A beautiful Sunday! I spent time outdoors today, pruning my lavender and sage, neatening up my oregano and chive plants. Then, John and I had maple iced coffee in the sunshine. A perfect day. If only life could be this lovely all the time :)
A reader mentioned that many would understand the struggle to believe and that I needed to offer the hope I found on the other side...so this blog is dedicated to that end...And, I hope that others will offer their experiences of finding God in the midst of their crisis of belief.....afterall, that's how we encourage one another on the journey.
As I think more about belief. I want to pass on hope to those who have struggled with believing at times (and we all do). Whether it is taking the first step of believing unto salvation or the daily need to believe when facing the things life throws at us; believing that He is able is something we get better at as we meet the God who loves us in the midst of our circumstances and He shows himself faithful.
So, when I sat down and asked, “What’s next for my blog, Lord. I am listening—please show me in your word, the truths that settle the soul.” I came to the following conclusions:
He is a God of promises
He who promised is faithful – Hebrews 10:23
His precious and magnificent promises – 2 Peter 1:4
He is a God of Hope
My hope is in Him – Psalm 62:5
Hope we have as an anchor – Hebrews 6:19
Hopes all things – 1 Corinthians 13:7
He is a God of peace
He is our peace – Ephesians 2:14
Peace of God which surpasses all understanding – Philippians 4:7
And, He offers forgiveness, eternal life, abundant life and freedom to all those who acknowledge Him.
When I see Him for who He is, watch Him work in and around me, and see His kingdom becoming before my eyes, that’s how I know. He is good; therefore He wants what’s good for me. I can surrender, knowing that His plan will come to fruition as I trust in who He is.
I saw it in Mary…when she said, “May it be to me as you have said.”
I saw it in Peter when he said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
And it is in me too, during the times of turmoil, His peace settles over my soul and speaks in the innermost place, “Be still and know that I am God.”
As I prepare in my heart for this Easter time, I want to remember all He has done on my behalf. He has won the victory over sin and death and given me His Holy Spirit to empower me to live wholly for Him. I have received a Living and Eternal Hope through Him…
Believing….yes, and it has settled my soul,
“God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.”