“I knew you before time began. I know how many hairs are on your head. Like parent, like child, you’re created in My image. I have plans for you. I’ve also given you the gifts needed to fulfill them; and what I give, nobody can take away. But don’t neglect them, exercise them and stir them up daily. Rest assured, I’ve started a good work in you and I’m going to finish it. I always complete what I begin. My Word concerning you is forever settled, and My commitment to you is unending. In this life you will have challenges, but cheer up; I’ve robbed Satan of his power to control you and the world of its power to destroy you. When you’re in trouble remember, I’m present to help. Give Me your burdens and I will sustain you. When you’re stressed out and worn down by the pressures of life, lean on Me. I will be your rock, your fortress, your deliverer and your strength. Even though you fail from time to time, you won’t be discarded because I am upholding you. But a word of caution; don’t take advice from those who are spiritually blind and don’t hang out with skeptics. Delight yourself in My word, and like a big oak tree growing by a river, you’ll prosper in all you do.
P.S. I’d love to hear back from you.”
“God wants to live this life together with you, to share in your days and decisions, your desires and disappointments. He wants intimacy with you in the midst of the madness and mundane, the meetings and memos, the laundry and lists, the carpools and conversations and projects and pains. He wants to pour his love into your heart and he longs to have you pour yours into his. He wants your deep heart, that center place within that is the truest you. He is not interested in intimacy with the woman that you think you are supposed to be. He wants intimacy with the real you.”
Captivating, Stasi Eldredge
“Even when I hear nothing, I rest in knowing He hears me.”
“He didn’t make home in your heart only just to leave it.
He didn’t love you only just to walk away.”
In a world of constant change, not only in the news but in my own personal life, my need for stability and an anchor grows deeper and more desperate.
Late at night, I have been reflecting on the many people who have come and gone in my life. I struggle with the new people I meet and wonder when it is they will start losing interest and leave, like most people in my life have. I don’t know who will go or who will stay, so I push them all away.
Then, in the silence that follows, my heart goes back to my love, my creator. As a soul who has been weathered by constant broken promises, disappointments and abandonment, my soul finds indescribable comfort in knowing that there is someone in my life who has never left me nor abandoned me, and never will. It doesn’t matter to me that God has promised this – after all, what is the word ‘promise’ to a human? but that He has come through for me again and again without failure and shown me how deeply He loves me by never disappointing me. It’s hard to trust God when you have lost your trust in humanity, but in all my life I have never known such love and commitment as I have from Him. My constant in my world of change. My anchor in my world of storms. My hope in my world of disappointment.
I hope that you find the same comfort in Him that I do, and I encourage you: when you feel like the world is trying to break you, go back to the secret quiet place in your heart, and God will always meet you there.
“When my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”