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INTRODUCTION TO “WINGS OF HOPE”
In the early 1990s, while I was working with battered women, a name came to my mind. “Wings of Hope” sounded like a good name to give our support group. I kept the thought to myself while I tried to come up with an acronym for the letters to represent. I never came up with one, so the group was never given that name. Not able to let go of the idea, I kept all my notes and put them away. Years later I started college, working on a Sociology degree. I planned on opening my own counseling center one day. Again, the old name popped into my mind: it would make a great name for my counseling center. Apparently, this was also something that was not meant to be. About halfway through school, I felt the Lord leading me in a different direction than I’d originally planned. I would not be opening a counseling center, after all. Again, I found myself unable to completely abandon the name that kept popping into my head every now and then. For reasons I didn’t understand, I was still drawn to it. I knew that, someday, God would show me what “Wings of Hope” was going to be used for. So, I put all my notes away in a file and waited. It would come, in God’s time. A profound experience at a women’s retreat, in 2012, left me with the clear sensation of the Lord setting my feet down firmly on a new path in my life. Excited, and anxious to learn the specifics, I worked hard at listening closely for His direction and guidance. I soon felt myself being drawn into some sort of ministry, even though I still had no details. Having an idea where He was Leading me, my excitement tangled itself with impatience. I could hardly wait to find out where we were going. Meanwhile, my life brought many new opportunities for me to learn how to let go of my worries and concerns . . . to stop trying to fix things and let God do His work. Through a series of family dramas, He was teaching me to let Him handle ALL the things I couldn’t change or influence. For nearly two years, those opportunities kept coming, waiting for me to get a clue. Finally, in the Spring of 2014, He Showed me another piece of the puzzle. A string of articles for the Hill City Gathering Place web site and the Little White Church newsletter spawned a new idea. A regular monthly column on the Gathering Place web site. It’s name? “Wings of Hope”.
FINALLY! A place to use the name I’d carried around for over two decades! I was excited and thrilled! This time, the words in the acronym came effortlessly: “When I Need God’s Support, He Offers Perfect Encouragement”. I presented the idea to Jack and Mary, and they loved it! Today, I am honored to launch “Wings of Hope”. Psalm 91:4 promises us shelter beneath God’s wings. Therefore, I’ve chosen that verse as the Scripture reference connected to the title of this column. Many times in my life, I have seen this promise at work in difficult, painful, even terrifying situations. I’ve also seen it in times of unspeakable joy. He has made His presence known to me more times than I could count. To His Honor and Glory, I dedicate this column. Here, we will share a journey of how God applies His Truth to EVERYTHING in our lives. Allow me to clarify something, here. Many times – in the body of a particular article – I may mention God’s name only. However, I am perfectly aware that He does not act alone in the ways He works in my life. His influence in our lives has been made possible by the tremendous sacrifice that Jesus made for all of mankind. Together, they use the Power of the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and minds with a multitude of emotions and thoughts. Even if I don’t mention them all in the story I’m telling, I know they are ALL a part of it. In this column, we will look at the role they play in everyday life. Thank you for being here. It is my prayer that the Lord will use this column to help you recognize and welcome His presence in your everyday life. Please join me every month as we explore the amazing love, insight, peace, safety, comfort and trust that can be found under His precious “Wings of Hope”.
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