We are officially half way through the year. Half time is always a time of reflection. What did we do well in the first half? What can we do better in the second? What changes do we need to make? No matter how bad the first half was ….. there is always hope that things can change in the second half. Don’t carry into tomorrow things like guilt ….. shame ….. regrets ….. resentment ….. or unforgiveness. They will only weigh you down! Leave them on the sidelines. Then you can be confident that you are on the winning team!
As I began to walk through life,
I saw beauty
There was peace,
There was quiet
I was happy
And then I walked a little further
Someone told me about War
There was danger
But not here
I was safe
I then I grew, and walked some more
I heard that there was darkness
Terrible things were done
But not here
I was secure
My road began to climb
It wound up a steep hill
There was work
I was tired
But I was excited
I reached a mountain-top!
The God of the Universe had found me!
He was loving
I was His child
I was joyful
Then I came to the valley
This valley I had to walk through
I saw suffering
I felt pain
I was hurt
Then there was a darkness
A dark place I hadn’t known before
A place of deep loss and pain
That I’d only heard about
I was angry
Where was that loving God?
How could He allow such pain and suffering in the world?
I had questions
I felt alone
I felt lost
But then I felt His loving arms
His soft, gentle voice that spoke to me
“My child, one day you will know all things,
But right now,
Just trust me.”
And then a new question formed in my mind
How could a perfect God
Have sent His perfect Son
To die for… me?
I was in awe
So when I don’t understand,
I look up to Him, I feel His loving arms
I remember that there are things beyond myself
And He gives me Peace
1O LORD, You have searched me
2You know when I sit and when I rise;
3You search out my path and my lying down;
4Even before a word is on my tongue,
5You hem me in behind and before;
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7Where can I go to escape Your Spirit?
8If I ascend to the heavens, You are there;
9If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
10even there Your hand will guide me;
Your right hand will hold me fast.
This beautiful rose is a symbol of hope. We are living in the present ….. but there is more to come. The Bible tells us that our eyes have not seen ….. our ears have not heard ….. and our hearts have not imagined ….. the things God has for those who love Him. So keep on loving Him no matter what. His plans for you are beyond your wildest dreams!
A huge thank you to those who have been praying for Frank’s brother. Eye surgery done and dusted! He now has perfect vision in one eye. The other is in miracle territory. Things don’t always go the way we’d like ….. but when we come to the end of our ability ….. God’s is just beginning. God invites us to partner with Him by praying. He is the miracle worker! It is great to see these 2 warriors together!