Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bigger Picture Moments: To Rejoice

I've cautiously celebrated the new blessing I'm carrying in my body.

But fear has restrained my excitement; it's been hard to live this year's word -- it's been hard to rejoice.

I speak carefully about the future because I know nothing is guaranteed.

Nothing except one thing: God's goodness. God's goodness doesn't waver.
"For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalm 100:5 
The past few weeks I've been muddling through what I say I believe and what I actually believe -- beliefs versus ideals, you could say. I say I believe in God's goodness no matter my circumstances.

And if that's true, I've asked myself, shouldn't I trust Him no matter my circumstance?

Shouldn't I rejoice right now without abandon because I trust in His goodness?

To rejoice is to trust in God's goodness no matter what happens -- simply just because God is good.

In these thoughts, I've been drawn to the fact that not only is He good and His goodness central to His character but that he's also a merciful Father who wants to love us well and give us good gifts.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" Matthew 7:9-11
I just have to trust Him.

And when I trust, my heart easily rejoices in His love.

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  1. God is good. You know this. Anxiety is a thief, but this knowledge (that God is good)is too precious and can not be stolen. Hugs!

  2. a very real challenge to choose joy and trust when the circumstances are so very out of our control...continual prayers are with you! Thanks for laying your heart out openly for all of us.

  3. It is much easier to know we are meant to trust than to make the leap. Leap, my friend, leap!

  4. Living with a surrendered heart even in times of uncertainty is one of the biggest challenges in my faith walk. It's easy to celebrate His goodness when all is well and trust in His plan when we have little hanging in the balance. Prayers for you that He continues to provide enough strength to keep you trusting and enough comfort to keep you rejoicing!

  5. Yet again, we're on the same wavelength - believing in my heart and living it out in my life. It is such a battle, but there is power, friend, to overcome. ((hugs))


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