Spring

Thursday is the first day of spring which is always a welcome time of year no matter how it looks.

Pictures of spring at my house.

Icy trees

Icy trees

The ice made the trees look like they were covered in jewels.

The ice made the trees look like they were covered in jewels.

Flowers blooming in the ice.

Flowers blooming in the icy conditions

Icy Crepe Myrtle

Icy Crepe Myrtle

Sunday, I was sick and unable to go to church, so I watched Charles Stanley on TV. He was preaching out of 1 Samuel Chapter 30, about how to have courage and strengthen ourselves when we are facing something where we have to stand alone, or when we are facing something that we can’t talk to anyone else about.

The story was of David and how his people were invaded by the Amalekites, and they took all their wives, children, and animals. David and all the men then cried until they “had no more power to weep.” They were devastated by what had happened, but after all that weeping they decided their next step was to blame David and started to talk about stoning him. Yikes! Talk about drama!

In 1 Samuel 30:6b it says that “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”

And I thought… now how on earth do you do that?  The next few verses show that he went to the priest and requested to have the ephod brought to him, then he prayed, asking God what to do next.

I understand the following scripture out of Proverbs about hope deferred, but what do we do in the meantime when winter lingers in our lives and we can’t seem to break free of it?

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick, but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12

All that we can do is…

Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

AND

“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24

David hoped in the Lord, and if you read to the end of chapter 30 you will find out what happened.

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