Archive for April, 2014

Moving sites!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

I am making a move! Several years ago our web designer suggested I move my devotionals to a blog because blogs are so much more user-friendly than an actual website. Well, I’m finally branching out and doing just that. From here on out my daily devotionals will be posted to a blog. The link is below. One of the reasons for moving to the blog is so that we can interact. As it currently is, you can make a comment but our website is not set up for discussions. I’ve had many people tell me over the years that sometimes they’d like to discuss their thoughts and give feedback. Well – if you’re one of those people, now you can! Be patient with the blog, I’ll be tweaking it a good bit until I get it just right.

Obviously this Hannah’s Hope Ministries’ website will remain up and going for the ministry, and Deb will continue to post her journals on here from time to time. Only my devotionals are moving. Thank you all so much for continuing to pray for the ministry, for Hannah’s family, and for all our efforts in providing hope to individuals and families in life crisis. Now jump over to the blog and let’s get going!

http://hopehouchins.wordpress.com

Hope

#TheLordknowswhatweneed

Friday, April 4th, 2014

I absolutely love Di Easler. She is one of those rare friends that happen into your life and stick with you the rest of your days. This morning out of the blue I got this text from Di-at-the-beach:

Encouraging word the Lord reminded me of just now Nothing formed against me shall stand. The God of angel armies is always by my side. Made me think of you 2. #christomlin #Klove #TheLordknowswhatweneed

First let me say that this text would send Caleb over the edge. It drives him crazy for people to use hashtags in texts. He says that’s shows our age. ?? Today I sent him a text and ended it with a hashtag. He answered my questions and then ended his text with “Please stop using hashtags in texts.” I responded, “Okay. #rude”. I kill me! Anyway back to the devotional. 

Nothing formed against me shall stand. It doesn’t matter what Satan throws at us, God has an army of angels camped around us heading off his attacks. Sometimes God allows a dart to sneak through and hit us in order to grow us in our faith, to teach us to look to Him for help. But even when the darts hit us, the Lord knows what we need, and He meets those needs. All we have to do is cry out to Him and He will answer. 

Take heart. #TheLordknowswhatweneed

“…your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8).

“He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:15).

I hope you have a great weekend. Clay and I are on a short camping trip for a couple of nights. The temps are perfect too! Yep, the Lord knows just what we need. Love to you all!

Hope

Hide me behind the message…

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Tonight our quartet had the privilege of singing at a widow/widowers dinner at Boiling Springs First Baptist. Those “older folks” love their southern gospel music! And we love singing it, so it was a good fit. The four of us always make a point to find a quiet room and join together in prayer before we sing. It is so not about us or our harmony or our talent, should there be any there. It is about the message of the songs. It never fails that when we circle up and join hands, Clay asks, “Who’s turn is it to pray?” Every single time we go through that little ritual. It was “my turn” to pray tonight and as I closed in prayer I said, “Don’t let us get in the way. Hide us behind the message.” Now that was a good one, I think I’ll write a devotional about it.

I don’t want to ever get in the way of the message. Our message is that our hope rests in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And that personal relationship is available to everyone. Jesus came to save every single person. He loves us all the same, and He wants everyone to be in heaven with Him. He wanted it so bad that He gave His life for it. Once we accept Him as our personal Savior, our hope no longer rests in our circumstances. Our hope no longer rests in whether or not God chooses to heal me or my loved one of cancer. My hope no longer rests in whether or not my marriage is strong or rocky. My hope no longer rests in whether or not my children make wise decisions and “turn out right.” My hope no longer rests in whether there’s enough money in my account to pay my bills. My hope no longer rests in whether I like my job or hate my job. My hope no longer rests in whether I have a job or am unemployed. My hope rests in my personal relationship with Jesus, and that hope is eternal. What a message!

I pray others have a hard time even noticing me because they’re so engrossed in the message. Yes Lord, hide me behind the message.

“And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ” (Colossians 4:3).

Hope

Set your cruise…

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I don’t think I’ve told you, my web family, that I have a new vehicle! It is a mineral gray Ford Edge, and I love it. I’ve had it a week today, and I’m enjoying it so much. And boy will it fly! There are two stretches of highway between my house and the office that always have a police officer strategically placed, so I am always aware of my speed. Knowing the officer is around makes me cautious of my driving. I’ve never been much to use my cruise control, but I do now. Setting my cruise allows me to stay within the speed limit and not have to worry about getting caught.

Likewise, we should set our cruise on our spiritual journey. Our Heavenly Father is always around. He’s there to keep us within the boundaries so that we don’t mess up. Just as being aware of the police officer makes us cautious of our driving, we should be aware of the Lord’s presence and be cautious of our decisions in life. We can set our cruise by reading and studying the scriptures, and by communicating often with the Lord through prayer. He’s not lurking hoping to zap you when you mess up. He’s around to provide support and strength and courage to make the right decisions.

Don’t stretch the boundaries. Set your cruise…

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord” (Psalm 89:15).

Hope

Is there a Vacant sign on your prayer room?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

A group of guys who work with Clay at Milliken play basketball in our church gymnasium every Tuesday and Thursday, and have for many years. Our church is directly across the street from Milliken and it makes for quite the convenient location. Today before the first game Clay went down the back hall of the church to do some stretches and a few little pushups, and he passed the prayer room. Hanging on the door was a sign that read “Vacant” and he said to himself, “Hope can write a devotional on that.” So here goes.

Is there a Vacant sign on your prayer room? Or is there No Vacancy because you spend good, quality time in conversation with the Lord? Your prayer room may be a specific room in your home, or it may be a favorite chair in front of your favorite window, or it may be in the car while you’re driving to work and back, or it may be at your desk while you’re working throughout the day. You do not have to have a particular room, you simply have to have an open heart willing to converse with the Father. You can spend 30 minutes in the morning on your knees in a quiet place, or you can whisper short prayers throughout the day. Both are prayer rooms. Both are prayer times. All God wants from us is a little bit of time. It grieves His heart for us to hit the floor wide open and not take time to talk to Him throughout the day. Don’t hang a Vacant sign on the prayer room of your heart.

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1).

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12).

Hope