Words of Hope

“In his word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5

Like anyone else, I have days when discouragement seems to get the better of me. At such times I try to remember that the Lord has provided me with a source of continuing inspiration and hope. To tap into that source I need simply to open the pages of my Bible, God’s letter of hope to me.

I’m reminded of a story about an elderly woman who had lost her husband, George, some years earlier in an automobile accident. Theirs had been a long and happy marriage, and she missed him terribly. When she suffered a broken leg, she felt more confined and alone than ever. One particularly blue day, she found herself longing once again for her husband’s company. She sat in her living room and began to weep. “Dear God,” she prayed, “please give me the strength to get through this hour.”

Get your Bible, a quiet voice inside her said. But her Bible was in the bedroom, and, with her leg in a cast, she thought it would be too hard to retrieve. Then she remembered a small travel Bible on a nearby bookshelf. She reached for it and turned the pages to find a favorite Scripture.

Suddenly a letter fell into her lap. She carefully unfolded the yellowed pages. It was a love letter from George. In it, he expressed his deep affection for her. His words of comfort went straight to her lonely heart.

In the back pages of the Bible she found more notes from George. He had written them in the hospital while awaiting an operation, apparently fearing he would not return home. After he recovered, the notes were forgotten.

That woman spent the rest of the afternoon basking in the company of her husband’s letters and in the certainty that the Lord cared for her.

When you’re feeling short on hope in your marriage, ask yourself if you’ve spent enough time lately reading your “mail” from God. Jeremiah wrote, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight” (Jeremiah 15:16). As we go about our days, we can draw on the same delight… if we’ll just read the Bible for a few minutes and wait for His Word to meet our need.

God loves you with infinite compassion and tenderness. He knows just what you need and when you need it. In the pages of Scripture, you’ll find example after example of His wisdom, comfort, and love— all meant for you. It’s the kind of “mail” that will really make your day!

– Shirley M Dobson

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Illustration by Lucille Heimrich from A Match Made in Heaven by Susan Wales and Ann Platz (Sisters, Ore.: Multnomah Publishers, Inc., 1999).
 

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A Diligent Mother

You need to persevere so that…you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

Ruth Bell Graham was a diligent mother. With a husband frequently on the road preaching the gospel and five children at home, she had to be. Her eldest son, Franklin, was the child who required the most diligence. He smoked, drank, stayed out late at night, and showed little interest in spiritual matters.

Many nights Ruth couldn’t sleep from thinking about her son. So she turned to God in prayer. “Every time I pray especially for him,” she later wrote, “God says: ‘Love him…’ which seems odd because I love every bone of him. But God means show it. Let him in on the fact. Enjoy him. You think he’s the greatest, let him know you think so.” Though she didn’t approve of Franklin’s behavior, she consistently displayed her love for her wayward son.

Ruth’s diligence was rewarded in 1974, when Franklin poured out his heart to God, confessed his sin, and turned away from his former life. Today he is president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse and is the president and CEO of his father’s ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

The Lord will respond to our diligent prayers for our family in His timing, not ours—but when we persevere in doing the will of God (Hebrews 10:36), we can count on His promises for a hope and a future with Him.

– Shirley M Dobson

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Illustration adapted from Being a Great Mom, Raising Great Kids by Sharon Jaynes (Chicago, Ill.: Moody Press, 2000).

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He Loves Us, Day 6

 

Today’s reading is drawn from 2 Samuel 24:14, Romans 8:38-39, John 3:16, and Romans 8:28.

Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.