{faithfulness}

It’s 11:53pm on Sunday night. Only seven more minutes till Monday morning. I sit in my bed knowing that my alarm will be going off in exactly six hours and fifty-six minutes. Questions swirling around me head like, “how is the weekend over?” “is Thanksgiving almost here?” and “how am I going to survive the next few weeks?”.

It’s the breaking point in the semester. Everyone is starting to get tired, and somehow it seems that the assignments and tests are becoming more challenging and more frequent. But somehow, as stressful as the upcoming weeks seem, there is one thing that is a given promise: God is always faithful.

Several months ago, my church back home in Texas started singing the song Never Once. As I was in my room this evening getting ready for the upcoming week, the song came to mind. The lyrics describe a battlefield where God’s faithfulness provides victory for those who follow Him.

Sometimes life can be a battlefield. But there is hope! No matter what the struggle is in the upcoming hour, day, or week, God knows. His grace is sufficient, and He will provide the exact encouragement that is needed.

“Standing on this mountain top
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us
Kneeling on this battleground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us”

“Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say”

“Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful”

“Standing on this mountain top
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us”

“Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say”

“Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
It’s true, You are faithful, God You are faithful”

“Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone”

“We know, You are faithful, God, You are faithful”

So no matter what your week holds, remember that you never walk alone – God walks before you and alongside you. Make the choice to fill your heart with joy – joy that can only come from hope in Christ.

Lyrics from: http://www.klove.com/music/artists/one-sonic-society/songs/never-once-lyrics.aspx

Published by Chelsea Barfield

Hello! My name is Chelsea Barfield and I am from Dallas, Texas. I am a fifth year senior at Hope studying Accounting, Management, and Leadership. While at Hope, I have been involved in several different activities and groups including: Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, Student Orientation, Business Club, Student Consulting, Hope College Admissions, and Campus Ministries. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, reading, coffee dates, spending time with friends, and playing tennis. I look forward to sharing my Hope College experience with you! Go Hope!

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