Author Archives: Carol Hamilton

Let Your Light Shine

Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.”  Psalm  97:11 NIV

Have you ever experienced a power failure in the evening?  The entire house goes dark and you have to stumble around to find a candle or a flashlight.  For some reason this happens frequently where I live.  But when that candle is found and lit, it illuminates the room. It emanates warmth and security. That candle shows you the way.  We can be just like that candle, our radiance and illumination can be spread to others by just that small flame that burns within us. Today may the warmth of that bright, little ray be spread to others whose lives we touch.

Carol Hamilton, Chaplain
Ormond Beach FL

This Is The Day

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 NIV

Many times I have quoted this Psalm; In fact, I’ve even sung the song that is made up solely of this one verse.  One day I sat down and really contemplated those words.  First of all, if this is the day that the Lord has made, then that means…I don’t have to.  I’m not in charge of the day so whether, it will be a good day or a bad day, how it ends up is entirely
up to me.  This is the day that the Lord has made, not me! On this day there are no regrets about the past, nor fear or anxiety about the future.  There is only this day, this moment, which the Lord has made…so I can rejoice and be glad.

God made this day just for you.  He knows what you are going to face.  Now, look for God all day.  Seeing God’s hand and recognizing His activity in and around you gives you reason to BE GLAD AND REJOICE IN IT every day.  Take time to “see” what God has for you today.

Carol Hamilton, Chaplain
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Are You Planted?

“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.  They
will bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”  Psalm 92:12-15 NIV

Did you know that God loves trees? Trees are mentioned over 100 times in the Bible. Living in Florida, we see palm trees all around us. They gently sway in the soft summer wind. When the storms come they are flexible, at times completely bending over and allowing the wind to toss them to and fro.  But those trees have roots that hold them anchored deep in the earth. Their roots go down as far into the earth as the tree is tall. The palm tree is not affected by outward circumstances. It remains deeply rooted, and green.  The roots grow together and grab hold of the roots of the next tree, and so on. This gives them their strength. The date palm was called the Tree of Life by the Hebrews because it provided food rich in protein as well as shade from the scorching heat.  The older it gets, the sweeter it’s fruit; and the best of all is the tree continues to grow until it dies.

We can learn a lot from these trees when we are rooted in God. With Him we can withstand the storms of life. We stay rooted in God’s word and we don’t let circumstances change or affect our walk with Him. Our roots, our beliefs, should be anchored and grounded in the Lord. When troubles come, as they do, we don’t break off our connection, but we stay put, solid in the Word of God. We bend and we sway with the challenges of life but we don’t disconnect. When we come together in prayer we are like the palms
interconnecting their roots for strength. When we feel that we can’t bend anymore, there are others just like us that stand with us and give us strength.  As we age and mature we
continue to grow with Him until He calls us home.  Next time you look at a palm tree, remember, that each of us can take a lesson from that tree.  Be sure your roots are deeply embedded in the Lord and you can weather any storm life throws at you.

Carol A. Hamilton, Chaplain
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Lift Up Your Eyes To The Hills

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber or sleep.” Psalm 121 NIV

I had the memorable experience of attending a speech by Laura Bush. As I was entering the building, to find my seat, I noticed numerous amounts of secret service agents outside and inside the building as well as around the stage. All of these people were there for her security. They were her help in times of trouble.

What a great picture this presented in the way God surrounds us with His protection and His love. He alone watches over us day and night, 24/7, coming and going. God protects us in many ways. We may never know, until heaven, how many times He has kept us from harm. What an assurance we have. We can face anything with his help.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for surrounding us with Your care and love. Thank You that we can call on You in times of trouble and know that You are our help. Each day may we “lift up our eyes” to You, our maker.

Carol A. Hamilton, Chaplain
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