Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! Well…it’s the start of another new week…and sometimes the first part of the week can be difficult for some to step into; but as we do, I pray that our faith would become greater than the thoughts that attempt to bring us low…Amen!
This morning…after a rough night of sleep, I was tempted to stay in bed and rest; but then I felt as if God was lifting me out of bed and into a new day…so I got up and began to slowly get around. It seems lately, as if I have been hanging by a thread of hope. My work load, along with chronic issues has become a battle within at times; but God always seems to win in the end…as He steps in and gives me strength, hope…and the wisdom I need, to get through these difficult times.
As I was sitting here…listening to some music; God led me to a song titled… “Thread of Hope”…and a few of the lyrics go like this… “Is that you hanging onto a frayed and fragile faith? Are you clinging to the rocks above the canyon of dismay? Reach out for the life line it will never break in two. Hold fast and don't lose heart once again God will pull you through.” As I was listening to these words…the first thing that came to my thoughts; is how our circumstances can cause the rope of faith to fray and leave us hanging only by a thread of hope. Moments such as these can make us feel as if that thread will break and cause a defeated fall; but one thing Jesus is reminding me of today; is that no matter what may attempt to bring us down…He will always be there for us to take hold of. I think that sometimes, we become so caught up in the very worst; that we forget this, which only seems to make life even more discouraging…and much more difficult to get through.
You know…most times, I have no problem getting through the busy days and even the pain and tiredness I experience; but then there are moments, when overwhelming thoughts and feelings creep in, which can definitely take a toll on me and cause the faith I once had to become frayed, with only one single thread of hope to hold to. I guess that through all of these struggles we face, we need to be reminded; that even though we can’t always see enough hope to hold to…there is a God that can repair what’s been taken from us.
A Bible verse that has always helped me through moments such as these is found in Psalm 42:11…and we read… “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
Instead of seeing that last thread of hope, as a moment that may not be strong enough to hold us up during the difficult times; maybe we should be asking ourselves these questions in Psalm 42:11. In other words…why are we allowing this thread of hope to make us feel downcast and disturbed…when instead, we should be praising God for what we still have and what He also longs to give us. If we would just take our eyes away from that single thread of hope and begin to see that hope isn’t gone forever, when we have Jesus living within us; then we would begin to see how He can replace… what has been lost.
No matter what you’re struggling through today…and no matter how hopeless it may seem…ask yourself this question… “Why my soul are you downcast and disturbed over what is taking place right now?” “Come on “your name”…take your thoughts away from what you are seeing before you and put your faith in the God of all hope.”
I pray that as you continue this day; that it will be a very blessed one…and that God will give you a stronger faith…a faith that can take you beyond that last thread of hope…to experience a renewed hope…one that can truly come from a God of hope…Amen!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone...and a very happy and blessed Sunday to you all! This morning, I thought that I would stop by and give you a little titbit of hope for the day. You know...it seems now days that we all struggle for a little peace in our lives; so today, I thought that I would begin by sharing a favorite Bible verse with you, from John 14:27, which reads... "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
You know...I have found that when trouble arises...that the best thing to do is to seek God and His peace. In this world we live in...we only seem to find something temporary to help us; but I have truly found that when I attach my thoughts...heart to heart with God, rather than what the problem may be conveying to me at the time; then there is a peace...a lasting peace that can sustain and help during these difficult times.
Today you may have a lot on your mind...and maybe those thoughts are attempting to take you down. May I encourage you to lift your head above this dense fog of despair and look to the One who can truly take hold of these thoughts and exchange them for a perfect peace...one that can calm the troubled storm within...Amen!
Have a very blessed day...and I pray, from my heart to yours; that you would truly experience Jesus above all else...and that you will come to see that we can experience peace, even in the midst of a storm.
It's Always & Only Because of Him...
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! I hope that your week is coming to a good end…and that God would continue to make His presence known to you every day…Amen!!
You know…so many times, we expect God to answer our prayers in the way that we feel is best…or in the way that we think He might answer them; but do we realize that His thoughts and His ways are so much higher than ours. In other words…God can see what we can’t always see; so there may be times, when He feels that it’s more important to work from there…which may lead to a different response, when it comes to answering our prayers.
In Isaiah 55:8-9, we read… “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. 9) "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I remember a time in my life, when I wanted God to heal my knees, so I could have a normal life like most people. There were times when I would cry out and beg Him to do this for me; but while I was begging for His help…according to my thoughts and my ways…His ways were much higher than mine, which allowed Him to see more than what was standing before me at the time. In other words…He saw a way, where He could use these legs and all that I would experience in life, to help and encourage others, who may be going through hard and difficult moments of affliction. One thing I learned through this experience; is that since I was determined to try and have God fit into my ideal of what life should be for me; I also had set myself up for a big letdown…one that would take some time to recover from.
You know…it’s good to have faith…and to share our thoughts and ideas with God; but in Proverbs 16:1 we read… “We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands.”
We must remember that as Christians; we have given Jesus control of our hearts and lives…and sometimes the outcome of answered prayer can make us feel deeply disappointed; but one thing God has shown me over the years; is that even though one door may close…it’s only so another door can open. If we could just hand our needs over to Jesus and leave the final outcome up to Him; then waiting on Him to respond could be so much easier to handle.
As I look back to the moments, when I had begged God to heal these legs; I see clearly now…that if He would have answered my prayer my way; then I wouldn’t be doing what I love to do right now, which is helping others…and I probably wouldn’t be where I am with Him in my life…and that I can say for sure.
You know…it’s so easy for us to want God to answer our prayers, in a way that could make life easier for us…at least that’s what we may be thinking at the time; but we must remember that His thoughts and His ways are higher than ours, which means that He can look further down the road…to see if our ideas and plans could actually work out in a good way. If not…that is when His plan goes into action…and we must trust Him and know in our hearts that He will never let us down; but will perfect His plan in a way that can truly bring about better things within our lives.
As we close…my prayer is that we will turn to God and hand over our needs to Him…and that we will also be able to let go of everything and let Him decide, as to what is best for us. When we are truly able to do this; that is when He will begin to go to work on our behalf...and in the end…we will live with peace rather than disappointment…and why…because we allowed God’s ways to become ours…Amen!
Have a very blessed day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Thursday to you all! I am so glad to be with you today…and my prayer, as we begin this time together; is that we will discover a hope that can help us to trust in God, rather than our circumstances…Amen!!
Last night, after going to bed, I began to talk with God…and as I did…I was thinking on those who are struggling in this world right now…and as I continued to share my heart with God, I also began to think on how fear can lead us into thoughts that either haven’t happened…or may never happen. From there, I began to see how these thoughts are truly meant by evil…to drag us down a path; that is only meant to keep us from the faith that can help us to keep pressing on.
There are two Bible verses that have truly helped me through times such as these and they are found in Psalm 112:7-8, which reads… “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8) Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.” In other words…the one who truly knows in their heart that Jesus will always be there to care of them, won’t have to fear the worst or live in dread of what may happen…and why…because they have a settled feeling within them; that Jesus will always be there, at a time when they need Him the most.
I wonder how many times we struggle with worry, doubt and fear…only to find out later; that the situation worked out just fine? One thing I’ve come to see; is that even though God doesn’t answer our prayers our way; that doesn’t mean that He has abandoned us…or that He ever will.
You know…we need to once more remind ourselves that Satan is not only out to afflict us; but he’s also out to keep that affliction alive…especially in our minds and hearts…and how does he do that? He implants thoughts that can make us see our situation as the very worst, while reminding us of what may go wrong. When we experience times like these; that is the time when we need to stop and remind ourselves; that thoughts such as these are never from God.
There was a time in my life, when I struggled to let go of fear; because I didn’t know Jesus enough to trust Him. In fact…most of my life, I struggled to trust anyone; so how would I ever trust Him, if I didn’t know first that He could be trusted. It was at a time, when I felt that all hope was completely gone; that He stood on His word and brought me through those horrible moments, which made a big impact on my life…so from there, I came to truly trust Him. Now when a situation arises…I look back to one of the worst moments in my life…and I remind myself that if He could handle that problem; then He could certainly handle the one I’m facing, which always seems to lead me to a settled feeling…that everything is going to be alright.
Today, you may be facing some uncertainties within your own life…and you may even be feeling as if the worst is about to bring you down for good. May I encourage you to let go of fear and the thoughts that are only meant to imprison you within these difficult moments you’re facing; so you can take hold of Jesus and truly experience the best He has to offer you. One thing I know for sure…Jesus longs to be there for everyone; but it’s up to us…will we choose to leave fear and these unknown moments behind…to trust a God that can truly give us a peace; that can help us to calmly face our foes, while He works on our behalf.
Have a very blessed day…and may you always know that Jesus is there for you!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Wednesday to you all! I truly hope and pray that your day is going well…and that you will truly come to see that the light of God’s presence is all we need, during the dark moments of despair…Amen!!
You know…I have come to see many times in my life, as to how Satan can place thoughts into our minds; that attempt to take our hearts to a place of worry, doubt and fear; but when we know the truth…and truly take hold of the truth and believe it with a whole heart, rather than being drawn into Satan’s deceptive lies; then speaking the truth alone, can truly become the key that unlocks our hearts and keeps us free from a prison cell of bondage and despair.
Sometimes it’s hard for me to imagine why we would ever want to believe deception over truth. Is it that Satan has made the deceptive lie more convincing than the truth…or could it be that we are weak in spirit…to the place where we can’t decide what is real and what isn’t.
There have been many mornings, when Satan reminds me of all that needs to be done in my day…only to follow through with thoughts that attempt to convince me that I can’t do all of that work, due to the health situations I’m struggling with…but you know what…I have come to see that all these thoughts are only an attempt to keep me from serving God, while trying to get me to give up on life completely. The minute I choose to get up and begin the day; I see that these thoughts were only lies…as God gives me the strength I need to continue on…and even complete my day, in a way that I never expected. You know…we need to remember that when we believe these deceptive lies; then our journey with God will only come to a halt, while we remain controlled by evil, in a prison cell of despair, which only makes our situation even worse.
One thing we must remember is this…we don’t have to remain in these dark and deceptive moments, when Jesus lives within us; for He says to us in Matthew 12:46… “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” In other words…when we take the time to discern between what is deceptive and what is the truth, rather than rushing through what is being conveyed to us; then we will not only see the truth for what it really is; but we will see how the truth keeps us in the light of God’s presence, while worry, doubt and fear remains distant and in the darkness from which it came.
I wonder how many of us have taken hold of the bait of deception that Satan has thrown our way. Don’t we realize that when we choose to hold onto those deceptive thoughts and lies; that Satan only continues to control our hearts and minds, while enhancing the situation we’re already facing?
So many times, we can feel as if the power of darkness and deception will overtake us; but the thing we must remember is this… “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)…and when we know the truth; then the truth is what will free us from all the side effects of evil. (John 8:32)
No matter what we go through in this life; Satan is always going to work overtime to keep it alive…and how does He do that…by getting us to see and believe the situation in a different light…one that can convince us that life will never get better. If you are experiencing something like this today, may I encourage you to seek the truth…the real truth…and let go of what may be deceiving you; that you may be free from worry…doubt and fear…and everything that Satan has attempted to use, as a means of keeping you in darkness. Once you have done this…remain in the light of God’s presence, by counteracting the works of evil with prayer and God’s word. The hope we live with is that no matter how dark the situation…it can never overcome us…praise God!!
Have a great day…and God bless! See ya soon!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Tuesday to you all! I’m so glad that you stopped by for a visit…and my prayer for you; is that you will ALWAYS know in your heart…that Jesus is ALWAYS there for you…Amen!!
So many times, we can feel as if no one truly understands what we are going through at the time. In fact, I have come to see how easy it is to speak the words “I understand,” without really understanding what the other person has been through. I remember several times, when a couple people I knew had faced knee surgery for the first time…and they would say to me… “Look Diane, I am just like you”…and the first thought that would come to my mind was this… “I don’t think so”…for I had been through a lifetime of dislocations and surgeries, which led me to a life of disability.
One thing I can say to you today; is that moments such as these…or even moments, when I watched other people glide through life, while I felt as if I was barely making it…definitely put me in a world of my own…and there were times when I heard “I understand;” but they just hadn’t faced what I had been facing my entire life.
As I’ve been sitting here this afternoon…spending some alone time with God; He began to remind me that when others just don’t always understand…or aren’t always true to us; then He will be the one that will remain and will always keep loving us…no matter what…for He has a heart that can understand our hurt because He has experienced firsthand…of what it’s like to go through moments of deep pain and heartache.
One thing I have truly come to see in my life; is that when others walk away and can’t handle what I may be experiencing at the time…there is a God who longs to draw even closer to me. In James 4:8, we read… “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”
From past experiences, I have come to see that we can miss out on this perfect love…simply by seeking a love that doesn’t always remain true to us. In other words…this form of love we seek, only seems to come in words; but Jesus has truly shown what real love is…and it’s not a love that walks away; but rather, it’s a love that sticks around and remains even closer, during a time when we need that love the most.
When I grew up, I came to see and experience a love that came with no real feelings of love. In fact…I came to see that anger and abuse became an unreal love in my life; then later, as I grew up; there were many that walked out of my life, due to all the ongoing problems with my knees, which later made me feel like a piece of nothing, with no one to truly understand what I was going through in my life; that is, until Jesus came and began to demonstrate a real love to me. At first, I struggled to trust Him, after all I had been through; but when I saw a promise made…and a promise kept; He truly ended up becoming the dearest friend that I could ever have.
You know…it’s so easy to allow ourselves to plummet to nothing, due to the way we may have been treated in this life; but that is no reason to give up and feel as if no one could ever love us. The thing we really need to do; is begin anew and allow God’s word and prayer, to draw us closer to a perfect love…one that will truly understand and care for us in a real way…one that won’t walk away and hurt us…and one that we can truly trust…and the only love that I know that can be everything for us, when we need that love, care and compassion the most is Jesus Christ!
No matter what you may be facing today…and no matter how alone and unloved you may feel; please know that there is One whose love for you is greater than any other so-called love. In fact…this love will continue to remain faithful until the very end…and all you have to do is reach out to Jesus…and from experience…I guarantee 100% that He will reach back and become the closest and dearest friend you could ever have. Reach out to Him today…for His love is already reaching back to you…a love that will pick you up, from the hurt that brought you low...and a love that will always hold you closer than any other so-called love…Amen!
Have a very blessed day…and ALWAYS know that Jesus loves you very much…for that is one of the reasons why He was willing to sacrifice His life for you! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a happy and very blessed Monday to you all! Well…here we go again…another brand new week…and my prayer, as we start this new week; is that we will be open to new possibilities, rather than past problems…Amen!!
As we begin our time together, I would like to ask you a question. What does it mean to rise above despair? One thing God has taught me over the past years of my life; is that there is a place where we can be closer to God and above the problem. In other words…this is a place that keeps and sustains us emotionally and spiritually, until the storm has passed.
Sometimes I think that we find it easier to succumb to the storms that hit us head on. We either are too weak spiritually to stand up to these storms or we just don’t know how to get beyond these storms that attempt to keep us pushed back in life.
The one thing that God has taught me over time…is that with His strength, we can go beyond the circumstance and remain connected with Him; but that is our choice. Do we believe that the One that lives within us is powerful enough to walk us emotionally and spiritually beyond these times of affliction…or have we become so in tune with the affliction; that we have given into its ways?
This afternoon, I was looking for a Bible verse that would help us and God led me to one in I John 5:5…and we read… “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” In other words…we need to put our thoughts and minds into perspective and claim Jesus as our Lord, rather than the circumstance. You know…it’s so easy to get sidetracked in life…to the place where we begin to worship the ways of our problem, rather than a God who can take us above the problem. Don’t we realize that when we begin to succumb to the problem; that we only find ourselves continually face to face with the problem? If we are ever going to truly reach a place, where we can find relief from the storm, until it has passed; then we need to reach for a God who is greater than a weak circumstance. When we choose to reach up to a God who holds more strength and power; that is when we will begin to see the difference between a mighty, powerful and awesome God…and a circumstance, whose only strength and power is meant to take us down.
Right about now, you may be saying… “Ok Diane, how can I reach this place in my life, where I am no longer face to face with the problem?” As an example…many of you already know that I live with chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome…and there are many times that I either experience pain or tiredness or both. If I had my choice, I would probably give into these things and stay in bed; but that is only what Satan wants, as a means of keeping me at his level… so how do I go beyond these difficult times…to write and do what God has called me to do? First of all…I ask God for His strength; because times such as these; is when my emotional and physical strength is gone. By doing this first, I find that it does make it easier to press on, in the midst of whatever I’m facing at the time. Then from there; I leave the pain and tiredness behind…to care more about someone else, rather than just myself. I find that when I allow my heart to go in this direction; then my heart becomes distant from the pain and tiredness…to the place, where I am uplifted and truly connected heart to heart with God, which keeps me from being face to face with these problems.
I think so many times, we either try to ignore the problem or give into the problem. I have found that either one of these ways will only keep the problem alive…to the place where our actions only allow Satan to continually remind us, of what is taking place in our lives…which only keeps us continually connected face to face with despair.
If we are ever going to reach the place in our lives, where we can find peace and hope during the troubled times; then we need to start by reaching up to God, rather than reaching out to the problem. In other words…we need to seek a strength that can help us to keep pressing on…no matter what we may be facing at the time. From there, we also need to keep moving forward and pursue something that can keep us connected with God, rather than the problem. Yes…there are going to be times, when we have to deal with the problem; but we should never come to the place in our lives, where we end up making friends with the problem.
No matter what we face in life…and no matter where these difficult times attempt to lead us; there is a way to go beyond them…to a place where they are left behind…so God can work with them…and that will only happen, when we choose to keep moving forward and rise above despair.
Have a great day…and may you always find yourself deeply connected to God, rather than what is attempting to take you down…Amen!
Many blessings on your day…see ya soon!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone...and a very happy and blessed Sunday to you all! I pray that your weekend is going well...and that you will truly come to see that God is ALWAYS greater than your problems...Amen!!
This morning, I thought that I would stop by and share a tidbit of hope with you, as many are probably going through some trying times right now...so to begin with, I would like to share one of my life verses, from Psalm 34:18, which reads... "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
I know that I tend to use this Bible verse a lot...but God is leading the way. I truly believe that He is constantly reminding us that no matter how broken we may feel...He is closer than what we think. It's amazing how a circumstance can make us feel abandoned and lost in life...believe me, I know this for sure; but I have also come to see that when the dark clouds are surrounding us...His presence is there too.
Today...maybe you feel lost and alone in life. Maybe you feel as if life will never get better for you. May I encourage you by saying that the Lord is closer to you now; then any other time in your life...for He truly longs to love and care for you. As a person who has been through an insurmountable amount of pain and deep heartache, I can truly say that I know this for sure.
No matter what you are going through right now...and no matter what it's attempting to convey to you; just know that Jesus is there for you...reaching out with open arms...and all we have to do is take hold of Him, rather than these problems that surround us.
As we close this short time together, I pray that you will come to feel the presence of Jesus in your day...and that you will no longer feel lost and alone in the storm you are walking through. May His love and peace ALWAYS surround you...and may you know without a doubt; that He is ALWAYS there for you...AMEN!!
Have a very blessed Sunday...and I will hope to be back with you soon! ALWAYS know that you are in my prayers...God bless!
It's Always & Only Because of Him...
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! I truly pray that your day is going well…and that we all will come to see that when we walk in God’s direction…that His best will ALWAYS be waiting there for us…Amen!!
Yesterday afternoon, after finishing my writing on the blog; Keith came into my office and I was sharing it with him. While discussing different parts of the writing; God put a question before me, which reads… “Do our desires take us beyond our problem or are we allowing our feelings to keep us connected face to face with the problem?” After saying this out loud, I began to write this down on my tablet because there could be a possibility that we are allowing our feelings to outweigh the true desire of what we long for, which could stop us in our tracks and keep us from walking freely away from the problems we’re facing.
One thing I know without a doubt; is that we all experience feelings. In fact…these feelings can either help us to see where we’re headed with the problem…or these feelings could also go out of control…to the place where they control us and keep us distant from God and the true desires of our hearts.
As we continue our time together, I would like to share some thoughts that deal with “feelings” and then with “desires”…that we may be able to discern between the two, as a means of recognizing whether we may possibly be headed in the wrong direction.
To start out with, I would like to share a Bible verse that relates to “feelings”…and it’s found in Proverbs 28:26, which reads… “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”
I remember a time, when I became so caught up in everything that was taking place in my life. In other words…it was as if I had taken a plate and stacked each problem on it. As I began to view what was before me; it seemed as if my feelings totally went out of control. In fact…I became so caught up in what they were conveying to me; that I ended up remaining there in my ashes of despair for quite some time. As I look back on those moments in my life, I now see where I had allowed my feelings to take me to a wallowing hole, which took me nowhere in life. In fact...it actually kept me distant from God, while taking me through many moments of needless despair. I have now come to see that I had allowed my problems to bring me to a halt…where I never made any progress…that is, until I chose to go after the true desires of my heart.
Ok…let’s now turn to a Bible verse that relates to our hearts desires…and the one that God has laid upon my heart to share with you, is found in Psalm 37:4, which reads…“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” In other words…truly take delight in the Lord…not the problem. You know…it’s so easy to speak the desires of our hearts; but can we truly say that we have chosen to follow after them? Let’s ask ourselves this question…how are we ever going to discover what God truly has for us, if we are always following after what is attempting to dictate our lives? In other words…the only way we are going to be able to find what God truly longs to give us; is when we follow after Him and the desire of our heart, rather than a controlling feeling. Believe me when I say…I have come to see what can happen, when a person follows after a controlling feeling…and I’ve also come to see how I can find the true desire of my heart…simply by following after God…and I’ll tell you…I choose to go beyond the problem and allow the desire of my heart to become the path that leads me to God’s very best for my life.
One thing I would like to say as we close; is that I don’t believe that we should ignore our feelings…or that we shouldn’t accept that we could be having feelings about certain things that are taking place in our lives; but I am saying that sometimes our feelings have a way of controlling us, as a means of bringing life to a halt…to the place where we never reach the true desire of the heart…and this should never be.
No matter what you are facing right now…and no matter how grim it may appear to be; may I encourage you to keep following after God…and never give up on the true desire of your heart; for where your heart is…that is where He will be also. (Matthew 6:21)
Have a very blessed day…and remember to go beyond the problem and continue to seek the true desire of your heart…for when you do; that is when you will find what you’ve been looking for…Amen!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Thursday to you all! It’s so good to be back with you today…and my prayer for all of us; is that God will give us something special today…something that can become a reminder to us; that He has and will always be there for us…Amen!!
This morning, as I was doing something in the kitchen… the wind began to pick up and leaves began to fall down like rain. If you were to know me well…one thing you would come to see; is that autumn is my favorite season of the year…and why? Because there was a time as a young girl, when I had walked down the road and had crossed the field…only to discover the beautiful colors of autumn.
As I stood on the edge of a wooded area…chomping down on an apple…the wind picked up and leaves began to swirl all around me. The colors were so vibrant, as I stood in a shower of leaves that were barn red, pumpkin orange and pear yellow. At the time, it seemed as if I just couldn’t get enough of what was taking place around me.
Now, as many years have passed, I think back to that time in my life and wonder if God was already making Himself known to me, as I stood there alone on the edge of those woods.
This afternoon, as I was looking through God’s word; He led me to a couple Bible verses in Psalm 73:23-25 and we read… “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. 24) You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. 25) Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.”
Just think…at a time when our circumstances are attempting to convince us that we have been abandoned by God…He is there…holding our hand and guiding us through the moments that seem so difficult to withstand.
As I read these verses and look back on my life, I can’t help but know that God was with me, at a time when I lived in a world of deep pain and heartache…and I can tell you one thing for sure and that is this…there is no one on this earth that can compare to what God has been for me…and I can also truly say that this earth has nothing that I desire…only Him.
There are times when I wonder if we feel abandoned by God; because we are just too attached to the problem. It’s amazing how our hearts and thoughts can become sidetracked, by what the problem is attempting to convey to us. I remember as a young girl…always longing to escape the dysfunction in my home, along with other things that I was facing at the time; but you know what…I have truly come to see that no matter where I went, to escape these painful moments in my life; that God had been there all along…right beside me.
Maybe today, you are feeling as if your problems are about to take you down for good…and maybe you feel as if God has walked away from you, at a time when you need Him the most. May I encourage you by saying…that He is right there with you. Maybe your circumstance has placed a dense fog around you…to the place, where the sun doesn’t seem to shine anymore; but one thing I know for sure; when we look beyond the fog and desire God’s presence above all else; then He will shine through the circumstance and reveal Himself to us. Instead of convincing yourself that God has walked away…why don’t you let the desire of your heart lead you directly to Him? One thing I can say from experience; is that God’s presence does surround us each day…and if we would only look, listen and reach out to Him, rather than every symptom of the problem; then I know without a doubt that we would truly come to see that He has been there all along.
Have a very blessed day…and may you come to see and experience the love that God truly has for you!
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