Tomorrow is a new day.

11:14 PM

  One of my dear commenters, (and I SO appreciate all of you dearly) suggested after my last post that I follow-up with what God had done/is doing in my life.  And I think she was right.  It was a little hard to hear at the time, I will be perfectly honest.  Like that whole, "I just want to be able to vent when it's rough and it hurts and it's hard, and not think about any 'BUT THEN, THE LIGHT CAME' moments, I just want to write" feeling.
 But like I said, she was right.

   So here are some verses God gave me today, found compiled in Beth Moore's book,  Praying God's Word.  Such a wonderful book.  It just seems to have something for me every time I turn a page.  And that's probably because it's mostly Bible verses, but it's just so nice to have them categorized in ways pertaining to what you might be going through at that particular time.  Anyway, a few that have spoken to me recently are:

Psalm 43:3
    "Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell."

Psalm 143:8
   "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul."

Lamentations 3:22-24
   "My faithful God, help me to call this to mind and therefore always have hope...because of your great love, I am not consumed, for your compassions never fail.  They are new...every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, the Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for Him."

   She adds some of her personal thoughts/comments to the verses, because they are written down as prayers, not necessarily verses quoted word-for-word.  It is so useful to personalize them, and pray them in that way.  It makes them seem more pertinent to life, and more meaningful. 

   Life is good.  I won't pretend that it feels that way every moment, or that I remember to be thankful for it every day, but it is.  I am so richly blessed.  God is faithful, and He is always there for me.  This time of year is always a struggle for me.  The weather is so cold, wet, dreary and un-sunny, that it tends to suck the life right out of me.  I find myself day-dreaming about escaping to a tropical land, or wondering what it would be like to live somewhere else altogether. Not to mention the never-ending list of questions that pounds through my brain at night when I try to fall asleep, like I mentioned in the previous post. But I am trying to recognize this struggle for what it is....a season.  A time.  It's not my life.  It's not me.  It's a journey.  And just like any other part of life, it has twists and turns, ups and downs, highs and lows.  I am learning.  Slowly, but surely. 

   So thank-you readers, for allowing me to be real, but also for encouraging me to share the light, and not just the darkness. 

   

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5 comments

  1. Absolutely LOVED this post. So encouraging. So real. You are truly a blessing and a light, Shelley. Even through our highs and lows-God is SO faithful. That alone enough is to stand in awe of. Thank you for this post and may continue to bless you as He uses you to bless others through these awe-inspiring blog posts. Blessings <3

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  2. "But I am trying to recognize this struggle for what it is....a season. A time. It's not my life. It's not me. It's a journey. And just like any other part of life, it has twists and turns, ups and downs, highs and lows. I am learning. Slowly, but surely."

    This^^ really resonates with me! I'm with ya! Thanks for sharing! --Jolene

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  3. Your last post reminds me of that quote you have on a sidebar, about how if you wait until you're ready you'll never begin.

    I find that trying to intentionally 'balance the bad with the good' can not always feel quite right; that being 'real' and saying that things are really bad sometimes, really acknowledging that and realizing that even though it's really bad, it's not actually the end of the world, feels better. Like if the book of Job had chapters and chapters of 'balancing' light talk about how nice the colours of the sand were or how nice God's clouds looked or something, it would seem kind of contrived.

    On the other hand I find gratitude journals work... except that when I reread them they make me sad because I only write in them when I'm upset!

    Just a quick typing rant from a fan of your blog.

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  4. The real-ness is what i love about your posts! Keep em coming! Thanks for the verses, I so need the guidance of light and truth.

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  5. I love this, thank you. Short and sweet and to the point. I shall look into the book you suggested!

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