We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Andrea Johnson.

 

Bible Reading:

“Even if the mountains were to crumble and the hills disappear, my heart of steadfast, faithful love will never leave you, and my covenant of peace with you will never be shaken,” says Yahweh, whose love and compassion will never give up on you.” Isaiah 54:10

Word:

My husband and I enjoy hiking when the weather is nice, and we have the time in our schedule. However, hiking has not always been a hobby of mine. The thought of purposefully going into the woods to walk didn’t sound like a good time. But to find ways to date my husband, I decided to give it a try. I justified it in my head by reminding myself how beneficial it is to get outside and enjoy the sun and the fresh air.

I remember one of the first hikes we journeyed on together. I equipped myself with bug spray, sunscreen, and water, and we went on our way. Man, the woods were thick, and signs warned of animals that I prayed I did not see! It felt like we walked in those woods for days; however, we got to a point where there was a clearance. The view was amazing. It gave me a whole new perspective. I could see why people did this; I saw the reward for all of my effort. Something in me changed that day. I was no longer dreading the hike; I looked forward to the view at the top.

This is what this verse in Isaiah reminds me of; it allows us to change our perspective. It will enable us to walk in perpetual peace. No matter how big the mountain is before us. The word says that even if we face our greatest challenge, heaviest burden, or longest climb, our God will never leave us or release His promise of peace. Our job is to shift from the worry of “what if” to the perspective of “even if.”

When we focus on the “what-ifs” we give our attention to worry, but if we shift our focus on “even-if” we give our attention to God, our provider whose love and compassion will never give up on us!

 

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for your word that helps me to shift my perspective. Thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for reminding me to be anxious for nothing but in every circumstance to pray, and your promise of peace will guard my heart and my mind. Amen.

 

Skillwork:

When you find yourself in a place of worry, shift your perspective. Recall to your mind and find the hope that we are not consumed. Our God is full of mercy, and His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, and He is faithful. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

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