I will say though that I look at my children a little longer, I linger a bit more in their embrace and I'm more thankful for each and every day that God chooses to give me breath. I still look forward to the sunrise and the Light, but the darkness holds something more now.
In spite of the darkness that surrounds us, the Light still shines brightly. My family received a few amazing gifts, one on Thursday and the other on Friday, and although the gifts in and of themselves were wonderful, the heart behind the gifts is what stood out even more to us! I came across this passage while looking for a verse to use in their Thank You cards.
Psalm 27:13 says:
"Yet I am confident that I will see the Lord's goodness while I am still in the land of the living."
Am I confident this morning, in the wake of the tradgedy that is blowing up the news feed and channels that there is goodness on this earth?? I'll admit that it's not always easy to see it, but I do believe that it's only because we are trained to see the BIG things. We miss millions of little things each and every day, and we must re-train ourselves to find them!!
A few places to start:
"The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing". -Zephania 3:17
Am I acknowleding His presence in my thoughts, words and deeds? Do I trust that when I send my children out or I leave them, that God is with us all? Or will I turn from that belief if something tragic were to happen?
Without worship, we go about miserable."
A. W. Tozer
A. W. Tozer
Plainly said and so evident in the world around us! Can I challege you to explore worship a bit more this season? I will be. I think at its very core, worship begins with the acknowledgement of God's presence. Once we begin to see that He is here, every other aspect of worship naturally happens. We can't help but take it to the next level.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." -John 14:27
It's not always easy to find and feel peace in this world. But it doesn't come from the world. Is that where I tend to look for peace, in my surroundings, in others? If I am not looking for it in Christ, I will not find it.
"Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;" -Romans 12:9
We must believe that Love can make a difference!!!!
1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 13
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast,[a] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
I am having trouble even piecing these things together. My insides feel all inside out. This season has been quite a twist of emotions for me and this tragedy has deeply added to the confusion. Even though the world is terribly confused and I am counted as one among them, I do know that these truths listed above will go with me into my days and nights, my darkness and my light. They never change friends, ever. No matter what this world throws at us, His word will never change. He is the same yesterday as He is today and will be tomorrow!!
Let us praise His name forever!
Humbly yours <3 Lorraine