Tough Year But Hopeful

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It’s been an extremely difficult year on many levels for Steve and me, but praise God, we have not lost hope. That is a miracle in itself.

I don’t know if that’s where you are in your life at this time. Maybe it’s been an easier year for you, perhaps a joyful one, or maybe it has been a difficult one —a very, very difficult one. But wherever you are, it is our hope that you still find delight in the Lord. For those who are struggling, we hope that you are not drained of hope for the future —that you still trust that God is with you and will guide you no matter what comes your way.

I heard someone on the radio the other day say how he loved this time of year between Christmas and New Years, because it is a time that brings reflection and hope in the Lord for the future. And that’s the place Steve and I find ourselves in —reflecting and learning from the past, prayerful for the future, looking to see how God will unravel the tangles of this past year and yet propel us forward to a future that is brighter than we ever could have imagined. In Him, all things are possible.

Whatever is happening in your life today, draw near to Him. If your marital relationship needs help, draw near to the Lord, look to Him to help you to find the tools you need —the wisdom you need to do what is right, and good, as God would have you.

I’m reminded of the scripture in Psalm 16:5 where it says, “LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.” I acknowledge that is true for us and for you and pray and claim verse 6 where it says, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

Whether you and I taste any of that “inheritance” here on earth or if it’s all waiting for us in Heaven, may we never stop trusting His promises.

Psalm 16:11 says,

You have made know to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

I trust this for our lives, for our marriage —that God will guide us by His right hand —His merciful, gracious, loving hand.

In my devotional reading, “The Word For You Today” it says,

“God has a plan for you this year. So, ‘hats off to the past and coats off to the future.’ Roll up your sleeves, go to work, and expect great things from God.”

We do —in whatever way they come. With God it’s all good.

Above all, I pray Psalm 109:26-27,

Help me, O LORD, my God; save me in accordance with your love. Let them know that it is in your hand that you, O LORD, have done it.

That is our prayer, for you and for us… that whatever we release to God… in whatever ways we look to Him for guidance, strength, wisdom, help, and empowering to help us to do what is right, that not only will He give us what we need, but that all will “know” that it is by His hand, that it has been “done.”

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to YOUR name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.(Psalm 115:1)

This blog is written by Cindy Wright of Marriage Missions International.

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