Life is hard sometimes. (I think I have mentioned this once or twenty times before.)
Over the last three months or so, we have been on a journey– a journey to calm our anxious hearts and find contentment in Christ.
While the Bible study part of the journey concludes today, our heart journey continues.
Probably for the rest of our lives. And I don’t know about you, but it is a journey that I am STILL so excited to be on!
Many women have been transformed over the last few weeks by the power of Christ through trusting in Him– myself included. And I can’t wait to see where He takes us next.
But as we reflect on these final two chapters (and this whole experience in general) I can’t help but be moved… excited… a little emotional (ok, maybe that’s the pregnancy hormones) and utterly shocked at the power of His love for us.
It doesn’t matter what life throws at us… WE CAN rejoice in the Lord, even though life can be difficult.
One of my favorite Bible verses was introduced to me by our Pastor’s wife Pam last February during staff devotional. Divinely, it was the focus verse of our last chapter in this study.
Even though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
Even though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
Even though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
It is very cool how God has brought this journey (especially for me!) full circle. See, back on March 14th of this year, we miscarried our first child. It was the most viewed post in the history of this ministry… and it’s title? “EVEN THOUGH.“
If you want tangible proof of how God can calm an anxious heart even though it seems like the sun might not rise tomorrow– be sure to check it out. Because now, we are 26 weeks along with our second pregnancy– and most of those heart-stopping anxieties from our first experience have been laid at the foot of the cross. Christ has taken them from us– and our trust in Him is deeper than ever before.
So today, we add to our “Even thoughs” as we continue on our journey to contentment.
WE CAN trust in the Lord with all our hearts… Even though the world says, “Take control and do it yourself.”
WE CAN rejoice in all circumstances… Even though in the moment, our hearts might be breaking.
WE CAN remember His never-ending faithfulness… Even though Satan tries to convince us otherwise.
WE CAN give Him our everything… Even though some days it feels like we have nothing left to give.
WE CAN build a solid foundation of faith-based on His promises… Even though destruction seems to be at our doorstep.
WE CAN embrace the plan He has for us… Even though we *think* we have better ideas.
WE CAN know that He designed us with purpose and beauty… Even though we occasionally don’t feel like it.
WE CAN give generously with the knowledge that He is our provider… Even though society says money equals happiness.
WE CAN continue to walk with Him on our journey to contentment… Even though this Bible study season has ended.
Do you have more “We Can- Even Thoughs” to add? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.
Thanks to all of the gals who have walked with us through this journey. I pray that it has opened the eyes of your heart in ways that we never imagined. (Also, congratulations to Sue G. for winning our “Solid Foundation of Faith” Giveaway!)
Remember, sweet friends…
WE CAN choose to calm our anxious hearts and find contentment in Him… NO. MATTER. WHAT!!!
“…For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances…” ~Philippians 4:11 (NIV)