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I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

 

I’ve let you down.

The moment I ask the Lord to fill the page with encouraging words, my thoughts still. It’s as though the well leading to my spirit has been cut off and the life existing there is dammed up-cut off by the grief all around us.

One day, it is the grim story of a male flight attendant from Hawaii that squeezes tears from my heart. Such a generous person, a friend Tweets below a beaming photo of a handsome young man. I blink hard as the image moves in and out of focus. There is no mention of Christ or faith or hope—only misguided, human goodness and I wonder if he is another soul without the eternal hope of Jesus.

There is no mention of Christ or faith or hope-only misguided, human goodness...#hope #jesus. Click To Tweet

The next morning, I venture outside. Perhaps a change of scenery will help me to listen more intently to Him. To pray. To focus on the message He has for me to share. Instead, several crows settle in the trees and perch on the rooftop as if to jeer at my optimistic, heaven-focused thoughts.

Have the hate-laced headlines left you wondering if people will ever treat one another with care or even civility?#loveoneanother #thegoldenrule. Click To Tweet

Are you, too, struggling to remain hopeful? Have the hate-laced headlines left you wondering if people will ever treat one another with care or even civility? Do you even dare dream of a world free of hatred and upheaval?

["You can do more than dream. Believe! Jesus' words of comfort to His disciples are meant for us.#believeinGod #believeinMe"]

Friend, you can do more than dream. Believe! Jesus’ words of comfort to His disciples are meant for us.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.”

We may feel as though the world has spun off its axis, but we believe God because His word reassures us He…

spoke emptiness into beauty,

walked with faithful men through the fiery furnace,

rescued a condemned babe from Egypt’s waters,

filled a virgin’s womb with holy Life,

strode across the Sea of Galilee,

and raised a dead miracle-worker to the throne.

We believe because God's word reassures us He filled a virgin's womb with holy Life.. Click To Tweet

The Lord is powerful. While the pandemic, social unrest, and political uncertainty may cause personal unease, we can take comfort knowing our Father who loves us is firmly in control. He is neither taken by surprise nor wringing His hands.

He knows the beginning from the end. Take a deep breath, dear one. Jesus isn’t worried. Let’s allow His peace to fill our over-laden hearts today. Will you join me?

Prayer

Lord, your word promises that when I seek you, I’ll be delivered from my fears. (Psalm 34:4) Today, I admit I’m afraid of ___________________. Lord, please strengthen my faith that I might glorify you. Teach me to believe in your promises without wavering. (Romans 4:19-20) In the powerful name of Christ, Amen

Peace and grace,

Tammy

 

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace....png

When giving thanks doesn’t come easily and life presses in sharp, tearing at romantic ideals of holiday tables and merry-making, is celebration even possible? Perhaps you’ve been asking yourself this question as you grapple with a life-altering diagnosis. The constant reality that your dear one won’t be home for the holidays–now or ever. An all-consuming depression that seems to only deepen as you focus on the joy that isn’t yours.

When life presses in sharp, is celebration even possible? Click To Tweet

I am sorry for the pain. The fear. The aching loss.

I understand. I’ve been in that place and it’s unwelcome and ugly. Overpowering and overwhelming. Unyielding and unstoppable. Until, we remember God is with us in every situation, complication, and aggravation.

He is able to bring beauty from ashes, victory from calamity, and deliverance from disaster.Nothing is impossible for God. Click To Tweet

He is able to bring beauty from ashes, victory from calamity, and deliverance from disaster. Nothing is impossible for God. (Luke 1:37)

The Lord of all experienced the same hurts as you and me, Friend. He knew the separation of death, was intimate with rejection, and chose to spill holy blood for the loss of his broken beloved.

Because of Him, we can cling to hope.Even when our worst fears are realized, we know the truth. Click To Tweet

Because of Him, we can cling to hope. Even when our worst fears are realized, we know the truth.

Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33) that we might have an eternal hope (1 Peter 1:3-4). Christ came that you and I might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). Christ is the hope set before us (Hebrews 6:18). The Promise for whom we can give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

In these promises, we can give thanks.

Peace and grace,

Tammy

P.S. I’ve downloaded a printable gratitude journal for your use. Even recording one small word of thanks can turn our faces His direction. I pray you’ll be encouraged.

Thankful Thoughts Journal

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