Almost 10 years ago, I started this Mama’s Empty Nest blog. Since then some aspects of life have changed and some have not. I’ve decided to share throw-back posts from the earlier years of this blog every now and then. Sort of a walk down memory lane.
The following post on this Thursday throwback was written nine years ago in January 2011. Back then, my family faced some uncertain times. My hope today is that these words offer encouragement to my readers as we continue to endure what Covid-19 has caused for all of us.
Chapter 1, Page 3 (January 3rd) in my brand new book of Opportunity commenced in my very favorite way – sunshine! That’s what greeted me when I opened my bedroom blinds this morning.
Those streams of light were God’s way of speaking to me: “I know things look a little dismal right now for you, but be patient. I am working. And until you see the results of my work, enjoy a measure of my other handiwork – sunshine. I know it lifts your spirit!”
Driving into work this morning, (my first day back after a week off over Christmas) the sunshine was actually blindingly bright and I had to pull down my car visor to shield my eyes.
But sunshine makes me happy. And it doesn’t even have to be on my shoulder! (Like John Denver wrote in his song.) Just feasting my eyes on a bright sunshiny day makes my heart light and my face smile.
Encouragement comes in all forms. It can be as simple as awakening to sunshine. It can be a song heard on your car stereo. It can be a friend sharing a scripture passage with you. It can be a hug. (Virtual ones now in 2020)
It can be kind words written in an email. It can be a private message of prayer sent to you on Facebook. It can be a thoughtful comment left on your blog. It can be feeling and witnessing God’s peace via the power of prayer.
And on this day, the third installment in my book of opportunity, I was blessed to experience all of those. Those gifts of reassurance boosted my spirit and inspired me with courage and faith to bravely meet the challenges of life. And through it all, they reminded me to always listen to the Voice of Truth.
May I share a portion of the encouragement I received this day with you? A song called Voice of Truth (click on the title to listen) sung by Christian musical group Casting Crowns began playing on my car stereo this morning as I left for work. I don’t find that a coincidence. My prayer is that it speaks to you as it did to me. ©2011 mamasemptynest.wordpress.com
I think it’s hard to ascertain what is truth right now on this day in April 2020. So many different opinions and opposing viewpoints are being expressed. What should we believe?
Some great leaders once spoke about truth and their words resonate with me today:
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” ~ Winston Churchill
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
“Truth will ultimately prevail where pains is taken to bring it to light.” ~ George Washington in a letter to Charles M. Thruston in 1794
Recently while praying, it occurred to me once again that I need to listen to only one voice – my God, the Voice of Truth. His Word is never in error. His Word is never false. I pray you listen to the Voice of Truth as well.
Be safe, be well, be blessed.