A Song For “One Of Those Days”

Sometimes you just need to hear somebody say “It’s alright. Everything will be okay.”

I was reminded of this song by Brandon Heath today (see video below). I really needed it. Maybe you do too?

Also, here’s something I wrote a few years ago. I guess it must have been another one of those days.

Sometimes life is hard and being human can feel like a weight. But God gives us hope and hope is like helium.

It can elevate the heaviest heart.

And, even though it looks like our world is falling apart and though it may feel like we are barely hanging onto a tiny, thin sliver of string, we hold tight to the One who is holding onto us.

And this is faith.

Knowing that God is all around us, His love like a mighty wind sweeping over and under, and lifting us higher and higher…


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. Isaiah 40:31

Remember

Living Hope 1 Peter 1:3There’s a lot of things I’d like to forget. Stuff I’ve seen or heard about. Or lived.

But not this.

This is what I cling to in the dark. On the hard days. When I feel lost.

If my my mind gets clouded over with doubt or my heart starts to fill up with the rising waters of fear, there is only one thing to do.

Remember.

Remember that hope is alive because the Hope of the world, Jesus, is alive in me!

Because of Him, we can all sing:

Hallelujah, death is done;
all of hell is overcome!

I want to dedicate this song to friends and family members of mine and those of you reading this right now who are facing difficult struggles.

May you be encouraged by the truth in it’s message.

May every enemy be laid at your feet.

And, may your faith rise up when you remember the empty grave!

Can We Trust God Enough to Say “Thy Will Be Done?”

Thy Will Be Done PicI hope what is written here and the song that follows will encourage you today.

 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7

That’s exactly what I need. Peace. A safeguard from dark, negative thoughts and a gateway to joy.

Matthew Henry, in his commentary of this passage, writes:

“Observe, It is our duty and privilege to rejoice in God, and to rejoice in him always; at all times, in all conditions; even when we suffer for him, or are afflicted by him. We must not think the worse of him or of his ways for the hardships we meet with in his service.”

I’ve been thinking about the statement at the end of that video I shared in my last post…the part about how if he loses his sister, he knows he will get angry with God, but that basically God would understand. (I’m very much paraphrasing and summarizing here.)

I think he is trying to express his belief in God’s relentless love for us in spite of our doubt-ridden hearts. I get that. At the same time, in case anyone is unclear, I think we all understand that turning away from God in our despair is never a real option, because He is our ONLY hope.

I’ve heard it said that our suffering does not nullify the goodness of God. He is unchanging, after all. So, may our grieving cause us to hold tight to Him, to the truth of His word and to the faith He has given us. May we trust Him enough to say, “Thy will be done,” just as Jesus taught us to pray.

This journey the Lord has me on right now is not easy. My surgery is scheduled for this week and It seems fear and anxiety are popping up at every turn. But Jesus promised that he would never leave me and, with His help, I can do this.

Rejoice. Pray. Ask. Give Thanks. Find Peace.

Life is hard but God is here and He is my hope. I’m thankful that, even when things look bad, I can choose to dwell on the good.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

I’m listening to and loving this new song by Hillary Scott! It’s a timely message for me and anyone else out there who is facing a challenge in their life. If that’s you, take a moment to watch this and be blessed!

Part of the lyric says this:

I know you see me;
I know you hear me, Lord.Your plans are for me;
Goodness you have in store.
So, Thy will be done…

Are you discouraged? I pray the Lord gives you the peace you are seeking right now. Reach out to Him. He sees you. He hears you. He loves you.

Is There Hope For America?

Chasing American LegendsIf we return to God and to the principles based on His Word that once made us a great nation, then yes, I believe there is hope for America!

Especially when I hear about people like Rick Green and the things he and his family are doing. I recently learned about their work through a series on the NRB network called Chasing American Legends. You can see a video promo below.

Rick, a former state representative for Texas, created a program to teach and equip young people to be world changers. Check out the Patriot Academy website and take time to watch the video on the homepage!

He also wrote this insightful article that speaks to the issues we are seeing today and gives advice on what we can do to help turn things around.

I pray that veterans will be encouraged to see that the country they fought to defend is still full of people who have a great desire to preserve freedom and pass that torch on to the next generation.

The Gift of Our Discontent

Another World  God put within each of us a taste for the eternal.

When the disappointments of this life overwhelm,

He reminds us that we were made for another world.

And it is this yearning – the gift of our discontent –

that keeps us looking up.

Rejoicing in the hope of heaven.

The promise of home.

 

For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
Hebrews 13:14