Sunday, March 18, 2018

TRUST #10: Following God's Lead (Charity Vanderhoof's Story)

Here's an essay about TRUST from my friend, Charity Vanderhoof, and how she followed God's lead when she and her husband were forced to sell their house. Thank you for sharing, Charity.
I have many stories of trust, especially from a season of my life when my husband, Vic, was having violent seizures and unable to work. We went from being a family with a good financial situation to being destitute rather quickly. During that time, we were forced to sell our house and downsize. My husband was no longer able to help in decision-making because of the amount of brain damage from his seizures, but I knew we had to sell the house because we could no longer afford it. 

I talked to the bank and made it personal to them. I told them I would put it on the market if they would bear with me and not foreclose. They agreed to work with me. The housing bubble had just burst and things were not in our favor, but I had been praying. I knew the Lord was telling me to sell the house and He "spoke" a number to me for what to sell the house for. After interviewing realtors, all  of them thought my price was too high and that we would have to make a short sale. Then, one realtor gave me a number $2000 above the number the Lord had spoken to me. We obviously went with that realtor. 

It all happened fast from there. The FOR SALE sign went up in the yard. Then, that same afternoon the original person who had the house built was in the area because he was relocating back to the area and hoped to find a house in his former subdivision. Imagine his surprise when he saw the house he had originally built was for sale. He came to check it out, then he made an offer that night. He offered full asking price for the house in a market that was a sellers market, not a buyers market. We accepted, of course.  Then upon appraisal, the appraiser said the asking price was $2000 higher than the appraisal value. So, the price went down to the appraisal price, which was exactly the number the Lord had spoken to me when I was praying about what to do. The sale closed on the house 2 days before the bank's deadline. Only God could have orchestrated the whole thing.
Through this event, and many more like it, I have started to learn that, while I might not always have the best emotions about what happens in my life, God is there all the time. I am learning I can trust him with everything. I am learning to say, "Okay God, this is yours to take care of.  I am going to do my best to follow your lead and then lean back and let you work."  
~ Charity Vanderhoof

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

TRUST #9: He Never Leaves Us Nor Forsakes Us (Daneille Snowden's Story)

Today's TRUST story is from my friend, Daneille Snowden. Her family is currently raising support to serve in Mozambique, Africa, in a much-needed pastoral support ministry among the pastors, students, and missionaries of that area. Please visit their BLOG PAGE for more information, or to make a donation. 

Thank you, Daneille, for sharing this encouraging story about how God never leaves or forsakes His children.
When I was almost 21 years old - between, my junior and senior year of college - I became an intern to India. I had felt the call into Missions since I was 12, and this was my big opportunity to begin this new walk with Christ.
In that summer of 1987, when my flight arrived late to Bombay (today called Mumbai) I only had a few minutes to drive across this large city to board a domestic flight to Kolkata. Literally, there were hundreds of people in front of me going through customs. I was surrounded by Indians, Arabians, and even Chinese; finding myself the only American around.
Out of panic, my heart cried out to the Lord for help. God‘s response was: I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5b KJV)
I simply surrendered my plight (& flight) to the Lord. INSTANTLY, the customs agent pointed to me and said, “You... next!” I answered with a question, “Who me?” Of course he said, “Yes!” I was, then, whisked through customs and stuffed into a bus load of people (and real chickens) and transported across the city. I made it just in time! Wow! JUST IN TIME! Isn’t that just like our God. 

Why is it that our needs are sometimes met "just in time?" Maybe because He wants to remind us of how “He never leaves nor forsakes us!”
~ Daneille Snowden

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

TRUST #8: Trust God to Meet Your Needs (Carolyn McIntosh's Story)

Today, my mom (a recent widow) is sharing one of her TRUST stories with all of us. Thank you for sharing, Mom, and for encouraging us to trust the Lord through every season of life: 
Since losing my husband in May 2017, the Lord has been teaching me to take things one day at a time. I have had to TRUST Him for many things, including car and house repairs; but each time I ask, my church family has been there for me. God's Word says He has promised to supply all my needs, and to be the husband to the widow. The more I TRUST Him, the more He shows me how His Word is true.
I have also had to TRUST Him to show me each day what He has for me to do. At times, I have felt like I am doing nothing for the Lord since my husband passed, but I am learning that He cares about the "little" things I can do, as well as anything else that comes my way. 
  • I can be a prayer partner.
  • I can be a good listener.
  • I can visit a neighbor.
  • Just giving a smile is important.
  • Being there for my children and grandchildren is important. 
He has shown me I can TRUST Him to use me during this season of my life; and YOU can trust Him, too. Ask the Lord to help you use your gifts, and He will. Just listen to Him, and be ready!

For His Service,
Carolyn McIntosh

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

TRUST #7: A Simple Plan to Help Us TRUST More and Worry Less
Today, I want to share an article with you from my blogging friend, Annie, over at ANNIE & EVERYTHING.

I recently read the idea she shared about a simple devotional plan any of us can use to help us learn to TRUST more and worry less... AND, it doesn't cost anything to do it! All you need is your Bible, a notebook, and a pen.

She got the idea from a recorded sermon by John MacArthur. He made the comment that "anyone suffering from day-to-day anxiety needs to know God’s character better, and the way to know God’s character better is to read the Psalms."

So that’s what she did and, if you click over to her ARTICLE, you can read about how she did it. She shares two simple steps that can help us learn more about God and His character. And, as a result of knowing Him better, we can have more TRUST in Him.

Thank you for sharing this idea with us, Annie, and thank you for allowing me to share about it here on He Holds My Right Hand. I have been using this plan myself for the past few weeks, and it is great!

One more time, here is the link to Annie's article. I hope you will take the time to read it:


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

TRUST #6: Trust God's Decision on Leaders

Tomorrow is President's Day, a federal holiday here in the United States. While it is normally a day to remember our first elected president (Washington), and also our 16th President (Lincoln), it is also a time to reflect on ALL of our presidents (including our current one).

I don't discuss politics much because... well...  I just don't like it. Its just not an interest of mine. However, I do believe it is important to be respectful to the leaders we have in place, even if I don't agree with what they do. According to Romans 13:1, those who are in leadership are there ONLY because God instituted it. Yes, I did my part and I voted for who I thought would be the better leader. We all NEED to do our part. However, ultimately, I know the person who wins each election wins it because that is who GOD wants to have in office. 

So, even if the leaders in place completely destroy our country, I choose to TRUST that, yes, GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. Our country may end up lying in ruins - and in some ways it already is - but I believe my God has a plan, and He is using each situation to accomplish that plan. 

So, what do we do when things aren't going the way we want, or the way we think they should go? Pray. Pray for the president and for those who give him counsel. Pray for him to have wisdom in leading our country to the best of his ability. Pray for him to accomplish the plans the Lord has laid out for him to do. Then, TRUST that even in the chaos God's got it all under control.  

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: "Whole Heart" Worship Music CD

I enjoy listening to worship music, when I'm in the right mood for it. I love Lauren Daigle, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, etc. So, when I was given the opportunity to listen to a new worship CD from Passion Music, I took it.

From what I've been told, Passion Music is "rooted out of the Passion movement, and is committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship." It includes a group of worship artists who sing together at live Passion Conferences, such as Kristian Stanfill, Sean Curran, Melodie Malone, Crowder, and Matt Redman.

The most recent Passion Conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia, which birthed the new live album WHOLE HEART. I have been listening to a digital version of this music while I work on my laptop and have been enjoying it. I will also be receiving a physical copy of the CD later in March, which I'm looking forward to.

And, guess what?! I have the option to give away another copy of the CD to someone who follows my blog! Back in October, I said I was going to stop doing giveaways but, as I've thought about it more, I decided I would still like to offer a few giveaways throughout the year, in order to bless some of my readers. But I'm going to be handling them differently than before - no more online forms that collect personal information.

For THIS specific giveaway, if you want to be entered into the random drawing, all you need to do is be sure you are following "He Holds My Right Hand MINISTRIES" on Facebook. Just hit the "like" button on the page when you are signed into Facebook (or, there is a LIKE button on the left side of this blog, if you choose to use that). If you are already following the page, then you don't need to do anything. You are already entered! 

Next Wednesday, February 21st (no sooner than 8:00 p.m. Central Time), I will assign a number to each follower of "He Holds My Right Hand MINISTRIES," then use to choose a number for me. If your name is chosen, I will contact you via a private Facebook message, and you will have 48 hours to respond. If no response, I will choose another number. NOTE: Giveaways are open to continental U.S. residents only.

The new WHOLE HEART digital album will be released on February 23rd. Here is the link where you can purchase at that time: PASSION:  WHOLE HEART. The physical CD will be available in March.

Here's a quote from the Passion website:

Passion is more than music.
More than events.
Passion is a generation living for His name.

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

TRUST #5: Trust in God's Love for You

As Valentine's Day approaches, allow me to share with you 15 verses about the best kind of love there is - GOD'S LOVE. 

When you doubt God's love for you, read over these verses and TRUST that His steadfast (firm, unwavering) love for you is abounding (much, many, great), and will endure forever.

Nehemiah 9:17 (ESV) - ...but you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love...

Psalm 36:5 - Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 

Psalm 63:3 - Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.  

Psalm 86:15 - But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.  

Psalm 107:8 - Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 
Psalm 119:64 The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes!
1 Chronicles 16:34 - Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!  
Song of Solomon 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 13:34 - A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Romans 5:8 - But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Ephesian 5:2 - And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
1 John 3:1 - See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God;
1 John 4:7-8 - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

TRUST #4: Remember How God Has Helped You in the Past

Corrie Ten Boom said, "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." That couldn't be more true for David and me right now because, this past Wednesday, David unexpectedly lost his job. So, we definitely have an unknown future, but that's okay. We are choosing to put our TRUST in a KNOWN GOD who loves us and has promised to provide for our needs.  

Sometimes, trusting an unknown future to a known God is easier said than done. But, one way I have found to help me do that is to reminisce about the past, focusing on the wondrous works the Lord has done in my life.
~ I have good memories of times that have worked out well for me and my family, and of how God has provided for our needs.

~ I also have memories of difficult times that may not have turned out how I would have liked; but I knew the Lord was with me, holding my hand, giving me the strength I needed.
When I remember past circumstances, no matter what the outcome was, it helps me focus on the goodness of the Lord. That, in turn, helps to calm my fears of an unknown future, and helps me to TRUST the Lord more.  

A suggestion to help you remember all the things the Lord has done for YOU (or brought you through), is to start keeping a prayer journal. My mother taught me to do that, and it really helps. It doesn't have to be fancy. Just get a simple notebook and write down your prayer requests and the date, then leave a little room to write down the answers/outcomes when they come. The more you look back and recognize His goodness in your life, the more you will be able to TRUST in Him. So, start one today, if you haven't already!

TRUST our God with your present and future because of how He has helped you in the past.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

"Christian Quotes" Inspirational Website

A great way for Christians to encourage other Christians is by sharing uplifting Bible verses and encouraging quotes. has made it easier for us to do that. Check out this inspirational website that has over 10,000 Christian quotes on it, categorized by Bible, Author and Topic. You can also read a new devotional each day based on the daily quote.

Some of the most read and used pages on the website include:
Thousands of images are allowed to be shared for free on Facebook, blogs, and other social media websites, as long as they are not altered or sold. Many of these images can be seen on, and shared from, the Christian Quotes Facebook page, which already has over 4.5 million fans. 

Below are a few examples of some of the images. Be sure to check out the others on the website, and don't be afraid to share - share - share. Let's flood the Internet with God's Word and good thoughts.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

TRUST #3: God Works All Things for Our Good

Today, I am posting a quote about trusting God "no matter what." It is from my favorite devotional by Cynthia Heald, "Becoming a Woman Who Walks with God." 

The Scriptures do not guarantee that "all will be well" according to our human perspective. They do, however, promise that God will work all things for our good. As we learn to TRUST Him "no matter what," He develops within us a deeply rooted confidence in Him. This confidence enables us to lean on HIS understanding and HIS ways of working in our lives.

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