Hello everyone…and a “Happy Friday” to all of you! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! Just think…we made it through the week and just as God has brought us this far…I’m sure that He will carry us the rest of the way!
Today, as I’ve been sitting here…starring out the window; I’m being reminded, as to how far God has truly brought me in my life! As I follow each stepping stone back, to where I first began…it’s hard to believe that with time, I have become more distant from the past and the painful moments that once haunted my mind and heart.
Sometimes, I wonder if we are too busy focusing on where we are at the time; that we tend to forget how God can walk us out of these moments of despair. I remember a time, when the doctors had me on so much pain medication…due to all the major surgeries I was going through…for about 8 years in a row. Finally, a time came, when I had decided that it was time to get off the medications and let God work…as the medication was no longer helping my pain. For those who have never come off of pain meds…it’s not an easy road; but as I went through that difficult time…I would say to myself… “Ok Diane, when today is done…that will be one less day…and then as other days pass…you will be getting further away from the control of these medications”…and you know what; that really helped me! In a similar way; we may not always know when God will walk us out of the awful and miserable moments of despair; but if we can tell ourselves the same; then I think we will find that we begin to leave the past behind, while we begin to anticipate what God has for us ahead.
Life is never easy…and each step we take isn’t always an easy one. In fact, I remember the steps I took, through what seemed like countless days of pain and deep heartache…and some of those steps seemed not to bad to climb…but then there were others that just seemed too steep for me…but one thing I learned with time; was to not remain idle on that step; but to ask God for His help…and you know what; He did come along and lift me to the next step…the one that seemed impossible for me to climb.
It’s amazing how hope can spring alive within us, when we recognize the days we survive, rather than focusing on the days of affliction. When we get caught up in a list of everything that has gone wrong; then before we know it…we begin to focus on a plate that is too full and overflowing, which only overwhelms us and makes our problems seem more out of control; then what they really are. If we want to keep lifted up, during these difficult times in our lives; then we need to focus on the progress we’re making with God, as we take life one step at a time.
No matter what you’re facing today, just know that with each passing day; you are walking one step further away from affliction. We may not always be able to feel God at work within our lives…but He is working, to make all things new again…but sometimes, we have to take baby steps; that we may learn much along the way…and this is exactly the journey I’ve been on, for many, many years of my life…but with each step I continue to take…I know that these steps are leading one step closer; to a place, where there won’t be any mention of pain or heartache again.
Well…I’ve really enjoyed this week with you…and I truly pray that your day will be blessed by God…and as you journey with Him; always know that with each step you take…you are walking closer and closer to being free! Have a great day…take care and I will hope to be back with you again on Monday! God bless!
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