I'm often one to put on a brave face and convince myself that I am unaffected by whatever circumstance falls upon me. At times it's true, yet not always. For a few months I found myself feeling very down. I was unable to shake the sad and negative that had crept up and piled on. When I hit a point where I could release some of it I felt better, but it wasn't completely gone.
As I began to read an inspirational fiction book, there were points that hit close to home. I opened my heart a little more and pondered the lessons I could learn from this story. When I finished it, an ebook that I had gotten during a Nook Free Friday was the next one that popped up. I was feeling a little under the weather and thought it was a good time to start reading it. The overview for "When You Can't Find God: How to Ignite the Power of His Presence" by Linda Evans Shepherd says "You can find hope and peace--no matter what." This book has pointed me back in the right direction.
Life is not perfect, nor will it ever be, but God is in control. The circumstances (good and bad) shape us. My recent struggles and sadness brought me to a place where I reached out to God, yet He was already there, and He drew me closer.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
One of my absolute favorite songs...
Mercy Said No by Greg Long