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Hope Now and Forever #WOGS linkup

Hope Now and Forever #WOGS linkup

I have been thinking this week about hope – hope now and forever. We lost a wonderful joyful calm brother-in-law this week. We celebrated his life and we know he is with Jesus. But we mourn. We are the ones who are left here on earth.

As I think about our faith and the hope we are given I remember this acronym:

Hope now and forever

This openness – how did it happen?

At Pentecost the Spirit of God descended onto the disciples and the world. They were filled with the Holy Spirit. God resides now on earth through His Spirit and all those who accept Jesus are filled with it.

We need to be open to receive it in order to find hope now and forever.

hope now and forever

The Holy Spirit has been here on earth since Jesus’ death and resurrection and the coming of Pentecost.

we have to receive the revelation that He is here (Oswald Chambers).

It is Christ’s power that comes to us when we are open to receive it. That power is given so we can see Jesus and realize that this is eternal life – from this moment on and forever.

And this is eternal life, that people can know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent (John 17:3, NIV).

Perceiving eternity – can be in the now, knowing Christ, having
hope for now and forever.

I love 10 000 Reasons by Matt Redman.

Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore


We need to be open to receive it in order to find hope now and forever (tweet this).

How can we perceive eternity? – know Jesus Christ (tweet this).

The waiting depends not on God’s providence, but on our own fitness ~ Oswald Chambers (tweet this).


Update on my next children’s book:

Now and forever

I think we have jumped through some hurdles and we are on the way to the finish line. Stay tuned for the news.


This is Word of God Speak Linkup – #WOGS Linkup 



Sunday Stillness – Romans 10:9

Sunday Stillness – Romans 10:9


Thanks to Freedigitalphotos.net – Stuart Miles

This is the beginning of week four of my blogging holiday. Praying for God to show me the way He wants me to go.

So grateful to Jesus for revealing Himself to me, for my confession, for my accepting Him as Lord and Saviour of my life.

if you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9, NIV UK).

Under the Cover of Prayer is now on this website. UTCOP will start again on Tuesday May 13, 2014. Guests will be posting every Tuesday and Thursday. All my subscribers have been successfully moved over to this site. Thanks to WordPress.com for a smooth move.

On this website I will be posting only what God is revealing to me – in other words how my conversation (prayer) is coming along. Join me as we learn together.


Confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart … Romans 10:9 (tweet this)

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Please check out all the places I link to during the week. Thanks to everyone who has joined Sunday Stillness. I do try to get to your posts every week but I admit sometimes I don’t have the time.

Here are my favourite links for Sunday Stillness:

The Sunday Community by Deidra Riggs

Still Saturday by Sandra Heskaking

Sharing His Beauty

Missional Women – Faith Filled Fridays

Jennifer Miller at Scripture and a Snapshot

Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger

The Weekend Brew by Barbie

Shelly Hendricks at Renewed Daily (Recommendation Saturday)

Your turn:

Add your link below. Don’t forget to copy the specific URL from your post.



We are privileged to have a guest blogger today. April Yamasaki writes at Spiritual Practice, Faith and Life. Please click on the links to see all of her post.

How do you do contemplative prayer?

by April Yamasaki (reprinted with permission)


image courtesy of dan/digitalphotos.net



Prayer can be very wordy. Especially for someone like me who loves words. Especially when prayer is defined as “talking with God.” So I babble on and tell God how my day is going, ask for help for myself or others, pour out my anxieties and fears, pray for peace, and on and on.

But sometimes I run out of words, or can’t seem to find the right ones. Words can be so inadequate! Besides, “talking with God” is just one way of thinking about prayer. Prayer is also listening for God, receiving from God, resting and abiding in God.

That’s where contemplative prayer comes in, where the focus is not so much on putting my thoughts into words as it is:

becoming more aware of God’s presence and word to me.

I’ve found three forms of contemplative prayer to be especially helpful:

On her website April explains each of the following:

(1) Centring Prayer.

(2) Breath prayers.

(3) Lectio Divina.

Please go to her website and read how to do each of these prayers.

Other posts you might find interesting:

Are Our Prayers too Small?

Can I K.I.S.S. to Pray?

How Do I have a Conversation with God?