Hello everyone… “Happy Monday”…and a big welcome, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to be back with you…and my prayer for you today; is that you will experience God, in a way that you never thought you could ever experience Him!
Yesterday was a great day off for me! I was able to sleep for about 3 hours in the afternoon…and you’re probably wondering why I need so much rest? Because I work 12-14 hour days, during my week and it’s amazing, as to how quickly a person can get worn down. Also, I see these moments of rest, as a time to get refreshed and renewed in God’s Spirit, as I prepare for another week ahead.
Anyways…after waking up in the afternoon; I was sitting in the living room…having a talk with my husband and somehow, we got on the subject, as to how far God has brought me. You know…there was a time in my life…in 1991, when I had fallen down to nothing…and due to a very bad past, of a dysfunctional home life and sexual abuse; I fell into a depression that I just couldn’t get out of. I was seeing a Christian counselor at the time; but for some reason…he wasn’t able to help me either.
Eventually, I was put in the hospital…in a locked in unit…because I was going down fast…to the place of being suicidal. By time I was admitted and was put in bed; I had pretty much fallen all way down to nothing; but later, I came to see that God allowed that; so He could rise up with me the next time and make my life brand new….which He truly did!
These memories of my past aren’t always easy for me to remember; but when I see how far God has brought me; then I see a good ending…to what seemed to be hopeless moments of deep despair. You see…I truly know a God, whose words aren’t just words; but rather, they are words that are full of promise and hope.
The other day, I was thinking on a verse in Philippians 4:13, which says… “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”…and as I was thinking on each word; I was also thinking on how easy it is to speak these words…compared to living them. In fact, I’m sure we have all memorized this verse; but if we were to slow down and focus on this verse; do we truly believe that we can do ALL things through Him?
As I look back to these painful moments in my life; I do remember times, when I truly took God’s word for granted…and I never really came to see and experience His words in action, until I was willing and ready, to allow God to work in such a way within my life. Now God’s word has become hidden treasures to me, which means that I find more meaning to His word…below the surface of each word and sentence…and each meaning becomes a treasure to my heart…one that can truly help me through this life.
As you begin this new day and this brand new week, may I encourage you to seek God and His word, with all your heart…because when you do, I believe that this is when you will truly come to see how God can do all things for you!
Have a great week…take care and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow! God bless!
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