(Photo Credit: Away Network)
I had a time of solitude last week. It was so refreshing to drive only two hours north of Phoenix and be in the cooler temperatures of Flagstaff. The higher altitude was such a welcome relief.
I spent a lot of time in this chair. I had my Bible, journal and a few books with me.
This was the view I had as I sat in my chair. To see the green and all the trees was very special to a gal who lives in the desert.
Aren't these views fabulous?
God spoke to me in the mountains. I don't mean audibly but in my heart. I've been going through a very challenging time and it's continued now for several years. Frankly, I'm tired of feeling the way I do.
But I had a spirit of discouragement. I was feeling sorry for myself and having a bit of a pity party. Have you ever had one of those?
As I spent more time in the Word and prayer, I became more hopeful.
Romans 15:13 says:
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
God is the God of hope.
As I trust in Him, the fruit of the Spirit includes joy and peace.
It is in the power of the Holy Spirit that I can have hope.
Trust and obey has been my theme for 2010 and I can say that I'm learning. I seem to be a slow learner but with the Lord's help ...I'm growing in my faith.
It's interesting that I received an email upon my return from my blogging friend Janette of Janette's Sage. She wrote that she felt led to share an article with me. Guess what it was about? Hope deferred makes the heart sick from Proverbs 13:12. The article went on to say that the enemy uses discouragement as a weapon against us. Well I say ...goodbye discouragement and hello to hope.
I belong to God and He is a God of hope.
I've much more to share but I'll do several posts on this time away.
How about you? Have you felt discouraged lately? Or do you continue to be hopeful despite the circumstances in your life?
Blessings and love,