Hello everyone…and a very “Happy New Year’s Eve Day” to you! I hope that your day is off to a good start…and that you will truly experience God, in this final day of 2019!
This morning...before visiting with you, I had a talk with someone who has been struggling to live with reality. It’s amazing how we can easily find ourselves creating a world that is so unreal…a world of our own choosing. The only thing bad about this; is that when we don’t live with reality…then we find it that much more difficult to handle what is set before us.
As I have been thumbing through some Bible verses this morning…God led me to one in Philippians 4:8, which reads… “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Even though reality can make us feel discouraged at times…like me living in constant pain; there are thoughts that can help and encourage us along the way…like knowing that we are surviving these difficult moments, as God sustains us, from one day into another.
So many times, we find ourselves caught up in what is happening to us; that we either try to make it less than what it is…or we become too deeply focused on everything…to the place, where we can’t find the good through the bad.
In my own life…it’s not always easy to see life going downhill; but rather than focusing on where I once was…and where I am today; I begin to look for the things that can become worthy of praise, even in the midst of what I’m facing. When we can do this; then I have truly found that a light of hope always remains flickering within the soul.
As we prepare to enter another new year…may I encourage us all to face reality with God…but not in a way, where reality takes complete control over our lives? When we can face these difficult moments with God; then we will learn much…like how to lean on Him, during these difficult times…or even on how we can deal with what is before us.
When I was a young girl...I was brought up in a home, where I was made to feel that everything was always ok…or it was always perfect, when it actually wasn’t. Because of this…I pushed so many hurtful feelings deep within the heart…feelings that should have been dealt with at the time…and due to this; everything that had been pushed deep within the heart; erupted in the early years of my adulthood, which made it even more difficult to deal with.
No matter what we face in life…we need to accept it for the time; so we can work with God, to rid our heart and soul of these hurtful moments; that we may learn how to also find something good, in the midst of what seems to be the very worst. When we can do this; then instead of being attached to the problem…we begin to see that we are now becoming more deeply connected to God.
Well…I have truly enjoyed this time with you today…and these thoughts have become a great reminder to me as well. I sure hope that you will enjoy your day…and don’t forget to come back here this evening…around 8:00 pm EST, as we take the final step together, into the year 2020.
Have a great Tuesday & God bless!
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