I will not despair because God is always good. These words embrace for me the promise God gives us in Psalm 27:13.

imageI will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Those are powerful words that supply hope to a world-weary soul. I can choose to despair or I can choose to see God’s goodness and know He cares for me.

He cares for me.

Even when Asperger’s is at its worst. <I see the goodness of the Lord in my daughter’s gift for art as she sits and draws a story when we were supposed to be doing math>

Even when there is no solid plan in place for dinner. <I see the goodness of the Lord in the laughter over a simple meal of grilled cheese for one child and scrambled eggs for the other>

Even when you have little left to give. <I see the goodness of the Lord in a red-bellied woodpecker perched upon my windowsill and who looks at me as if to remind me that I am seen and that I am known by the Creator>

Even when you want to quit. <I see the goodness of the Lord in the respite provided when a favorite song plays on the radio as I clean the kitchen for the tenth time today>

imageEven when the five year old gets up at 5:15 am and grumps through a good portion of the day. <I see the goodness of the Lord in the joy she expresses as she digs in the dirt and feels the earth beneath her hands>

Even when your joy seems elusive. <I see the goodness of the Lord in the way the sun strikes the trunk of a tree just outside the living room window so that the bark shimmers like gold>

Even when the day is far longer than the energy reserves you’ve got. <I see the goodness of the Lord in the clock reminding me that bedtime and songs and snuggles are near and feel God’s strength holding me up>

Even when fear rises up like a giant. <I see the goodness of the Lord in the five promises written on the white board in my kitchen from Isaiah 54:17, from 1 Corinthians 10:13, from Psalm 27:13, from Romans 8:28, and from Deuteronomy 31:6>

God calls His people to victory every day no matter our circumstances or our excuses or our feelings.

He is calling you to victory today. Do you hear Him? Do you see the goodness of the Lord at work around you?

God is always good and He is calling you to victory.

How will you respond to His call?

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