Grace & Peace. Welcome to Hope on the Horizon.
I am a word nerd. I LOVE words. I love how God speaks to me through words and with word pictures. Thus, I tend to be wordy. I am in a season with the Lord of trimming/pruning – refining. I am writer and teacher. For the most part – My classroom or audience if you will has always been small – to my children as a homeschool mom and with a small circle of close and trustworthy friends or in a random Bible Study. But truly – all I want my audience to be is to HIM – for He is safe and secure. Father (Abba, Yahweh, the name that cannot be said, the Name above all names); Son (Jesus – Yeshua Hamashiach, the Word, Savior, Redeemer, Emmanuel God with Us); Holy Spirit (Ruach Hokadesh, Comforter, the Breath of God).
But we are commanded in Scripture to go forth and spread the Gospel. Now more than ever – we need to know and HEAR His truth. We need to seek Him. Anxiety level are strong. I feel them at random times and they can overtake me. Fear. Dread. Worry – foes that I have combated often. Only when I run to the throne of Grace am I able to come out of it. Praying. Praising. Interceding. Seeking.
This summer – the Lord ministered that I was to step out of my comfort zone. He told me it would be like a 10 minute drive time – to get refreshed and renewed. Who doesn’t need that? I do. For the last year I worked outside my home. It was stressful. My job was hard. It was constant movement and I had a hard time finding balance. I felt further from God than I had in my 22 years of walking with Him. Life was turbulent in a different way then I had experienced before. I didn’t have time for a 20 minute podcast. I had time to listen when I took a shower, drove to work, or a short second when I sat at my desk before my feet had to run from thing to thing. And if I ate lunch – well it was typically 10 minutes. So – I would listen to the audio Bible. Before bed or to fall asleep; as I got ready for work. But did I really hear it? Yes, sometimes. But other times – my mind was rushing to the thousands of things I needed to do. But what I seemed to make time for was stories. When someone else could share their stories or Scriptures in light of their stories. Basically – I found I was needing to see hope, hear hope, know hope.
Life doesn’t stop. Whether you stay at home with your kids, you work at a fortune 500 company or you run your own business or go to school or something in-between. You are moving from thing to thing. Busy. Stressed at time. Are you like me – there is a running dialogue with God in your head right along the biggest post-it note in the world with to-do items that rarely seems to end or get marked off. Breathe. Dig breath.
And let’s not talk about breathing now. It’s hard. Fabric on the face. Cotton in the lungs. Missing smiles. Bad news seems to fill the air.
10 minutes. 10 minutes to change everything? Well – I cannot do that. Truly – I got nothing to offer you. But I know the One who knows how to do that – and yes in 10 minutes. In 1 minute. In 30 seconds. How long does it take to say JESUS. 1 second. There you go. So this podcast isn’t like anything I know about. Maybe someone does this….if they do – praise God. But this is probably the only time i will pre-transcribe what I have to say. For 10 minutes – we are going to gather together and pray. We are going to listen to scripture. Maybe the wind. I don’t live by the ocean but I am sure I can get someone to record some waves banging on the docks or upon the shore. WE are going to listen. Breathe. Gather for 10 minutes a couple of times a week. I have no idea how often – maybe once a day. Maybe once a week. Whatever Holy Spirit says. And we are going to find HOPE on the Horizon. We are going to explore the Hidden things of His Word. Like did you know the word Horizon is so much more than we think it is?
In the Old Testament Hebrew it is ḥōq (pronounced hoke) and is Strong’s #2706; meaning statute, ordinance, limit, something prescribed, like a prescribed task, portion, limit, boundary, decree, conditions, and even law or enactments.
In the New Testament Greek it is horizo (pronounced hor-id’-zo) and is Strong’s #3724: meaning to mark out or bound (“like horizon”), to appoint, decree, specify:–declare, determine, limit, to ordain.
So simply put – HOPE is decreed. HOPE is a determined boundary. How do we expand the boundary of hope in our life? We go through some STUFF!
Scripture says in Romans 5: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
That is awesome. If you believe and walk with God in Jesus Christ – you have gained access into an amazing grace and salvation. And so we can boast in the hope of the glory of God. But then it goes on to say how we can EXPAND and GROW in the fullness of HOPE.
Romans 5:3-4 says “And not only that (hope of the glory of God), but we also (are to) glory in tribulations (sufferings), knowing that those tribulations & suffering produce perseverance; and that perseverance produces character in us; and then that character (which is of GOD) will produces HOPEin us. And verse 5 says “Now HOPE does not disappoint (or put us to shame) because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
As we seek Him. Ten minutes or so – to listen, to pray, to worship, to decree, specify, ordain according to the Word of God – we will see HOPE on the Horizon. For the Horizon is God’s Word. Hope in HIM. Hope in HIS WORD. Hope in what happened on the cross of Calvary and that He now is seated at the right hand of the Father for you and me. For our spouses (present or future), for our children (present or future), for our communities, cities, states, countries.
So join us as together we discover, share and produce HOPE. Amidst this life of tribulation – hardship, distress, pressure, troubles – So may we find – just one moment or ten – to “glory in our tribulation and watch perseverance and character reveal true HOPE in us that only comes from the One true God.