Quarterly Message of Hope

2020 Summer Quarterly
7/1/2020 3:06:00 AM by: Penelope Kaye

Welcome to the first quarterly newsletter of the Messenger of Hope! I’m excited to have you join me on this wild journey we call life. Before we go any farther, I want to point out a few differences between your Monday Morning Hope message and what you will find here:

  • A little longer message—more like a meal than a snack
  • A seasonal sampling to enjoy—recipes, activities, holiday fun
  • A contest—who doesn’t want to win something
  • An update or two—on my writing, ministry, prayer

While I may not get to see many of you, sharing moments through these newsletters brings a smile to my heart, and I hope to yours as well. This first message talks about stumbling and how to avoid it.

Stumbling

A few years back, I attended a prophetic conference. I signed up for a workshop called spoken word, a poetic performance art. After giving a couple of demonstrations, the instructor assigned the following scripture for us to use in developing our own version:

Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’” (Matthew 26:31, NKJV)

While pondering the verse, my eyes seemed glued to the word stumble. I decided to use it as my focus and soon had my piece finished. Then conviction flooded my soul.

Why?

I want to think I would have been different than the disciples. Knowing what they didn’t, surely, I wouldn’t have stumbled. Surely, I wouldn’t have run away. Surely, I wouldn’t have denied Christ. Yet, here in one word from a verse I had read dozens of times, I stood convicted. The truth, gently illuminated by Holy Spirit, clearly let me know I was, in fact, no different than the disciples.

While waiting my turn to share in front of the other participants, I closed my eyes and asked for forgiveness. And true to His nature and His word, our loving Savior washed away the stain of my sin with His cleansing blood.

Looking at my life, I wonder how I could have sat there, so smug in my self-righteousness. Obviously, we all stumble at some point in our lives. Thankfully, God keeps no records of the times we trip and fall, again and again.

Every day provides opportunities for stumbling, whether our own feet trip us up or our archenemy sticks an obstacle in our path. And if we’re not careful, we can turn stumbling into an art form without taking any responsibility for it.

As far as what caused me to stumble that day? Here’s what I wrote:

 

Stumble*

Stumble.

            Trip.

                        Fall.

Because of Jesus –

            All of us?

I don’t think so –

            Not me

.

You think not

            because

                        of your pride.

You think not

            because

                        of your self-righteousness.

You think not

            because

                        of your good works.

 

I stumbled.

            I tripped.

                        I fell down.

I can’t walk

            without You, Jesus.

I can’t walk

            unless I walk with You.

 

If you sense the convicting power of God, take time before the Lord and repent. Receive His forgiveness and forgive yourself. Then make a deliberate choice to walk with Jesus. You won’t be disappointed. He’s the only One who can keep us from stumbling.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,

To God our Savior, Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
  (Jude 24-25, NKJV)

Two millennia ago, Jude wrote the perfect response in our quest to walk worthy of God’s call on our lives. It doesn’t get any better than that.

*©2014, Penelope Kaye. Used with permission.

 

Seasonal Sampling

Since we celebrate Independence Day in America this month, how about an independence day walk through the neighborhood? What do I mean by that? As you’re walking, pray for freedom in each house you pass by, for Jesus to be made real, for opportunities to share hope.

 

Contest

Who doesn’t love a contest? Well, here is one for you. Everyone who leaves a comment by midnight July 2nd will have the opportunity to win a $20.00 Amazon gift card.  So be sure to pop on and let me know what you think of the newsletter, the article, the poem, or . . . 

 

Update

I experienced one of the biggest thrills of my life last year when my book, Making Crooked Places Straight was published. I never, never thought it would happen. So don’t give up on your dreams, ever.

Unfortunately, I also went through one of the worst times in my life, which almost ended my writing career. However, God remained faithful through it all, and in January of this year, the joy for putting pen to paper returned.

As a result, I’m excited to announce a new print and e-book will be available later this year—Landing Media Interviews without a Publicist: 8 Essential Keys for Authors. As you can tell from the title, this is a how-to manual for authors who want to market their books through radio. It’s a  nuts & bolts training with very specific instructions. An invaluable help for writers who need encouragement in this area.

In the meantime, I have my day job, two manuscripts waiting for my return, along with my children’s picture books, the possibility of my own radio program, not to mention hitting my knees in intercession for our nation. Life is full!

As you step into these next few months, remember to celebrate hope, offer hope, be a messenger of hope!

Blessings,

 

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Comments

Tom Anderson From Billings, MT At 7/13/2020 4:31:24 PM

Glad to be here! Great poetry!

Reply by: PS 2710 Ministries

Hi, Tom Thanks for joining the journey! Blessings, Penelope Kaye

Penelope Kaye From Billings, MT At 7/3/2020 8:15:08 PM

Congratulations to Evelyn Laci, the winner of the Amazon gift card!

Janet R Feil From Wellington, Co At 7/2/2020 10:12:05 AM

Thank you for your honesty and transparency. Your poem speaks to my heart in the simplicity of truth to my heart. It's so encouraging! Blessing to you!

Reply by: PS 2710 Ministries

Thank you, Janet! I'm so glad for a kindred spirit! God bless, Penelope PS: You are now entered in the contest.

Evelyn Laci From Hardin At 7/2/2020 9:41:46 AM

I really appreciated your teaching on stumbling. I,too, have been guilty of thinking I won’t stumble. But I do

Reply by: PS 2710 Ministries

Hi, Evelyn! It's so easy to think we won't, but then we do. Thanks for sharing! Penelope PS: You are now entered in the contest.

Diana Kay From Texas Diana Kay At 7/2/2020 9:17:25 AM

Truly from the heart of God! So very inspirational. You have deeply touched my heart! I know others also. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'm excited for the day when you share daily!! YOU HAVE TRULY TOUCHED THE LORD'S HEART!!

Reply by: PS 2710 Ministries

Thank you, Diana, for your kind words - they touched my heart! Love, Penelope PS: You are now entered in the contest!

Karen Christian From Colorado Springs, Co At 7/1/2020 7:52:48 PM

This is wonderful Penelope!!! A good variety, creative, wise and an opportunity to repent....thank you..God's great goodness!!! Blessings!!!!!

Reply by: PS 2710 Ministries

Hi, Karen! Thank you for your encouraging words! I am blessed with wonderful friends like you in my life! Love, Penelope PS: You are now entered in the contest!

Carol Havig From Billings, MT At 7/1/2020 2:07:31 PM

Enjoyed your newsletter and looking forward to more from you, Penny! God is good!

Reply by: PS 2710 Ministries

Thank you, Carol! I'm glad you liked it. God is incredibly good! PS: You're entered in the contest!

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