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  • Vel Hobbs posted an update in the group Group logo of SermonsSermons 3 months, 1 week ago

    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

    DON’T IT MAKE YOU WANNA GO HOME …?

    No matter how far we have wandered from ‘home’, or how high we have climbed up the ladder of success, or how ‘together’ we seem to be to all we have contact with; there is always a deep little place inside our heart that often longs to ‘just go back home’. I, too, struggled with ‘running away’ from ‘home’ and all that I had been taught; especially when it came to God and ‘religion’. I left home at fifteen and have been on my own for many of the years since. I worked at any job I could find to live and to continue in my education. EVEN THEN, in all those years of wanting no part of God; yet being scared of Him and where ‘my eternity’ was headed, I still longed for ‘something to truly believe in’ and for ‘someone to truly believe and trust in’.

    By the time I was ‘retired’ from the world of business in 2011, I had been at the top in my profession for many years. I made good money, formed long-lasting professional relationships, received several awards, and earned real respect. All the things that young girl, while still in High School longed to accomplish, I did accomplish and far more. I not only wanted a ‘top position’ for myself; I wanted to be able to hire and train people who needed ‘someone’ to believe in them enough to give them an opportunity to get the training and experience they needed for a better job and a better life for themselves and their families.

    My ‘journey’ until I was thirty-seven years old was successful in the professional world, but deep inside I was still that insecure and frightened little girl … looking for love and acceptance from all the wrong people and in all the wrong places. I had a daughter, Susan, in January 1970; born perfectly formed and amazing; she was indeed a ‘miracle child’. I had already had two threatening miscarriages and doctors warned me against trying to carry this child to term, warning me of the possibility that neither of us would make it or of the child being still-born or simply a ‘vegetable’. But way down deep inside, I knew that one day I would have a child, a daughter, and she would be amazing in all ways. I also knew, from the time I was in my early teens, that this child would be taken from me in death many years before I would also pass on. Susan was taken from me in a senseless act of murder on May 28, 1984; just three days before my 34th birthday (her funeral was on my birthday). My thirty-six year old husband, Leonard, had also been taken from life just a few months earlier on October 8, 1982.

    Shortly after Susan’s death, I began to learn what was going on in my life that had brought me into such danger; not only me, but all of those whom I loved and was close to. In 1986, I literally knew I was on the run for my own life and the lives of family members. In June of 1986, in God’s mysterious and wise ways, I finally ‘FOUND JESUS’ for myself. {That is quite a story within itself as I was rebelling against even hearing the Name of God spoken and the thought of walking into a church made me sick to my stomach.} But all of the years of my life … I had a praying mother; STRONG IN FAITH and STRONG IN LOVE! She never gave up on me; she not only prayed unceasingly for my Salvation, but she prayed unceasingly for God to return me to her in His Perfect Timing. Even when Mom was sent my Death Certificate, while I was working undercover as a Civilian Operative for the FBI, she never believed I was dead. GOD HONORED MAMA’s PRAYERS and HE BROUGHT ME BACK TO HER COMPLETE AND WHOLE ONCE AGAIN … now running with Jesus with all my mind, heart, body, and soul!

    That Sunday morning in 1986, when I gave my heart and life over to Christ Jesus was the only reason that I am alive today to share my testimony and my love for HIM with others. It was a Wednesday, only three days later, that I had an Undercover Agent walk into my office in Oklahoma City and 3+ years of ‘hell on earth’ was about to begin for me. I worked and survived in situations that only Supernatural Intervention from God could have brought me thru. I was cut off from all former friends and family members, and the people whom I met and/or worked with never even knew my real name; I used many alias during those years. There were a few times that I grew so weak and drained that I could not even get up from my bed. JESUS WALKED EVERY STEP OF THAT JOURNEY WITH ME … I was never all alone! I am so grateful for all the positive work that was done with my help during those years, but I am most grateful that thru those years of great danger and stress, I built a Personal Relationship With Jesus that I will never choose to walk away from. Again, my friends, I speak this Truth to each of you, … Jesus Himself wants to be our chosen Lord and Savior, but He also longs to be our Bestest Friend.

    PSALM CHAPTER 18: I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.

    In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears. He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the calamity, but the Lord was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.

    For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except my God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like deer, and sets me on high places. You have also given me the shield of Your Salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip. For You will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His Way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

    THE LORD LIVES! BLESSED BE MY ROCK! LET THE GOD OF MY SALVATION BE EXALTED.

    Heavenly Father, You laid it strongly upon my heart to share this part of my personal testimony to Christ Jesus, and I have done as You have led by Thy Holy Spirit. So now, I pray in Jesus’ Name, that hearts and minds will be opened to seek Thee for themselves if they are still searching for a TRUE PEACE and a FAITHFUL FRIEND and SAVIOR. I also pray, in Jesus’ Name, for my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, that they will continue to FOLLOW JESUS and to SEEK THY PLAN and PURPOSE for their respective lives. O Lord, please give each of us the wisdom and the strength to ‘not stay silent’ but to ‘SPEAK OF JESUS’ in every given opportunity. For time is growing short as the world becomes even more chaotic and out of touch with God who is our Eternal Hope in all things for all seasons. Thank You, Father God; Thank You, Lord Jesus; Thank You, Holy Spirit. AMEN

    Vel Hobbs
    Ministry Of New Hope
    05/08/2017

    “Don’t It Make You Wanna Go Home?”
    (BOBBY BARE LYRICS)

    Don’t it make you wanna go home now?
    Don’t it make you wanna go home?
    All God’s children get weary when they roam,
    Don’t it make you wanna go home?

    Oh, the whippoorwill roost on the telephone poles
    When the Georgia sun goes down,
    Well, it’s been a long time but I’m glad to say
    That I’m goin’ back to my hometown.

    Goin’ down to the greyhound station,
    Gonna buy me a one-way fare.
    Good Lord’s willin’ and the creeks don’t rise;
    Watch it for I’ll be right there.

    Don’t it make you wanna go home now?
    Don’t it make you wanna go home?
    All God’s children get weary when they roam,
    Don’t it make you wanna go home?

    There’s a six-lane highway down by the creek,
    Where I went skinny dippin’ as a child;
    And the driving show where the meadow used to grow,
    And the strawberries used to grow wild.

    There’ a drugstrip down by the riverside
    Where my grandma’s cow used to grace,
    Now the grass don’t grow and the river don’t flow
    Like it did in my childhood days.

    Don’t it make you wanna go home now?
    Don’t it make you wanna go home?
    All God’s children get weary when they roam,
    Don’t it make you wanna go home?

    JOHN 4:1-4 & 6: “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

    ETERNAL PEACE AT HOME WITH JESUS HIMSELF AND ALL THOSE, IN HIM, WHO HAVE GONE ON BEFORE US! ** Don’t It Make You Wanna Go Home? **

    I HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE ONE DAY …

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