I'm sure I haven't just told you something that you didn't already know. I can't imagine that those three words came as a shock to you or jolted you from your reality.
It seems many have been going through hard things lately. It is part of this thing we call life. It is not unexpected. Often the specifics of what may come our way is unexpected... but the reality that life is hard generally is not.
However, we can not stop there!
Life may be hard, but God has not left us in this place. These three words do not need to stir up discouragement, disappointment, depression or loss of hope. Life may be hard... but there is even greater truth we can cling to.
Rather, His joy, peace, gladness and even victory is to accompany us on our journey. A sincere smile can grace our face and a light skip can be in our step. He has given us so many promises in His Word.
"God never forgets His promises. In turn, He intends for His children never to forget His faithfulness to fulfill them." -- Beth Moore
Sometimes, in the darkest of valley's, I find it a bit more difficult to remember those promises He has given. I struggle to remember that He will be faithful to fulfill them.
I want to remind myself of these promises. I need to remind myself of these promises. It seems when I am keeping them in the front of my thinking, the "life is hard" moments are easier to bear. I find the challenge is to be proactive and keep them in focus, ready, and prepared.
In an effort to intentionally do that... beginning next weekend I will be sharing a promise from Him to be reminded of. To consider. To ponder. To soak into my very being.
I used to do this. I have decided to return to the practice of it. My hope is that it will not only remind me of that promise, but that it will do the same for you.
It will be a promise that I pray brings hope to a new week. A reminder of what He has already guaranteed. A promise that we can cling to when all else seems to be crumbling around us.
A promise to remind of His faithfulness. A promise that He has not forgotten.
Join me as we are reminded, encouraged, and spurred on to hope...