I’m a journaler, in case I haven’t shared this before. I just finished up a prayer journal from the past year, well 1 month shy of a year. I love going back through old journals to see where I’ve been and how God has shown himself faithful once again. This year held a lot of things – personally and professionally.
I came across this entry where I shared this verse from Isaiah 26:3-4. It was the day after I made a big decision and where I needed the peace of God in an incredible way. I needed God to help me ‘fix my mind on Him’ and not my circumstances. A time where I needed him as my Rock because I just couldn’t do it on my own. I’m sure you can relate, we all have those days, or weeks, or months.
And you know the coolest part, that day I wrote, ‘Today is a new day and I want to walk in that freedom.’
I look at this entry today, almost a year later, and am amazed at the goodness of God. At the freedom that God allowed me to walk through over this past year. Despite the challenges, the heartache, the brokenness, the roadblocks and the waiting… and more waiting. God brought healing to my soul. He brought freedom from past stuff that I didn’t even know I needed to deal with. He helped me to keep moving forward and not fall back into something I needed to leave behind.
Friends, I share this with you today, not because I like to share personal stuff about my life (believe me, I don’t). I share this because we all need healing and need God to ‘keep us in perfect peace’. We all need encouragement along our journey. I am so grateful for the friends and people God brought into my life this past year – some new and some life-long friends – who walked with me on this journey of healing. I’m grateful for counseling, even though it wasn’t fun, because having an outside voice to listen is good. They see and hear things with a different perspective. I am even more grateful that God spoke to me through his Word in ways that were new and healing.
I wrote these words that day as well, ‘I don’t understand what you’re doing God but I choose to trust you because I know that you are who you say you are and you will do what you say you will do.’ Friends, trust God has your situation in his hands. Trust that He wants the very best for you – because He does! No matter how hard today may be, or how hard your circumstances are – He is for you! Be at peace with that.