March Hope Whispers

Truths That Breathe Hope

❤️ God’s Love Faithfully Remains With Us ❤️

“Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

❤️ God’s Love Graciously Forgives Us ❤️

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, 
the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”
Ephesians 1:7 NIV

❤️ God’s Love Fully Frees Us ❤️

“Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah,
His blood poured out on the altar of the Cross,
we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments
chalked up by all our misdeeds.
And not just barely free, either.
Abundantly free!”
Ephesians 1:7 The Message

“When I’m kicking and screaming
When I struggle believing
God, You are always faithful
No matter what
When my eyes cannot see it
And my heart doesn’t feel it
God, You are always faithful
No matter what
No matter what…”

Spring Breathes Hope

The robins are here! Yes! Even though we’re still having cold days, it’s a sign that breathes life and hope. We so need that in these troubling times, don’t we? What part of spring breathes hope in your heart?

🦋 “And springtime rallies at the touch of the breath of God.” – Unknown

🦋 “Spring is far more than just a changing of seasons; it’s a rebirth of the spirit.” – Toni Sorenson

🦋 “A life without love is like a year without spring.” – Octavian Paler

Our Suffering Matters to God

All the violence, abuse of power, and painful losses in this troubling world is devastating. So many are suffering loss and pain at home and abroad. Because of this, we may tend to beat ourselves up when we murmur over our own troubles and struggles.

Do you ever minimize your own troubles because others have it worse? Do you ever feel selfish when you feel complaints in your heart over your own suffering? This month God used this blog post to remind me our struggles are always valid to Him. And it’s both necessary and healthy to acknowledge and grieve our own suffering. – Your Suffering Is Valid, Even When Others Have It Worse by Shannon.

“I understand what we are trying to do when we play down our troubles because they are small in comparison to what others are experiencing. We’re trying to put things in perspective so we can be grateful, avoid feeling sorry for ourselves, and be compassionate to others. However, I think minimizing our troubles can sometimes be harmful. It leads us to ignore our feelings, which can increase our stress, cause feelings of self-doubt, harm our self-esteem, and heighten our anxiety.”

“We’re not required to choose between acknowledging either our suffering or their suffering; we can acknowledge both our suffering and their suffering.”

Shannon from Of The Hearth

Nature Retreat

“Perhaps the butterfly is proof
that you can go through a great deal of darkness
yet become something beautiful.”
– Beau Taplin –

“Just when the caterpillar
thought the world was over,
it became a butterfly.”
– Chang Tzu –

I’ve been thinking lately of how a butterfly must struggle first to become beautiful and freed to fly. So this month my heart feels nudged to share some of the butterfly photos I took in 2012 at the butterfly house and to remember why I named this site Freed to Fly.

Jesus Longs To Be With Us

Jesus-knocks

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears My voice and opens the door,
I will come in and eat with that person,
and they with Me.”
Revelations 3:20

A Child's TrustA Troubled Soul Cries

Lord Jesus, I hear Your voice,

I hear Your knock

at the door of my heart.

Why am I so afraid

to let You in?

Why do my emotions close up?

Why don’t I trust my heart to You?

Sometimes I let You in,

Then memories trigger and

deep pain wells up from within

and I triple-lock the door again.

The door to comfort and hope.

Why do I feel so unworthy

of Your love, Your attention?

I long to answer the door

to let You in.

Some people say it’s a choice,

but why do I feel so helpless,

so void of a choice,

like the hands of my heart

are so bound and will not move

to open that door to You?

My mouth says

“Come in, Lord!”

But my heart freezes.

Break me free

and renew my courage

each and every day

to let You in.

A Child's TrustJesus Longs To Be With Us

Yes, My precious child

I am knocking

Here I am!

Do you hear

the sincerity in My voice,

the compassion, the love?

My heart yearns for you

to let Me in.

I long to be with you.

I want to hold you

and comfort you.

You have been hurt deeply

and you’re so afraid

of being hurt again.

But you can trust Me.

I am not like them.

My love is pure and holy,

giving and not taking,

healing and not hurting.

Look through the peephole.

Do you see My hands?

Oh My child,

remember My blood

that was shed for you

to break you free

from any prison,

to bind up your wounds

ever deeper,

to make you worthy.

You are already free

in Me, My child.

Never forget

My plans are to prosper you,

never to harm you.

So do not fear,

for I am with you

and for you

forever and ever!

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“The Hurt and the Healer” by Mercy Me

Jesus, You know all our pain and brokenness.
Please heal us and help us to open the door to You!

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