Psalm 121:2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (NKJV Nelson Study Bible)
Dark dismal days can depress me. You might feel the same way. I need sunshine. When the sun shines my spirits and energy are revitalized. Without the sunshine I feel lethargic and morbid. It takes work to motivate and mobilize myself.
Years ago, I was not a committed believer and so when troubles hit (which they often did with vengeance) I would become so battle-weary that I could have easily ended my miserable existence. Fortunately I had two very good reasons to not be so weak, or selfish. My two sons. They made my life worthwhile.
Then I chose to invite God into my life. Times were so challenging that I felt it could not make my life any worse, so why not?
Psalm 121:7-8 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil. He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. (NKJV Nelson Study Bible)
In deciding to take this step, my life was changed. Not suddenly, but certainly steadily. I began respecting myself. I began to like the difference. Change is hard: it is definitely easier to stay where you are and in situations that you are familiar with. You know how to react, so even staying in bad environments becomes your comfort zone despite the danger.
………she wondered how differently she would feel the next day. Would she sense any change in her heart or her situation? She awoke with great expectation and felt…….well, just the same really. But wait, she did feel different. There was complete peace amid all the adversity. No bells or whistles, no great clamor of celebration, instead she felt loved and warm, and filled with a sense of peace. Invincible would be a more accurate determination! She no longer felt alone. (Taken from my book A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story).
And so, on what is a grey, overcast day I will work at keeping myself gainfully occupied and be thankful for who is in my life; what I have in my life and for God’s guidance keeping me on track with His biblical disciplines.
Can I invite you to try the same?
Thoughts to ponder (Ideas taken from Lists to Live By for Simple Living, Multnomah Publishers, Oregon)
- complain less; give (of your time) more
- Control less; let go more
- Criticize less; compliment more
Prayer: Abba Father, I thank You for all that You have done for me. I thank You for my family, friends and good neighbours. I thank you for a country of peace and natural beauty. Most of all, I thank You for Jesus, who gave so much so that I could be more.
I pray that more people will invite You into their hearts, minds and spirits today and that they will begin to understand the difference that you can make.