But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it. See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil. [If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which] I command you today, to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land into which you go to possess. (Deut.30:14-16)
Some days I let feelings overwhelm me. Feelings of being an inadequate mother because I struggle in my relationship with my teenage son. Feelings of despair when I think too much about how much I have lost in my marriage and family. Feelings of loneliness when there is only children’s voices around me all day and I long for adult communication. Feelings can be overwhelming. Feelings put you on a slippery slope into depression – that deep dark pit where you claw at the sides but don’t get anywhere, especially not out.
But then God’s Word is like a flashlight. Its high beam focus on that verse that will bring you hope and lift your spirit.
Then you realize, feelings are fickle. You should trust what you knów.
I know I’m not alone because God said He will never leave me or forsake me. I know I will pull through this rough patch with my boy because God said His Word is like a lamp to my feet and will give me wisdom if I seek it with all my heart. I know that I have more than I need because God said He will give me the desires of my heart, more than I can dream or think of.
So that leaves me with a choice. Everyday we have to choose between life and death.
I choose life. I choose joy. I choose to believe God will work everything out to the good of those who love Him. I choose to rejoice in the Lord. I choose to live tenaciously. To hold on to every promise of God that is yeah and amen because Jesus is my Saviour and friend and brother.
For those of you who also sometimes stand on the slippery slopes of despair and depression, hold on. Choose joy! God’s promise is that His peace that surpasses all understanding will fill your heart and mind.
Enjoy the new week. May it be filled with choices for joy, love, peace.
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