Have you ever played the game, NEVER HAVE I EVER? Honestly, I'm not fantastic at the game. Ha! I always say random things, when the other players purposefully find things that they know you have done. I guess that's 'kinda the point of the game.
Today, we're not playing 'Never Have I Ever'. Actually I'd like to talk about something that we can all relate to. This post is based on one of the songs that will be on my family's new CD, GENERATION NOW. The song is called Not Once Not Ever. We finished up all of the vocals for the song in the studio yesterday. As I sang the beautiful lyrics written by Donna King and Sue C. Smith, I couldn't help but reminisce about the fact the God has never left me...Not Once, Not Ever. Here are the lyrics to the chorus...
Not Once, Not Ever have I been abandoned. Not Once, Not Ever have I been alone. Was there a solitary moment, I wasn't covered by His kindness? Not Once. Not Ever.
This song definitely spoke to my heart. My mind went back to a pretty dark time in my life that I recently experienced. It was most definitely one of the darkest points of my life, to date. I remember that our family was getting ready to sing one night, and something happened that completely shook my world. That night, my family went on to minister at the church we were singing in, but I physically couldn't go. I remember sitting on my knees in my parent's prayer closet, bent over with my face in the floor. I was completely broken hearted. I remember thinking, "I can't hear the voice of God! Why is God not speaking to me?" I was totally distraught by that. No physical injury would ever effect me more than feeling like I can't hear God speak to me. When you've experienced Jesus in such a personal way like that, you crave it. In that moment, Satan began to whisper to me that I wasn't even a Christian. If I was a Christian, I would hear God. I began to speak life. I opened God's love-letter and began to read what I could, with tear-filled eyes. Immediately I went to the scripture found in Isaiah 43.
Isaiah 43- 1-3 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.
After I read that promise, I began to recite the part that says, "I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine." Immediately, I felt peace. God reminded me that I am His, and that He will NEVER EVER leave me. He is always with me.
Are you going through a trial? Something that has absolutely shaken your world? Whatever you face, as much as it may feel like this isn't true, believe me, that God is with you. He sees you. As a Christian, He has called you by name. YOU are HIS. Share your burdens with Him, actually He longs to carry them for you, if you'll let Him.
Love Y'all, Fayth. <3