Book Tour, COVID style

We’ve all been walloped by the reality that we cannot control, predict, or depend on what we thought we knew of the future.

But there are certain things that God repeatedly and emphatically tells us we can always be certain of—no matter what the next hour, the next day, or the next year might look like.

Those certainties—and the difference this hope makes in our lives right now—are celebrated in the fourth book of the Hope Knows series, Facing the Future. The book can be used as a devotional, for group study, or as a springboard to dig deeper into Scriptures to keep your hope strong.

For the first three books in the Hope Knows series, YOU have taken the time and made the effort to come to ME at book signings or to purchase your books at local stores. Now it’s my turn to come to you.

Since no book signing event is planned, I’d love to do a book “tour.”

If you want to buy a signed copy of the book, I’ll deliver one to your doorstep, your porch, your backyard picnic table, or whatever socially-distanced place works for you. If you prefer, I’ll send your copy in the mail.

The planned “tour” to deliver books is this Saturday, May 23. PM me on Facebook, or contact me through the email on my blog site for more details or to order.

Looking forward to sharing hope with you.
Elaine

P.S. The Hope Knows books are also available at local bookstores and on Amazon. Or you can order directly from the publisher, http://www.jpvpress.com. JPV Press has two special offers right now. When you order Facing the Future, you’ll receive the third book in the series Can God be  Trusted? FREE. Or, if you’d like the complete set of all Hope Knows books, a special price saves you $15 on the four. Click on their Bookstore.

Count the Stars

“But, Lord, that’s impossible!”

That’s what Abram said when the Lord told him he and his wife would have a son. We can’t be too critical of Abram. The situation did look impossible. Haven’t we often reacted the same way to a promise the Lord has given us?

“Look up at the sky and count the stars–if you can,” the Lord told Abram.  “That’s how many descendants you will have.”

Count the stars. 

When I’m tempted to say, “Lord, it’s just not possible… is it?” and wonder how He could ever make good on His promise, I’ll have to step outside and try to count the stars. The stars will remind me: That’s the extent to which He is able to make good on His promises. That’s the scale to which my God can do the impossible.

Count the stars, and hold firm to our great hope.

 

  • (Painting by Brenna Moan. Thank you, B.)

 

He’s never shaken

This is what our hope knows: God’s plans will win out.

Even now, although the world seems to be filled with so much that would puncture our hope, we know that God’s plans are still in place. He says He is still the same God who molded dust to make us. He has not changed throughout all of human history. His promises stand. His plans have not changed. They are firmly in place, in progress, and they will all be completed.

On the cover of the fourth Hope Knows book is a flowering almond branch. It recalls the Lord’s words to Jeremiah, who saw an almond branch in a vision. “And the Lord said… it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans” (Jeremiah 1:11, 12).

God’s promises and plans will not be shaken. We can live with great expectation!

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Thoughts from  Facing the Future, Copyright © 2020 JPV Press, NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon or from JPV Press at http://www.jpvpress.com.

The time of perfection

Clouds and sky and the light of the heavens fascinate me. I sometimes wonder if that is because, from the time I was a little girl, I was taught the hope of Acts 1:10, 11–that someday Jesus Christ would return to earth in the same way He ascended to heaven, in the clouds.

There comes a time when we all have to make the choice whether or not we’ll believe what we were taught as children. And if we believe this hope that Jesus is again coming back to earth and if we live on this hope, then it changes how we view all of life and death and what is happening around us. It means we know there is more to come beyond the days we’re living now with jobs and bills, sickness and wars, politics and poverty. There is a time of perfection coming, and Christ’s return will usher in that time.

Why would we believe this? Do we have evidence it will happen? Does logic point toward this conclusion? Is there any anecdotal experience on which we can base our expectation?

Our hope rests on one thing: God says it will happen.

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Thoughts from  Facing the Future, Copyright © 2020 JPV Press, to be released April 28, 2020. Used with permission

“Rejoice forever in my creation” *

To my mind, the best time to walk is early morning, just as a new day is born, before the world — and my mind and soul — are cluttered with the day’s traffic and smudged and torn. I like to be early enough to catch those few seconds when the world seems to hold its breath, wondering at the new day. Then, all seems fresh, new, unspoiled, and almost perfect, and there is so much glory that no brush or camera can convey it.

It’s an illusion, of course. This world — and my mind and soul — are quite smudged and torn. Any picture we have of “perfection” in this world is far from accurate. Actually, it’s more serious than smudges and tears. Romans 8 names the real condition: death and decay.

But God’s promise is that perfection is coming! We’ll see an entirely new creation, bursting with glory and free from every hint of death or decay. The renewed earth will be healed and complete. And God’s family will get to enjoy it forever.

Early in the morning, I sometimes feel the earth pause for a millisecond, poised at the edge of a new day. And at those times, I can feel the expectation as creation wonders: Will this be the day?

* See Isaiah 65:17, 18

Thoughts from  Facing the Future, Copyright © 2020 JPV Press, to be released April 28, 2020. Used with permission