and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD
Trying to be who God wants us to be, and who we ourselves want to be, can be hard.
Although we may start out every morning determined to have a new attitude and a song in our hearts, each day brings challenges that cause us to stumble, only to find ourselves losing the battle for optimism once again; to find our faith faltering, and our hope diminishing; to find that the raging battle for our hearts between two very powerful powers is one that is never ending.
Its okay, friend. Take a deep and refreshing breath – and rest in knowing that God knows your heart.
He knows if we truly desire to have a heart like Christ.
He knows when we are trying hard to live a life that glorifies Him.
He knows when we stumble, but still forgives.
He knows when we are weak, and gives us strength.
He knows when we are lost, and gives us guidance.
He knows when we are broken, and gives us healing.
He knows we are sinners, yet He saves.
His mercies are renewed every day, and that my friend, is something to be happy about!
The past nine days have been a challenge for all of us, and I hope that each one of you will walk away from this little challenge with a fresh perspective, a renewed desire to be an optimist, and a new-found excitement to always see that glass half full.
Lamentations 3:21-22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion’s never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness
2 Corinthians 4:16-17 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.