Tuesday, June 29, 2010

ENCOURAGEMENT TUESDAY





There are times in our lives where we feel as though we are walking through a fire and there is no clear way out, the smoke is choking us, and we can no longer see. We feel alone and lost and most of all unsure. It is that unsureness that brings us to our knees, crying out, reaching for Christ in our deepest pain. We have those times of trial that seem as though there is no reason or rhyme, but never the less they are here. We walk into those trials as one person and we leave them another. If we are grounded in our faith, rooted in Christ Jesus, He will not only see us through the fire, but refine us, making us whole as we move through that valley, up the mountain, where we can more clearly. In my times of hurting, this is one song that brought comfort to me. It is one that carried me through some really hard times. So today, I point you to Ms. Ginny Owens and this beautiful song, giving us hope, and encouraging us through the valleys of life.


Even in our strongest faith, life can be hard, it can bring us to a point of despair, but we are not to stay there in those circumstances. There is a way through that fire. As the rains leave, the clouds dissipate, and the sun shines again, giving us a brand new day, a day of hope, a day of life, filled with promise. It is in that promise we find Christ, standing firm in our lives, cheering us on, leading us through, and setting us on solid ground.



Whatever you are going through today, listen to the words of this beautiful song. Listen as the Lord speaks to you, calming you, washing you with His peace, and meeting you where you are. There is joy in the morning. There is laughter in the worse of our times. There are blessings to be seen. But first we must take our eyes off our hurt and pain, and place them on Christ. Leaving them at His feet and picking up hope, faith and love to carry us through. There is beauty in those valleys, in the darkest places we are we can find new hope, new life.



I have been there with you my friend. I have felt the pain of loss and unknown. Although some circumstances have not changed in my life, I have. God has brought me through, changing me, renewing me, and strengthening me. He understands our pain. For He walked through the valley, a valley we have not walked. We can look to Him for hope. He is our encouragement. He is our life. And with Him, we can make it through anything. Seek Him today my friend and find new life in Him, letting go of the past, and pressing forward!


Would you like to more about Ginny Owens and hear her story? You can find Ginny here at this link. She is full of encouragement and hope. http://www.ginnyowens.com/

Romans 5:3-5 "And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."

Isaiah 40:28-31 "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."

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