How long, O LORD? Will You forget me
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and hear me, O LORD my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest my enemy say,
I have prevailed against him;
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I
But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your
I will sing to the LORD,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
I had turned away from God. I was so focused on what I didn't have I was missing what was in front of me. I was not seeking God. Every trial I endured this year was a test. It's something God uses to stretch and grow me. Like I mentioned above I often felt alone, like God wasn't answering my cries to Him. But you know what? The teacher is always quiet during the test!
I cannot say I passed the test that God had given me this year. But I have grown a great deal the past year. It was more of a 2 steps forward 5 steps back. The great thing about God is He doesn't look back, He looks forward. It's what I do from here on out that will show the growth. I will probably never know why He allowed the horrible things to happen this year. What I do know is He loves me unconditionally!!
So here we are embarking on a new year. A new book to be written. I have been seeing all over the internet people picking a word for the year. I thought that was a great way to keep focused on something in the hard times.
So the word I picked for 2014 is....
My key verse for the year is:
You will show me the path of life,
in Your presence is fullness of joy;
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
So what exactly is joy? Does this mean you will be happy all the time? Tomorrow I will explore what the bible says about joy.
So do you pick a word to focus on in the new year? What is it? How do you keep focused on the word?