A MESSAGE OF HOPE - FROM SUE TO YOU!
GOD IS WITH US IN 2021!
It's finally here... 2021! I think many thought or wished that when the calendar turned to January 1, 2021, that 2020 would just go away and all things would change. Unfortunately, that was not true.
2020 was, as you know, a year like no other. It started great and within a month or two, everything changed. Amos and I had many things booked for our respective ministries. All were CANCELLED. We said goodbye to dear friends and relatives... our income was substantially cut... our nation went crazy to the point we all wondered where it would end.
By the end of the year, just when we thought things would get better, I contracted the dreaded Corona Virus and gave it to my husband. Not fun... we both spent time in the hospital. I know many have experienced some or all of these things. My heart goes out to each one of you. In so many ways, this has also been a good season. Let me explain. It has caused me to understand, more fully, the goodness and care of the Lord.
I trusted Him through it all and HE came through. I held onto His promises and found new ones. HE promised that He would never leave or forsake us. He promised to be with us wherever we go... and HE was. He promised to provide for us and HE did.
In November, I was reading the Christmas story and I was struck by a specific verse. Matthew 1:23 says, "The virgin will give birth to a son and he will be called Immanuel, which means GOD WITH US." It so spoke to me of what I had been feeling. With all of the uncertainty of the year and more in the coming year, I still had no reason to fear. God IS WITH ME. He was with me to provide for my needs. He was there through the tough losses. He was there when we needed healing from Covid! He will never leave us or forsake us. We can cry out to Him in our distress and He will help us and "He will send His Word and heal our diseases." He is our provider.
So, I give to you my favorite verse. Joshua 1:9 says, we must be "strong and courageous. Do not be afraid for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Take heart. God will take control of everything in your life if you surrender it.
I'm not sorry for what we have gone through. I'm not mad at God, nor do I question His working. He is God and He is in control. I have never been more comforted by His presence in my life than I am now... as we begin 2021!
I look forward to seeing you all again soon. May God bless you and keep you until then!