Shared by Jacki Roy

My 2020 story has been full of trials and tribulations. During the past year, I faced some difficult times in my health and caregiving circumstances. I was scared! And I would pray and surrender my suffering and concerns to God. Many of you were lifting me up in prayer, as well, which I greatly appreciated. The Good Lord kept reassuring me that I would be alright.
Besides prayer, where I tend to turn in times of trouble is more often to music rather than verses in the Bible. However, one of my very favorite uplifting hymns, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” is based upon the Holy Scripture in the Old Testament book of Lamentations. All of my needs, the Lord has provided. Whether on a bright sunny Sarasota day or a darker one, morning by morning, new mercies I see. God comforts me in moments of pain and relieves me from the cares of this world by revealing beautiful things and gifting me with heartfelt, uplifting life moments.
God is healing and restoring me after my bout with Covid19 and other life difficulties. My new year’s resolution for 2021, in Gratitude to Him for his mercies and the gift of Salvation, is to be a vessel for God, to help bring His mercy, encouragement and joy to other’s lives. I pray to live as optimally healthy as possible so He can use me for His glory.

Scripture Reading: Lamentations 3:22-24 KJV
“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore I will hope in him .”

Reflection Questions:
Where do you draw your strength from – such as Bible verses, worship music, Sunday morning sermons (thank you, Karen and Bruce), Christian friends?
When in your life have you doubted your faithfulness or God’s faithfulness to you?
Was there ever a time when you did not heed a warning, where you self-indulged and perhaps even put yourself at risk? How will you lean on God’s Word and follow His guidance in the future?

Prayer: Dear Lord, we Love you and praise you for who you are, our Holy and sovereign God. Thank you for your faithfulness to us, now and always. Your mercies and grace are constant reminders and strengthening to all of us. Whatever our life challenges are, we know You are always there with us. Amen.

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