Author Glenda L. Hunter

Author Glenda L. Hunter

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Who holds your Heart?

            I had a very eventful vacation this year. We were able to visit each son and spend time with them and their families. Then we spent the biggest part of our time with dear friends. Our three granddaughters went with us to our friends while their dad was working or so that was the plan. The first night we were at our friends we had to make a grocery run, of course. On the way back to the house I began to have pain in my chest and down my whole left side. By the time we got to the house I could hardly walk. I got out of the car and sat down on the ground before I could ever reach the door of the house. When I was able to walk with the assistance of my husband I reached the house. I laid down on the bed, just saying I needed to rest. I just kept rubbing that side. The pain was not leaving. Our friends called a nearby EMT that came over and decided that with all the signs, possible heart attack, I should definitely go to the hospital. That was not where I wanted to spend any of my vacation. We got back in the car and off we went. I believe that my husband should have his pilot licenses to even operate a car because I am sure he was flying. The ER doctor confirmed our fears and kept me overnight for observation and future test. He did not see any damage to the heart. I was released at that information. Other tests were done the next day and all went well. After all checked out I was given instructions to follow up with the doctor at home. We went back to our friends' house and enjoyed the rest of our week. FYI I have a follow up appointment this week with the specialist.
            After being home for a few days our ten year old granddaughter informed me, she and her sisters thought I was going to die. We talked about the whole situation for a while to help easy some of her fears. She then asked "were you afraid because every time I think about dying I get really afraid." I thought about that for a few moments then replied "No not at all. I had a peace because if I die I know I'll go live with God." I explained to her that I didn't always have that peace about dying. I used to be afraid and wonder what will happen to me when I die but when I asked Jesus into my heart, He gave and gives me peace. We talked for a few more minutes then I left her to her thoughts.
            I know who holds my heart that is why the fear was not there. So the question I have for you is "Who holds your heart?" It is a question you need to ask yourself before the day is too late. I would have never guessed that I would have a heart attack because I am pretty healthy but I did. We do not have the guarantee of tomorrow. The only thing we have is this very moment. How are you going to live it and who are you going to live it for? Consider carefully who you let have your heart, because that is the one that directions every decision you make.  God will calm the fear that rages inside during a difficult situation. But first you have to give Him control of your life. Do not wait too late to give your heart to Him. He is a gentleman. He is loving waiting for you to call out to Him inviting Him to hold your heart in His loving hand and guide your life. Who holds your heart?
 

Friday, July 7, 2017

GOD SPEAKS TO US

There are some things I think you need to know
I hear and feel that you are uncertain of My love
I trust these things will help you to understand My love for you
I loved taking great care to create you
I created you special, after My own image (Genesis 1:27)
You are My very own handiwork (Ephesians 2:10)
My eyes saw you while you were yet unformed (Psalm 139:16)
I made each part of you unique, with great care
You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
I designed you to have fellowship with Me
I gave you a free will so you could choose to love Me
I love you as a perfect Father (Luke 15: 20-24)
Not like the ones that make awful chooses
When you take Me as your perfect Father
You are no longer an orphan (John 14:18)
You become a child of God, My child (I John 3:2)
You are more valuable than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31)
And you know I love those little birds
You are the apple of My eye (Zechariah 2:8)
I get great joy in watching you grow as you follow Me
I will hold you in my hand not letting anyone snatch you out (John 10:29)
Nothing will ever separate you from My love
You can rest in Me, you are utterly secure (Romans 8:39)
I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)
Come to me all of you who are weary and heavy laden
I will give you rest for your soul (Matthew 11:28-29)
Always remember you are greatly loved (Romans 5:8)
That will never change!!!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Where are you God?

            There are many stories in the Bible of individuals that maybe asked this question at some point in their life "Where are you God?" For instants Daniel, he was praying and worshiping God as he should. Not causing and harm to anyone just doing what God wanted. While the king was being convinced to make a law saying no one should worship any god or man except him for thirty days. If they did the punishment was to throw them into the den of lions. The king didn't stop to think about the people that prayed to The True God. The words sound great to his ears so it was signed as a law. We should hold on before we get ready to cast stones at his decision. How you like for thirty days that people could only say great and wonderful things about you? That sound pretty good to my ears. I might not have given it a lot of thought if I was in his shoes. Until a problem came along and that is just what happened with the king. His problem was Daniel because he continued to pray to The True God. These men that tricked the king kept a close eye on him knowing he would continue to pray. When he did they made a bee line to the king to give the report. When they approached the king and told him that Daniel was still praying the king was taken by surprise. I can see the kings' mouth dropping open as he wondered what in the world had he done. He knew the law was binding and could not be broken. Now what? He took the rest of the day to think about it but in the end he had to give the order to put Daniel in the den with the hungry lions. The Bible doesn't record Daniel saying a word. But I'm sure if it was me I would have plenty to say. I would have probably pleaded with him to rethink what he was doing. I would have explained that I was only praying to God like I have done since I was a child. I would have said it in earnest as I was trying to save my life. But the king had to follow through with the law, no matter how sad he felt. Daniel was put in the den with the hungry lions for the night, and the king had a restless night. The next morning the king hurried to the den to find Daniel safe and sound. What a relief he must have felt. This is a great story of God taking care of His servant Daniel. Even when the odds were greatly against him coming out alive, God stepped in and protected him from even being a little snack for the hungry lions. Can we trust Him to take care of us? There is much more to the story than I have taken time to write but you can read the full story in Daniel chapter six.
            Merv Rosell says "God could have kept Daniel out of the lion's den. But God has never promised to keep us out of hard places. What He promised is to go with us through every hard place, and bring us through victoriously."
            I am left with the question how will I handle the hard situations life hands me? Will I go into it screaming and yelling or will I say where are you God? Then stop trusting Him if I am not immediately delivered from them. It is human to ask where God is during times that are hard or ones we don't understand. The sad thing is we sometimes stop trusting God because it just doesn't seem right that we should have to face such difficulties. We should never stop trusting Him. We should ask Him to help us through them, and then thank Him for doing so. Where was He for Daniel? He was right by his side protecting him. Where is He in our hard times? He is right by our side protecting and guiding us as well. Have a great day allowing God to protect and guide you through your hard times of life.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

KNOWLEDGE

What does my day hold I want to know?
I do not like surprises that is true enough
But if I knew everything I would be as smart as God
I am not even close so I will have to be content
Just to know what I know and try to learn more
I need to know more about what God has said
But the Bible I find hard to keep in my head
I wish it could just be poured in with understanding
But I guess I will just have to keep reading until the day
I know enough to keep it close inside my heart
I think that is where it is the most important
Things get in our head sometimes and they never go any farther down
I guess it is a long trip from head to heart
But I know the information for my real good friend has made that trip
If he can do it maybe someday I can at least get it in my brain
Then I can try hard to push it as far down as it needs to go
I just want to be a loving person and teach others
The real stuff that can be gained from this knowledge
The realness lies deep in the heart I do know
If it did not then everyone would live the love it teaches
And I know that is not true by just looking around
I do want to be different like my dear friend
I will do my best by reading and trying hard not to let it escape
So I guess I will wait to see what each day holds

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Are you broken?


Are you broken? Do you feel that you cannot be used by God? I have great news for you. You are important to God in spite of your brokenness. He can and will fix you if you ask Him to. Broken people are His specialty. When you give Him your all He will be able to show you what he has for you. Others might not see your importance but in God's eyes we are all unique. He has created each of us with a plan for greatness. I want to share a prayer taken from my workbook "Who ME? Worthwhile? Yes, You!"

Dear God,

Allow me to come to you in all my brokenness so you can fix me as good as new. Open my eyes that I might see you, open my ears that I might hear you, and open my heart that I might feel you.    Amen

Continue your day by allowing God to begin the mending process in your life. I promise He does a great job. It might not be easy but it will have a great result. Bless you as you allow the mending hand of God's love to begin to perform greatness in your life.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Broken but fixable.

            "Mom, Mom" Joey screamed as he looked at the broken lamp on the floor.
            "What's the problem" his mother said as she came running from the kitchen.
            "I broke your lamp" he said with tears in his eyes not taking his eyes from the broken lamp. "I'm really sorry mom" he said as he began to cry.
            Mom stooped next to her young son, looked in his tearful eyes and said "Let's see what kind of damage has been done, son." She picked up the lamp which was now in three pieces. "I think it can be fixed" she said laying the lamp aside.
            "Joey what were you doing?" she asked as she sat her young son on her lap.
            "I was playing with my football. I threw it and it hit the lamp" he said. "It was an accident" he quickly added.
            "You know what I've told you about that son" she said in a stern voice. "There is to be no more playing with your football in the house." She wiped his tears and said "the good thing it is fixable. Come on let's see what we can do to get it fixed."
After much looking they finally found the super glue. With steady hands mom put the pieces back in their proper spots. Holding it gently while it dried she talked to her son about the importance of following the rules. Joey promised not to throw the football in the house anymore. After the glue was dried the lamp was placed on the table very carefully. "You can still tell it was broken but we can still use it" she said as she stepped back to admire her handy work.
            There are times in our lives we get knocked down and feel broken.  It can even get worse you can feel like they throw you away because you are of no value. When that happens it can leave you feeling there is no hope you are doomed to always be a failure, a worthless person. I must say that is not correct information. You are not a worthless person no matter how broken you are, no matter how broken you feel you are or how broken you think you are. The truth is you are fixable, if you have never been told that before I'm glad I am here to give you that great news. I have been very broken (you can read my story in my books An Unspeakable Secret or Out of the Depths a Poetic Journey) with the great help of a counselor, a great family (husband and children) and friends I am put back together. But most of all the wonderful healing power of God has made me like new. That does not mean I'm perfect but I am a person of great value even with my brokenness. You also are a person of great value even with your brokenness. If you haven't already allowed God to heal all that brokenness allowing you to live in the greatness He has for you, call on Him today for the healing. He is there waiting. God is in the business of fixing what seems unfixable. Have a great day.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Walking in peace.

            I have often wondered what it would have been like to live in the Garden of Eden before the fall. Also what it would have been like to have that continual fellowship with God. I would like you to join me as I think on paper what it could have been like. I wake from a good nights sleep, stretch, rub the sleep from my eyes then the most amazing day begins. I go to the brook scoop up some spring water with my hand and have a cold refreshing drink. Then I hear God say "hey Glenda where are you?" I eagerly respond "I am here by the brook getting a drink." He was quickly by my side with a big good morning smile. "Let's go for a walk" He says as He moves His hand in the direction He wants to travel. I have no hesitation as I quickly started in that direction. He is walking I am more like skipping along. Everything is beautiful to the eyes. He is talking about the gorgeous birds then we stopped to listen to them sing. It is almost as if I can understand the words they chirp. After a while we keep moving in the lush grass talking as we go. Time is of no importance. Along the way we are approached by many animals. There is no need to be afraid they are all so friendly, some little ones are on the backs of the bigger ones. I watched as the animals seemed to be so playful with each other. We petted them and we watched. It is enough to bring a big smile to my face. As we continue a silence came upon us both. God reached to a fruit baring tree and plucked a piece off and handed it to me. It was as if He knew my stomach was starting to complain about the need for food. I smiles as I took it and made quick work making it disappear. He laughed and said "you must have been pretty hungry." I smiled and shook my head yes. The day continued with laughing and smiling. A great time of just relaxing with the person that made me. He did not complain because I screamed when I stubbed my toe on the tree root. He didn't tell me I was stupid because I didn't understand something and He had to explain it again. He acted like I was a special treasure. He accepted everything and loved everything about me. It was a thrill to walk with Him.
            Thanks for going with me on this little journey. But I would like to tell you that He is really like that. It is not always easy to walk every minute of your day in His presence because we have all kinds of things knocking at our hearts and minds door. But it doesn't change the fact that He is right there beside us anyway.  Another fact is He does love and treasure us just like we are. He made us special and wonderful. We just need to allow Him to guide and direct our lives so that greatness will shine through. In my own life I am working at allowing Him to shine through the dark times as well as the bright ones. It is not always easy but I am a work in progress. I am also working at keeping in the front of my mind that I am the apple of His eye. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am His special creation and so are you. We each have a job to do. Let us help each other reach our fullest potential for His glory. If I can ever be of help to you let me know and allow me to help as I can. May God richly bless you with a wonderful day.