Hey there! I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since I last posted. Things have been really hectic around here. I was in Nashville for work last week and had every intention to post while I was there, but with the early mornings coupled with late nights, I had zero motivation to do anything besides sleep during my down time. The little break was nice but I'm back! Did you miss me? :)
Soooo...Project 52. I'm just going to be honest and admit that my reading has been really sporadic the past few weeks. BUT...I'm caught up. And really want to recommit myself to daily reading.
Week 5 I read Exodus 33 - Leviticus 13 and this past week I read Leviticus 14 - Numbers 2. There were a few nuggets I got from those chapters, but I want to focus this post on something that's been really heavy on my heart lately.
Family relationships. Friendships. Work acquaintances.They're wonderful. But sometimes, they're difficult. And sometimes it seems that the easy option is to give up. When you feel hurt. Or betrayed. Or just simply exhausted from the effort it takes to keep some relationships moving in the right direction. So it's easier to just give up and move on.
But then, there's God.
A God who uses His Holy Spirit and, sometimes, His people to point you to His promises. He never promised that we would live a life unscathed or void of hurt. But He did promise these things:
He's always near.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-19
His love is firm and unwavering; it's better than life itself.
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. Psalm 63:3
He grants us new mercies every single morning.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
There is hope. And a reason to hold on when we feel hopeless.
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. Hebrews 6:17-18
So here's what I know. When your plans fail. When people fail you. When things just don't seem to be going your way. There is God. And He is near, his love is unwavering, He gives us grace and grants us new mercies every morning, and He gives us a hope, a peace and a zest for life that surpasses all understanding. And for that, I'm grateful. And I'm encouraged to keep moving forward, even when it seems easier to just give up.
I'll leave you with this. A beautiful & timely song by Kari Jobe. A great reminder that God is for me. He's for you. He's for those who love Him.
Thinking about joining my Project 52 challenge?
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