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The Hope of the World

Is it important to have hope? Where do I find hope?

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Today, more than ever we must find the source of where our hope comes from.  Our world is filled with many things that can bring us down if we don’t have hope or know who our hope is in.  It can even cause us to become physically ill. Proverbs 13:12 says this:

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

So, where does our hope come from?

Our hope comes through the promises our Abba Father gave us, and there are many given to us throughout the Bible. Hope comes from knowing His son Jesus, and that all the amazing things He has done and continues to do for us, is because of His great love He has for each one of us.  Our hope does not come from the things that we have around us, nor riches we may gain, nor is it in who our friends or family are—it is in ALL that God has promised to us through His Word.  I really love how the Message Bible describes why we can hope in this.

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Letting Go and Moving On

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In our lives, we have times of transition. Some of these transitions can cause upheaval and propel us to walk down a path we are not really wanting to walk down.

This has been the direction my life has been taking the past few years. A little over three years ago, my husband and I felt God directing us to sell our home. We spent a lot of time praying over this and let me tell you, this was an extremely difficult thing for me. I absolutely loved that house and location. It was my dream home. It was at the bottom of the mountain with an amazing view and I did not want to give up that home. I wept a lot of tears over giving up what I felt like was a dream come true for me. This was the second house my husband and I had bought in our over thirty years of marriage. We lived in our first home for twenty-three of those years and in my “dream home” which we bought, for the next eleven years. My childhood and teen years we lived pretty close to poverty level and from the time I was 15 till I got married at 21, my mom moved us seven times. That evened out to once a year for six of those years and twice for the seven year.

I have always had a difficult time with change. Growing up, my life was extremely chaotic, stressful, and the complete opposite of a place of rest and peace. Because of that, when I felt I had settled into a place that brought me a measure of peace and contentment, any changes left me feeling uneasy and anxious. Continue reading “Letting Go and Moving On”

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Mountains, Tunnels, ​and Bridges….OH NO!!

When you think of going up into a mountain, going through a tunnel or seeing a big, beautiful bridge, what comes to mind?  Are you excited, enjoying it, or are you holding your breath, not because of excitement, but because you are full of fear?  For most of my life, when I came to a tunnel, bridge or went up or down a mountain, my thoughts were, “Oh, no, just stay calm Sharon, it will soon be over”. My breathing would get faster, my heart rate would go up, my palms would get sweaty and I couldn’t think or talk past my fear.  I couldn’t see the beauty of the mountains around me or the wonders of the ocean, rivers or valleys I could view from the bridge I was on.

Over the years as I have been healing from the childhood abuse of my past, I have been overcoming many fears. This particular fear, however, seemed to be one that was harder for me to overcome.  I continued to pray about it, about what was behind this fear, and how to have victory over it.

Psalm 34:4 – For I cried to him and he answered me! He freed me from all my fears. Continue reading “Mountains, Tunnels, ​and Bridges….OH NO!!”

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IS YOUR LIFE LIKE A PUZZLE… PIECES EVERYWHERE?

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Have you ever felt like your life resembles a puzzle? Random pieces scattered everywhere. There are odd shaped pieces with only a tiny snippet of the big picture on the box.

I love to do puzzles! These days I do them mostly on my computer. From Sudoku and word puzzles, to jigsaw puzzles, I love them all.

 As I was doing a jigsaw puzzle on my computer one night, God began speaking to me. He wanted to teach me some lessons about life through my puzzle adventures.

Maker:S,Date:2017-11-23,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-YThe jigsaw puzzle app I have on my computer has a neat feature that I love. When a piece is in the correct position, it clicks into place and you can’t move it. Almost as if to announce, this is the place I was designed to go.  As I am working on the puzzles, I often try to position a piece where I am positive it should go. An example of this is the puzzle picture on the left.  The piece on the outside of the puzzle was the one I was having trouble getting to fit where I thought it should go. I had placed the adjoining pieces to the right, top and bottom of where I was confident it would fit, but it did not click in. However, when I put the other remaining piece to the left of that spot, the final piece clicked right into place and the picture was completed! Continue reading “IS YOUR LIFE LIKE A PUZZLE… PIECES EVERYWHERE?”

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Who Is This Jesus

Who is This KingRecently I was flipping through the channels on my TV looking for something interesting to watch when I came across someone explaining to someone about Christmas.  She made the comment: “Oh yeah, and we celebrate a baby who was born 2,000 years ago”. She said it with a laugh and in such a way,  you could tell it did not make any sense to her whatsoever.

This got me to thinking about how people look at that baby whose birth we celebrate.  There are many who probably hear the Christmas carols and have no idea what they mean.  To them perhaps it is like singing a song about someone they know simply as a historical figure.  To many, Jesus as the Son of God is not real to them. Continue reading “Who Is This Jesus”

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A Hock’s View From A Camper

  
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Life is a journey down roads that are familiar and roads you have never traveled before.  Those roads and paths can make you wonder where in the world you are going and where you will end up at.   I feel like I have been on that kind of journey this year.

As you know, we sold our house in April of this year, bought a 30 foot camper with two slide outs, parked it at our daughter and son-in-law’s house and took up residence. What a journey this has been. Going from a large house to a small combined space has been like jumping off a cliff for me.

Not long ago I had a dream that has really stuck with me.  I was on a path, walking along peacefully, enjoying the beauty of nature around me.  All of a sudden I came to a huge cliff.  I could not see anything in front of me but open air and fog. It looked to me like there was no way forward, so I kept looking over my shoulder at where I had come from, trying to decide if I should just go back.

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A Hawk’s (Hock’s) View

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A bird such as an eagle or a hawk has such a different view than we as humans have. This Hock has had a pretty amazing physical view for the past 10 years but that view is about to change.

Sometimes we get so used to, so comfortable, I would even say so amazed with the view around us that we can’t see beyond that view. I have realized something pretty important concerning my own view.

After 10 years at this house that we have made a home, here on Hoot Owl Road, with the most amazing views – God is moving us on and in ways I would NEVER have imagined. Just a side note here; isn’t the name of our road pretty cool, kind of goes along with our name, the Hocks (pronounced like Hawk) who live on Hoot Owl Road. I have loved people’s reaction to that. But God is wanting these Hocks to have a different view and even embrace a different name as our residence.

We have been impressed to make some changes to get out of debt which will in turn allow my husband to make some changes with his job. We also felt that to move on into the things we know God has for our future, that getting out of debt was something that was going to be very important. For some time now Maynard and I have talked about selling our house but I just could not let go of this house, for a number of reasons which perhaps I will share about in the future. God’s work in us and our lives is amazing and so is His timing! Some things have been happening in the past months that have brought us closer to this time of changing views. Continue reading “A Hawk’s (Hock’s) View”