April Hope Whispers

“For I know the plans
I have for you,”
declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you
and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope
and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

SAFE
by Victory Worship

“You are never far away
Always reaching out to save
My weakness covered by Your strength
And I am found forever safe
I found my fortress in You
And my soul is anchored with You
My resting place is in Your name
Forever safe”

Hope-Breathing Quotes

“I know the world is crazy right now, but I’m so thankful that God knows our names, understands our emotions and is intimately involved with the development of our faith.” ~ Lois Flowers

Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don’t. You are in good company… You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing. Hope.” ~ John Piper

“Hope is the silver shaft of sun breaking through the storm-darkened sky, words of comfort in the intensive care unit, the first spring bird perched on a snow-covered twig, and the finish line in sight. It is a rainbow, a song, a loving touch. Hope is knowing God and resting in His love.” ~ NLT Life Application Study Bible: Zephaniah introduction

Nature is a Retreat of Hope

““Be as a bird perched on a
frail branch that she feels
bending beneath her,
still she sings away
all the same,
knowing she has wings.”
Victor Hugo

Thank you to my brother John for these beautiful bird photos.
(🙂 Please respect copyright laws. 🙂)

Black-Necked Stilt
Roadrunner with a Lizard for His Lady
As part of the mating ritual, he carried the lizard from tree to tree and made a cooing sound.
Green Heron
Green Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl

 

March Hope Whispers

“For wherever I am,
though far away at
the ends of the earth,

I will cry to You for help.
When my heart is faint
and overwhelmed,

lead me to the mighty,
towering Rock of safety.”

Psalm 61:2 TLB

Lead Me to the Rock

“God doesn’t sweep the broken up into a dustpan and discard it. In order to reach the broken in our world, God Himself broke, allowing His own Son to die a broken death on a cross for us. God brings beauty in the broken. God loves the broken. God uses the broken.” ~ Elisa Morgan

When tragedy makes its unwelcome appearance and we are deaf to everything but the shriek of our own agony – when courage flies out the window and the world seems to be a hostile, menacing place – it is the hour of our Gethsemane. No word, however sincere, offers any comfort or consolation… and yet it may happen in these most desperate trials of our human existence that beyond any rational explanation, we may feel a nail-scarred hand clutching ours.~ Brennan Manning

Nature is a Retreat of Hope

The earth has
music for those
who listen.”

Shakespeare

Thank you to my brother John for these photos.
(🙂 Please respect copyright laws. 🙂)

How are you doing through the virus crisis? Physically? Emotionally? What breathes hope into your heart? Are there any specific prayer requests you have? If you don’t feel comfortable sharing them in the comments, please feel free to email me.

 

New This Month: Links, Quotes, Books & More

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“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”
~ Emily Dickinson
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ABCs of Jesus’ Love

Visit this page anytime and let me know if you’d like to add to the words describing Jesus’ love along with a verse supporting it. Remember, there is also a print-out of the original list.

 This month I have added another “C” Word:

❤︎ Covenant Love ❤︎
“Understand, therefore,
that the Lord your God is indeed God.
He is the faithful God who keeps His covenant
for a thousand generations and
lavishes His unfailing love on those
who love Him and obey His commands.

Deuteronomy 7:9 NLT

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Books

I am not always able to keep up with the abundance of books that promote hope, healing, and freedom, so I haven’t always read every one I post here and on the Books Page. Though many are on my long wish list. 🙂 Many will be from recommendations of online friends. If you ever know of a book that is not listed and that supports this website’s mission, please let me know. 🙂

Battered Hope by Carol Graham

One of you readers, Martha Orlando, highly recommends this book. She writes:

“Carol’s life story is full of tragedies and turns for the worst.  Yet, her strong faith and hope in God’s promises see her through life-shattering situations that would crush many of us.  Her ability, with God’s help, to overcome multiple obstacles is absolutely inspirational to any who read Battered Hope.  Although Carol’s hope was battered, it never shattered!”

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Hope Harbor

💞  Links That Inspire Hope and Healing 💞

💞  Bright Hope in Dark Days by Charles Spurgeon – A short devotion – “We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the rotten bough of self-dependence, and to root us more firmly in Christ.”

💞  Grief: Finding Hope in the Darkness by Paul David Tripp – “This article is written to help you make sense out of what appears to make no sense and to point you towards hope even as you are experiencing the darkness of death.”

💞  Finding Light in the Darkness – A Psychology Today article by Diana Raab – “It has been said that we cannot know the light without experiencing the darkness, but at the same time, both dark and light experiences may be considered great teachers. Growth and transformation, in fact, are born out of darkness.”

Nature Retreat

“Our task must be to free ourselves
by widening our circle of compassion
to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

~ Albert Einstein

This month’s treasures are all recent photos from my brother in Arizona: a bobcat, gambel’s quails, a green heron, harris hawks, a hummingbird in its nest, and a western screech-owl.

🐾  Pixdaus: Nature Photography – Though there are some photos of people, the core focus of this site is the uploading and sharing of amazing nature photos.

🐾  50 States – 50 Natural Wonders – CNN showcases a natural wonder in each of the 50 states. Some are world-renowned and undeniably spectacular, while others are less-discovered gems. Each of their favorite spots, in its way, helps define its home state.

🐾  Daniel Buck Fine Art Photography – Galleries of amazing Alaska photography – Daniel’s “vision as an artist is for his audience to connect with the natural world around them and foster a greater appreciation for the stunning world that we all call home.”

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Quotes

All quotes this month are in the compassion category.

❤︎ “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglio

❤︎ “I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness. ~ Mother Teresa

❤︎ “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Steve Maraboli

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