For 31 days – okay, really only 22 because I missed a few – I’ve shared my heart and I’ve learned more about myself. I’ve also learned more about my Heavenly Father. I have more to share but don’t we all. As we walk and with the Lord, we grow and we are commanded to share His love, grace, and mercy with others. In this, my final post, I wanted to share a few more verses and quotes that have been key to me when I needed encouragement.
I have a wise and dear friend who always says just the right thing at just the right time. Over the past year, as we were seeking the Lord for what He had next for us, I naturally felt a bit unsettled. I’ve shared that I felt a mix of emotions about leaving a place and a people that were dear to our hearts. At a point when I felt at my lowest, my friend said these words to me:
This resonated with me. It’s how I felt. Like my heart was “upside down.” Once again God had provided a word of encouragement for me that would make a difference in my life. Of course, that’s not surprising! He’s in the business of making a difference in the lives of His children.
I think of what the Lord said to the Israelites through Isaiah when they needed reminding that He was still in control.
Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 ~
Psalm 94:19 says, “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” Isn’t that comforting? My paraphrase of this is that “when our hearts are upside down, His joy (and peace) heals me soul.” Thinking back over losing dear loved ones to illness, times of uncertainty with finances or job or school, I can confidently say that God had my heart in His hands. I can also confidently admit that I didn’t always respond well to the pressure that came with those hard times. I’m so thankful for grace!!!
As I wrap up this series, I just have to share something that my 17 year old said to me one day. At this particular time, we had just been made aware of something very difficult that good friends were dealing with. The wife of the family felt like there was no light at the end of the preverbal tunnel.
“Remember, even when the road seems darkest, when the tunnel we’re in never seems to end, and when hope and comfort are far from our hearts, God is still good.”
He’s pretty wise, that boy of mine.
I pray that you have received encouragement through the words that God has laid on my heart to share this month. Thanks again for joining me and I do hope that you will visit often.
Joy to You!