Be Still.

Today has been difficult. The Lord is testing me in particular in some very specific areas...and it is so hard. The unknown scares me, change is never something I welcome with eagerness...and here I find myself facing the unknown and change. Graduation, marriage, independence, a job in full time ministry, raising support, my job this summer....all of these things are requiring so much faith in my Heavenly Father right now.

I am overwhelmed but not without hope, I have been thinking on this verse today a lot, "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies." 2 Corinthians 4:9-11. There are so so many promises in the Scriptures that the Lord will deliver us, provide for us, tend to our needs, hear us when we call...and in these promises I can rest, and truly be at peace despite the unknown and the change. 

Praising His name for the growth that Ben and I will experience in the days and months ahead, because growth does come through difficulty --Psalm 119:71. 

He is so good my friends, and so worthy of utmost trust and surrender. May we never allow circumstances to cause us to lose sight of that truth. 

Here are just a few other verses about the Lord's provision and promises from a study I went through with my bridesmaids at my bachelorette weekend...

1 Chronicles:29:10-16- Everything belongs to the Lord and HE IS Sovereign..
Isaiah 42:5- He gives breath and spirit to us
Job 38-41- Who do we think we are to question the Almighty?
Psalm 145:13-20- He gives us our food in due season, he alone opens his hand to satisfy
Psalm 34:6-10- He hears our cry and gives good things
Matthew 6:24-34- Do not worry!!
Philippians 4:10-20- He provides for our needs!
Psalm 84:12- blessed is the one who trusts in you!
Praying this is as much of an encouragement to you as it is to me. Thankful that the Word is true and we can stand firmly without being shaken. 

"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth; do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 43:19
He WILL do what He promises! Hallelujah, what a Savior!