Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's New Day

I have had my few weeks of despair, sadness, loneliness and pity party. Yesterday I woke up ready to get on and get over it. One thing that struck me is that even though my kids are exceedingly happy here, I still need to set a tone of contentment and praise for them, which I am not doing. How good is it for a kid to have a mom that mopes? Even if I don't show it, they know. Kids pick up on that stuff easily. I am not saying that I am over it. I am saying I am ready to get over it.

A good friend posted this verse on her blog for the new year and it has really stuck with me, since it so relates to where we have been for many months now....

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
YET, I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength,
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He enables me to go on the heights.
Hab 3:17-19

This farmer has nothing left, all is gone and yet he is choosing to rejoice. Which leads to the point that REJOICING is not a feeling or emotion based on favored circumstances. REJOICING is a choice. A choice to be made in good or bad circumstances. A choice to praise the ONE God that knows what he is doing, even when we do not understand. A choice to love the ONE God no matter what, no matter where.

In Hebrews 13:5 the Lord tells us he will NEVER leave us nor forsake us. We usually stop at the "never leave" part and tend to focus on the fact that God is always near and with us. But this verse also says "forsake". He will not forsake us. Forsake means to turn away from entirely. Entirely! For God to forsake us means he stops working in our life, stops blessings us, stops pouring out His will over us. NO! He says he will not forsake us. So if he will not then it must mean that he will forever, always, each day, each circumstance (bad and good) still be working in our life, still blessing us and still pouring out His will over us.

I leave this post with a few favored verses.

Philippians 1:6...he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Lamentations 3:22-23...His compassions fail not; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness."

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