So you know that #onelittleword I chose for 2017??  HOPEFUL...

It's been a real challenge to feel hopeful lately.  All I have to do is go on Facebook (which I am really limiting lately) to see such sad division among so many people.  Just read the news or watch TV and boy oh boy,  is this world going NUTS O'  or what!!??

A friend of mine let me vent last weekend and I really appreciated her helping me find the right perspective... to

LOOK UP!

Here's the verse from the bible journaling page above:

Psalm 121

My Help Comes from the Lord

121 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

This world isn't easy and pretty all the time is it? It gets messy and ugly and even though we know God is in control, we can let our own fears and doubts and frustrations overtake us. I love that the Lord brings people and His Word to us right at the right time in those moments! Thank you Jesus. Bible Journaling is also that perfect peaceful place for me... where He speaks right to the core.  Isn't Psalm 121 so great! Read the whole chapter above and tell me how that wouldn't lift your soul and make you HOPEFUL again?!? So look up people... the Lord will be your help.❤ 

I've been thinking about the girls lately and how they are growing up.  Actually 2 of the 3 ARE grown.  Victoria is now married, Rebecca is deciding on colleges right now and pretty soon we will only have Isabella at home with us.  When our kids are little and all at home with us we know we can protect them and they are pretty much always in our care.  As they grow there is freedom in that and it's how it's supposed to be... but it also creates a little anxiety for us mommas.  

A couple of Rebecca's college choices are close to the beach so we walked along this beach and had dinner that night on the waterfront, just talking about her future and what the Lord is showing her.

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This verse came to me while we were away for a couple days and I wanted to bible journal these verses to remind me that they are ALWAYS under the Lord's protection and that is WAY more than I could ever do.

"But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield." Psalm 5:11-12

Discover JOY in His protection...

I LOVE these verses in Psalms.  This is for anyone! When you feel pressure on every side, when you are overwhelmed with life and the decisions you need to make, when you are anxious because your babies are growing up and you no longer have them at home... remember the Lord God's got this!! There is complete JOY in that ladies! Rest in His protection and lean in.  He wants to show you that He is your rock and He will take care of it all. 

And, with everything going on in this world...  With all the "stuff" that is happening over the past couple weekends in our country... with EVERYTHING that may weigh us down, cause us to be burdened by all the chaos in this world and question WHY there is so much division... I want you to STILL BE HOPEFUL!

So are you ready to feel His shield and take refuge in Him?  I know I am!!

Jeremiah 33: 1 "The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard: 2 “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: 3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known."

Now if you're like me... you may need to be reminded EVERY. DAY.  And if so, that's ok.  For me it is a struggle to stop feeling saddened by the world we live in when I turn on the news or look on FB.  There is a lot to be anxious about.  It is true that we live in a world full of hurt and evil.  I will talk more about that next time... and what the Lord is putting on our hearts to GO & DO.

But I encourage you to find HOPE today! Because there is a GOD that does love us.  He is THERE for us and wants us to call out to Him in time of need... In time of anxiety, in chaos, in sadness... in ANY time.  He doesn't want us to be anxious about anything!  And the GOOD NEWS is that He can take it away.  He can give us that HOPE and PEACE that passes all understanding.  In the bible journaling page above it gives me so much hope to know that He wants us to call on him and that He WILL answer!  

 

And if you're wondering how He answers...

Just "Be Still"

"Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth~" The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress." Psalm 46:10-11.

This is what I posted on IG with this Bible Journaling Page:

"Be still and know that I am God."  Something I am trying to do more of.  So many things are out of our control and it can sometimes overwhelm me.  I was overcome by this feeling last weekend and had to take a step back, get off social media and BE STILL.  Here's what I know... The Lord will be exalted among the nations, and in all the earth!  Yes, there's craziness in this world, yes there's much to be done, and yes we are called to be a light to the darkness.  There's a lot of darkness and much love of God to be shared!  At 48 years old the Lord is awakening me to this and I am willing to be used.  But at times we need to "be still" and wait on the Lord... And know that you know that you know... That He is our fortress, that He is there for us, and that He will show us, in His timing.  That His will will be done. Take time to be still today... and look up.  Will share more in the weeks ahead what He is moving in my life.  This page was inspired by a verse photo on @focusonthefamily a week ago and gave me such a peaceful feeling I wanted to re-create it in my bible. 

So that is what I am finding more and more as I draw closer to Him daily in His Word.  He is truly AMAZING and He wants to be the focus of our lives... not the craziness of this world.  Because ultimately He will be exalted, His WILL will be done.  There may be crazy stuff going on and we may feel like there is too much going on to take the time to "be still"... but I truly believe that is the place where we are going to HEAR the Lord speak to us.  To give us His peace, to show us what He wants us to do, to help us find His calm in the storm.  

So I encourage you today to get off of Facebook for a while, turn off the TV tonight, put that magazine down, even let the laundry stay in the dryer for a little while longer mommas...  :)

and instead, read the Word of God.  He will put your life into His ETERNAL perspective for you!

Have a GREAT week everyone!

Hugs,

Laura

P.S. Next week I will be sharing what the Lord is showing my husband and I as we are doing a prayer challenge that has really been a game changer!

 

 

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