Finding A New Song

Beth Falkenberg   -  

Do you like change? Normally, I love change…that is until spring 2020! This year was a change overload for sure…even for me!

If I am being honest…which I am, these past five months have been a real challenge and trial for me. My guess is that they have been hard for many of you too. All of the changes in ministry have been challenging to navigate as I am sure online schooling was for all of you! I miss the “old normal” every single day. I miss seeing friends, I miss being in the church together with all of our Gen Now Kids, and I miss going to Target without wearing a mask that is always fogging up my glasses! In my heart I keep hoping that this “old normal” will return to all of us someday. But what if it doesn’t? Am I OK with the “new normal” moving forward? How about you? We really don’t have a choice…do we?

I have been thinking and praying a lot about this lately for all of us!  God took me to his word for direction and answers to the questions on my heart. Here is what his word says.

Psalm 40:1-3 says; “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on the rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”

Hebrews 12:12 says; “Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”

Isaiah 43:18-19 says; “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Don’t you love how God’s word is so full of wisdom and how it speaks to us just when we need it, and how reading it helps us to know him better and trust him more?

In the past month or so he has heard my cry and set my feet on the rock so that I can stand firm. He is giving strength to my feeble arms and weak knees and making a level path for me so that I can get a good grip as I move forward in ministry and life in general. He keeps reminding me that he is doing a new thing and that I don’t need to be stuck in the past, because he will make a way through all of this change. He is putting a new song in my mouth, so that I will continue to praise him and give him the glory that he alone deserves.

My prayer is that you will allow him to put a new song in your mouth as you face another school year of uncertainty. Let him strengthen your arms and knees, and forgetting the past, look for the new things that he will do with your family this fall. Talk with your children about his goodness and these wonderful verses so that they know him better!

My blessing over all of you is from God’s word found in Isaiah 40:11.

“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those who have young.”

Let him lead you this fall, so that you can stand firm on the rock and lead your beautiful children in his truth. There is no higher calling than this for you right now!!

 

3 John 1:4: “I have not joy greater than this: To hear that my children are living in the truth.”