Cultivating Beauty to Nurture Hope MHM3 & Podcast

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

John Muir

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11, ESV

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Women long for ideals, beauty, and goodness in the depths of their souls as a consequence of God’s elegant design. Intuitively, we all sense there is a better way, a better place. A sense of justice tells us in our hearts that life should be fair, because we were created for a perfect world filled with the virtues of God’s character. These shadows of a long-lost reality lead us to hope for heaven, that place where we will not be disappointed.

Our deep longings become a platform for our hope in God. We sense there is something more that we were made for. If we can imagine fulfillment, deep, unconditional love, and long for the ‘more” that wrestles inside of us, we can assume it was because God made us for more.

Jesus’ disciples depended on this hope, authentic to them because they had experienced Jesus face to face, the one who healed, served thousands, walked on water, washed their feet. They knew their hope was founded on reality. Their sure hope of heaven gave them joy in this world.

Many years ago during a time of testing, I renewed a promise to God that I would trust Him. In light of my commitment, I would act in faith, believing that what I had learned from Scripture was true. Redoubling my efforts to give God the chance to speak to me as often as possible, I disciplined my life to have quiet times almost every day. Sometimes the quiet times would be full and fruitful; sometimes they were extremely short and empty; sometimes I was dull and dead inside. But over many years I learned to turn over my worries and fears, one by one, to God and leave them there with Him.

One of the most important parts of my day is the time I set aside for prayer, reading, and pondering God’s Word. Have you found a special time to set aside specifically to quiet your heart before the Lord? If not, may I encourage you to do so? It’s the best investment you will ever make.


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