Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! It’s so good to be back with you today…and my prayer is that we will become more deeply rooted in Christ, rather than the problems we face; that we may continue to stand strong in Him…Amen!!
Yesterday, as I was spending some time with God; I was being led to an older writing that He had given me many years back…and as I was reading it out loud; God began to open my thoughts and my heart to something that I believe could be of encouragement to us all right now…so let us first start out by reading a couple Bible verses in Mark 4:16-17…and we read… “Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. (17) But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.”
Throughout my life, I have come to see that I not only need to know about God but even more, I need to be deeply rooted in Him. You know…it’s so easy to read verses from the Bible and even memorize them; but to experience them and live them is a different story. When we are only clinging to words; then we will soon find that they do not keep us standing during the tough times.
A long time back, while sitting outside, I remember watching the heavy winds blow against a single flower; but no matter how hard the wind blew, the flower remained standing and that was only because the roots were strong enough to hold up the flower. You know…nothing is ever going to keep us standing strong during the difficult times, unless we have strong roots that are deeply connected to God.
I remember a time in my life, when life seemed to be its toughest. Due to what I was facing at the time; I had decided that I would take the New Testament apart and study it deeply, as a means of seeking God’s help. As I did…God began to open up a greater wisdom, through some of the verses that had pertained to what I was facing at the time. In fact…there were moments, when I would sit with my Bible and just respond with a “Wow!” One thing about that time in my life, was that this wow factor didn’t fade away, like it would have, by just simply memorizing these verses; but instead, I was beginning to see how God was opening up little hidden treasures within these Bible verses that could help me at that time, while becoming deeply embedded within the heart; so that they could be opened and used, for other difficult times that may arise. Now as I look back on my life, I see how God’s word has truly formed a strong root within me…and I can say 100%; that this is what has kept me standing, with the will to continue on…no matter what I have faced in my life.
Today, can we say that we have roots that deeply connect our hearts to God’s heart? Do we know that if we were to face a fierce storm; that we are prepared and ready to weather this storm with God? We can prevent a lot of needless suffering, while weathering these storms, when we allow the wisdom of God’s word to keep us strong and deeply rooted in Him.
As we walk through another new day, I pray that we will not only be people of knowledge; but even more…people of wisdom…a wisdom that can keep us closely connected with God, rather than our problems…and a wisdom that can keep us standing strong and rooted deeply in Him; that we may never be brought low, while facing the storms of life…Amen!
Have a very blessed day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving…and that you are having another nice day! My prayer, as we begin our time together; is that we will come to see that with every new day; comes moments of renewal…Amen!
As I’ve been sitting here in my office…looking out to another new day; I see a view outside my window that is so different from yesterday. Where there were once clouds…there is sunshine peeking through those clouds…and even the yard has a different look and feel to it this morning.
You know…I have come to see how easily we can miss out on these brand new days that God sets before us; just by continually focusing on everything that might have gone wrong in our yesterdays.
As I’ve been sharing my heart with God this morning; He began to lead me to a Bible verse in 2 Corinthians 4:16…and we read… “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
In my situation…I find that it can be so easy to judge my tomorrows, by the pain and tiredness I may experience today. Isn’t it amazing, as to how a bad moment can attempt to convince us that tomorrow will be the same?
One thing that God has taught me to do over time; is to end my day on a positive note. In other words…look for something new…for another new day; and not only anticipate something new; but also allow these thoughts to become hope for another new day.
There have been many times throughout the past, when my day would end in pain and extreme tiredness; but there was this one particular time, when the day was just overwhelmingly busy. As I sat on the edge of the daybed and took a deep sigh of relief…the first thought that honestly came to my mind; was how would I ever make it into the next day…which actually became thoughts that Satan was longing for me to thrive on.
Anyways…as I began to settle down and think through these moments rationally; I began to say to myself… “Diane, it’s going to be ok…because tomorrow is a new day...a day that will turn these moments into a yesterday.” From there…hope began to spring up within me…a hope that reassured me that everything was going to be alright.
You know…there can be times, when we are brought so low in life; that before we realize it…we begin to believe what these moments are attempting to convey to us, which can easily cause us to lose heart; but one thing we must remember…is that even though our bodies, minds and hearts have a way of taking us down to a place of hopelessness; Jesus is at work within us…preparing us with a new strength and new moments that can carry us through another new day. Sometimes, I think we just need to slow down and let Jesus encourage our hearts…and not fly off with every deceptive thought that enters our minds.
A few Bible verses that God has laid upon my heart, to share with you right now…that I truly believe can help us through these trying times; is found in Lamentations 3:22-23…and we read… “Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23) They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
You know…even though a trying circumstance can attempt to make us believe that this will always be our lot in life; we must remember that the love that Jesus had for us at the cross continues on…a love that will never allow evil to defeat us; and just think…He created this life in a way, where we wouldn’t have to live one long day into eternity; but rather, He created this life in a way, where we could experience other new days…days where we could truly come to see and experience hope, compassion and most of all His faithfulness.
No matter what you may be facing today…don’t give up, just because you had a bad day; but rather, take hold of the One that has promised you another new tomorrow…Amen!
Many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Wednesday to you all! I’m so glad that you stopped by for a visit today…and my prayer for all of us; is that we will truly come to see the good that can be found, even while facing the hard and difficult times of life…Amen!
This morning, as I’ve been sitting here…thinking on Thanksgiving…and how different everything seems to be this year; I was reminded that if we could just find one small thing to give God praise for; then these thoughts of praise would truly become a weapon formed against evil.
You know…I think that sometimes, we can become so caught up in all that is going wrong around us; that we forget that there is a powerful God watching over us…One who can truly be our strength and help; and that alone should give us a reason to praise God.
While preparing to write you this morning; God led me to a couple Bible verses…and the first one that I would like to share with you is found in Colossians 1:12…and we read… “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:”
As I was preparing to go to sleep the other night, I was praying for all the lost souls in this world…and as I was thinking more deeply on this; I began to say to God… “If I have nothing else to be thankful for…I can praise you Lord, for pointing me down the right path to You.”
I don’t why; but it seems as though we have to have everything going completely well…before praising God. Don’t we realize that when we can praise Him, in the midst of despair; then these moments of praise can lift us closer to Him…and further away from the difficulties of this life?
As I continued to look through God’s word this morning; He also led me to a beautiful Bible verse in Psalm 28:7…and we read… “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”
You know…maybe life isn’t always going in the direction that we would like it to go…and maybe this world seems to be changing for the worse…and maybe these times we are facing right now have made life even more difficult than before; but one thing we can praise God for; is that He never changes…for He is truly our strength, when we are weak…and our shield, when the flaming darts of evil attempt to take us down.
One thing I have truly come to see within my life; is that things come and go; but God always remains the same…and if we are headed in His direction…a direction that will eventually take us to an eternity with Him; then I would say that this is more than enough to be thankful for.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving…there may be some who won’t be able to afford a nice dinner…or maybe you may be ill in the hospital or at home, which can make it difficult at times to praise God; but may I encourage you to go beyond your own thoughts and desires and give praise to a God, who is there for you right now.
I don’t know about you; but the greatest thing in my life that I have found to give thanks for; is just knowing that God will always love and care for me, while continually leading me in a direction; that will one day free me from this world forever.
No matter what you have planned for Thanksgiving…I pray that you will come to see that there is always something to be thankful for, even in the midst of despair…Amen!
Have a very blessed Thanksgiving, from Keith and I…and the Risen Hope Ministries…and I will see you once more on Friday! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Tuesday to you all! It’s so good to be back with you today…and as we begin our time together, I pray that the truth of God’s word will free us and help us to see life through His eyes, rather than the eyes of this world…Amen!
Yesterday, I started our time together, by sharing a little of my journal with you…and what God had taught me through that particular time in my life…and because I was so moved with the words that God had given me yesterday, I decided to share a little more of the journal with you today…and we read… “How is it that God has allowed even more loss within my life? Is it that He wants to create even more room, for Him to work within me?
Oh how we see loss differently in this world…and oh how we allow these moments of loss, to distract us from what we can truly gain through these moments of loss.
The things we lose out on are going to be eventually lost forever; but what we gain through them is eternal.”
As I look back on my life, I remember experiencing many times of great loss. As the doctor told me… “No more bike riding…no more tennis and no more ice skating…it was as if I had been singled out by God, to suffer in a world of my own. From there, I came to see that I would also never be able to have children. As these moments of great loss began to pile high before me; my eyes began to convey to me…a God that had stopped loving me.
Later in life, God led me to a Bible verse that truly set me free from these thoughts…and helped my eyes to view these moments of great loss through Him, rather than myself…and the Bible verse He used to help me is found in Matthew 10:39…and we read… “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”
One thing I can say for sure…I have gained so much wisdom through these moments of great loss. In fact…it has felt like an exchange to me…my loss for His gain. In other words…the moments of loss were only emptying the heart; so I could gain more of Him.
Now as I look back on my life…I am seeing it in a different perspective…one that has caused me to see the true reason for suffering and loss. Yes…these moments I faced were not always easy to get through; but what I have gained through it all, has truly made my life richer, than what I could have ever obtained through the things I once lost.
The one thing I truly took hold of in Matthew 10:39; is where it says… “…and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” You know…as I look back to my growing up years, I realize that I never really knew the true purpose for my life. It seemed as though I was piecing my life together on my own…only to experience moments of great disappointment; but as God began to work…it was as though He was chiseling away my own desires, while allowing these moments of great loss, to be filled with the true purpose He had for my life. Now as I look at my life, I see more and more…that if these moments of great loss would have never taken place; then I wouldn’t have been prepared to serve God, in the way I now serve Him.
No matter what we face in life, we must remember that when we give our lives over to Christ; that it’s His decision, as to what direction our lives will go…and even though loss and great disappointment may come to us; that doesn’t mean that God has stopped loving us...but rather, He is preparing us for the true purpose that He had in mind, since the day we were born…and once He has completed His work in us; that is when we will have truly found the real reason for living.
Have a great day…and may you always see your life, in the way that God has destined it to be! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! It’s so good to be back with you today…to begin another new week together! I pray that as we spend this time together; that we will truly experience a special touch from God above…one that will help us to keep pressing on…no matter what we may be facing at this time…Amen!
Recently, I had moved a journal that I had been writing in, so I could use the cover and insert for something else. Little did I know that I had left some of the journal behind…that is, until I was viewing something else in the old journal cover yesterday.
As I began to read what had been left behind…I was so moved with what I had just read; that I thought that I would share some of it with you this morning…and maybe even more throughout the week.
Anyways…this part of the journal was written this year and some of it reads… “Blessings come but tears still fall. Why? Where did my heart go? Where are you Lord? I’m walking a dark and lonely path. Clouds are blacker than black, with not even a glimpse of light to be seen. Flowers that once grew along the path are now dead, with weeds growing along the way. Pain is making it difficult to walk down this path that is filled with ruts and obstacles. When is this path going to find its end?”
You know…it doesn’t matter who we are or what we go through; we all have times, when our circumstances make us feel, as if we are walking down a dark and lonely path. Moments such as these can make it even harder to press on, as Satan seems to work overtime, to take us away from the One we need the most.
As I was thinking back to what I had written in this journal; God began to lead me to Psalm 13, which reads… “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2) How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? 3) Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, 4) and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. 5) But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 6) I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.”
One thing I have come to see about David in the Psalms; is that even though he was a king; he was just like us…one who struggled with weak moments in his life. Even though he faced these very challenging moments; he never held those weaknesses within himself; but rather, he poured out his heart, in a humble way before God…and as he poured out every hurtful feeling before God…he was then able to focus on God’s unfailing love and faithfulness in his life, which allowed him to turn from those hurtful feelings he once faced…to a heart of praise.
I’ve come to see and experience many things in my lifetime; but the one thing I have truly come to see; is that when we bottle up our feelings; then there is no room for God to work…and even more…it makes it difficult to rejoice through these times…and why; because our hearts are too cluttered with feelings that only keep the good things from entering the heart.
When I was a young girl, I was never given the chance to explain anything…or even stand up for myself. Later on, as the years passed…I became so bottled up with these hurtful feelings of the past; that a day did come, when everything erupted like a volcano. As I began to go into counseling, for what I was facing at that time; I did learn to let go of each hurtful moment…and even write down my feelings, which has been of great help to me.
I guess that what I’m trying to get across to you today; is that we should never hold onto any hurtful feelings…or even the feelings that stem from the circumstances we face. Holding tightly to these hurtful feelings, will only clutter the heart, while keeping the One we need the most on the outside of the heart.
You know…we are all going to face some challenging and hurtful moments in this life…and some of those feelings may attempt to take over the heart…and even make us wonder where God is; but one thing we must remember; is that these dark and lonely paths will never find their end, until we are willing to pour out our hearts before God. God is there for us…but the light of His presence can only shine it’s brightest and bring the dark and lonely paths to an end, when we are willing to let go of the feelings that are cluttering the heart.
Have a very blessed day…and I will see ya soon!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Sunday to you all! This morning, I thought I’d stop by and spend a little time with you, as there seems to be so many people in this world, who are struggling in so many different ways right now. As we begin…I pray that we will truly come to see that Jesus is there for us all…no matter what we may be facing at this time…Amen!
You know…we can experience moments, when life just seems to be so overwhelming and out of control…to the place where we wonder where Jesus is. It seems that there can be moments, when the situation we’re facing only gets worse with time, rather than better, which can make us feel as if Jesus has abandoned us.
As we continue our time together, I would like to share one of my life verses with you, which is found in Psalm 34:18…and we read… “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
I will never forget the moment, when I was first introduced to this Bible verse. I was going through counseling for a past sexual abuse…and this one particular day, I just wasn’t making it.
After returning home from counseling, I went into the bedroom and wrapped my arms around the bed post and sobbed uncontrollably, until there were no more tears to cry. As I sat there completely alone, I remember saying to Jesus… “I just can’t make it through this time anymore.” The memories of the past had brought my heart so low…and instead of experiencing something better…I only seemed to feel worse with time.
As I continued to sit there…feeling hopeless and alone…I noticed my study bible sitting off to the side…and as I picked it up; it opened to this bible verse in Psalm 34:18…and as I began to read the verse; it was if Jesus was letting me know that He was with me.
Even though there were moments ahead that weren’t always easy for me to get through; Jesus was there for me through it all…and now as you can see…He did bring me out into something better, which became the gift to write and serve Him, with a heart that I never thought I’d ever have again.
You know…sometimes, it’s not always easy to find hope, when life only seems to get worse or remain the same; but one thing I learned through this time in my life; is that sometimes the circumstance has to go to it’s very worst…to get to it’s very best; but even though we must face these hard and difficult moments in our lives…there is hope, as I did come to see…and that hope is that Jesus will never let go of us. Look at Job in the Bible. He went through long years of pain and suffering; but through His faithfulness to God; He was blessed even more, than before that time of suffering and hardship had begun.
You know…it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the worst part of a circumstance; that before we realize it…we slowly find ourselves giving up; but if you could just hold on a little longer and remain close to Jesus; then I know that He will be there for you...and in His good time…you too will come to see that He can turn things around and give you His very best, just as He did for me.
Well…I’m off to enjoy some rest; but I pray that you will always know…that no matter what you may face in this life…Jesus will always remain close to you…Amen!
Have a very blessed day in the Lord!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! I truly hope and pray that your day is off to a good start…and that you will come to see with time; that God does make all things beautiful again…no matter what we face…Amen!
This morning, as I’ve been sitting here…watching all the little birds and squirrels outside my window; I was quickly reminded, as to how Jesus can bring forth beauty, from our ashes of despair. You know…a person can wake up in the morning…feeling pretty bad…that is until Jesus steps in and gives them a completely different view of their surroundings.
As I was thinking more and more on this; I found myself reading a couple of my favorite Bible verses in Ecclesiastes 3…verses 11-12, which says… “He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. 12) I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.”
One thing I have truly learned over time; is to not allow my circumstances to control my life. Yes…life isn’t always easy…and maybe we may not always understand what God is up to; but that doesn’t give us an excuse to sit and wallow in self-despair. In fact…I’ve learned some hard and difficult lessons, by wallowing in some muddy holes of circumstance…and one thing I have come to see; is that wallowing in self-despair only causes us to get stuck even deeper in despair.
Every day I sit…walk…cook…clean and even write in pain. It’s not always easy to get these two legs going…or even remain on my feet; but the thing that keeps me going; is the desire to live…over this pain I experience each day. I have come to see that when we sit and give up; then the problem that put us there, has now won the battle…and I don’t know about you; but I don’t want Satan or my circumstances to win out…or even take away the things I enjoy in this life.
You know…there’s a good feeling about achieving something, while facing the struggles of this life. When I look at a project that was done through pain; it seems to hold more sentimental value to me. In fact…over the summer, I did quite a few projects for our living room and kitchen…and every time I look at what I accomplished, with God’s help…I tend to see more beauty in it; then if I would have had someone else do it for me.
You know…we may all face challenges from time to time…challenges that can attempt to make us quit or even give up completely; but I have found that this only allows the path of despair, to lead us to a dead end of defeat. Nothing ever gets better…and no beauty is ever seen through these ashes of despair, when we allow our lives to come to a sudden halt.
Maybe today you are on the verge of giving up. Maybe life hasn’t treated you well…just as it hasn’t treated me well; but may I encourage you to keep pressing on. I have learned so much through time…and one thing I have truly come to see; is that giving into a problem only allows that problem to win out. Instead of wallowing beneath this problem you’re facing; why not rise above it and seek life over despair…for these times are only here for a season…and once God has completed His work; He will make all things beautiful once more. May I encourage you today by saying…don’t miss the end of the story, by shutting the book and giving up; but rather, anticipate the great finale that God has in store…just for you!
May God truly bless your day with something beautiful…just as He did for me this morning! God bless!
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 I pray that through this time together; that we will truly experience the love of a God, who longs so much to care for us…Amen!!
As many of you know…lately my health hasn’t been that good. I’ve been struggling with a lot of pain and tiredness…and the body has just felt pretty worn out lately. Even though I haven’t been at my best, due to these health issues; I decided to venture out with Keith yesterday and go grocery shopping, which can be a long day for me.
Anyways…several days before the big adventure, I was already questioning myself, as to whether I could be on my feet this long; but in the end, I decided to leave this whole situation with God.
Even before getting out of bed yesterday morning; God began to speak to my spirit and remind me that He would be there for me…and to not fear these unknown moments that I was about to enter; and from there…He truly stood on His promise to me, as I began to experience His hand at work in my day…because for one thing, we were supposed to have rain yesterday morning…but get this…it was actually a sunny morning, until I got safely home…and that is when the rain began to fall. To some…this may not seem of great importance; but to me it is, as the weather does greatly affect the pain I experience.
As the day continued on…there was even more evidence that my God was truly watching over me…and I praise Him so much, for helping me through that time!
As I was thinking on God’s goodness this morning; He began to lead me to a Bible verse in Isaiah 41:13, which reads… “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”
You know… the situations we face in life can attempt to convince us that we are either alone…or that we just may not make it. It’s so easy to get caught up in these thoughts…and once we do; then we find ourselves giving into the problem, rather than turning to the One who longs to walk with us through the problem.
It was yesterday, when God quickly reminded me; that even though the pain and tiredness was making my situation seem hopeless…it really wasn’t; because there was a God who was greater than that situation…One who longed to walk through these moments of struggle with me…and even more…One who longed to give me a helping hand.
So many times, I think that we try to stand strong on our own…and once we find that we can no longer do so; then we just give up altogether…never thinking that through our weaknesses…we can experience a perfect strength that can keep us standing through the hard and difficult times of life.
Maybe you too are going through some struggles in your life today…and from experience; these ongoing moments can certainly attempt to dictate our lives and deceive us into thinking that we are either alone…or maybe we just won’t make it at all.
As we close this time together, may I offer you a piece of hope…one that will truly bring a glimpse of light into these darkened moments your facing? Instead of trying to muddle through the situation on your own…or giving up completely; why not humble yourself before God and lay your weaknesses before Him. One thing I know without a doubt; is that once you do this; then this is when the Lord will come and take hold of your hand and help you walk through these difficult times…just as He did for me. God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Tuesday to you all! I’m so glad you stopped by today for a visit…and my prayer is that we will leave this time together…knowing in our hearts that Jesus is all we need…Amen!!
One thing I have come to see, over many years of pain and deep heartache; is that Jesus never grows tired of us. Others may walk away and abandon us; but Jesus has a different kind of love for us…one that can go beyond the things we experience in life…to love and care for us anyways.
This morning, as I’ve been once more struggling with my health; I was quickly reminded, as to how much we truly need Jesus…and I don’t know about you; but I find great comfort in knowing that He is always right beside me.
As I was beginning my time with you this morning; God led me to a Bible verse in Psalm 16:5, which reads… “You, LORD, are all I want! You are my choice, and you keep me safe.” Just think…there is a God who is always there for us…One who is all we need…One who can surround us with love, safety and compassion, especially during the difficult times. What more could we ever ask for?
When I look back on my life, I remember many times, when I would’ve gotten angry at God, rather than turn to Him with a heart of trust. You see…I was so hurt by what was taking place at the time; that the only thing I found myself able to do; was to express myself in a way that only enhanced my situation.
So many times, I think we become so caught up in why these moments are taking place and what is happening; that we completely bypass the thought that Jesus is still there for us. Yes…maybe He allowed these moments into our lives; but He’s still there…longing to walk with us through these difficult times; but in order for that to happen, we must long for Him too…and come to truly see that we need Him. One thing that I have learned through this experience; is that the more we long for Jesus…and the more we feel the need for Him to be in our lives…this is what actually allows our relationship with Him to grow and flourish even more.
You know…we should never wait for heaven…before getting to know the One that we will spend all of eternity with. In fact…we shouldn’t see heaven as the only cure, when Jesus is with us right now. I don’t know about you; but there can be times when I say to myself or Keith… “I just want to go to heaven and be free from all this pain and tiredness.” Even though this is a deep desire of mine; I have to remind myself too…that I don’t have to wait for heaven, to find the remedy I need right now.
Maybe today, you are also going through some very trying times in your life…times that can make life seem so overwhelming and out of control. May I remind you…as I was reminded this morning; that all we need during these difficult times is Jesus. Just think…Jesus has every answer to every need; but we will never find that answer, when we are turning inwardly to ourselves…or even focusing on the problem. In fact…I have come to see that reacting to a problem in this way, only allows the problem to control us even more.
What we need today…is someone who is greater than the problem…One who will listen to us and never walk away…and One who can encourage us and help us through these difficult times…and the only One I know, who can do all of this and more is Jesus Christ.
As we close this time together, I pray that you will truly come to see, as to how much you need Jesus in your life…and that you will come to see even more, as to how much He longs to be there for you too! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
PS…Due to a busy Wednesday, I won’t be on the blog; but I will see you again on Thursday. Take care and many blessings on your day…Diane
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! As we spend this precious time together today…my prayer is that God will give us a hope to hold to…one that will truly carry us through each day of this brand new week…Amen!!
Last night…before going to bed; I was already beginning to feel overwhelmed with the week that lied before me. I guess that some of the reason was because of the pain and tiredness that I have been experiencing lately. It’s amazing how these things we experience in life can attempt to convince us that we will never make it through another day…or another week
Anyways…after waking up this morning, I was determined to keep pressing on, even though my body was telling me otherwise. As I went into the bathroom to get around and prepare for another new day; God began to place a song on my heart, which He often does during times of struggle…and a few of the lyrics go like this… “I must tell Jesus all of my trials, I cannot bear these burdens alone; in my distress He kindly will help me, He ever cares and loves His own.”
Once I finished getting around, I came into my office and began to look for the song… “I Must Tell Jesus” on YouTube…and as I listened to each word, I began to break down and realize that all I needed to do was to have a good talk with the Lord and tell Him all about it. Once I took the time to do so; I began to feel the burden of each troubling thought…being lifted from within.
As I continued to spend time with God; He led me to a couple Bible verses in Hebrews 4:15-16, which reads… “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
You know…we can experience moments in our lives, when life just seems to be so overwhelming…and once this happens; it seems as though these struggles begin to convey messages of defeat…with no hope in sight. These difficult times we face can be so hard to overcome, especially if others around us just don’t always seem to understand what we are going through at the time; but today, I was reminded of One, who truly knows what it’s like to go through pain and heartache…and because He does understand; we can trust Him…and know that He will listen to our hearts…just like He did for me this morning.
Each day, we need to realize that we cannot bear the burdens of this life alone...for they are too overpowering; so rather than giving into these burdens, while allowing them to crush us to the ground; why not turn to One who is willing and able to listen and understand each need of the heart. I don’t know about you; but I need someone who can look deep within my heart and truly understand…what others just cannot see. What a comfort to know…that when others just don’t understand what we’re experiencing at the time; there is a God who can know exactly where the hurt is…One who can reach deep within the heart…to heal each broken spirit.
As we walk through the uncertainties of this life…I pray that we will always remember that Jesus is always there for us…Amen! Have a very blessed day and I will see ya soon! God bless!
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