I've been meditating on this chapter for a few days. Thought I'd share the verses with you.
Answer Me When I Call
1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! 2 O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah 3 But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. 4 Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah 5 Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD. 6 There are many who say, "Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!" 7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. 8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
In seeking God's guidance and path, I've been clinging to verse 1. And then He puts all things in perspective. Those things I'm calling distress, are NOTHING. Nothing compared to what other people in this world are dealing with, having to process, suffering for their faith. Which brings me to verse 7: Joy! I have been blessed by our Creator to have been experiencing more joy in the past month or so than in years past. I've heard Him more clearly than ever, and so has Eric, Cara is starting to ask specific faith questions and that in itself is so exciting! God is leading us down a (soon to be revealed) path that we never thought we'd take and though it seems daunting, the joy from obedience we are having is contagious! We've had joy from attending our youngest nephew's baptism and my sister and brother-in-law asking me to be his god-mother. I've had joy from FINALLY getting CPR/First Aid certified and finally feeling like I can HELP my friends who are fostering. And loving on their sweet babies. And all my friend's babies.
We are surrounded by a amazing support group through our church. Each new couple that joins our ABF is just more and more interesting and fun to get to know. Eric has found a few gigs recently so he's playing more and loving it. We praise God for the one year anniversary of Mike's death last week. Though we know it wasn't what we wished for his life, we know it was God's plan. We miss him dearly, but love the family time we've been given with Clara, Greg and Amanda. Speaking of, Happy Birthday Clara! I have so many pictures I need to upload, will do soon :). Anna is 8 months old already! Trying to crawl, trying to get teeth (we think), sitting up, laughing at her siblings. She is just pure joy!