Encouragement

Do you need it today? I do. Life is challenging every day. We face an uncertain future and we live in an unstable world. As I began to write I felt like God was saying..bring encouragment to those with heavy hearts. We get beat up at times. We lose sleep. We eat too much and we exercise too little. We keep trying..sometimes we fail. We hear so much advice..some of it good and most it confusing. Our hearts become weighed down as we continue to believe and trust that God is in control.

He knows all this. He is not surprised by it and He can handle it. He doesn’t want us to hide..from Him or each other. He knows all our struggles and they break His heart. I wish we truly believed this..it would help us persevere. Many of us live in isolation..wondering if anyone cares what happens to us. Some of us have many friends..but no one knows our deepest longings.  All of this builds up..can we keep going.? Our only refuge is the Lord..our safety net is the loving embrace of our God. He is the solid rock..the lover of our souls. We can’t count on people..even the ones that love us.. to truly understand.. not the way the Lord does.

He is closer than a sibling..parent..spouse, or child. He is our refuge in the storm. He stays the same..never wavering in His committment to us..not scared away by the intensity of our feelings. We are not too much for Him..ever. Remember all of this today wherever you are. Your God is with you and He will not forsake you. He loves you with an everlasting love.

“What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.”  ♪♫♪

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