Archive for April, 2009

Never Lose Hope

April 22, 2009

Within the last five days I’ve heard of three apparent suicide incidents, two involving families in Maryland. The latest this morning by the acting chief financial officer of the mortgage giant, Freddie Mac.

It is believed that the dismal  economic crisis possibly played a role in these outcomes. A mood of hopelessness. Many Americans have never faced such dire times. Unemployment is high, bills are due, jobs are scarce. Creditors keep calling. Where does one go to see “light” at the end of the tunnel?

It’s during times like this, I choose to seek encouragement from someone who’s been there before and survived dark days. Lately I’ve been thinking about the words of thd Old Testament prophet, Habakkuk. He was saddened by the state of affairs during his era and questioned God about His seeming indifference. The region was experiencing crop failure and the death of animals. Despite the reality of a situation that appeared “hopeless” Habbakuh said in Chapter 3, verses 17-19: “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren…yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength!”

Hope is a choice. So is joy. Both can exist in a time of uncertainty. No matter what happens and how dismal the forecast looks…for those of us who place our hope ONLY in the Lord, the future is ALWAYS bright. Why? God alone is our Source and He promises to supply all of our needs. Keep your eyes on Him. You won’t lose your hope.

Always expecting great things of God,

Cheryl

It’s a GREAT Friday!

April 10, 2009

Christians around the world are celebrating Good Friday, a commemoration of the day Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and for the sins of the world. Because of that Supreme sacrifice…it’s a GREAT FRIDAY for us!

I woke up this morning thinking about the love of God. I know of no man who would willingly give his life so that others might live. Jesus did, just for you, just for me. What unfailing, matchless Love. It occurred to me that because of His willingness to die for me, I should offer Him a gift today. What would be appropriate? I know. A recommitment to LIVE for HIM Alone! To wake up every day consumed with one desire, to please Him…To live and embrace everything He died to give me: victory over sin, insecurity, fear, and doubt.  Peace. Joy. Contentment. Love. Confidence. Wisdom.

If you have accepted the risen Lord as your Savior, I invite you to join me today and every day for the rest of your life, in accepting every gift Jesus died and rose again…to give you. Leave nothing on the table.

In Him,

Cheryl

Top Notch Adviser

April 9, 2009

Welcome to the new Excellent Living Blog and website. We’d love to get your feedback on both.

I initially resisted the idea of  blogging. But then one morning it occurred to me that it’s a wonderful tool to share (in an immediate way) a word of encouragement or some reflections. I’ve discovered that everyone can use a dose of encouragement. I’ve never heard anyone say: “Stop encouraging me! I’ve had enough for one day!”

Proverbs 12:25 (NLT) says: “Worry weighs a person down, but an encouraging word cheers a person up.”

I found a wonderful encouraging word this morning when I read Psalm 32:8. It reads: “The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you…”

I got so excited thinking about the fact that the God of the Universe, the One who spoke this world into existence promised to guide me along the best path for me! It doesn’t get any better than that. This promise is for you as well. Any one who is depressed right now, has reason for hope.  You are not insignificant.  The omnipotent, omniscient God says: ” I made you, you are important to me, and all you have to do is ask and I will be your adviser in every area of  life.”  I love this verse because God personalizes it. What’s best for you, may not be best for me. It’s all relative. Often I thank God for all my prayers He did not answer. Father knows Best. Him alone.

I encourage you to make it a daily habit of going to God about every concern and every decision (large or small). He never tires of us coming to Him. All we have to do is ask.

Expecting great things of God,

Cheryl