Boast In The Lord January 5th, 2022

A Word From Traci Otalora

Psalm 36:5 “Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds.”

I grew up in a home with a mother who was one of the strongest Christian women I know, and a father who believed he had no need for God in his life.  My parents divorced when I was 5 and, at the time, our church was not very accepting of divorced women.  But my mother was determined for us to have Christ in our lives, and drove us to church every Sunday. She waited in her car, in the parking lot, while others poured into us the amazing love of Christ. My mother was truly faithful in those years, but our God was so much more faithful, to her and to me…
    Daily, we walk through this difficult life, and I recognize how lost I would be without Him.  He has literally carried me through beatings and physical abuse by an alcoholic father, and sexual abuse by an uncle, both when I was only a child. During that time, I have memories of my mother leaning on the Lord to get her through. My earliest memories are of my mother singing an old hymn, “He’s Been Faithful” over and over again in the kitchen, so much so, that I remember the words by heart today. I never expected that I too would be singing that song, repeating those words over and over again as an adult. My God carried me through the end of my marriage due to my husband’s infidelity and a great loss in the form of a stillborn daughter, my third child, Casey, along with many other trials.
    Friends will fail us, family will fail us, and we will even fail ourselves. I know I fail almost daily, and I make mistakes, but I also know that God is faithful! He carries me through each and every trial that comes. When we doubt and feel alone, He is there, when we suffer quietly with pain and sadness, He is there, when we are weak and want to give up, He is there. Without fail, without question, He is there, He is faithful.
    Psalm 36:5 says, “Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” 
His faithfulness knows no bounds. When we are in the difficult times, we should not ask where He has gone, because He has not left us, but we must cling to Him and his faithfulness. He is good, He is ever present, He is faithful. When the end of this life comes and there is nothing left, we still have one great promise to cling to. Our ever faithful God gifts us eternity in heaven with Him.

He’s Been Faithful
 
In my moments of fear
Through every pain every tear
There's a God who's been faithful to me

When my strength was all gone
When my heart had no song
Still in love He's proved faithful to me
 
Every word He's promised is true
What I thought was impossible
I've seen my God do
 
He's been faithful
Faithful to me
Looking back He's love and mercy I see
Though in my heart I have questioned
And failed to believe
He's been faithful, faithful to me
 
When my heart looked away
The many times I could not pray
Still my God was faithful to me
 
The days are spent so selfishly
Reaching out for what pleased me
Even then God was faithful to me
 
Every time I come back to Him
He is waiting for open arms
And I see once again
 
He's been faithful
Faithful to me
Looking back He's love and mercy I see
Though in my heart I have questioned
Even failed to believe
Yet He's been faithful, faithful to me

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