Tall, Defiant, Regal.

The last time I saw these mountains was three years ago when I spent Christmas in Montana. They never get old for me. Seeing as Banff is a mere two hours away from where I stayed, it’s only natural that we went to see the Rockies before heading back to Winnipeg. The trip was quick, but it satisfied the longings of my heart.

 

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I find mountains give me a strong sense of safety and comfort. Their imposing strength and rugged beauty I sometimes liken to people who have been through hell and back their hearts marred with battle wounds, some healing others still bleeding. They look to the future with defiance standing tall, defiant, regal, daring the future to try and break their will again. They choose to stand firm in this simple truth: they may stumble, even fall but come what may (and it may take time), they will rise, over and over again.
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Awhile back, after hearing some of my life story, a friend described me as ” an energizer bunny” she marveled at how I never quit in situations where others might have. Seeing were the conversation was going, I quickly dispelled any notion she was making of me being exceptional. I am aware there are many people out there with an iron will that keeps them going through life’s trials, I am not one of them. For me, the answer is different, Gods Word. I have experienced many situations in the past were friends or family could not comfort my heart or give me the will to keep going but the Word did. Viewing the Bible as Gods truth capable of comforting and guiding me as I hustle through my every day means during the hard times, scripture helps me to slowly change the position of my heart. From a face plant to being on my hands and knees and then eventually standing tall, defiant, regal.
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Some of my favourite passages come from the book of Lamentations. If you are a Christ follower, do you make a habit of reading the scriptures when the going gets tough? Do they bring you any comfort?
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I remember my affliction and my wandering,
    the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.
 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
 it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.
 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
    while he is young.

 Let him sit alone in silence,
    for the Lord has laid it on him.
 Let him bury his face in the dust—
    there may yet be hope.
 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
    and let him be filled with disgrace.

 For no one is cast off
    by the Lord forever.
 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
    so great is his unfailing love.
 For he does not willingly bring affliction
    or grief to anyone.

The Laments of the prophet Jeremiah.

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I often meet people who are struggling with anxiety and fear of the future. I think a big part of the problem is that daily we are bombarded with news that fills our hearts with despair  and hopelessness for the future. My heart is burdened for them.  It is so good to know that Jesus shoulders are strong enough to carry our deepest fears and that He can give us the strength to stand tall, defiant, regal despite what the future may bring.

May your 2018 bring you closer to God our Comforter.

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