“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands” -Psalm 90:17
One thing that I am learning in life is just how difficult trusting God can be, especially when life is difficult and expectations simply aren’t met. But, I’ve learned that my ability and willingness to trust God has to be rooted in who God is and not in what I can see or comprehend. Life and expectations are too fickle to be the foundation of my hope.
This verse has become a prayer of mine as of late. The past two to three years of life have, frankly, been really difficult for me. Life, along with its many obstacles, has felt insurmountable in many ways. Door after door after door has closed and that has led me to ask one single question, “God, can’t you see that I’m trying?” Of course, God’s answer to that question is a resounding yes! When life is hard and doesn’t make sense, I have to cling to what I know. I am loved, I am seen, and I am not alone, for the God who holds the stars holds my heart. The favor of God, is resting on me even when that doesn’t feel true. And my efforts, when rooted in Christ, are building towards something good. I can trust that when God establishes the work of my hands, God is doing a good work.
So, even when life doesn’t go my way and doors continuously get closed, my hope can remain unchanged because the source of my hope hasn’t changed. The favor of God is still resting upon me even when it doesn’t feel like it. And it is with that knowledge that I can confidently believe that God will establish the work of my hands, even when I don’t see it.
My prayer for all of us is that we continue to grow to trust that God is with us and working within us bringing to fruition all the good that our faith prompts us to do.
Thanks to some hard work by our Ministry Support Lead, Kendahl Hancock our 2022 Spring Newsletter made it into the mail on May 2, 2002. This is a bit later than usual but given all of our health challenges recently – WE’LL TAKE IT. As we cannot “snail” mail everyone, I’ve attached a copy of the front and back for you all to see, read and share. I hope you enjoy all the good things God is doing through Access-Life!
The April #AL3IN3 is here! It is full of funny jokes, Access-Life news and verses about #FAITH, #HOPE and #GODSPROMISES! Here is my favorite: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
It can be so easy for me to take verses in Scripture like John 3:16 for granted. It’s a verse that I have been incredibly familiar with from a very early age. I can recite it completely without much mental effort. And while I certainly view memorizing scripture as a positive thing, I think I can sometimes forget how beautiful and impactful its words truly are.
I know God loves me. I do. In fact, I often point to this verse as a reminder of that reality. However, my actions don’t always match this mental catagory. I have a difficult time taking it from my head to my heart. Instead of reading a verse like John 3:16 and applying it to my own life, I often only apply it to the lives of others. God loves the whole world, God loves everybody. But does God truly and deeply love me? Sometimes I am not so sure.
This doubt in the divine love that Christ shows is ultimately sourced in my inability to see myself as someone who is worth loving and worth sacrificing for. But, I often am perfectly able and willing to see the rest of the world as made in God’s image, loved, and worth sacrificing for. I often allow my familiarity with my flaws and imperfections to override my familiarity with the truth that is found in Scripture.
I am learning that I can’t let my own view of myself hold me back from experiencing the love and grace that God always offers. I naturally will assume that I am not worthy of that kind of a divine gift. But, I have to remember that God’s love is just that, a gift that I am not worthy of. Coming to terms with the fact that I can’t earn God’s gift of love is hard for me. I often want to try to pay God back or show God that I was a good investment. But, that isn’t how love works. It’s not dependent on me or how I feel. I have to trust that God loves me regardless. I am just as worthy and deserving of love, not because of anything that I have done or how I see myself, but simply because of who God is. That is what I hope to cling to and celebrate as we remember what Christ did for all of us on Easter. May we remember what Christ did and see the beauty of a divine love that could never be earned.
Well, our first ministry SPRING FLING DAY is in the books! FOUR outreaches in ONE day in THREE states. It is amazing what God can do when His people come together to pray and bless in JESUS name. :)
There ae so many volunteers to THANK especially our area LEADS: Woody Conradt, Jodi Hersey Wunsch, Tiffanie Frazier Marksbury and Jean Malacko. However, a BIG SHOUT OUT goes to our Access-Life Ministry Support Lead, Kendahl Hancock who put everything together behind the scenes so the fun could be had by many and the EASTER story shared at each venue!
Above is a photo collage with highlights from each area: Coppell, TX, Eustis, FL Nashville, TN and West Palm Beach, FL. :) Hope you enjoy the SMILES as much as we did and are ready for our next Outpost Adventure!
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
It can be difficult for me to comprehend a hope, a joy, and a peace that isn’t solely rooted in circumstances. When things are good, it is obviously much easier for me to feel hopeful, joyful, and full of peace. And then, of course, the opposite is also true, when circumstances aren’t as awesome as I would like, I often find myself struggling to have any joy, hope, or peace at all. It is easy to grow frustrated and even apathetic when life doesn’t go well or meet expectations. It really is like Scripture says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12a, NLT). So, how do I trust in God when my heart feels sick and hope feels long gone? As I continue on my journey with Jesus, I have discovered that this question is one that I constantly wrestle with. But, as I was mentally rehearsing how I wanted to write on this topic of hope, I realized that the answer was staring me in the face the whole time. As I look at trying to be hopeful in the midst of difficulty, I realize that the tail end of the verse in Romans chapter is absolutely paramount. Hope abounds “in the power of the Holy Spirit”.
I am learning that hope can’t be placed in fickle things. Circumstances change and unmet expectations are inevitable, so our hope can’t be placed in them. Instead, it is vital to place it in what is more steady, firm, and unchanging. When the Spirit is the source of our hope, that hope and the peace and joy that comes with it can remain even when circumstances aren’t the best. It all has to be rooted in God’s consistency and faithfulness, which is admittedly easier said than done.
When hope feels long gone, may our source of hope, joy, and peace be sourced in the God of hope. When circumstances change, difficulties arise, and expectations go unmet, my prayer is that our hope abounds through the power of the Holy Spirit.
#ALFUNFACTFRIDAY is BACK! That’s right, our Ministry Support Lead, Kendahl Hancock is on camera with an Access-Life trivia question and you could win a cool gift card if you know the answer. Just call or text 352.455.9926 or email email@example.com for a chance to win!
Our February #AL3IN3 is full of #JOY! We’ve got BIG TIME renovations and styling, a hard to find joke, verses, verses and verses and ministry updates on our BIG SPRING PLANS! So check it out to catch up on ALL things Access-Life and have a God blessed week.