Matters of the heart 84 – January 2019

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 2 Corinthians 1:3 NIV

Have you ever been in a situation where you were looking for a specific response from someone, possibly your spouse Pastor, parent, sibling, and mentors? However, instead, you got the complete opposite? I can think of times I was looking for compassion and a hug, but instead, I received a cold response or chastisement, oh my God! what a blow. I was overwhelmed, the tears were waiting to come out, and I pushed them back until I got in that private place and all I wanted was a hug, yes me the strong black woman needed a hug.  Well, to no avail, maybe they meant well. Thank God I know the great hymn of the church that reminds me in the stanza Thy compassions, they fail not As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. Amen, glory to God! thou forever wilt be, as Paul reminded the people of Corinthians in his letter, we serve a God of compassion and comfort, who will be with us through all our trials and tribulations because the lord is all we need for support and refuge.  We may want that special someone in our life to have the right words to say or know what we need when we need it, but sometimes our expectations of humanity will lead us to a dry place. I encourage you to find consistent compassion and comfort in the Lord.  The apostle Paul is reminding us in this letter, as the trials of life overflow, the warmth of God’s love, protection and grace abound as well! What a blessing and what a friend we have in Jesus!

Matters of the heart 83 – January 2019

O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. (Psalm 96:1 KJV)

A new year an opportunity to sing a new song unto the Lord for new mercies I see daily. The song reminds us great is thy faithfulness Lord unto me and the Lord has been better than faithful. The older I get my hymn of praise is draw me nearer blessed Lord, to the cross where thou have died, draw me nearer blessed Lord, to thy precious bleeding side.

I am grateful that the Lord has brought me right up to a new year and I will continue to keep my hand in the Lord’s hand because I want the Lord with me wherever I go on this journey called life. I will continue to sing a new song of praise no matter if life has me on the spin cycle. I encourage you to be strong and courageous as Joshua was and do not be afraid no matter what it might look like, the lord is with you and has a plan for your life. The Lord will fight your battles and provide you with whatever you need to slay your giants. I may not know what tomorrow hold but I know who holds tomorrow and that is a comforting feeling that God is with me wherever I go, and I will continue to sing songs of Zion. Remain encouraged, Happy New Year.