Monthly Archives: June 2013


A friend had the chance recently to tell an incredible story of how God provided for her, far beyond her expectations. This story like many others can be found in the recently released book, Kernels of Hope. The website advertising this book (by the same name), highlights the fact that these are testimonies of real, very ordinary people who chose to put their faith in God despite what they could see physically.

Her story, “Opportunity Knocks”, tells about her allegiance to God, but more importantly, it is once again evidence that God is ultimately in control. Be reminded…the Apostle Paul prayed this for the saints. And, may we have that same confidence in Him as children of God.

Philippians 1:6 I am sure that the good work God began in you will continue until he completes it on the day when Jesus Christ comes again.

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia



I recently bought an early, Father’s Day gift for my husband — 7 Men by Eric Metaxas. If you aren’t familiar with Metaxas, he is the author who penned Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life story several years ago. In his current book, he examines the lives of seven men who surrendered themselves completely to God, even in the face of persecution and in some cases even death. A chapter is dedicated to each of these men: George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, and Charles Colson.

The section on Eric Liddell, which I read yesterday, was particularly inspiring. You may recall the movie Chariots of Fire, which told of his refusal to run the 100-meter race during the 1924 Olympics because of his conviction about the Sabbath. Without going into more detail, his story goes far beyond what was seen on the screen. He ultimately dedicated his life to become a missionary in China. His life exemplified total obedience and trust in God. His utmost desire was to do the work of the Master –a deep longing that he expressed at one of his first speaking engagements about his faith. Like the other men presented in the book, Liddell’s walk with God was immovable. Their success was grounded in their total reliance on Christ.

Isaiah 41:10
Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

I encourage you to pick up a copy of the book. I actually bought two copies — one for my husband and myself.

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia