I am a little behind with posting this today as I just returned from a trip to Colorado! My heart is a little raw tonight. I’ve been dealing with sadness lately and this verse showed up just in time.
This week’s memory verse is:
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
This verse commands us to be strong and courageous, to not be fearful or discouraged. We shouldn’t fear or feel doubtful for our future because God’s got us. He’s right here next to us, helping keep us safe and guiding our way. This verse is a recurring verse for me. It always seems to pop back into my life right when I need it. This past weekend is a perfect example.
I lived in Colorado for almost 5 years. Though some of the years were extremely difficult, it became home to me. I created long-lasting friendships and found people that believed in me and my talents. I was lucky enough to get my childhood best friend to move out with me. Hubs and I met in Colorado and we got engaged at my church. I miss everyone terribly all the time, but whenever I return from a trip to visit, I miss them even more. Coming back to Texas has been even harder this time. I don’t know if I will ever live in Colorado again and that stings. I don’t enjoy much about Texas and just want to be near the people I love. Tonight, my heart hurts.
Do Not Be Fearful of What the Future Holds.
This verse reminds me that I can’t be discouraged with where I am or with what the future holds. God’s got me. I have to keep bad attitude in check, which is a daily chore, and reading this verse motivates me more to suck it up and thank God for the opportunities He has given me while I’m here.
Yet this is so hard for me to walk out. I can say that God has a plan and that He knows best but when I come home from a trip like this, do I really believe it? Was His plan to rip me away from my favorite city and my closest friends? Does He really have a plan for me (for us) while I’m here? I think about these things often and wonder what life would be like if we were still in Colorado. But for now, I cannot let fear and discouragement steal my joy.
When you are faced with fear and discouragement, how do you respond? Write out this week’s verse as a reminder that God is with us no matter where we go.
Until next time,