Rosemary Hines

Finding the Peace of God

May 4, 2014

Lately I’ve been realizing more and more that the peace of God can only be found in two equally important factors ~ believing in God and believing God. The initial step into a life of faith begins with the first of these. I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe in God ~ a divine being that played a key role in the creation and sustaining of the universe. But I lived much of my life in a constant battle with anxiety and fears about things that might happen in my own life or the lives of my loved ones.

In my thirty-year journey of actively pursuing God, I’ve learned much more about Him by reaching out through prayer, studying scriptures, and observing His handiwork.

I’ve discovered that believing in God is just the beginning. The peace He extends to me can only be found when I also choose to believe God.  When, in the midst of the storms of life, believing in God is not enough. To grasp His peace, I must believe Him, too, for every promise in scripture.

As doubts and fears swirl around, I must remember:

He will never leave nor forsake me.

His plans for me are for good, and not for evil ~ to give me a future and a hope.

He will finish the work He has begun.

He makes ALL things work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His will.

He will give me wisdom whenever I ask, and His word will continue to be a light to my path.

He will catch me when I fall, collect all my tears in a bottle, and shoulder burdens far too heavy for me to carry myself.

Today and everyday, it’s up to me to make the choice to believe in God and to believe God. It is only when I do both of these that a miracle happens, and peace that passes human understanding invades my heart, mind, and spirit.  Then I can effectively focus on issues and do my part without being weighed down by worry and fear. 

 

Hidden Treasure

February 22, 2014
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not us.
~ 2 Cor. 4:7

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.
~ 1 Cor. 2:9

Hidden Treasure

I sit and think about the things I treasure ~ family, friends, and so much more. 

God whispers, “And I treasure you.”

I pause. In the silence, I hear it again. “I treasure you.”

I think about that for awhile. Here in my quiet space at the kitchen...

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Not Good Enough

February 22, 2014
Not good enough.

Ever heard that tape playing in your mind? At times I've actually awakened to the sound of myself moaning as those words played over and over.

What feeds that?

Probably a combination of life experiences and circumstances. 
Big life traumas and unavoidable barbs sent from the pit via people encountered along life's path.

Something as simple as what happened to me yesterday.

So I was driving down our street when a man backed out of his driveway. (Actually, I didn't see the driver, bu...

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Blessing God

February 22, 2014
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’
s.
~ Psalm 103:1-5

As I read these words, Strength lifts me out of the pit. Joy and Peace flank me on either side. And Ho...

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Time Travel Adventure

February 22, 2014
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. 
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

So, yesterday a small group of women assembled in our home to begin a five-week Bible study of sorts. We will be taking a journey with Ann Voskamp ~ the journey toward living a more grateful life, as we capture and count God’s gifts moment by moment. 

After grabbing some coffee and chatting for a few minutes, the seven of us sat down together as a group for the first time. 

Some of us know each other, so...

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Life Lenses

February 22, 2014
You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
~ Jesus 

Recently I posted a warning review about August: Osage County on my personal Facebook page. 

Here is what I said: 
They say, 'Don't judge a book by its cover." Tonight I add, "Don't select a movie by its actresses." Wish we would have walked out the first five minutes of August: Osage. I just kept thinking that Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts were too good to do a trashy movie with no redeeming element to the story. WRONG! Do not wa...

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Looking Forward

February 22, 2014
Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:18-19

I’ve been driving long enough to know that it’s not a good idea to fix my focus on the rearview mirror when I’m going forward. And I know the mirrors in my car sometimes deceive me. In fact, the side mirror has a warning imprinted on it that reads, “Object...

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Things Hoped For

February 22, 2014
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 
~ Hebrews 11:1

Things hoped for. 

There are some I share openly. Some I hold in secret places in my heart. 

I’ve learned a few things about hopes. They open the door to vulnerability. Sometimes they lead to disappointment and even discouragement. Other times they bring a desired result. 

Hopes can motivate action, and God can use hope to move me further along His planned path. But at times, I charge ahead on my own, ...

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Bird Freak!

February 22, 2014
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. 
~ Isaiah 40:31

Ok, so I’m a bit of a bird freak. In various places around my home, you’ll find realistic decorative birds perched amid birdhouses, plants, and baskets. Outside the window near the table where I do my writing, I’ve hung a hummingbird feeder to invite my tiny neighbors over for a snack.

What is it about birds that attra...

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Best Friend

February 22, 2014
I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you. ~ John 15:15

What a mind-boggling concept that Jesus calls me friend. Me. Someone with nothing to offer Him in return. He doesn’t say I’m His friend because I’m always there for Him, help Him when He’s in need, offer Him companionship, or even stand up for Him. 

He calls me friend because of what He’s done. Not what I’ve done. Because He’s entrusted to me everything He’s learned fro...

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