise you more and more”. The “more and more” means to accumulate or gather praise—and in doing this gathering we fuel hope. One way to picture accumulating or gathering praise would be how you might walk through a garden to gather flowers to create a beautiful bouquet or through a mall gathering gifts for family and friends that will bring joy!

So to capture praises to fan the flame on hope, in my bullet journal,

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sun praise bullet journalI have pages to accumulate praises. One looks like the sun with praises written on each ray. Another is a vase with praises on each flower petal.

To help you accumulate praise in your life, I am hosting a once a week online Facebook Bible Study. To order your facebook live online bible study hopeautographed copy of Discovering Hope in the Psalms (or to get it quicker) and to register for the Bible study, click here. (An email will be sent to you with link to the online private facebook  group) Praying you accumulate bundles and bushels of praises so you can HOPE continually!

 

Pam Farrel is co- director of Love-Wise (with her husband, Bill) , international speaker, author of 45 books and budding Bible Art journaler. When she isn’t speaking around the globe, or teaching Discovering Hope in the Psalms, you will likely find her paddlebaording or kayaking near her home, a liveaboard boat in Southern California. (This blog contains a few affiliate links to products referenced)

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Finding God In The Storms of Your Life

Friday, June 24th, 2011

 

How to Ignite the Power of His Presence

My friend,Linda Shepherd is one of the most compassionate women I know. She shepherds women’s hearts through TV, radio, speaking, writing, and by leading several organizations for women (one of which regularly blesses me that is for women authors!) She has personal experieince in finding God in the storms of life as a car accident changed her and her family’s life forever. When problems such as job loss, a child in pain or an untreatable diagnosis interrupt our lives it’s tempting to doubt if God even cares. In fact, it’s easy to feel abandoned by God in times of crisis.

Award-winning author Linda Evans Shepherd takes readers on a journey in When You Can’t Find God to help them understand the power offered by God and the peace he gives in the midst of any circumstance. When You Can’t Find God explains how to discover that God is near and ready to offer the power of His presence to help weather any storm. Compassionate and practical with a touch of humor, Shepherd offers strategies for surviving difficult times, giving your troubles to God, praying through the pain, and finding peace, hope, and joy once more. She also shows readers how to use their sorrows as a tool to draw nearer to God as they learn to trust Him more deeply. A study guide is provided at the end of the book outlining each chapter with: discussion questions, scripture, and suggested prayer opportunities. Readers can enjoy Shepherd’s chapter videos and prayers made accessible through the book’s companion website www.IgniteMyFaith.com.

(Pictured in photo: left to right: Pam Farrel, Linda Shepherd, Gwen Smith)

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