Monday, April 22, 2013

He's Always Been Faithful

Has it been a crazy week or what? And I don’t mean crazy in a good way. Everything that happened in Boston and in West last week are absolutely awful but things that are happening here aren’t a walk in the park either. Some of the stuff my girls at my houses have to go through is terrible and I teach English at a public school where the majority of my first graders don’t know how to write more than half of their letters (difficult for me to grasp after seeing many of my dad’s pre-k students start reading in his class). On top of that, I spent four days last week with my girls at Casitas, many of whom don’t believe they are beautiful, special, loved, or created for a purpose. My heart is burdened and broken for the situations and experiences of my students and of all of my girls.

I know its would be easy to just say, Kellie everyone has difficult situations and difficult days in their lives, but 2 things. 1. I think that living here in SPS has made me more aware of the difficulties people go through in my own life and in the lives of others. Not to say that there have not been hard times in my life, anyone who knows me knows that’s crazy, but I’m the type of person to ignore problems and not deal with them, but here that is not exactly an option, gotta face things head on (Thanks Jesus for that sweet, not so sweet lesson). 2. I cannot begin to describe to you the difficulty and problems of this week in our house. Like I know that every day my girls have to deal with things that are difficult, things from their past and what’s happening in the present, but seriously this week was so much worse.

But, in extreme difficulties or in the case of Boston and West in extreme tragedies we’re given this opportunity to grow our faith and trust in God. The question is, “do you trust God?” A friend asked me this question the other day after she’d been asked the same question. Yes, of course we trust God. If my answer is yes why am I constantly worried and questioning what is happening? Why am I always trying to solve the problems by myself? Why am I not instead taking things to God in prayer 100% of the time? Man, what a challenge, but what comfort and strength and relief is found when I do that.

I read this passage in Jesus Calling the other day:
       "The media relentlessly proclaim bad news, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A steady diet of their fare will sicken you. Instead focusing on fickle, ever-changing news broadcasts, tune in to the living Word - the One who is always the same. Let scripture saturate our mind and heart, and you will walk steadily along the path of Life. Even though you don't know what will happen tomorrow, you can be sure of your ultimate destination. I hold you by your right hand, and afterward I will take you to glory."

Life is not easy, its not a piece of cake or a walk in the park. We're not promised an easy life just because we chose to follow Jesus. He does say "...In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) He says "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28). 

Our God is faithful and He is with us always. He is never changing. He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever!

One more piece of encouragement God showed me through a blog yesterday, lyrics to the song He’s Always Been Faithful by Sara Groves (I’m not a huge fan of the actual song, but the words I love!).
            Morning by morning I wake up to find 

The power and comfort of God’s hand in mine

Season by season I watch Him, amazed

In awe of the mystery of His perfect ways 

All I have need of, His hand will provide 

He’s always been faithful to me.

I can’t remember a trial or a pain 

He did not recycle to bring me gain 

I can’t remember one single regret

In serving God only, and trusting His hand

All I have need of, His hand will provide

He’s always been faithful to me.

This is my anthem, this is my song 

The theme of the stories I’ve heard for so long 

God has been faithful, He will be again

His loving compassion, it knows no end 

All I have need of, His hand will provide 

He’s always been faithful, He’s always been faithful 

He’s always been faithful to me

Thanks and gig 'em.
Peace. Love. Pursue Jesus.

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