This year feels a bit like a gift. Maybe a wonder. I’ve been opening it carefully, unwrapping one side at a time. Peeking inside, trying to figure out what God has for me this year to learn, to do, to be, and to go.
My word for this year is healing. Spiritually, physically, mentally. I turn 49 in a couple of months and I want to enter my next decade of life in a good space. As I prayed about this word and asked God what Bible verse might go with it, He led me to Isaiah 40:31.
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
All is well, all is well
God has blessed beyond compare
Though trials came throughout the year
He’s been faithful to stay near.
Dear Jesus, rekindle my heart for you. I want my mind renewed. Help me dear Lord, to focus on You, instead of the things of this world.
I think so often we forget this world is not our home. But who could blame us when it is all we’ve ever known?
I just want Your presence Lord,
Your love within my heart.
Hope begins when you stand in the dark
and look out at the light.
~The Christmas Train (Hallmark Movie)
Of all the things we need this year, it is hope.
Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Right now, I know we all are hoping for life to get back to some sort of normalcy. Often this year we have been told we need to adapt to this “new normal” for “unprecedented times”. And while we’ve all done the best we could to adapt, we quickly realized how much we didn’t want to.
How can I be thankful when there's so much to do?
How can I be thankful when my anxieties are through the roof?
How can I be thankful when it feels so hard to breathe
Filled with disappointments, discouragement, and defeat? . . .
Dear Heavenly Father, many of us are suffering, especially mentally. This year has been a beast and a burden almost too much to bear. But Lord, with Your help, we can rise from this. We can do all things through Your strength.
Naptime is my favorite part of the day. I closed my eyes. I dreamed I was walking with Jesus.
As we walked hand-in-hand through a meadow, the tall grasses taller than me, made it impossible to see where we were going.
Tears cascaded down my cheeks when Jesus let go of my hand. I didn’t understand why He was leaving me. Until I realized what He was doing.
Surely the darkness cannot surround me. I am a daughter of the Most High King. The One who is LIGHT!
In Him is no darkness at all. That means NO darkness, NO evil, NO sin. None. Period.
Can you even fathom this? THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD lives in us when we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior.
There are days when I feel like the darkness is overwhelming me. Usually these are days I am not praying or reading my Bible. But also, I’m allowing my thoughts to go places they shouldn’t. It is easy to do.
Dear Lord, I’m asking for a fresh presence of You in our lives. When we abide in You, and You in us, we can ask anything in Your name, and You will give it (John 15:7). And since we have been crucified with Christ, and Christ lives in us, we can live by faith that You will sustain us and deliver us from anything that is trying to prevail against us.
My refrain this week has been, Revive Us Again. Heavenly Father, revive our hearts.