I'd like to say it was a productive day; doing household daily chores, and finishing cleaning walls in bedrooms,(stepladder still in the middle of my room), but it was not. Instead, I read for 8 hours straight,drinking cup after cup of hot Tazo tea, from my hope mug, and strangely do not feel one bit guilty. As I told a friend, this is how I deal with winter sunless,cold days-hibernate. Oh, I attend to all of my volunteer duties for the week, like teaching ESL classes, as I did this past Wednesday, when the roads were very slick and snow was coming down in golf ball size. I did venture out, nervous, sliding on our country roads and thankfully arrived safely. Very few students came to any of the 5 classes. I had 1 student in my Level 1 class come 15 minutes late. To his surprise, he had an individual tutoring lesson! We were both blessed; he learned more English in one session than several lessons in class. I learned about his family, both here, and in Saudi Arabia. Yes, we were both blessed by building a friendship around an English lesson.
I often take pictures of bird friends from the comfort of the other side of the house windows- the warm side! Feeding these creatures is a daily pleasure since they afford me a chance to photograph feather-puffed bodies.
They are my hope for spring days ahead!
My store-bought, $2.50, paperwhites
which graced my tables for several weeks were a joy to watch bloom, and again, another gift of hope for spring, now less than 2 months away.
So, what did I read for 8 hours straight? I finished Joel Rosenberg's newest book, The Third Target, and will finish Billy Graham's book
The Reason for My Hope: Salvation.
"Hope is the first ray of sunshine that peeks above the horizon-without fail-every morning with blazing truth, telling us we can make it through."
Billy Graham in The Reason for My Hope:Salvation
HOPE PIERCES THE DARKNESS!
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is our hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
"The gift to the world came in the form of a personal Savior who paid for our freedom with His priceless life. His Spirit remains with us today, bringing salvation to all who will take hold. This hope is an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast."
Billy Graham , from The Reason For My Hope: Salvation
What is my take-away from reading these two books- one being filled with shadows of death in this dark world of fear for days ahead, to one being filled with the hope of glory in the One who formed this universe with His hands, keeping it spinning in motion, and cares for even the smallest sparrow in the tree to your heart and mine, saying;
"I will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy
has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away,
reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1:3-5
Do you know Him, friend? Is Jesus your Savior?