This passage really hit me this week during my homework in the Believing God study with Beth Moore.
Lam. 3:19-27 "The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, "The Lord has blessed my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!" The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. And it is good for people to submit at an early age to the yoke of his discipline."
That passage spoke to me so deeply. There are many things that I wish were different from my past, from my childhood, but they're not. BUT GOD, can take it all and help me see it all from His point of view and teach me great and mighty things in spite of the hurt and pain. He can now help me to be who HE wants me to be, not what anyone else wants me to be or not what other people in my past have said that I am. AMEN!! It doesn't matter how horrible our past, how much pain and suffering has been there, "YET I STILL DARE TO HOPE....THE FAITHFUL LOVE OF THE LORD NEVER ENDS!!" AMEN, AMEN, AND AMEN. HALLELUJAH! "Great is His faithfulness, his mercies begin afresh each morning." That verse means a lot to me - I had put that on the front page of my inspirational calendar with a photo from Camp Kadesh because that's where I met God for the first time in such a real way and I found Him to be loving, compassionate, forgiving - I got to begin to know Him for who He really was that summer so long ago in 1986 at a very critical time in my life.Glory be to God for the Hope we have found in Him.