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Topic: hope (03/29/04)

TITLE: Harbor of Hope
By Deborah Shepard


We have this hope, as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. (Hebrews 6:19 NIV)

How this title came about was through my experience of coming through a very high fever. Every three to six months the come upon in the same way. The doctors canít find reasons for them yet. They are very high for two days, and then there is always three days recovery time. I never know what time or day will happen, only get the warning signs on that day. As I was coming through this high fever, and these thoughts were coming through me, you can sail into this harbor to secure yourself. For I am the your God of hope. As I was recovering on bed the artic sun was shining upon me. I kept my bible close by me; I was seeing images of my childhood, and people who passed on. I felt as if this was crossover point, the last transition of this life. The suddenly I was being pulled back the Lord placed on my heart, get into cold water.

I got up and did this my fever slowly went down, what great insight I have seen this very day. Out the blue our pastor came to visit us, and closed out this time in prayer. I felt the presence of the Lord, all around he has a devine plan for each and every circumstance we will encounter. Amazing through all this I was writing an outline, for this weeks topic on hope. The Lord was leading through scripture passages that go with my title to this article. So whenever these healing spurts come again, my blessed assurance will be to sail into the harbor of my Godís hope. This scripture gives me clear understanding of hope. . (Hebrews 11:1 NIV) Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.
We will never know when our time on this earth through, to all you I will attest my life is blessed a renewed. There many areas in life, which are, need of hope. I believe whenever we share with others, of what the Lord has seen us through. This will bring hope into others lives. There is much seed planting for us Christians, to do of the taking the seed of hope. As far and wide across this land, I do pray that each everyone will answer this calling. Time is of the essence the time is here and now, even going through my high fever this was a clear message to me, to share with all of you, of the glorious hope I have experienced this very day. Through this past twenty years of medical trials, the Lord granted me a life extension. To go out into the world and let others know, they to can have a secure place; sail into the harbor of our God of hope. When I think of the word hope, this comes to my mind. The four measures of hope.

(1)Heavenly measurements

(2)Overflowing measurements

(3)Peaceful measurements

(4)Eternal measurements

So today I will bask in the brillance of the heavenly Son,Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Savior. And take these four measures of hope,and once again sail into the harbor of my God of hope.I hope all things will be made bright and new.For each one of may you sometime need to sail into a harbor.I know one where your souls will firmly be anchored,in the harbor of our God of hope.Blessing to all from the land of the dancing midnight sun.

Deborah A.Shepard

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Corinne Smelker 04/05/04
You show a true depth of spiritual maturity in your writing. I liked the 4 hopes you shared, I had never seen it that way before. Good job