Psalm 43:5 – Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. KJV
Hello My Friends!,
I don’t know about any of you, but this time of year finds me a bit challenged to stay encouraged. We are coming to the end of another year, and as Christmas approached, people at work, at church, in the stores, etc. are all excited and cheery. People are having parties and giving gifts, and I am a bit sad.
I lost another friend this September and the anniversary of a few others who passed are during this time as well. The time changed too and it gets darker earlier and stays dark longer. I find I am affected by the seasonal change as well and I just want to stay home in my recliner.
I cannot do that because I have a family, a job, and a radio show to co-host too. So I push. I smile. I make sure I look much better than I feel each day and the world would never know I am struggling some. It is during these times that I remind myself of Psalm 23. I must hope in my God, even when it seems all hope is gone.
I know that God is is my ever present help and I am leaning on Him so much during these days when am tired of being tired. Every morning I listen to worship music to start my day. In worship I get renewed strength as I get out of my feelings and concentrate on giving God glory for just waking me up. I thank God for being able to have hope.
Hope – the thing inside that makes me yearn for the better that is to come. Hope – the extension of my faith that doesn’t look at what is happening now but sees that the day is coming when the clouds will be lifted in my spirit. Hope – the joy I have in knowing I will see my loved ones again. Hope – it lets me shed these tears and it eases my soul!
The more I write the more hopeful I am. The more encouraged I am. Here we are at the threshold of a new decade, and as I look back, all I can do is worship and praise God for being a Keeper, a Healer, a Sustainer, and a Comforter! He has brought me to this place and I am so very grateful. Despite all that has happened, I am at peace today. Because I know without a doubt that whatever life brings my way, my hope is certainly built on Jesus.
I have a renewed passion to spend more time learning what His will is for me, then living it! I have begun to journal a bit and those quiet moments have helped immensely! I am actually smiling as I type and am just – hopeful! Thank You God for giving me hope against hope once again!!
My hope for us all is that in 2020 we will see clearly the vision God has for our lives and then execute it fully and completely!! When you can listen to one of my favorite songs. You will understand why when you do.
Wilmington Chester Mass Choir – Stand Still (Until His Will is Clear)
Welcome to the next and best decade!!
Living Victoriously in 2020!!
© 2019 Victoria E. Henderson Poole