Isaiah 61:3 - And provide for those who grieve in Zion -- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Do you tend to see only the bad around you? The ridiculous political scene and elections, hurricanes, devastation of our hearts and homes, family stresses, or a health crisis hitting your loved one? There is always bad out there. But the good is there, too. Think about how we live in a beautiful place. That you have a roof over your head. And that there’s a God who loves you and wants to fill you with his joy.
Do you struggle with seeing only the bad? Is there something specific you’ve found that can help you see the good? I look forward to hearing from you.
Deuteronomy 29:29 - The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
At one time or another we have all held a secret inside. Perhaps we’re worried what others would think of us if we shared it with them. But the longer you hold onto your secret the more it seems to grow. Being honest can help you heal your secret. I’m so glad that when I feel vulnerable to share something deep inside that there is someone who will hold me close and listen – God. No matter where you are or what you’re doing God is ready to hold you in his arms while your secret comes tumbling out. He will never think less of you. In fact, God loves those who trust him enough to tell him anything.
Do you have a secret that your heart is crying out for you to share it and let someone in? I know it can be difficult to open up this way. We’re here if you choose to share it.
2 Samuel 22:5 - The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
When life events send waves rushing into our lives we can feel powerless. Powerless to stop the event. Powerless to how we react to the event. Powerless to finding a solution for moving past the event. Feelings of powerlessness aren’t unusual. Everyone at some point and time feels powerless. But to find a life raft we must believe there’s a way to make it to shore. When you’re feeling powerless how do you find your way to shore? I look forward to hearing from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.