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Persevering in Hope

By: Carole L. Haines

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Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5) 

My husband told me of some good advice that his Old Boss from years ago spoke to a group of leaders in his company. He said, 

“Let’s not see something as trouble, let’s see it as a challenge. And if it is now a challenge, it is also an opportunity.” 

I love that, it reminded me of the passage above in Romans. If we change our perspective on trials and tribulations, and see them instead as challenges; this can propel us forward in hope. Hopefully facing our future instead of dreading what we are now facing can give us purpose beyond our present
circumstances.  

So many people are suffering greatly, and I cannot imagine some of their difficulties. I just want to encourage them to hope in the Lord and His love towards them. Notice how the above passage links our hope to the fact that God’s love is poured out within our hearts. We, Dear Believers, have such reason for hope because of God. He never gives up on us. He is always drawing us closer to Himself as we yield ourselves to Him. Look at this beautiful Scripture:

Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.” (2 Samuel 14:14 NLT)

God is so, so good. Imagine Him devising ways to bring us back to Himself, in heart, soul and mind. He is drawing you closer to Himself. Tune in to the voice of Your Loving Heavenly Father. I love and appreciate you all so much. This new change in perspective is helping me look at some things differently and look at myself and others differently too. I hope it blesses you. 

Have a Wonderful Day in the Lord. 

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Going Deeper once again

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by: Carole L. Haines

When I asked God what to write in HisShadowings today, I sensed He just wanted me to be transparent with my own journal entry.

“I just finished the Book Launch process and I’m so spent, so exhausted. It was all encompassing some days and I just Miss you, God, ya know what I mean. I just want to sit and listen to You in Your Word again. No agenda except to enjoy Your presence. No editing, formatting or anything like that. No learning how to Do Something. Just sitting alone with You.  
Father, I don’t know how to Get deeper in touch with You through my emotions. I have blamed myself for being TOO emotional for years. Pointing the finger at myself, accusing myself of not being stronger, wiser or whatever. Please help me Jesus to grow in this area. Thank you, Jesus, for never throwing me away. Help me to love You with my whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Amen.”
(My personal journal)  

God brought me to this wonderful passage in Job, which aptly describes how I am feeling lately. I love how it describes that though I sometimes can’t find God, He knows exactly where I am. As I turn to run toward His voice, He is already running toward me, His child.

“Behold, I go forward but He is not there,  
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him.  
When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him.  
He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.  
     “But He knows the way I take.  
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  
 “My foot has held fast to His path.  
I have kept His way and not turned aside.  
“I have not departed from the command of His lips.  
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.  
(Job 23:8-12) 

God is so amazingly good. He reads every wrinkled brow. He sees the creases in our downturned mouths. He knows the knot in our stomach from fear or worry.  
God You are so Amazing, so Amazing in Your Love toward us. Draw us closer, pull us nearer, help us to seek you and find you as we search for You with all our hearts this day. And can I just say THANK YOU for how the angle of the Sun has been changing over the last week. Spring has begun to fight for her place as winter begins to melt away. I join with the birds in singing Your praises this day. I love You, God. 

Lord, I am blinded by my self-absorption; help me fully see Your love and care. I am human and frail; help me look beyond my doubts to clearly see Your presence in my life. When I only see my needs, help me to see Your eternal nature and to worship You. Amen. Go Deeper: (Matthew 17:14-21) Jesus can help you today as He helped people in Bible times.”  
(Prime Time with God for 3/2/21)   

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An Excellent Resource: Lost Pen Magazine.

I highly recommend this Magazine as a Blessing and a Resource as we

reflect and Grow in our maturity in Christ. Below is the Link:

Please visit their site for past issues of this wonderful magazine

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Lost Pen Magazine
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Inquiries: fwritingservices@gmail.com
Submissions: http://www.lostpenpublishing.com/submissions/

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Fear to Love: LOVE perfected

By Carole L. Haines 

We are going to look at one final thing about God’s Perfect Love; how it is perfected in us.  

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” (1 John 4:11-13) 

God’s love is perfect, and only His perfect love for us can cast fear out of our lives. Growing in His Love in only possible through the powerful work of His Holy Spirit in and through us. His love has been poured out within us already and gives us great Hope (Romans 5:5) But we must learn to get out of our own way, so that more of His perfect love can pour out within us, and then through us. 

This is no small feat. I had one of my old Pastor’s say to me, “You should focus more on loving people.” I just didn’t get that at the time. That was about 20 years ago. But I totally get what He was saying now. When we read the above passage from 1 John 4, we see that God’s love both abides in us and is perfected in us, but how? 

By loving one another as He has loved us. My old Pastor was right. I was so busy studying God’s Word but neglecting to love His people. Thank you, Pastor Ralf, for speaking truth into my life. I am finally getting what you meant. I have learned about loving one another mostly through the Ministry of Celebrate Recovery. It’s not all about addictions and such. I joined to help me overcome my Social Anxiety and thr Season of Great Loss I had just been through. My husband and I lead in this Ministry now. It is such a blessing. If you are dealing with hard stuff, I highly recommend this Ministry. They have Chapters everywhere.  

Ultimately, It is in learning of God more deeply and intimately that begins to cast fear out. It is in Loving one another that God’s love abides and is perfected in us. So let’s get busy Knowing and Loving God, and being safe people who love others unconditionally. 

This has been a wonderful journey with you all. I will be expanding and updating this Reflection on moving from Fear into God’s Perfect love as an ebook. Please look for it soon on Amazon. But let me leave you with this encouragement from the Word of God. 

“This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:6-7 NLT) 

Be Blessed, Dear Believer. 

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Today is Book Launch Day

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 Good Morning everyone,Today is Book Launch Day! It’s been a long time coming. If you feel led by the Lord to purchase this book for me today, it will boost the overall Launch stats and help the audience grow. Please do this if you have been blessed by my writings in the past or if you know anyone else who would be.God is in control of this whole thing and I believe He will do what is best, whatever that my turn out to be. The link is below in the original email (the one you received yesterday. Please click on it, would God put it on your heart to support this book Launch.I’m so grateful for you all and the support you have given me through this whole process. Be Blessed. Carole L. HainesHisShadowings.com

—–Original Message—–
From: Carole L. Haines <mail@sendfoxmail.com>
To: eloracseniah@aol.com
Sent: Wed, Feb 24, 2021 6:00 am
Subject: I’m So Excited & Need Your Help!…

I’m so excited to announce I’ve released my new Book of Devotionals!image
We’ve set this Friday, February the 26th as our Official Launch Date. I’m encouraging my friends and family (you) to buy it between 9 AM and 1 PM (Eastern Time). Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08WPY1HJ6?
We’re going to see if we can release it as a Top Seller, and you can help us!
I’d love it if you’d go over to Amazon and buy a copy. I’ve made it really easy, because I’ve priced it at only $.99.
My publisher’s also helping me. She’s reaching out to her supporters too!
She thinks we can reach #1 on Amazon for this book’s category and we CAN do that with your help.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08WPY1HJ6?
Oh, and when you get your copy, you’ll see I’ve included a link for you to pick up a free copy of my Book of Poems…it’s inside the first pages of the book…We’ve also included links to some of Bruce’s songs…I hope you’ll listen to them!
Thanks so much!
Carole
PS – If you have the time to write a 5-star review of the book on Amazon, I’d be very grateful.
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From Fear to Love: Waiting before the Lord

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By: Carole L. Haines 

As I was reflecting before the Lord this morning, He brought to my mind the following Scripture. 

So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:11-13) 

When we sit in silence with the Scriptures, we are taught by them. But sometimes there are walls we must break through as we sit with Him there. In the passage above, there was a great strong wind, rending the mountains and breaking the rocks in pieces. This wall can be our worries and distractions. We must sit through them and yield them to God. 

The next wall was an earthquake, this can be distractions, The call of chores or things we think need to be done NOW. We must push through that temptation and wait still, continuing in the Lord. 

The next wall is a fire, this can be a temptation, a lure to get up too soon and move on with our day. But wait through that fire and you will soon hear His still small voice. This is how I have learned to move from Fear into His perfect love. There is still far for me to grow, but His work is moving forward in my heart and He desires to move forward in yours as well, Dear Believer. Sit with Him and listen for His voice whispering to you.  

As I was meditating on God’s Word this morning, I was listening to Quiet Piano music, with birds singing and gorgeous nature scenes going by on the Screen. Youtube is my go-to for quiet times. Sounds crazy, but there are so many godly channels on YouTube to help you meditate and sit with the Lord. One I use is Soakstream, another is Tim Janis. I also use Abide and Rivers in the Desert. These are fantastic tools God has created for us to help us meditate and sit with Him contentedly. I have fallen asleep to 8 hours of Scripture being spoken over me as I lay there.  

These can create a sacred place, wherever we are. I encourage you, in this journey out of fear, to use these tools of meditation and sitting with the Lord. Yield your worries and cares, push through the desire to get up and Do, Do, Do. Resist the fires of temptation and wait on the Lord. You will hear His voice as you wait in His word for Him. More tomorrow. Have a Blessed Day. 

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I’m so excited to announce I’ve released my new Book of Devotionals!

We’ve set this Friday, February the 26th as our Official Launch Date. I’m encouraging my friends and family (you) to buy it between 9 AM and 1 PM (Eastern Time). Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08WPY1HJ6?

We’re going to see if we can release it as a Top Seller, and you can help us!

I’d love it if you’d go over to Amazon and buy a copy. I’ve made it really easy, because I’ve priced it at only $.99.

My publisher’s also helping me. She’s reaching out to her supporters too!

She thinks we can reach #1 on Amazon for this book’s category and we CAN do that with your help.

Oh, and when you get your copy, you’ll see I’ve included a link for you to pick up a free copy of my Book of Poems…it’s inside the first pages of the book…

We’ve also included links to some of Bruce’s songs…I hope you’ll listen to them!

Thanks so much!

Carole

PS – If you have the time to write a 5-star review of the book on Amazon, I’d be very grateful.

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From fear to love-Motivation to Love

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By: Carole L. Haines 

We will be concluding our series on “From fear to Love,” this week. There are just a few more points to touch on found in 1 John 4.  

Today we will begin looking at both our ability and motivation to love. These can be found in the following Scripture. 

“9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” 
 (1 John 4:9-13) 

As we look at this passage, we can see that there is a sequence in how the Love of God works in and through us. Understanding this can help us to yield ourselves to both the process of transformation and the Holy Spirit’s leading in this journey. Let’s begin to break it down. 

  1. The Love of God was manifested IN us through our belief in Him as Savior. This began with God sending Jesus into our world. Let’s call this The Emmanuel (God with us) moment.  This is also referred to in other Scriptures such as “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) 
  1. All love originates from God and in His perfect love comes full circle through us, to others and back to God. I would be so bold as to say I believe true, perfect love is impossible apart from God. Look above at verse 10. Love is not that WE LOVE GOD, but that HE LOVED US. Our love is always a response to God’s love. The deeper we delve into how rich God’s love is, the more we respond in grateful love ourselves. The catalyst, or spark is always God’s love. This can be seen in this Scripture as well: 

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) 

We will break it all down even more over the next few days. For now, I will leave you with this wonderful quote to meditate on. 

“The chief motivation behind Paul’s service was not love for others but love for his Lord. If our devotion is to the cause of humanity, we will be quickly defeated and broken-hearted, since we will often be confronted with a great deal of ingratitude from other people. But if we are motivated by our love for God, no amount of ingratitude will be able to hinder us from serving one another.” 
 (O. Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Feb. 23) 

Be Blessed, Dear Believer 

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Fear to Love: Produce of joy

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By: Carole L. Haines 

Yesterday was such a fantastic day. We went exploring and snow-picture taking. We saw so many wide expanses of pure white. It was a vast, frozen and beautiful world, like a Dream World. We were driving around my favorite River, The Susquehanna. It was simply lovely. We saw sunflowers looming large over the snow. Their stalks towered, still solid, still strong against the wind. Yet their heads were bowed, as if in prayer, dropping their precious seeds into the ground. It was a sacred Natural scene.  

It reminded me of this Journey out of Fear. All those sunflowers bowed, as if in prayer, reminded me of The Body of Christ. People are praying for me on this Journey, and I am praying for others. I find myself walking around with a lot more joy, with a smile on my face. There is an inner sense of contentment as I am learning to yield myself to God. What I sense from Him is that as I yield all this fear and doubt about who I am and why I’m here, as I surrender it to Him; He gives me a new view of myself, His View. It says in the Scriptures: 

Therefore, from now on we recognize no one by the flesh; even though we have known Christ by the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, this person is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 
(2 Corinthians 5:16-17 NASB) 

This truth has been mine since the moment I put my trust in Christ as my Savior. The Moment I confessed I was a sinner needing Him to be My Savior. This has been all mine, this new creature in Christ promise.  But I am really learning to let that soak in. Letting it penetrate into my spiritual pores, hydrating my spiritual skin, nourishing my spiritual being, healing my soul.  

Dear Believer, as you journey out of your own fears and into the Perfect Love of God. I pray for joy and contentment to rise-up within you, as it is rising within me. May His love be revealed within You, as you yield these long-held fears and lies to Your Loving Heavenly Father. May You be aware of the Gift of His perfect Love within your heart, soul, mind and body. So much so that You pour out onto other, His love, mercy and grace.I will close with this prayer from the Book of Romans for you all, Precious Children of God: 

“Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that with one purpose and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:5-7) 

Be Blessed and may you realize all that Jesus has poured into you as His faithful followers. 

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