Author Archives: Marilyn

WHAT DOES “HOPE” LOOK LIKE? – Introduction Lesson 2 – January 21 – 28

Who is your favorite character in the stories about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends?  While most of us would likely name that friendly bear or Christopher Robin himself, there’s something about Eeyore that draws us to him, isn’t there?  Could it be that we identify with his outlook on life all too often?  On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being very optimistic and 10 being pessimistic, how would your family and friends rate your predominant disposition?  If #1 means you are cheerful, energized, and positive and 10 means you are grumpy, dissatisfied and often negative, how would you describe yourself?  Perhaps you should make a list of all the synonyms and antonyms which come to your mind to help you grasp what it looks like to be hope-filled person.  How does it manifest itself in your attitudes and the messages you preach to yourself?  How is it evident in your conversations, choices and actions?

As Paul wrote his letters to believers through a very wide geographical area, he wanted them to understand that God’s gifts of peace and joy, which come through trusting Him, will produce in you and me genuine and confident HOPE not only for eternity but for today.  In I Corinthians 13, he described 3 things which will last forever.   Do you remember what they are?   Faith, hope and love.  Why do you suppose hope is included with the obvious components of faith and love?  It has been said, “hope is the fuel which energizes our faith and our desire to love God and to love others.”  It’s one of the reasons we pray, we ask, we acknowledge our complete dependence on our Savior and Redeemer, our Almighty God.

Are you willing to acknowledge one area of your life where you feel discouraged, defeated, or hope-less?  Perhaps this is the day to let God reassure you of His greatness and His love for you and let the “God of Hope” fill those empty places in your heart with His joy and peace as you choose to trust in Him.  What do you think?

Something Better Than “Fast Food”

These days people want their physical food precooked, prepared, processed, and packaged. Quick, easy and convenient is a priority. Tasty and delicious is a bonus. Has it ever occurred to you that we have similar preferences when it comes to our spiritual diet? We so easily turn to a book, a video, or a devotional…Continue Reading

HOW ESSENTIAL IS HOPE?

It has been said that “we can live 40 days without food, 8 days without water, 4 minutes without air, but only a few seconds without hope.”   What is it about hope that makes it so essential to our lives?  Surely it is not simply the capacity that we have for wishful thinking such as…Continue Reading

“May the God of HOPE . . .”

To View or Print Study Guides Would you agree the word “hope” has an enormous range of meanings?  It can suggest anything from wishful thinking to an expectation that has a great degree of certainty.  For example, one might say, “I hope that my friend in India will be able to come and visit me…Continue Reading

LOOKING AHEAD – “May the God of HOPE . . . “

What is it about HOPE that makes it so essential to our lives?  Would you like to discover how to experience the kind of hope that gives you real peace and confidence in your present circumstances and for your future?  Week by week this winter, we’ll explore the New Testament epistles to discover what it means…Continue Reading

A GREAT LITTLE GIFT . . .

Did you realize there are 2 books which each include about 50 of my weekly study introductions? You can buy them through Amazon (just search under my name) or directly from me! Order a few today so you are prepared to give a thoughtful and even inspiring gift to your friends. Thanks, MARILYN MILLER Watch…Continue Reading

FROM THANKS to GIVING – Intro Lesson 10

What do you think moves some people to be generous – to give willingly, even eagerly, of not only their financial resources but their time, their abilities or even their presence?  Did they learn the benefits of generosity from their parents?  Have they discovered the huge personal benefits and joy of unselfishness?  Someone has said…Continue Reading

SIMPLY SAID – Intro Lesson 9

It’s vital to pray. It’s what God intends for us to do.  It pleases Him and He listens.  Bringing our requests to Him with thanksgiving is the path to peace.  Bowing down before The Almighty One with both our praise and our petitions is our privilege and our connection to Jehovah.  Would you agree, however,…Continue Reading

“FIXED HOUR PRAYER” – Intro Lesson 8

How familiar are you with the ancient practice of “fixed-hour prayer” or as other traditions call it “daily offices” or “divine hours”?  With its roots coming directly out of Judaism, it is one of the oldest surviving habits within Christian spirituality. Across the Roman empire a forum bell rang every 3 hours each day, beginning…Continue Reading