I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
The days of Covid have been long and hard. The numerous difficulties and challenges it presented has caused many to lose hope. Even to the point of death. And before this Covid ordeal ended, before we were able to bounce back from the damage it continues to cause, our world has crashed again. Only this time, the blood is on our hands. People killing people and burning cities for a “cause”.
I feel deflated, confused, and sad. Maybe even a little scared. It’s just almost too much to handle, much less comprehend. I’m sure your heart aches as does mine. I believe we could use a little spiritual encouragement about now.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord! Psalm 31:24
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8
I am hoping that you might meditate upon a verse or two throughout this coming week. Find comfort, peace, and reassurance in God. Don’t lose faith. Don’t lose hope during these dark days. He is ever-present even when you don’t feel Him near.
My heart is grateful this morning as I write from my porch swing. Always be thankful for the little things. It gives us strength to get through the hard things.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Wishing you peace today. ♥️
Photos: beautiful vase of birthday flowers from my manager; my peaceful porch swing view as I write this blog.