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Nov 20

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for the strength and positive attitude I’ve had these last couple days while surrounded by much despair. This morning, it feels like it is cascading in on my heart, threatening to suffocate me. But you are my breath, Lord, and I trust you to sustain me. Please help me to keep thinking of things I can be grateful for, all the little things that are not bad about my life. Thank you for my art and my art wall, and the ability to climb up on the table and hang things I’ve made where I can see them and be encouraged. Thank you for all my awesome books, and all the videos on the Great Courses Plus for me to watch and learn! Thank you for giving me a heart that leans more toward gratitude than bitterness. Thank you for giving me a love of learning and a deep appreciation for your creation.

Psalm 62 ERV

To the director, Jeduthun. A song of David. I must calm down and turn to God; only he can rescue me.
He is my Rock, the only one who can save me. He is my high place of safety, where no army can defeat me.
How long will you people attack me? Do you all want to kill me? I am like a leaning wall, like a fence ready to fall.
You want only to destroy me, to bring me down from my important position. It makes you happy to tell lies about me. In public, you say nice things, but in private, you curse me. Selah
I must calm down and turn to God; he is my only hope.
He is my Rock, the only one who can save me. He is my high place of safety, where no army can defeat me.
My victory and honor come from God. He is the mighty Rock, where I am safe.
People, always put your trust in God! Tell him all your problems. God is our place of safety. Selah
People cannot really help. You cannot depend on them. Compared to God, they are nothing– no more than a gentle puff of air!
Don’t trust in your power to take things by force. Don’t think you will gain anything by stealing. And if you become wealthy, don’t put your trust in riches.
God says there is one thing you can really depend on, and I believe it: “Strength comes from God!”
My Lord, your love is real. You reward all people for what they do.

Lord, I feel a bit faint, weary, worn down. It is hard to be in such a dismal atmosphere and still remain positive. Yet I continue to do it, day after day, praising you when there is no tangible evidence that anything is actually improving. I do not need proof, Lord, because I have you…! You truly are my Hope, my awesome Shepherd, and I trust you completely. I do not need to worry about the things around me that I cannot change, but instead I can focus on what I CAN change — my own attitude and behavior. I can challenge myself to find every tiny thing that you have blessed me with, even down to pieces of paper and pens and pencils and individual pictures of pieces of your creation. There is ALWAYS more and more and more things to find to be grateful for — and I am grateful for THAT, Lord — thank you!! πŸ˜€


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