“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I Thessalonians 5:18
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
“We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands.” Proverbs 16:1
Hello everyone! Welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I’m so glad that you were able to stop by and pay me a visit today…and my prayer for you; is that you will come to experience a hope that can keep you pressing on, even during the times that can seem so uncertain in your life.
As we begin our time together today, can we honestly say that no matter what we face in life; that it is well with our soul? You know…I have come to see; that to be happy, in the midst of despair, can be quite the challenge at times. We want to trust God and continue to press on; but at the same time, it can seem as if we are up against a wall, with no way to get around it or over it.
As I think back on my own life, I remember the many disappointing times I experienced…especially when it came to the problems I was facing with both of my knees. There were times, when I actually felt like an experimental project. In fact, some of my surgeries were done in operating rooms…for students to observe, while microphones and cameras hung from the ceiling…and oh yea…the time, when x-rays and pictures of my knees were taken to Orthopedic conferences, as my situation was a very rare case.
Many times, I came out of the doctor’s office, in the same way I went in…with no new answers. These were the moments that became very discouraging and hard to understand, as I questioned God continually, as to why He never answered my prayer for help.
As time passed…and more and more surgeries took place…to repair damage done by major knee dislocations; I began to wonder if God even loved me anymore…for I just couldn’t understand why a loving God would ever want to leave me in this pit of hopelessness and despair.
Finally, I began to see that I was going after something that just wasn’t going to happen. From there, I even asked my husband to stop praying for a miracle…and it wasn’t due to a lack of faith; but rather, it was time to accept God’s will for my life, and why He was allowing these painful moments to remain within my life...for as time passed, I began to see that God had allowed me to be born this way for a reason…even though I didn’t quite understand it all at the time.
As I gave into God’s will, rather than my desires…a peace truly began to take hold of
me and before I knew it; I began to see the reasons why…and ever since that moment in my life; I have watched Him use these legs…and the pain I bare each day, for His honor and glory. To this day, I live with two bad legs and lots of pain; but you know what…I can truly say… “It is well…it is well with my soul…and why…because God’s got it!
No matter what you’re facing…never give up on life; but rather, give it all to God and let Him make the final decision, as to what He has planned for your life. One thing I truly came to see…through those trying times; is that life will never be truly well with our soul…and we will never experience His eternal peace, until we are willing to let go of our own desires and wants…and let His will be truly done within our lives.
Blessings so much on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."