Despair or Hope?

On the 16th of June I will either need to renew or close this site down. At this stage I don’t have the funds to pay the renewal, so I’ll probably switch back to my free site: https://keonajtann.wordpress.com

I opened this site in July 2018 giving myself 2 years to reassess my writing goals and by now I had hoped to have achieved many things, a couple being: a brand new website and the release of at least 1 of my books.  But I’ve had a few ‘curve balls’ thrown at me that have delayed my writing.

As I write this I’m very conscious of the fact that this disappointment, over the delay, could easily lead me into despair. I know I’m facing a choice between despair or hope.

Rather than going back into the pit of despair I want to receive a fresh impartation of HOPE. There is a promise in the Bible that God has good plans for us, plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, He wants to give us to give hope for the future, Jeremiah 29:11:

For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (AMP)

As I focus on that and not the disappointment hope does indeed ignite in my heart.

I cling onto the promise that God has GOOD things for me.

I ask God to reveal the things that I can do now to keep moving forward.

I pray that I grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18 NKJV paraphrased)

I’ll keep you posted. Many blessings, Keona.

Image from Pixabay

Death Is

Death is confusing, our prayers were not answered how we hoped and believed they would be

we held onto the promise of healing but now our hearts are left bruised and confused

Death is confronting, when we suddenly and unexpectantly lose a loved one

the future we had planned is smashed and we are left in shock and disbelief

But what if death is just a reminder

We are confronted by our humanity but also reminded of the great promise of Hope eternal

What comfort we find to know that the pieces of our shattered hearts are being carried by the One who understands what it is to grieve

What balm to our souls to know that the tiny fragments of love will be held within the fierce grip of Love

We can find hope knowing that one day the pieces will be made whole

What a wonder it is to know that our living God holds us tight

What comfort comes to our broken, brushed and crushed souls

It will take some time, but we are promised that the heaviness we experience now will be replaced with firstly comfort; then hope; and eventually joy

We can look past this intense moment of deep pain and grasp hold of a brighter tomorrow

We’re allow to cry and sob and pour out our anguish for it is only natural and a part of the process

We can cry with the knowledge that God catches each tear and treasures it for each one is lovingly captured and recorded in His book

We can know that the tears of our loved one have ended

Those who have entered into heaven are victorious!

Clothed in white forevermore they dance and rejoice in the streets made of gold

They sit at the banquet table devouring a great feast of joy

They look expectantly at the gate awaiting the day of our arrival

So today we cry

We mourn and we cling to the memory of the love we shared

After our suffering God of all loving grace will powerfully restore us and make us stronger than ever

We have been called to share in God’s eternal glory through Christ so we can call upon the Holy Spirit to come and personally help us

We can cling to the promise that God will make us into what we ought to be, He will establish us in His ways by building us up

Death is a reminder of how precious life truly is

We store up in our hearts the love that has burned so bright in our lives

We are changed forever by their presence in our lives

We can go forth braver and stronger because we had the privilege of knowing them

“All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.” Revelation 3:5 NLT

After we have suffered a little while the God of all grace and kindness will impart to us His blessing and favour; He will personally and powerfully restore us; and make us stronger than ever! He will place us upon a firm foundation and build us up. 1 Peter 5:10 AMP, NLT & TPT paraphrased

This song has also helped me so much – Braver Still – JJ Heller – lyrics YouTube video

I shared some of these words with 2 friends who had experienced the loss of a loved one and they were greatly comforted. I pray that you’re also comforted.

Many blessings, Keona

Picture link – Pixabay