I know that life has been challenging and hard lately.
It’s a load to bear, a walk that seems so alone at times.
The things is . . . you are not made to be alone . . . you are made to have Christ in you and to be in community.
As you are reading my words, it may seem easier to keep it all hidden and manage it on your own. While I have no doubt that you could get through it on your own, aloneness produces pain. Living this life without a relationship with God and community, eventually leads to depression and even devastation.
Yes, it sounds . . . religious . . . and pastoral.
I guess that’s the risk of having a friendship with a pastor. Even so, the truth of the matter is that relationship is the anchor and meaning of life.
Actually, I was thinking about you when Madelyn and Sydney joined me for the day.
Their mom, my daughter, Tricia, leaned into Deuteronomy 31:6 during the tough times in her growing up years.
Anyway, the God-words were given by the ancient leader, Moses, in his end-of-life speech. The truth of the words reveal the heart of a warrior of life, light, and love, which is my prayer for these sweet girls, you, and all who travel through my life.
Be strong and brave, and don’t tremble in fear of them, because the Eternal your God is going with you. He’ll never fail you or abandon you! (Deuteronomy 31:6 , Voice).
These words need to be underlined at the center of our warrior hearts, reminding us that no matter what comes our way, we’re able to live strong and brave in the midst of it all, knowing we’re never alone.
So my prayer for you today is to believe:
You are not alone. You are a warrior of life, light, and love, which means, despite the adversity, you can be strong and brave.
Photos by Shelly Mackerell Photography © 2016 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2016 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED