Take Heart

Photo of painting, "Song of the Lark"
Jules Breton
Are you facing a battle in life right now? Do you feel like you are losing?

Take heart.

Keep fighting the enemy. He may think he has the upper hand but you must believe that "all this" is working together to accomplish a good purpose from Eternity's perspective.

If He will give you his perspective in the here and now, I don't know? But I do know,you can trust the One who "holds all things together." 

At times like these it can seem that He is not "holding all" very well. Sometimes God allows a unraveling of sorts so that he can knit things back together in a new way. That is if you let him---and that is the big question isn't it? Will you see that life can be different?

Will you allow God to reshape your life on that Potter's wheel in the Hands of a Sovereign God?

Oh, I pray for a heart to want to do "whatever it takes!" (That can mean letting go of pride or the cloak of shame you wear so comfortably so you can remain the victim and don't have to take responsibility for your sin--- even when others may have started the cycle of pain by sinning against you).

God is with you. He is your strength. Everyday he is ready to start over if need be. Stay close to Him, trust Him through this. It is a path he knew you would travel, but determined that you would not travel alone. Immanuel, God with us, goes with you. The Light of the World will be your guide.

I pray for strength, courage, and wisdom for you. I pray the power of God's Word to fight off the enemy. I pray for protection and for healing.

Live one day at a time---the race set before you is a marathon, breathe. You may not do everything "right," but learn the way of repentance. Live today knowing that nothing can separate you from the love of God---nothing. You are loved. Follow God’s leading and be courageous.

Sometimes it takes courage to wait. Wait for something to grow out of nothing. Wait with anticipation. Look for redemption coming. He longs to be gracious to you. It says so right there in His Word. God breathed hope on to the pages of the Bible.

Will you let him write these truths upon your heart?

Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him. (Isaiah 30:18)
For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:3) 
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)
But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. (Psalm 5:11)                        (NASB)

If you are reading and these words speak to you, I pray you will meditate on these great truths, let them sink deep into your soul. Let them take you to the heart of God who is singing over you a new song, a song that remembers that though this world is broken, all things hold together in Jesus Christ.

Counting graces with Ann:
-Christmas gifts wrapped for Joel, our boy in Haiti
-butter softening for cookie dough
-rain slapping the steps, clapping to God for more
-dairy bar supper with friends
-another day to live, love, to know the grace of God
-prayer for hearts that are hurting, knowing there is hope


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