I said it once (or fifty times) and I’ll say it again.
I sang it fifty times (or 100 times) and I’ll sing it again.
Creations shouts it and I want to join in the chorus.
My heart needs to hear it, sing it and remember it,

“In every change He Faithful will remain…”

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When the vibrant leaves of fall rustle in the wind and the coming of winter is not a far-off reality…He sits on His throne; over all (Psalm 103:19).

When the dreary days loom, the gray and cloudy ones, that weigh heavy on already tired shoulders…He remains faithful; unchanging (Hebrews 13:8).

When two rainbows emerge as banners of His covenant love, and the spirit lifts remembering His promise…He is trustworthy; unwavering (Genesis 9:12-17).

Even when a friend gets a brand new shiny vehicle and you’re left driving your well-worn mini-van…He does not love any less; His love is unconditional (Psalm 100:5).

Even if change doesn’t come as quickly as anticipated and the mundane settles in thick like dense fog…His love doesn’t evaporate; He doesn’t leave (1 John 4:16).

When wombs are barren and the waiting feels unbearable…He counts each tear and holds all things together (Colossians 1:17).

When girls are kidnapped and boys are made soldiers and children are beheaded…His is able to redeem what was meant for evil (Romans 8:28).

He declares it, in colors bold, in comfort true,
“You are not forgotten, beloved.

Your name is inscribed on the palms of My hands, on these nail-scarred hands, spread wide. I died so you could truly live” (Isaiah 49:14-16)

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Homes may be messy.
Relationships may be shaky.
Life may seem to be unraveling at the seams.

And faith can be messy too.
When you can’t tie up unanswered questions in a nice, neat bow,
and you aren’t sure what to make of your present circumstances,
and the world seems to be tottering and threatening to fall…

“He faithful will remain.”

His faithfulness does not mean that times won’t be hard, but it does mean that you are not alone when those times come (Philippians 1:29).

You are not abandoned (Isaiah 49:14-16).

He sees the depth of your apprehension, your anxiety and your angst.
And He remains who He says He is,

Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11).

As my friend Kasey said, “Do we get fear-stricken or awestruck over God’s Sovereignty?” Do we take shelter under the umbrella of His Sovereignty or do we run headlong into the pounding rain that threatens to take us under?

As I tuck my toddler into bed, at the end of a rainy autumn day, another song comes to mind…

“He’s got the whole world in His hands.”

And I start to remember…He’s got this, all of this and all of us.

As you take stock of your situation, or struggle to find hope in hard times, remember that He is Sovereign, Sufficient and so full of love for you.

You can trust Jesus because He made a way for you to be saved.
You can be confident, because God is faithful indeed.
You can walk in faith because the Holy Spirit dwells within.

Let’s not forget that He does beautiful, redemptive work through the mess.
image-3aKatie Reid is the Tightly Wound Woman, a recovering perfectionist who fumbles to receive and extend grace in everyday moments. She delights in her hubby and four children and their life in ministry. Studying God’s Word, singing/songwriting, speaking, writing, photography and heartfelt conversations are a few of her favorite things.

Katie would love to connect with you via the Tightly Wound Community on her blog, Facebook and Twitter.

She also has an album Echoes of My Heart available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes and her blog.

 

with love, Jolene

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