sorry for the lack of updates. i have been having a hard time with things lately. i've spent a lot of time in prayer and focusing on what God wants me to gain from all of this. i'm trying with everything in me to trust God & know that even if in the long run my prayers aren't answered the way i want them to be, God is still answering my prayers. and beyond that, in all things He is working for the good of my family because we love Him. it's so hard to stay positive about things, and i feel like i've really been losing that battle lately. but, i'm focusing daily on some passages that help me put things in perspective. wanted to share those with you.
have i not commanded you? be strong & courageous. do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
but you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. to the Lord i cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.
psalm 6:2-4, 9
be merciful to me, Lord, for i am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony. my soul is in anguish. how long, O Lord, how long? turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. the Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.
may he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. we will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. may the Lord grant all your requests.
evening, morning, and noon i cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
the Lord is my light & my salvation - whom shall i fear? the Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall i be afraid?
in you, O Lord, i have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead & guide me. free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. into your hands i commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.
the righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. a righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
my help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
fear not, for i am with you; be not dismayed, for i am your God. i will strengthen you, yes, i will help you, i will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and i will give you rest. take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for i am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
2 corinthians 5:7
we live by faith, not by sight.
now faith is being sure of whay we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
2 corinthians 12:9-10
but He said to me, "my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." therefore i will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. that is why, for Christ's sake, i delight in my weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. for when i am weak, then i am strong.
i know that was a lot, but these are the verses i have been poring over daily. and i don't want anyone to think that i'm trying to "name it & claim it" because that's not my mindset. instead, i'm asking that God will help me to really accept that His will for our lives is better than what we think we want. i'm asking that i will always know that God hears my prayers, and that He will renew me & that His grace will cover me. i'm asking that when i can't see past my imperfections, and i feel as if i have failed, that God will remind me that His power is made perfect in my weakness. if everything went exactly how i wanted it to, i would not have to rely on his grace & his power. i am asking that God helps me to rejoice in my hardships because they bring me closer to Him. whether things work out the way we want them to or not, i hope that i can always give thanks to God because i know that He will be facing this journey with me, no matter where this road leads.
8 years ago