Have you ever felt like you needed renewing?

We are human and many things in life can sap our strength, play with our emotions, or almost take the life out of us. Joy vanishes, we feel lifeless, and our will to climb out of an imagined pit dissappears.

We need comfort, but it is hard to tell others what we are experiencing. And we may actually believe we’ve “dried up”.

Everything enjoyable in life is gone. At times energy levels sink and we can’t figure out why.

We are like a pile of bones. There is nothing supporting us, holding us together, or covering us with warmth.

It’s not that we’ve sinned or turned away from God, but happiness is gone. What we thought wrapped us in comfort, like skin, has fled. We feel like we’ve been cast aside. We are falling apart like a skinless bones. How can we “pull it all back together”?

Or how do we help someone else who is going through such a time in their lives? Where do we find guidance for them?

Is there scripture to address these dead feelings?

One scripture comes to mind. Psalm 119:25 NIV says: “I am laid low in the dust, preserve my life according to your word.” In the NLT the same scripture says: “I lie in the dust, completely discouraged; revive me by your word.” It’s easy to see how discouraged the writer must have felt. He was lifeless, dried up like old bones, and abandoned in the dust by those around him.

But the scripture also says God will renew and lift us up, if we seek his help, read the Bible, and believe. But trust must figure in there. We must trust in God’s word–the scriptures–to pick us up and put the “bones back together”. God’s word applies His love as a covering. Psalm 94:19 NLT lets us know what God can do. “He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.”

Have you ever felt like a pile of dry bones? Where did you find support, the help you needed with renewal?

“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalm 94:19 NLTTop of cliffs copy

The picture of the bones was taken in the Rocky Mountain National Park, where my daughter and I went hiking. The bones most likely belonged to an elk. Or perhaps a deer. I didn’t examine them real close.



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