Hello Beautiful! (or handsome if you're my husband reading this)
This outfit embodies two of my favorite fashion choices:
Maxi Skirts and Comfort!
And I absolutely LOVE this shirt even though it feels a tiny bit long.
As I was reading
, I got curious. We were reading in Lamentations, a book written by "the weeping prophet", Jeremiah.
I wondered, what comes before
The chapter begins with Jeremiah crying out prophetically for the nation of Israel.
"I am the man who has seen affliction
rod of his wrath;"
From this verse through verse 20, the prophet is crying out to the Lord. He feels abandoned, rejected, and punished. He admits his sin and cries out that he has no peace.
He is in utter anguish.
But then verse 21...
It reminds me of the Psalms, where time-after-time David cries out to God in the utmost anguish. Yet without fail, his cries of hurt, despair and confusion to statements of trust, faith and hope in God Almighty.
Listent to his statements of faith...
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases:
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion, says my soul,
therefore I will hope in Him.
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
to the soul who seeks Him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
How beautiful is this cry from Jeremiah's lips? And how much more beautiful that it comes from a heart that feels utter bitterness and pain. It comes from a soul who feels that weight of his sin and the separation that creates between him and God.
His feet remained planted on the rock of truth. He knew God's Word and God's character. So he was able to have hope in the Lord.
Sisters, we can hope in the Lord as well! But the challenge for me, and you, today is...
Do we know God's character well enough to hope in Him even when we can't see Him at work?
Do we have the faith to say with Jeremiah, "But this I call to mind"?
Do I know the Word of God well enough that I can call it to mind in times of need?
But more importantly...
Dear sisters, if you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ and allowed Him to forgive your sins and save you, then
you have hope.
I have hope!
Will we choose today to look to Jesus and find our hope in Him? Will we, with Jeremiah, list the goodness of the Lord and choose to live in light of His goodness?
My prayer is that God will give me the grace and the faith to hope in Him daily, and I'm praying the same for you.