“And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.” I John 2:25
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Revelation 2:10
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Hello everyone! Before we begin, I would like to wish everyone a “Happy New Year!” and also welcome you to another week of Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! My prayer is that we will truly find a piece of hope to take with us, when we part…a piece of hope that will give us something to hold tightly to, as we enter this brand New Year!
You know…some of us may be struggling to enter the year 2019, due to health issues…
depression…a loss of work or even a deep heartache that has attempted to take over our lives. Moments like these can make us feel as if life has come to a complete halt, which only makes it much more difficult, to take those final steps towards a brand new year.
One thing I would like to say to you today; is that no matter what we face…life does go on. The clock still ticks, as moments turn into hours…and the days continue to pass us by, as we leave one day behind, to enter another. We may feel as if our circumstances are keeping us from moving on…but whether we see it or not…life does continue to go on.
I will never forget the very difficult days I faced, as I went through an insurmountable amount of pain and deep heartache in my life. There were days, when I felt as if life had come to a final standstill for me, as there didn’t seem to be any hope left within me…the hope I needed to nudge me along, through the hurtful moments of the past.
No matter what I felt at the time…life did continue on, as God continued to work in the background of my life, to make all things new again. Now, as I look back, I see where the moments of hopelessness have now become filled to overflowing with hope. No matter what I have lost in my life over the years…God has gently filled those empty rooms of the heart…and I not only talk about it…but truly feel it.
You know…the circumstances we experience in life can make everything seem dead and dormant within us. We can feel as if the path before us will always remain gray and lifeless, as we attempt to push on; but one thing I would like to say to you today; is that a time does come, when we leave the gray and lifeless moments of the past behind…to experience a path that is once more filled with life and the sunshine of a brand new dawn.
Today, we need to leave the excess baggage behind; that has kept us weighed down over this past year and press on…anticipating what God longs to give us, in this brand new year. One thing I do know; is that God does not allow us to live in the old moments of pain and heartache forever…for He is working, as we journey with Him, to take those old moments of pain and heartache and make all things new. The thing is…you will never truly come to see what the finale of your suffering has led you to, when you throw in the towel and quit.
The paths we walk down can have bumps in the road and may be hard to get through…but when we choose to press on with God; He will be there, to pull us through the tight and narrow passageways of life; so take hold of God, as you enter the year 2019…and let Him be the One, to walk you through each new day, of this brand new year!
Blessings 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."