Happy belated Mother's Day and sorry for the late Bible 365 Week 19 recap. However, I've been a little down because I received some horrible news this past weekend. Miss J died last Friday. While I'm sad and heartbroken, I know that she's in better place now.
Most of the Psalms from week 19 had to due with suffering and keeping the faith during troubled times. So, I truly believe it was a sign all things considered. And what I learned is that God is always there for us even when it seems like to us, He has hung us out to dry. Psalm 37:7-8 tells us to "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way. Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret--it only causes harm."
These verses couldn't have spoken to me more. Whether it's dealing with death or people who seek to cause drama in our lives, we often don't get the positive outcome we seek because we haven't given God a chance to act on our behalf. We're too busy letting our frustration and anger get the best of us. So, in the end we end up causing more harm than good and digging the our pit of torment a little deeper. I've had a lot of hurt in my life and I'm finally at a place where I'm making the wiser choice to not react negatively or in my anger to bad situations.
I pray the answer and wait for God to guide me and resolve issue. And because of that I'm not putting myself through unnecessary stress, jeopardizing my character/reputation and I genuinely feel happier. "I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps," says King David in Psalm 40:1-2. There's your proof that if you just hold out and give God time to do what He does, things will be okay.
If don't remember anything else, remember that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling" (Psalm 46:1-3).
Week 20 Readings
5/13: Psalms 63-65
5/14: Psalms 66- 68
5/15: Psalms 69-72
5/16: Psalms 73-75
5/17: Psalms 76-78
5/18: Psalms 79-81
5/19: Psalms 82-84