I met Jennifer through a giveaway on her blog and am thankful that God used that gift to lead me to an even greater gift- getting to know this gal.:) My favorite post of hers is found here. I shared it on twitter by saying, “Because we all need to read this…” That means you, you should read it too- such a great reminder and poignant reflections in this social media age.
Jennifer Kostick is a wife, mother, conference speaker, executive director of The Mercy Retreat, and author of the upcoming book, Nothing to Hold but Hope. She blogs about hope and faith at A Girl On the Doorstep. You can find Jennifer on Facebook and Twitter too.
Take a few minutes to read Psalm 100.
I love the Psalms. There is something about the transparency of heart from which they are communicated that makes me feel like I’m going to be okay. I’m a fan of transparency. I’m someone who longs for the story of the buried, beating heart.
What does your heart say?
What is your soul cry?
King David doesn’t make us do any guess work. He communicates the faithfulness of His God, even if it’s through sorrow and angst. He allows us to see the spilled out broken pieces in the dry and weary land. He paints a clear picture of what is wrong before it can ever be made right. And then, he shouts praise. He declares the faithfulness of his God. He isn’t shy about it because He knows what his God can do.
David obviously saw glimpses of the glory of God throughout his life. He held tightly to the Holy One because he knew he was somehow part of His handiwork.
If your heart is beating, if you have a pulse, and if you have breath in your lungs, then you are also part of His handiwork. You are living a beautiful story written by the Author of freedom, life, and faithfulness. Even if you can’t see His hand through the clouds of grief, it doesn’t make it any less true that He is working for you. He is fighting for His beloved and your name is written on the palm of His hand.
Our scars are lines in a story that have opportunity to shout the beauty of our Savior! (You can tweet that!)
My story is a 15 year battle through miscarriage, stillbirth, and secondary infertility. There were days I wasn’t sure if I would ever find joy. I wept over a small pink casket that held my daughter inside. I fought overwhelming grief and despair. And, still, His hope wrapped itself around the core of my soul. Hope screamed out the testimony of a faithful God, even when I stood in the dark unable to see Him.
His hope and faithfulness belong to you, and you can show ownership by declaring it. Psalm 100 is a powerful declaration of His mercy and truth! Every verse is a statement of pure praise unto a faithful God.
Will you say it out loud with me?
“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”
– Psalm 100
May you find freedom and peace as you declare His faithfulness. Hold tightly to His hope! We serve a faithful God!
1. Reread Psalm 100 and turn it into a song of praise. Make up a tune or read it back to the Lord as a prayer. May its declaration uplift your soul as you offer a joyful shout of praise to Him.
2. How do the scars in your story point to the beauty of the Savior? How has His faithfulness carried you through the fog? Consider sharing your thoughts with us in the comments.
3. Write “Faithful” at the top of a fresh page in your journal. Set your timer for 5 minutes and record His faithfulness to you. What comes to mind? Turn this list into a prayer of thanksgiving. Add to it from time to time, and revisit it, especially in hard times.