I know it’s been a while, and I owe you a gazillion posts, but I assure you they ARE coming. I have about two devos and one series post in-the-making.
Meanwhile, I’ll share with you the first song of the year! It is song #44.
It’s not a cheerful song, so if you are in nostalgia-sad mode it won’t necessarily help.
If you’re anything like me, you idealize things. Hoping for the best in every situation, yet (ironically) things never go as planned. In this world there are hardships, troubles, problems and obstacles. Dreamers like me get easily heartbroken by the world around us.
Of course, hardships are promised to us.
John 16:33 says “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
It doesn’t say we “may” have trials and sorrows. It says that we will. But the second part is the most important: “take heart. I (Jesus) have overcome the world.”
I love the words “take heart”. It is a balsam for the heartbroken; comfort for the discouraged.
When faced with disappointment, obstacles, and even the death of a loved one we can fix our eyes on Jesus. He never fails. His love is constant. His mercy, eternal.
This song is a cry in distress to the One we can hope in.
Song: (lyrics below)
There’s a child in me
Not afraid to go and dream
But the sand clock reaches end
Expectations fade again
And sorrow fills the heart
Broken once again
Lift us up, fill us King
Lord of Nations heal our skins
Mend our hearts, help us see
the beauty in only You
The One we can hope in
I’ll share with you one of my favorite verses.
2 Corinthians 6:4-10
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way:
in great endurance;
in troubles, hardships and distresses;
in beatings, imprisonments and riots;
in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;
in purity, understanding, patience and kindness;
in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
in truthful speech and in the power of God;
with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;
through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report;
genuine, yet regarded as impostors;
known, yet regarded as unknown;
dying, and yet we live on;
beaten, and yet not killed;
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;
poor, yet making many rich;
having nothing, and yet possessing everything.