The Beauty of Hope

Hope refreshes.

Hope sustains.

Hope makes us believe yet again.

Hope refocuses our eyes upon the One who makes the impossible possible.

Hope reminds us of the promises that God has given in that secret place.

Hope causes dreams to be resurrected.

Hope cries out to us, “Pray again, don’t give up.”

Hope recognizes God’s voice when we think He’s been silent.

Hope sees God moving graciously behind the scenes on our behalf.

Hope stands on “I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.Jeremiah 29:11

Hope understands that God’s timetable is not like ours.

Hope knows He has perfect timing. “At the right time I, the Lord, will make it happen quickly.” Isaiah 60:22

Hope remembers that His ways are not our ways. His ways are so much better! “Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

Hope believes that the best is yet to come. Yet, hope also believes that each day is a gift from above.

Whatever you are waiting for, believing God for, trust Him.

“Yet, the strength of those who wait with hope in the Lord will be renewed.” Isaiah 40:31

Beloved, in this very moment be renewed, refilled, refreshed and refocused in the hope He is giving you today.

May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

© Sharon Pankey 2020

Trust

“Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out. Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do? Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice? Everything comes from him; Everything happens through him; Everything ends up in him. Always glory! Always praise! Yes. Yes. Yes.” Romans‬ ‭11:33-36‬ ‭MSG‬‬

His wisdom cannot be measured.

His love cannot be explained.

His ways can never be set against our human logic.

He is everywhere at the same time.

He is all-knowing.

He is sovereign.

He can do whatever He pleases.

He is perfect in ALL His ways.

Whatever He does, it is for His glory, honor and praise.

So, where does that leave us?

It should leave us in a posture of humility.

Our hearts should be filled with awe and reverence.

He’s so worthy!

May this be the cry of our hearts, “Whatever you have planned for me, let it be.”

Beloved, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.” Proverbs 3:5 MSG

Remember, He has you in the palm of His hands.

His plans for you are good.

Wait and see.

© Sharon Pankey 2020

Yield

Taking a walk in God’s creation is one of my favorite things to do.

So many blessings come with my walks.

Not only am I blessed physically but emotionally I can use that time to unwind and release any stress that I may be feeling.

Spiritually, I am able to breathe in the air and hear the sounds surrounding me. Both are truly gifts from above.

Naturally, on any given day as I walk, I encounter other walkers.

We smile, wave and maybe even chat a little.

But now in this season of social distancing, we still wave but now we avoid sharing the sidewalk, which means that one of us must yield and leave the sidewalk and walk in the street so the other person can have that space.

I’ll admit, yielding can break your pace and it may even be inconvenient and awkward, but doing so shows respect and kindness to your fellow walkers.

From a walking perspective, yielding is quite easy and honestly, it’s the least we can do.

But what about in our daily lives? How is this lived out in our interactions with others?

Do we give others the space to share their feelings, experiences and views?

Are we empathetic toward others? Or are we dismissive and stubborn in our way of thinking.

Are we arrogant and filled with pride?

Are we blinded to the plight and pain of others? Or are we moved with genuine compassion.

Are we exhibiting Christ by walking in His love?

Are we filled with humility?

Are we taking the time see the other person’s perspective?

We cannot take our cues from this world and say we are following God. Instead, we must take our cues from His Word and His Spirit.

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22

Are we really abiding in Him? How far do our roots go?

Our fruit will show the truth.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” John 15:5,6

If we are not careful to abide in Him, we will no longer be showing His light and love and that is not His will for us.

Beloved, the greatest gift we can give the world right now is His light, His ways and His love.

“Live and work without pride. Be gentle and kind. Do not be hard on others. Let love keep you from doing that.” Ephesians 4:2

© Sharon Pankey 2020

The Great Divide

If we are not careful we will be torn apart.

The body of Christ, that is.

It is a dire warning that if we don’t start walking with love, compassion, empathy, and understanding, we will be divided.

In this season that we are in, I have seen too many of us take sides when the only side that we are to take is God’s side. He is a God of justice, peace, equality and love.

We are to hold onto His ways, His truths and His perspective. Nothing less and nothing more.

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

We have to wake up and see what is happening to us as His children.

God never asked us to put anything or anybody before Him.

No one.

We have been called to represent Christ and Him alone.

Not politics. Not ideologies. Not personal opinions.

When these things have come before Him, they have now become idols.

And that’s not going to work.

So what’s the solution?

We need to have a seat. Take a breather and simply put Him in His rightful place.

Have Him search our hearts.

Love like He says love.

Not just saying we love each other but then turn right around and hurt each other with our words. No, let us love each other in word and deed.

Beloved, trust me when I say this, the enemy is laughing at us because his very mission is to steal, kill and destroy the bond that we as brothers and sisters in Christ are supposed to have.

I praise God that the enemy doesn’t win.

God has the final say and we must partner in His victory and come back to a place where His love is what keeps us together.

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

© Sharon Pankey 2020

A Blessing for You

May I share a blessing with you?

This is straight from God’s Word.

From His heart to yours.

Receive the blessing,

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Today, let it sink in your heart, mind and soul that He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Believe that He is for you.

Understand that His faithfulness, unfailing love and compassion never fails.

Stand on the truth that in every season of life, He is with you.

May the truth of His Word sustain you and carry you through all the days of your life.

“And may you have the power to understand as all God’s people should. How wide, how long, how high, how deep His love is.” Ephesians 3:18

© Sharon Pankey 2020

Don’t Give Up!

Be unceasing and persistent in prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’

 “He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’”

 Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?” Luke 18:1-8 (MSG)

Today, this is my encouragement to you. Pray and never give up!

Don’t allow the enemy of your soul to whisper the lie that your prayers aren’t making a difference.

Don’t fall into the trap of walking away from the path that you have been on in prayer.

Don’t lose hope in what you are believing God for.

Beloved, your prayers hold so much power.

Obey, pray, walk in love and wait with expectancy.

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14 

© Sharon Pankey 2020

Be The Light

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

You are the child of The Most High King even when the world is filled with darkness. 

Remember, He is the Light of the world. 

And you Beloved, carry that Light.

It is He who drives out the darkness.

Never forget that.

Never forget that you have been chosen to BE THE LIGHT!

Be filled with Him so that you have no choice but to shine!

Beloved, the world is in a desperate place and literally crying out for the Light. The enemy of your soul seeks to steal, kill and destroy. Don’t let the darkness of this season dim your Light. Don’t lose the hope you have been given, instead use the Light to lead the way. Make a display of God’s LOVE, PEACE, JOY, JUSTICE and HOPE.

“You are light for the world. A city cannot be hidden when it is located on a hill. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. Instead, everyone who lights a lamp puts it on a lamp stand. Then its light shines on everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭GW‬‬

© Sharon Pankey 2020

We Need You

My God! We need You!

Our hearts are crying out to You!

There’s brokenness, division and dissension in our midst.

There’s sorrow, sadness and hopelessness.

There’s anger and frustration.

We need You!

Help us to cling to Your unchanging hand and never let go.

You are our only HOPE.

Your love is unfailing.

You are the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Shine Your light in the darkness of this broken world.

Give us Your heart.

Give us the words to say that will bring healing and peace.

May we be peacemakers.

Please heal our land.

Please heal our hearts.

Stay close to the brokenhearted.

Bring Your rule of justice and righteousness upon the earth.

Fight for those who are defenseless.

My God! We need you!

“With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” Psalm 3:4

“I will cry to God with my voice, even to God with my voice, and He will give ear and hearken to me.” Psalm 77:1

“In my distress [when seemingly closed in] I called upon the Lord and cried to my God; He heard my voice out of His temple (heavenly dwelling place), and my cry came before Him, into His [very] ears.” Psalm 18:6

“Hear and answer me, O Lord, for Your loving-kindness is sweet and comforting; according to Your plenteous tender mercy and steadfast love turn to me. Hide not Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress; O answer me speedily!” Psalm 69:16,17

“Out of the depths have I cried to You, O Lord.” Psalm 130:1

© Sharon Pankey 2020

Psalm 23

The Lord is your Hope. He is your Deliverer and Protector. He is your Rest. 

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I pray this truth refreshes your heart in a brand new way today. 

The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.

He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.

He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.

Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place. 

Psalm 23

Be Blessed ❤️

© Sharon Pankey 2020

A Word for the Weary

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If you are weary, I pray this Word refreshes you.

I pray this Word reinforces that the love of God is immeasurable and incomparable.

Take this Word and eat of it.

Savor each Word.

Believe each Word.

 

This Beloved, is straight from the heart of the Father to your heart.

“What will separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or violent death separate us from his love? As Scripture says: “We are being killed all day long because of you. We are thought of as sheep to be slaughtered.” The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties. I am convinced that NOTHING CAN EVER SEPARATE us from God’s love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can’t be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation.

Romans 8:35-39 (emphasis mine)

 

© Sharon Pankey 2020

 

 

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