March 7, 2015
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Psalm 43

When you can’t see His hand, trust His heart. A familiar saying, but how do we trust from dark valleys, lost hope and God’s silence?  I have known depression, when I have longed for His hand seen, His presence felt, His voice heard, and His rescue boldly given. I longed for hope and joy in God once again.light the candle

In the midst of his deep depression, the Psalmist continued to praise God and receive encouragement by remembering his past experiences of joy in God’s presence, in God’s goodness, light and truth. I am also encouraged by remembering my past experiences with God, in His goodness and His love, that lead me to notice His treasures in darkness and His gifts in the secret places of my heart.

Lent brings an invitation to come to God with open hands, to bring a sacrifice of praise in the midst of pain, and to hold fast onto hope in God. Will you join me?

(c) 2015 Beverly Middleton

About The Author:

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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