Sharing Some Borrowed Hope

 Every now and again, a little diddy will come across my desk that grabs me from the inside out.
Borrowed Hope has been around the internet a while, often reposted as a staple share of encouragement and well, hope.
Many sources list the author as “Unknown” but a site that takes its name from the first line’s plea, Lend Me Your Hope, identifies the author as Eloise Cole.
Eloise was an everyday gal with a true hero’s heart, taking her life of tragedy and becoming a beacon of hope to countless others.
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Answered Prayer for You~2 Peter 2:10~



Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:
for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.”

What a glorious and humbling promise, my Father.
For if I can be diligent, I have your word that I will never fall.

Never fall.Oh Lord, how much I desire to never fall

Never again to fall into doubt, fear or failure.

Never again to wrestle with the snares that so easily entangle.

Never again to walk out of your perfected plan for me.

Lord, I ask for your strength to be diligent.
I so desire to be attentive and persistent, Lord, by your Holy Spirit fan the flame into a roaring fire.

Lord by faith, your word tells me that I already have all that I need for life and godliness.
Lord, thank you for allowing me to be continually transformed into the image of Christ.
Full of purpose, full of passion for your kingdom.

Lord, may my bloggy brethren also continue to be diligent to be sure in their calling.

May they be solid in their walk; unwavered in their faith.

Lord may the desire to seek you, overtake and consume them today.

May they forget the things that is past, and today, this very moment,
with all that is in their hands, press forth into you.

Surround them with your presence and may they experience You to the fullness in ways they never knew before this day.

Father, with you and in you we do not fall.

What a wonderful God you are. How we love to love you.

In Jesus Name
Amen~ So Be It

How Do You Explain Trossachs?

When I was asked  to give my testimony at our family camp’s annual fund-raiser last spring,
I asked the kids what I should talk about.
They all had ideas, and we shared lots of stories and memories of what Trossachs meant to the Smith family.

Then my daughter Summer piped up and said, “Mom, how do you explain Trossachs? 
Trossachs made us”

The girl had nailed it.
Three words, summed up  Trossachs,

“ It made us”

When I look back , every area of breakthrough and growth in my family has  had roots at Trossachs Gospel Camp.

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But really God… I can fix this one.. Trust me..


I ran into my victim a day or two back.

You know, the poor soul who’s life and esteem I ripped from stem to stern with my  “dominating attitude”.

Hmmm, maybe stubborn is the word… no, no, that’s not it either….

How about unsubmitted, disobedient, selfish, uncrucified not-quit-dead-yet flesh…

Ya, I hurt someone  deeply because I think I know better than God.

Because I can’t let my wants, my desires, my ME, stay dead at that cross. And I don’t keep my mouth and my logical understanding, from trying to run the show.

Well, I ran into that person the other day.
It broke my heart.
It was all I could do to stop shaking.

More than anything I wanted to grab them, hug them, put some Star Trek Mind Wiper thingy on them and erase every memory of all past iniquities.

But, alas… I think its finally sinking into my noggin that the harder I try to fix things, the worser it gets.

I can do nothing in my flesh.

There is nothing that I can say.
There is nothing that I can do.

All that person wants of me is to honor their request and vanish… poofity poof…

It is Easter soon.  I think alot about the Ressurection.
I know God is the God of the Ressurection.
I think He get quite a kick out of  ressurecting things.
And I am still counting on the God of the Ressurection to do what He does best and breathe life into what is dead.

I try to remind myself that God quite delights when I take my hands off of things.
That it pleases Him when I sit in quiet expectation, counting on Him to come thru for me.

If your heart is aching over strained and broken fellowship, regrets and remose, please, take hope.
There is so much hope. He is our HOPE!

God will not share the Glory.
If we are fighting and straining to fix something, He will not interfer.
He will lovingly sit and watch us dig our hole deeper and wider, until the hole becomes a grave, and that thing  insides dies.

He will watch patiently until we come till the end of our own self.
Untill we get to the very deep, very clear realization that we can do nothing of our own selves and we need Him and all of Him in all of us.

But He is the God of reconciliation. It is why He sent Jesus to that Cross.
His mercy is beyond description.

It will come.
I believe Him. I know Him.
I know His Heart and I know His love for me and my victim.

Reconciliation will come for you too.
I am praying that for you  tonight as I try not to listen to much to the empty hollow banging in my heart.

Easter is a season of miracles.
Death to life.
Thats what He is all about and I believe Him.

Time to dig into Key 1 and Key 2…. Oh how my Daddy loves me.

He loves me in my pain. He loves me in my lonliness. He loves me in my repentance.
He is also using this time to walk me and “victim” into a new place of healing, and death to ourselves.

So when that day comes, we can shout to the world LOOK WHAT GOD HAS DONE.

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray for anyone today who is wadding thru strained fellowship, disappointment, heart break.
God, you be the healer. God you are the restorer.
Thank you for the amazing work you are doing. Work that we may not know, may not see, but we don’t need to.
We know you.  We know you heart and it is beautiful.
I pray you touch my bloggie friend today when the darkness sneaks in.
When doubt and lies scream.
I pray that the truth of your word rises above all else.
Everything is possible!
YES!! This is possible.

And when our miracles happen, you will get all the glory and all the praise.

In JESUS Name,
Amen, so be it.

I Think “IDIOT” Sums It Up…


I’ve been blogging how I use the BLESS keys every day in my little Jo world.

But today’s blog, is about what an immense disastrous mess, one can make of life as you know it when you DON’T follow the keys.

My oh my dear sweet reader, I have made such a mess, that I don’t know just were to begin.

And I contribute 100% of it to the fact that my stubborn, selfish self did not walk thru her keys.

Instead of throwing myself back into God’s arms, trusting His promises, His eyes and His heart,
my mind only screamed one ugly word “me, me, me….”

The “me-man” will only make you do one thing really, really fast. He (she) will make you,  not just step out of love, but fall fast and hard from love as can be.

“Love does not insist on its own rights or its won way. for it is not self-seeking; It in not touchy or fretful or resentful, it takes NO account of the evil done to it. (It pays no attention to a suffered wrong) ” ICor 13:5

I am, guilty as charged..

All these eyes  could see was the evil being done to yours truly.

From there my little me heart went on to blather thru my little me mouth, nasty little “me, me, you, you” words.

And just what do you think I got?

You see,  when you walk the BLESS keys as the BLESS keys are written, you get what the BLESS keys say you would get.

If you don’t do the keys, don’t get what the keys state.

I didn’t walk my keys, and I got a mess.

I hurt one of the sweetest people in my life and they walked out.
Possibly forever.

You sow to your flesh, you reap to your flesh.
Destruction. Period.
It may be immediate.
It may be slow and drawn out but it will be a death.
Now I am mourning  a death of a friendship all because of my flesh.

What an idiot, I can be!
I fell into the flesh,  I acted horribly and I destroyed a priceless friendship.
I sinned.

To know what to do and not do it…
I knew my BLESS steps.
I try to keep them constant in my mind, ingrained in my heart  (or at least so I thought)

But still I made a choice;
Chose  to fall to my stubborn ugly PRIDE!

So, Where From Here?

Where does the Queen of Condemnation go to keep herself from curling up into a ball and quitting life….

She drags herself off her butt and gets on her knees.

She goes back to Her Lord and Savior who is waiting with open arms.
She repents thru her tears,  for the damage she has done to the ones that He loves, and shakes her head as He faithfully takes her back.

Then she arms herself for battle.

Because my sweet  bloggie readers, we are in a spiritual battle.
And we cannot fight flesh with flesh.

If you have ever made such a mess out of something that you think there is no fixing.
Join with me…

God is the God of the IMPOSSIBLE!

He is the God of  RESTORATION!

He is the God that has taught us to move MOUNTAINS!

By faith in the name of Jesus, I speak to the mountains between relationships. Relationships in my life, and relationships in the lives of all those who’s eyes fall here. We tell these mountains to be removed once and forever.
Satan, you and your schemes have no more footholds in these relationships.

Holy Ghost we agree for a supernatural healing and an supernatural restoration.
A restoration that will bring glory and honour to your name.
A restoration that is built on the solid foundation of your word and your kingdom.

We thank you now for the impossible that you are going to do.
I thank you that you are turning the hearts of the father’s back to the son’s and the hearts of the son’s back to the fathers.
I thank you for marriages being restored.  I thank you for the wave of grace and mercy that is flowing from your throne to your children.

Thank you for healing the broken hearts,and restoring all the years that the locust have eaten.

I thank you that we are children that walk and talk and love like our Father.  And that the world will know you by your love thru us.

In Jesus mighty name,
AMEN, so-be-it….

Post your prayers here.
Posts your pains here.

Remember, God is not just able, but He is willing.

As for me, I am delving back into “May I BLESS You”.
I am saturating myself in His spirit and His word.
I am getting myself strengthened and trained for battle.
My words and my deeds will give life and not bring death.

Please keep us in your prayers.

And keep watch,
I absolutely expect to post a praise report soon!