I just spent the last few minutes looking out the window, praying for you. Today feels like spring, yet the news of a whole boatload of snow tomorrow taunts me. It feels like life sometimes– just when the promise of spring is within reach, a storm comes out of nowhere. And I may get up on the outside, but each time, it takes more courage stand up on the inside. Maybe you feel the same way?
I’ve been studying you, my friends, over the last months. I’ve been paying attention to the conversations and comments and emails I get from you. And while you’re so supportive and kind no matter what the topic, what speaks the most to your heart are my posts about grieving and sorrow… and about the hope Jesus holds out to us.
It’s like we’re all trying to figure out how to live with the promise of Spring in one hand, while expecting a blizzard in the other. It’s messy, it’s hard… but oh! the promises and the way Jesus gently leads us.
I want to put my arms around you and tell you I’m right there with you. For some of you who are my real life friends, I get to do that, and I love it so much. But for others, we’ll have to settle for a friendship between our computers. No matter if we’re the best of friends or if we’ve never met, I want you to know that as my fingers type words, I’m praying for you.
I’ve prayed that Jesus would reveal Himself through His Word. That you would find His words, not mine, to heal you and show you the power of His redemption. The words of Scripture are a balm to my soul. They have carried me through the good and bad days. I could type a million words on this little blog, but if they aren’t rooted in the Truth of Scripture, they are simply words. Nothing I write on my own brings healing… Jesus is the one who does that. Oh, they would probably be nice words that you would agree with, but they wouldn’t change you or give you what your soul longs for most.
I’ve been working on a little gift for you. When you sign up to subscribe to my blog, I’ve figured out (it was no small task, at least for me) how to send you a few Scriptures I hold dear to my heart. They’re hope for your hurting heart. They will bring you power in times of hopelessness. Just sign up at the bottom of this post or over there on the side —>, print them out and cut them up. They aren’t the most professional, high resolution little things, but what really matters are the words.
Put them in a strategic place, like your kitchen sink or bathroom mirror. Laminate them and put them on a key ring. Take a screenshot and put one on your lock screen. Then say them out loud, think about them and believe them.
It’s just my little gift to you to let you know I’m praying for you, … and even more importantly, Jesus sees your hurt and He cares deeply. He wants you to live in joy and to be healed.
Thank you for following along as I try to make sense of life. I’m glad to have you along for the journey.
P.S. If you’ve already signed up to follow this blog, but you’d still like the printable, just drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll be glad to send them to you.