I think perhaps it can seem like I have it 'all together' in my life most of the time, but in reality I begin many days with a heavy heart.
That's why I wake a good hour before my husband, slide out of bed onto the hardwood floor and walk softly down the darkened hallway to pour a cool glass of diluted juice, gather my Bible and my glasses, and go meet with Jesus.
My head will be swimming with all the 'to-dos' of the day ahead but my heart is longing for the kindness of my Saviour and the words of life and strength He has which will lift my countenance and set my feet to higher ground.
Why the heavy heart as I rise you may wonder?
Nobody's life is free from trial I do not think, and I am certainly not immune. Let's just say that much like yours my life is a cycle of seasons, each bringing their own joys and their challenges.
The Scripture I'm sharing today is one that brings me to tears, because the comfort it offers is real and touches deep into my being.
My flesh and heart do fail me, often, and I can come all undone like a ball of yarn which has been carefully wound and is suddenly snatched up by a willful kitten and in seconds becomes a tangled mess spread across the carpet.
That heavy sense of frailty, vulnerability and being totally overwhelmed rushes in quickly and I feel unable to pick up the pieces and begin again...
...but then Jesus.
My hand to hold and my ear to hear and my heart mender. He comes to my rescue. I take one wobbly step towards Him and He runs twelve towards me.
That's why I cherish our morning date. That's why I make each day with Him count. That's why this Scripture means so much to me.
Yesterday I was pondering the words and decided to sketch it as a stitchery so I could display it in my home where my eyes would fall often upon it...and then I thought, maybe you need it too?
The pattern is a free gift, for freely He gives and so shall I.
As you stitch let the truth of this Scripture soak deep into your heart and never let it or Him go, because your flesh and heart will fail just like mine and you will need His strength one day, perhaps many days.
He is your portion FOREVER sweet friend and He will never, ever fail you.
Your sister in Christ,