Now, this is a bit ironic possibly, but I’m in a bit of a valley in writing my manuscript on sorrow (and hope amidst sorrow), which I plan to publish March 1st. All is set though, to release translations of What Can I Do Now That I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury? in the coming months. In fact, the Spanish and Chinese editions are currently available for preorder at $1 on Books2Read. I will be releasing a Portuguese version also. Learning the Beauty of Humility With Horses, is also available for $0.99 for a limited time.
Yesterday was a generally good day to ride! Sunny, but the temperature dropped drastically, so it was a bit chilly. We just found out our library is closing for a month – so I need to finish up reading La lungs vita di Marianna Ucrìa by Dacia Maraini pretty quickly here. It’s the first time I will have read a normal chapter book in Italian (with “normal” being over 200 pages). I also need to finish The Secret Rescue by Cate Lineberry about the American nurses and medics who were trapped behind enemy lines during WWII – only 20 pages left! It’s definitely interesting.
I was really drawn to Psalm 25 (NASB – North American Standard Bible) this week. This passage pleads for protection. This week, I have another medical procedure (-not- related to COVID). I’ve been drawn to passages regarding hope and protection recently. Some verses I was particularly drawn to in Psalm 25 are 1-3, 9-10 and 15-22. Let’s start with Psalm 25:1-3.
To You, Lord, I lift up my soul.
My God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies rejoice over me.
Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.
I love being reminded that the Jesus will never depart from me when I feel like I’m in desperation. He will always have my back and He won’t leave you behind either if you believe in Him. I may have a TBI and my judgment definitely is imperfect, but I’m never alone. Verses 9-10 describe some of His promises to His followers.
He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.
All the paths of the Lord are faithfulness and truth
To those who comply with His covenant and His testimonies.
From the world’s perspective, justice can be relative and foggy. I love the clarity of the Lord’s word. I’m a fan of fidelity and honesty, so it’s wonderful to hear that these qualities are promised fulfilled when following the Lord. Verses 16-21 are also reassuring…
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses.
Look at my misery and my trouble,
And forgive all my sins.
Look at my enemies, for they are many,
And they hate me with violent hatred.
Guard my soul and save me;
Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
Let integrity and uprightness protect me,
For I wait for You.
As I said before, I love being promised protection. A feeling of safety in harrowing times is fantastic. I like knowing that I am never alone, but always safe in my Savior’s hands. Refuge amidst revolts and the reign of terror is a reassuring relief.
Dear Jesus, Please protect and provide contentment Your followers this week through any tyranny, tirade, or even a typical day. Help us to have hope in You. In Your Name, Amen.
Have a marvelous Monday and a wonderful week!