Bare, Naked, whatever, See my Heart!
I could not avoid adding this comment on sadness, heaviness to this note. i think Tom Norvell just captured the spirit all together.A Norvell NoteVol. 11 No. 06 February 11, 2008I Will Praise Him AgainYour spirits are low. You are down in the dumps. You don't really knowwhy. You try to figure it out. Maybe it is because it's Monday. Maybeit's the season of the year. Maybe you're tired. Maybe your feelingshave been hurt. Maybe it is the anniversary of a loss. Could be guilt.Could be fatigue. Could be a something deep in side wanting to comeout but you're afraid to let it go. Worship is dry. Spiritualendeavors seem empty. You don't know why, but you know it's real, andyou know it's not good.Whatever the cause and whatever the reason these questions which arefound three times in Psalm 42 and 43 (some would contend that it wasoriginally one Psalm) could be your questions:Why am I discouraged?Why is my heart so sad?You do everything in your power to snap out of the funk. You workharder. You read more. You pray more. You get involved in more Biblestudies. You attend more church services. Still you are discouragedand your heart is sad. You wonder if you will ever get out of this pitof depression. You wonder if you will ever experience genuine praiseagain.Then you read the rest of the verse.I will put my hope in God!That makes sense. "I will put my hope in God!" Not in things. Not inpeople. Not in events. Not in accomplishments. "I will put my hope inGod!" It should not surprise us (though it almost always does) thatwhen we put our hope in something or someone other than God we willget discouraged and our hearts will become sad. The Psalmist came toan understanding and said, "I will put my hope in God!"When he put his hope in God, things changed.I will praise him again?my Savior and my God!(42:5, 11; 43:5, New Living Translation)What was true for the Psalmist can be true for you. Put your hope inGod!Feeling discouraged? Is your heart feeling sad? Put your hope in God!You will praise Him again.TomA Norvell Note (c) Copyright 2008. Tom Norvell All Rights Reserved.====================================================A NORVELL NOTE is a weekly inspirational articleby Tom Norvell.HOW DO I SUBSCRIBE?It's FREE! To subscribe send a blank email to:email@example.comHOW DO I LEAVE?Send a blank email to the unsubscribe address:firstname.lastname@example.org======================================================================Mailing List services by HEARTLIGHT - http://www.heartlight.org
I have been there,When the light seemed to have been snapped out of my world,When everything I once did with a glad heart became a great chore,When my situations dictated how I felt,My heart was overwhelmed by emotions so great,So immense was the anguish around me that I forgot that there was hope,The only helpline I needed broke through my darkness,I remembered where I had put my hope and trustI held fast cos help was on the wayWhat a hope I have found, more faithful than a mother'sI found reason to rejoice despite my situation
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