Isaiah 41:10..Today.


Today, Isaiah 41:10 speaks to my heart pretty clearly. It’s the 25th day in October two thousand and twelve. Today all over the world babies will be born, loved ones will die, and somewhere someone will experience the most exciting day or their life thus far…while someone else perhaps on the other side of the world is contemplating taking their own life.

I was thinking the other day about happiness and like most days death had crossed my mind. Crazy right? Death and Happiness. Two topics that really don’t quite go together especially when we are left behind in this world to anticipate what heaven might be like. It’s quite a miracle that not only I was born and survived, but that I have survived in life this far. We are, but tiny ants in this massive world. Here for a fleeting moment and gone. I like to think of our time here on earth as a vessel onto the everlasting life in heaven. I am constantly worried about my loved ones and even when Tom leaves for work each morning I shout out right before he closes the door “DRIVE SAFE..and I LOVE YOU.” He probably feels like I am the crazy wife, but I don’t care. I don’t want to loose him and somehow I feel like my little reminder somehow may change God’s plan (silly me.) Trust me, I am not someone who takes life for granted if I can help it. I know our lives here are so precious, so fragile, and so short. People make mistakes, crazy things happen, and God takes us on his time NOT ours. I always just pray for one more day with my husband and although I know God hears me.. I also know he knew our destiny long before we were even created. How does one balance all of that out?!

Isaiah 41:10 says “Do not be afraid for I am with you. Do not be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and keep you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Clearly, our instructions are laid out in just a few sentences. Simple and clear. Shouldn’t it be easy? Do you struggle with doubt, worrying, or becoming easily discouraged? I know I do. I do everyday. I am the biggest worrier of worry warts. I do it because I care and I love those around me. I have such a mother’s heart even though I am not a mom yet. I love my husband and I never ever want to live without him. I have a feeling someday when I have my own kids that feeling will be multiplied by about 1000.

My pastor posed the question “What do we put before God?” Was there someone or something that we couldn’t live without? Being recently married my answer popped into my head immediately. So often we are caught up in our own world and the worry of the day we forget that our God is SO much bigger than any doubt or worry we have. Although, I never want anyone I love to die that’s just not reality… Life is short. Life is precious and Heaven is so much better then we could ever imagine.

So while I continue to worry worry worry about those in my life I love. I will sit here and continue to read over Isaiah 41:10 and seek God above all else. God blessed me (and also YOU) with beautiful human beings who make us better Christians…if it wasn’t for him they wouldn’t have existed in the first place. Never take time for granted. Tell someone how much they mean to you today…and someday we will all party up in heaven together.

Gods blessings on your today,



About Elicia Shepard

I'm unique just like you. I've learned every person has a story which makes us who we are. One minute I am here..then I am gone. Discovering unknown places and people is an addiction I am proud of and will be an endless journey of mine. Smiling is not a pastime it's what I do. I live for moments that take my breath away. Falling in love is the greatest feeling-and the biggest risk. I thrive off of risks.Challenges. Adrenaline rushes. Making others smile. Art is all around and in ourselves. I love taking an unknown path not knowing where it'll lead. Mystery is beautiful. Compassion, kindness, and love- things I will always strive for. Know what you believe in. Stand up for it. Never be afraid to feel. Time waits for no one.Ever. Children inspire me. God fires me. Happiness is being with those you love.I am really blessed. I think God is love and forgiveness and I think he wants us to be good people and love EVERYONE. Figure out who you are and what that means to you-It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself (and you deserve it.) Live frugally on surprise. Breathe. Be who you are. Be an outcast...If you wanna find me I will be where the wind blows...Wherever that may take me.

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  1. You are an angel, Elicia in more ways than you may know. Please keep sharing your thoughts here. Your vunerability shows through and I know I can relate to what you are saying and I am 25 years older than you. Age doesnt matter, people do. Life is messy. Life is so short. So what if you worry as long as you believe. I believe!!!

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