• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Journeying With Jesus

Mike and I were sharing about the last two years and the struggles most people had and then the struggles our family had. After some news we didn't want, Mike said don't you think we deserve a break? If only it worked that way! I think that was only at MacDonalds, years ago!

So I think we did the best thing. We left the pity party and discussed how God had used all of this. He wasted nothing! We talked about how much we had both grown in our spiritual life through these tough times. We turned the pity party into a praise party. On this journey called life, God is adding to our faith, circumstance by circumstance.

One of the hardest things we are learning is submitting to God no matter the challenge!

Many years ago, a friend taught me to pray for me to find my will in God's will and my way in God's way. Praying for God's will to be done and not mine is easier said that done, for me! However, in being obedient, and saying this over and over I think the words soak into my heart. Isaiah 55: 8-9, "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'" Since His ways are much bigger than mine, I trust His plan is better than anything I can imagine. Ephesians 3: 20, "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us..."

David was confident in God's sovereignty and faithfulness but he knew we need God's guidance to help us discern during difficult times. In Psalm 25, David asks God for His divine protection, His guidance and forgiveness while affirming his loyalty and trust in God. Because of his past, David knew God's goodness and asked God for wisdom and forgiveness.

I can look back on my life and it was during the tough times that God was preparing me for such a time as this. I am not sure what is next but I thank Him everyday for what He has planned in our life. I am excited about it because I know it will be exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask! Thanks be to God!


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