Awhile back, my parents gave me a journal by Sandy Clough entitled, “A Garden of Hope.”  The book is generously sprinkled with Scripture.  If you could use some helpful words in this crazy world, please read these excerpts:

“Can I really let entertainment pour immorality and violence into my eyes and ears and not damage my soul?  Psalm 101:3 contains a commitment to put no evil thing before my eyes.”

“Hope has a name, and it is Jesus, the name above all names…I know what you need from me is to surrender to your will and your purposes.  Lord, I gladly give you the ownership of the garden of my heart, knowing that I can completely trust you with the results.  You are everything I need.”

“The bad news of the day cannot hold back spring.  Even wars-or rumors of war-will not keep the life within the bulb of the lily from pushing it up through the dirt and unfurling its petals into a dazzling trumpet…Nor can difficult circumstances hinder the unstoppable work of your Spirit in my life, Lord.”

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the Day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6, NASB).”