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Don’t Snuff Out the Light November 17, 2015

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Hello Dear Ones, it’s been awhile but I’m still kickin’. You know, the world is a scary place sometimes…especially with terrorist attacks and such. There’s a lot of darkness, and we have access to that darkness 24/7. It is broadcast through our screens and airwaves. As I look at my little family I feel pretty small in this world, but through Christ, we are a light. We try to share love and hope. Sometimes the darkness attacks us. Sometimes it is an unwelcomed guest that pretends to be family. But by Christ’ strength, the darkness is held back. The love and light of Jesus flickers against a dark and scary world.

Dear ones, I implore you to hold to the light. Don’t snuff it out. I’m sure my readers aren’t terrorists, and that you are all the best of people. After all, you have a lot of grace to keep track of me. So how in the world could caring honest people snuff out the light?  Well, here are some ways:

  • Focus on the darkness. Let it consume you. Only watch the bad news, until anxiety robs you of the light.
  • Take your fears and anger out on others. Let fear drive you to hate.
  • Keep yourself so busy and stressed that you take it out on your family.
  • Don’t show love, peace, and joy. Don’t look for the light. Don’t surround yourself with light.
  • Don’t get to know the light and don’t let Him be your source. Avoid Jesus.
  • Bury your head in the sand. Shut people out completely. Hide from the world and close yourself off.
  • Don’t answer the plight of the fatherless and the widow, the sick and the poor. Care only about yourself and your wants. Don’t get involved.

I am preaching to the choir. When life is scary it is very tempting for me to run and hide. I put up walls. It is by God’s grace that he sends people and circumstances to break them down. Jesus nudges me out of the door. So the above list is all about ways you can snuff out the light. I really don’t want you or I to do those things. So how do we shine the light? How do we be the candle in the darkness? How are we to warm this cold world? Do and be the opposite of the first list. Here’s how to be the light:

  • First, know Jesus intimately. Accept Christ’ free gift of salvation and let Jesus fill you with His love, hope, and peace. Allow Jesus to be your source of light and life, because HE IS the LIGHT and Life. (Matthew 4:16, John 8:12) *All these verses are at the bottom.

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/inspirational-wednesday-part-two-the-power-of-the-cross/ (How to meet Jesus)

  • Focus on what is good and true. Focus on the light. When you hear and see bad news, take it to Jesus. Pray, and accept what you can and can’t do in the situation. Then let it go.

(Matthew 6:22-23, Philippians 4:8)

  • Give yourself time to breathe…time to enjoy the simple and beautiful things in life. Enjoy your family. Love and forgive them. You need their support. The world is too dark to face it alone. Don’t lose your loved ones over petty things. (Ephesians 5:21)
  • Take your fears and anger to Jesus. Pray and ask Christ to help you to forgive and love. Abide in Jesus and get rooted in His love. Let God’s love assure you that He is in control and God is bigger than any of your fears. (1 John 4:18)
  • Even though you’ve been hurt, don’t put up walls. Keep yourself open to people. Be involved in community and shine Jesus’ light to as many people as you can. You need people, because you are HUMAN. God made you for relationship and you are stronger when you are surrounded by brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • Take your focus off of yourself and help the needy. Feed the hungry, minister to the sick, and love the abandoned and unloved. Get involved in the causes God calls you to. When the world is dark, there is always someone who needs help. Help them.

Matthew 5:14-16 KJV

“14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

No matter what evil comes into our world or tempts us, if we belong to Jesus then we have light. There is hope. I know it is hard to see hope when all we hear is bad news. But if you look for the light you will find it, because when it is pitch dark the light shines brighter…even little candles. You and I may be little candles, but we are bright. I love you all, Dear ones. Don’t snuff out the light. Shine.

God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2015/11/mourning-with-those-who-mourn-looking-for-answers-to-the-terror-in-paris/

Suggested Songs

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Arms that Hold the Universe ~ Fee

I’ll Be the Light~ Colton Dixon

While We Sing ~Leeland

Let it Go~ Tenth Avenue North

Forgiven~ Sanctus Real

Verses

Matthew 4:16 KJV

“16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”

John 8:12 KJV

“12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Matthew 6:22-23

“22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!”

Philippians 4:8

“8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Ephesians 5:21 KJV

“21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

1 John 4:18

“18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

 

 

Inspirational Wednesday: Peace and Revelation in the Secret Place September 11, 2013

Dear ones, sometimes I strive so hard and get caught up in my own works that I forget that I have a God who fights for me and loves me desperately. I’ve been doing a devotional called “Victoriously Frazzled: The Frazzled Female’s Guide to Restoring Her Sanity”. It’s not very long but today I was struck by one of the verses in Psalm 57.

Note: This picture has nothing to do with the message, but it’s appropriate for today.

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You see, I have someone so dear to me that when they struggle I struggle too. I often feel like I have this Holy duty to defend those closest to me. Usually I’m calm with strangers but when you hurt someone in my inner circle I become a tiger. It’d surprise you to see how quickly I’m like night and day when this happens.  So I’ve been angry over how this dear one was mistreated and in my mind I’ve had thoughts of vengeance. My thoughts of vengeance are usually silly because I’m actually rather wimpy in body and I can’t do much in this situation at all.

So I’ve been worried and angry over the whole situation. I’ve got a dozen things rolling around in my head, like teaching homeschoool, fall crafts I want to do, writing in the blog, finances, planning my best buddy’s baby shower, church, writing my book, cooking supper, cleaning, and other things. Not to mention that my personality type INFP (aka introvert) mixed with OCD makes it hard for me to watch the news because I obsess over things. When I see public injustice I get really worked up and lately my hubby has got on to me. Then I get mad at him for telling me to calm down when I’d much rather stand in my pulpit and fuss!  Being an introvert, I’ve found that it’s actually normal for my type to have an ongoing inner monologue. Often I want to tell my inner voice to shut up so I can have some peace. I distract myself with media because silence equals “her” talking too much. Maybe I sound like a fruit basket but this is my life.

So I was struck by the verses below. It’s a two-fold revelation.

  1. First that God is for me and that in the Secret place (quiet time with Jesus) I find peace from the chaos around me and within.
  2. Secondly the revelation is that God often gives me revelation (wisdom) when I take time to be with Him.

I was reminded that God will fight my dear one’s battles. Instead of getting puffed up with anger, I should’ve stopped and immediately prayed with that person.  It’s not my job to fight the battles. God is in control not me.

Psalm 57 KJV

1Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

2I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.

3He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.

4My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

5Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

6They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

7My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

8Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

9I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.

10For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.

11Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

Dear ones, I pray that you find peace and wisdom in the Secret Place this week. God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Inspirational Wednesday: Prince of Peace December 19, 2012

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Luke 2:12-14

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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Hello friends,

I have some wonderful links at the bottom so please check them out. What do you think of when you think of PEACE?

According to Wikipedia  this is “peace”: Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict and the freedom from fear of violence. ~Wikipedia

Until Christ returns, the world’s definition of peace can not happen. It is impossible while sin rules in human hearts. Jesus is called The Prince of Peace. John 14:27 (KJV)  makes it clear that Jesus’ peace is not the world’s peace.

23Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

24He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

25These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.

26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Matthew 10:34 also shows that Jesus did not come to bring an end to violence, at least not the first time He came. Jesus makes it very clear that his first advent would bring a sword and when you read Luke 12: 51-53 that the sword is division. Matthew 24 tells us that Christ’ followers will be hated by the world and many persecuted for their faith. Jesus did not end earthly violence the first time. No, He himself was hated by the world and crucified in violence. Yet, He rose from the dead 3 days later and we know that at Christ’ second advent He will bring an end to all evil. He will bring the peace the world seeks.

Matthew 10:34 KJV

34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Matthew 24:7-9 KJV

7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

If you read these verses out of context then it will seem that the angel’s message contradicts what Jesus says of Himself. So please don’t. We must realize that when Jesus speaks of PEACE, He is talking about something greater than we can humanly attain. I pray none of us will be like the people of Jesus’ day who did not see that He was & is God because they were looking for an earthly king that would bring worldly peace. They wanted a king that would free them from Roman oppression.

Dearest, it would seem so satisfying to live with the world’s peace…to never have wars etc etc. But I believe there is an important reason that Jesus did not bring worldly peace the first advent. I believe if He had then we would’ve all missed out on knowing the greater PEACE. Even in prosperity, the sinful soul will not find inner PEACE. It is only by knowing the Prince of Peace that our soul can find true rest. Jesus’ PEACE is the kind of PEACE that causes believers to sing while in prison. And it is the kind of PEACE that walks through fire.

The Hebrew word for PEACE is SHALOM. It has several meanings but at it’s heart, SHALOM means “whole, secure, complete, unbroken, not lacking, not deficient.”  It is also a parallel to other synonyms for “salvation”: Tsedakah (righteousness) & Yeshua (Help). Yeshua is also the Hebrew name for Jesus.

Jesus came to make us whole inside, to secure us in His love, and for us to be abundant in spirit. We are complete in Him. Jesus not only gives PEACE. Jesus is the very embodiment of PEACE. You see, Christ came the first time to be the PEACE between humanity and Father God. We were separated from our Creator because of sin. Jesus is the PEACE that reunites us to Father God. I love how SHALOM also means “not deficient”. I’m anemic so I understand deficiency. I know that the body can be destroyed by one deficiency….whether that be Iron, Vitamin D, or Collagen. Without Christ, our spirits are sick…deficient. We CAN NOT be WHOLE without God.

The worlds’ concept of peace is emotionally felt, internally generated, and has no influence from God. The Biblical PEACE always connects to God. Biblical PEACE is and comes from Jesus. Faith in Christ is the only way to receive TRUE PEACE. It is the PEACE that keeps us whole & secure in the midst of chaos. The world can unravel but we will  stand strong in Jesus.

I can personally testify to the power of God’s peace. True PEACE, Jesus Christ himself has gotten me through many circumstances that I thought would break me. One of them being my Dad’s death and funeral. Yet, God gave me the strength to speak in Dad’s honor and to comfort others during my grief. I was sad but I was not utterly broken. Jesus’ PEACE pushed me to move on when depression tried to take me, during my husband’s deployments. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, picked me up off of my face and set me on His path. He gave me a reason to smile although I was hurting.  And PEACE showed up to take my friend Sheri, home to be with God forever. That TRUE PEACE left a smile on her face as she departed. I have read about and personally seen people who have endured the worst of the worst because of God’s PEACE dwelling inside of them.

Temporal worldly peace/happiness is cotton candy fluff compared to the solid PEACE of  Jesus. Which peace will you pursue? Will you crumble when your world falls apart or will you stand strong, held in the arms & PEACE of Christ? You decide. I pray you choose well, dear one. I really do.

The angels and now as we read, the prophet Isaiah, spoke truth that Jesus would bring PEACE. It is no contradiction to what Jesus said about not bringing peace because Biblical context shows us that He was speaking of peace from violence & circumstances. Isaiah and the angels spoke of Spiritual PEACE that helps us survive violence and circumstances. One definition means not having storms in life, the other means getting through the storm.

Isaiah 9:6 KJV

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Merry Christmas & God bless! Please check out the great vids below. Remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

GodGirl wrote a good post on tragedy and how Jesus’ light shines in the darkness. Please check it out:

http://godthang.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/tragedy-doesnt-stop-for-christmas/

David Crowder- O, Come, O Come Emmanuel

Our Pastor preaching about God’s peace

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/27605809

The Nativity Story

 

Inspirational Wednesday: Guard Your Precious Heart! January 25, 2012

Hello! Hello! Welcome to Inspirational Wednesday 🙂 Pull up a chair. Here take this quilt and snuggle up by the fire. I’ll make you a cup of hot tea. Let’s enjoy the wisdom passed down from ancient times.

Passage Proverbs 4:23-27:
23Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

24Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.

25Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you.

26Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.

27Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.

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If your physical heart stops beating  you die. What we eat, our physical activity, and our emotions can affect our heart. I suggest to you that it is the same with our soulish heart. When we are born we are given this special place to keep our love…our desires…our hurts…our sorrow. What we let into our heart, shapes who we are as people and how we will treat others.  So it makes perfect sense that the Bible tells us to guard our heart above all else. Our heart is rather important.

Passage Luke 6:45:
45The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.


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Imagine that you have a special treasure box inside of your soul. In this box you keep all your emotions. This box is your heart. It is YOUR choice what stays in the box and what goes. Is your heart-shaped box full of bitterness, hate, greed, jealousy, or lust? You may try to hide these things from the world. After all, you don’t want people to know you’re a bitter person.

Sooner or later the bitterness you’ve held onto from your childhood and the bitterness you have from this week even, will fill that box……and overflow onto everyone. You’ll find, the bitterness (or hatred or greed etc) will come out in conversation when you least expect it. As hard as you try you can’t stop the bad things from coming out. You feel like a monster. The bitterness soon affects your physical health as well.

But let’s say you choose to let go of your bitterness and you fill your box with forgiveness instead. Soon your box overflows with love and peace and joy. People WANT to be around you because you’re a pleasant person. Mercy and Grace come out of your mouth. You are an encouraging person now. You love life and you can feel it in your bones.

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Passage Philippians 4:6-7:
6Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

7And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [b]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [c]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

I don’t care who you are…..we are NOT perfect.  Just because someone is following Christ, doesn’t mean they ARE Christ. We have a hard time trying to do good. Let’s face it….sin is a big issue. Temptation is HARD. It’s SO much easier to give in and do the wrong thing. Our society pushes people towards evil. So how CAN we guard our hearts?

We don’t MEAN to let jealousy in or anger. It just happens sometimes. We TRY not to worry but fear seems to follow us around. As much as we try to dump the pollution out of our hearts, it just keeps coming back. We never get it right.

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So let me suggest something to you. DON’T try to guard your heart on your own! You need HELP! I NEED help! We’re so busy doing this thing called life that sometimes we let bad things come in our hearts and we don’t give it a second thought.

We need a GUARD……someone who will help us guard this special box that holds our treasure. There is an enemy who would love to rob us of everything sacred and leave our box full of garbage. Sometimes he sneaks up from behind when we’re not looking. We NEED someone who can see every perspective…..someone who understands human temptation and hardship…….someone who once cried blood……..someone who survived death and came back alive for the sake of true love. That God-man is Jesus Christ, friends and HE is the PERFECT GUARD for our hearts.

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The above passage says God’s peace (remember Jesus is the Prince of Peace) will guard our hearts. What do we do? We trust in God. We pray…..just talk to him…lay our troubles at HIS feet. If you put your faith in Christ, HE will remove the junk in your heart and that’s a process he does daily (it’s like email….spam comes daily lol). If you repent and let HIM be your Lord then he will fill your heart with real treasure……joy and peace even in hardship………true love even when you’re persecuted. There is no better guard for your precious heart. The King of Kings loves you and He loved your heart so much that HE sacrificed himself to save it from Satan’s poison. There is NO greater love story.

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I say all this not because I’m perfect or even good….I am neither. But I know someone who is both. Jesus Christ  took on imperfection, hatred, pain….and every manner of evil and He died with it on the cross…….that way you wouldn’t have to suffer the punishment for evil. He took it all. Then he rose again three days later…..victorious over death and the grave! Christ is alive and his arms are open. He wants to wash your heart clean if you’ll let Him. God is a gentleman. He will NEVER force himself on anyone. He leaves the choice up to you. When I was thirteen years old I made the choice to follow Christ because I realized He was the only one who would take care of my heart. I found my best friend that day and I know I would never have survived the hardships of my life without HIM.

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God bless and have a beautiful week! Remember: The High King Lives!

~Amber Dover

 

From Sorrow to Peace~You can get there! January 18, 2012

Hi all 🙂 I begin this post with a story I was forwarded today (and a pic of my Second Life Avatar just for fun):

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
~author unknown~
A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible -Psalms 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter. Little Ricky was excited about the task – but he just couldn’t remember the Psalms. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalms 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly,
“The Lord is my Shepherd, and that’s all I need to know.”

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Now to the hard truth: Suffering stinks. Pain isn’t fun. Depression is not joyful. It’s worse than stinky cheese.

Whew, glad I got that off my chest.

So why in the world would God tell us to rejoice in our trials? (James 1:2-3)

Seriously, he already knows we’re made of dust. (Psalm 103:14)

Well, most of you know the Sunday school answer. We gain character through suffering. We become stronger. But I guarantee  many of you who suffer with chronic illness do NOT feel strong. When I say I understand….I really understand. The last several years have been rough on me. I buried my Dad at the tender age of 46. I saw him in pain day after day many years before his death. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is not a joke. It’s one of those invisible illnesses. Aren’t they annoying? You look so young & healthy on the outside yet you’re dying on the inside. Older people think you’re crazy when you can relate to their pain……cause seriously you’re a spring chicken….how could you be in pain? I definitely get it. I’ve been dealing with random psychotic symptoms that seem like E.D.S. for awhile now. I saw my Dad suffer with it and now I feel it’s reared it’s ugly head with me. Do I feel strong through all this? Heck no! I feel weak & useless.

(Update: Praise God, I don’t have EDS! I’m still looking into what’s causing my symptoms. August 2014)

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This verse makes the whole idea easier to swallow:

Passage 2 Corinthians 12:9:
9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

When we are weak….HE is shown strong. There’s no way we can do this journey on our own. We can’t move mountains. We can’t hold the fibers of our body together. We can’t bring the dead back to life. Ah….but we know someone who can.

Passage John 15:5:
5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

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Okay, everyone knows I love fantasy. I’m writing a fictional tale that has bits of allegory. My main character Emmanuel lives in a miserable world in need of redemption. There are scary man-eating beasts and just really mean people. But most fairy tales are set in a harsh world think of “The Lord of the Rings”. Frodo couldn’t even afford shoes ;). They didn’t have air conditioning or the internet. Why do people read/watch these things? Would we even survive one day in Middle Earth? How about the traditional fairy tales we all love? Most of them are based on the very real Black Forest in Germany. Talk about scary. Hansel & Gretal can walk….I’ll take a car thank you.

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Speaking of fantasy. Here’s a quote from “The Lord of the Rings” that  answers my question:

“Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are.

It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were.

And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.

Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?

But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun

shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were

too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of

chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”

~The Lord of the Rings: The two towers

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     It’s all about the QUEST. We don’t read fairy tales because everyone’s sad and dying. We read them because we know they’re gonna get better. Eventually the Prince will find his Princess, someone will slay the dragon, and all will be right in the world. Sigh…. 🙂  So do we honestly think the greatest story teller of all time is going to allow our real world and our real lives to stink forever? No way! We may suffer. We may cry and we may even curse at our circumstances. But it doesn’t end here. There is hope. Our sorrow can become peace. Our suffering can become joy. When we make it to our destination we will be different people because of the journey. All the hardship and pain will have shaped us into the likeness of Christ himself….why? Because it is Christ who got us through this mess. It is Christ who moved our mountains. It is Christ who will give us a new body. It is Christ who gives us Joy when we’d rather be depressed. It all points to him, folks. We just need to trust Jesus and hang on for the ride.  And when you see glimpses of beauty & joy keep them in your heart and hold them there for when the darkness comes. You’ll make it through.

      I leave you with a section from my favorite allegory “Hinds’ Feet on High Places”

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This is a scene with the Shepherd (Jesus) and Much-Afraid (a believer that struggles with fear)

“They are good teachers; indeed, I have few better. As for their names, I will tell them in your own language, and later you will learn what they are called in their own tongue. This,” said He, motioning toward the first of the silent figures, “is named Sorrow. And the other is her twin sister, Suffering.”

Poor Much-Afraid! Her cheeks blanched and she began to tremble from head to foot. She felt so like fainting that she clung to the Shepherd for support.

“I can’t go with them,” she gasped. “I can’t! I can’t! O my Lord Shepherd, why do You do this to me? How can I travel in their company? It is more than I can bear. You tell me that the mountain way itself is so steep and difficult that I cannot climb it alone. Then why, oh why, must You make Sorrow and Suffering my companions? Couldn’t you have given Joy and Peace to go with me, to strengthen me and encourage me and help me on the difficult way? I never thought You would do this to me!” And she burst into tears.

217 pages later…..Much-Afraid has made it to the High places and is now Grace and Glory….

“Who are you?” asked Grace and Glory softly. “Will you tell me your names?”

Instead of answering they looked at one another and smiled, then held out their hands as though to take hers in their own. At that familiar gesture, Grace and Glory knew them and cried out with a joy which was almost more than she could bear.

“Why! You are Suffering and Sorrow. Oh, welcome, welcome! I was longing to find you again.” (You know she’s in Heaven to be able to say that honestly!)

They shook their heads. “Oh, no!” they laughed, “We are no more Suffering and Sorrow than you are Much-Afraid. Don’t you know that everything that comes to the High Places is transformed? Since you brought us here with you, we are turned into Joy and Peace.”

“Brought you here!” gasped Grace and Glory. “What an extraordinary way to express it! Why, from the first to last you dragged me here.”

Again they shook their heads and smiled as they answered, “No, we could never have come here alone, Grace and Glory. Suffering and Sorrow may not enter the Kingdom of Love, but each time you accepted us and put your hands back in ours we began to change. Had you turned back or rejected us, we never could have come here.”

~Hind’s Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard (pgs 69-70 & pgs 287-288)

Have a blessed day everyone and remember “The High King Lives!”

~Amber Dover