Leave the disappointment of yesterday there.
Hope is in the air.
Release the anger and embarrassment
That kicked down your door.
Don’t let the pain control you anymore.
Embrace now and look ahead.
Accept this fresh start without dread.
Write your own song
About how you belong
About the hope that lies within
Compelling you to begin again.
Give yourself permission to say,
“Yes” to today.
I am an 8th grade math teacher and it never fails to amaze me the strength and courage of my students. I was off Wednesday and Thursday of this week. When I returned, I had conversations with different students about how their week was going.
Within a four hour period, I heard stories about a violent fight where a student received injuries that required medical treatment. I heard a discussion about an abortion. I listened to a student talk about watching a parent suffering from the affects of stage four cancer and chemo therapy. I watched students with fevers try really hard to make it through the day. One student has a standing appointment with the nurse to monitor her blood sugar levels to avoid seizures.
What touches me about all of them, they showed up today. They smiled and greeted me like there was nothing wrong in their lives. They all demonstrated in some way that they had something to be thankful for. They all have hope.
When I heard this song, I knew I had to share this with others. We are blessed and have the gift of a new day every time we wake up.
I pray that you will embrace each day with hope.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
You may think you don’t But you do Need God to take care of you.
You may think you know The way to go But what you see Isn’t His reality.
What lies ahead Leads to disappointment and dread When you proceed Without His lead.
You weren’t there When you entered His mind His plan for you Is one of a kind.
Ask Him to reveal it To no longer conceal it. He will show you And He will grow you, Help you get to know you.
Until His perfect plan Is ready to be released on man.
Lean in and listen Get to know His heart. That is when your life will start To make sense.
Proverbs 3:5-9 (MSG) TrustGodfrom the bottom of your heart;don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen forGod’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.Run toGod! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health,your very bones will vibrate with life! HonorGodwith everything you own;give him the first and the best.
Hope woke me up this morn
Her gentle nudge was like a horn.
“Wake up!” was her simple song
Reminding me that no matter what goes wrong
I am not alone.
Hope coaxed the covers from my head
Then gradually pulled me from the bed.
She handed me a smile to wear
And filled me up with joy making me aware
I have something special to share.
Hope danced around me as I dressed
Waving a banner and singing about how much I am blessed.
Then Hope did something totally unexpected
She transformed my heart and mind where she could be reflected
And I could have a day where we are never disconnected.
No matter what, we always have reason to hope.
God is always up to something good. He even knows how to make the hard things work for our good.
Romans 8:28 (TPT) So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are His lovers who have been called to fulfill His designed purpose.
I stand in need Desperate for more Than what I see Than what I hear. Lord, draw me near.
I get so lost In life’s mundane No place of peace Test after test. Lord, I need rest.
I need Your hope. I need Your peace. I need Your touch So very much.
Then I can live Above this pain Above this fear. Then I can soar To where there’s more.
As a teacher at a junior high I meet many young people who live in darkness. They are looking for something, but they can’t name it. Many are empty and rarely express any emotion but sorrow. Others are angry and lash out at the least provocation. There are many others who pretend to be happy, but when no one is watching, their eyes reveal the pain they feel inside. All of the faces I see seem to be searching for more. I feel encouraged that they are searching because if they are searching, that means they have hope.
I pray for them to find hope in positive places. I pray they will come to know the deep love of the Lord. Then I try to be the giver of hope and love because loving them will last longer than the math lessons I teach. Love will last forever.
My heart is full to overflowing.
I have so much to thank Him for.
I felt alone and afraid.
I was lost in darkness.
But God saw me there.
With great mercy
The song I am sharing today brings back memories of my teen years. I wanted to know God, but I also wanted to fit in with my friends. I remember some very good friends laughing at me because I read my bible and prayed regularly. I was embarrassed at first. I even stopped for a while so that I could fit in. Eventually, I felt drawn back to the word, but I have to admit that the years when I stopped seeking the Lord, I got caught up in things that were emotionally and physically dangerous. I learned that giving my body to drugs, alcohol and boys only caused pain. I was miserable and found myself in a very dark place.
My change came around the time I had a dream that I died. I knew that I wasn’t ready to die and began to pray for the Lord to help me and He did. I am so thankful that His plan for my life was never far away. Salvation was never beyond my reach. I had to make unpopular decisions. I spent a great deal of time alone and my friends “had fun” without me. My family didn’t understand me, but the more I sought the Lord, the more changes I saw in myself.
I learned to love myself. I learned to love others the right way. I learned how to walk in the Light. When I started walking in the Light, the darkness lost its power.
Romans 5:8 But Christ proved God’s passionate love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly!