There are seasons that are hard. I just don’t feel right. Discouragement comes easy. The dark cloud looms and lingers.
I begin searching for what’s missing. Maybe if I start running, or eat better I will feel better about myself? Or, am I lonely and just need to find a new friend? Get more sleep? A better schedule? Time alone? A date night?
I’ll try a few things, and when the newness wears off I turn to what energize me. Teaching the Word, blogging, time with good friends, time alone to plan. While they do help recharge me, they will never be enough.
Only God’s word brings me life.
My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word! Psalm 119:25
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. Psalm 119:37
In uncertainty, His word alone is my good counsel.
Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors. Psalm 119:24
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
When my soul cries out, His promises alone bring comfort.
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:50
Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165
Though there are moments of overwhelming sorrow, His word under-girds with strength.
My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word! Psalm 119:28
His mercy and grace is what I truly need. Not a smaller jeans size, or a better organized house. Not a new friendship or time to myself. He is my missing piece.
Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight. Psalm 119:77
Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name. Psalm 119:132
Which verses do you cling to when the dark cloud looms?