Before I Wrote The Words “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” I Wrote…

We all know the classic verses in Lamentations 3.

 “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

But when Jeremiah wrote the first seventeen verses in chapter three, he is in a dark and discouraging place. He says some things to the Lord that I have thought before. I love how Jeremiah is very honest with God. I’m so thankful we can be real and raw before God.

So, yesterday I personalized Lamentations 3:1–17 and there were a bunch of tears, of course. What I wrote is real and raw. I really wasn’t planning to share it when I wrote it but this morning when I woke up I knew the Lord wanted me to share it. I hope it will be a blessing to you.

1. I am a woman that has been afflicted and distressed.

2. He has taken my freedom away.

3. He has left me at my lowest point.

4. I feel so alone and discouraged.

5. I can’t talk to anyone about my struggles because they’ll never understand it.

6. He has made my body like it’s in chains, restricting my life from joy.

7. He doesn’t care what I’m going through

8. He has stopped his ears from my cry.

9. I have lost the purpose to pray.

10. I feel like I’m alone in a desert.

11. And I’m exiled there.

12. He has made me so tight I can’t do anything.

13. He has made my hands into fists and they will not open

14. He has made my eyes so they won’t stop squinting.

15. He has filled me with bitterness.

16. He has made my teeth grind so I’m unable to eat.

17. My soul is downcast and I am far from peace.

18. “And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord:

19. Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.

20. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

21. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.

22. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

23. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

24. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

25. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

26. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”

10 thoughts on “Before I Wrote The Words “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” I Wrote…

  1. Pastor Tim Knutson says:

    Thank you for being honest. It does no one any good when we pretend that Christian’s don’t hurt. I can’t imagine what pain and questions you must bear. I can tell you this, you have been and are a blessing. Faithfulness to me is not someone who is always perfect, but someone who won’t quit. It doesn’t mean they don’t fail or fall or don’t hurt, they just get back, dust themselves off, and get back on the path. Thanks for being a fellow-labourer. Thank God for His amazing mercy and the hope that He provides.

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  2. Grace Hardy says:

    Abby that is raw and real but I sure appreciate you sharing it. You are right that no other person can understand but God does and I’m glad we can hope in Him. I love you and am thankful for your testimony and sweet attitude.

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  3. Linda says:

    Once again your words remind me God remains faithful. He also knows your heart. As you verbalized your pain and suffering He met you where you were and extended His grace and mercy. Thank you for being transparent and willing to share . I love you dear sister in Christ. Linda

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  4. Myra Unruh says:

    Wow, Abby! Very good! I’m glad you were able to say Great is Thy Faithfulness!! Because if we have Him, it’s enough! Plus Heaven, too! So many 100’s just met their Maker here for the first time & now it’s too late. Please pray for their families to be saved before it’s too late for them!

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  5. Nanci Collier says:

    Oh! My! Abby my struggles can never compare to yours. There has been so many valleys in my life & the past 5 years have been a struggle. But after being reminded while reading your words that there is always someone struggling harder than you. I treasure your words & it helps so many. Love your sweet spirit Abby.


  6. Suzie Ohsfeldt says:

    Abbey, I’m so glad you shared this. I’m also thankful that we can be real with the Lord, because He knows all about us anyway. We might as well own up to our struggles. The way you presented it all in a pattern, like Jeremiah, is so challenging and thought-provoking. Thanks for personalizing this passage and making it come alive. You are so totally precious!!❤️😍❤️ Love you!!


  7. Kim Ivey says:

    Abby, thank you so much for your transparency and raw honesty. It’s so hard to be “real” in our walk with Christ – to display our vulnerabilities, our weaknesses, our discouragement, even our rage. There is victory in authentic revelation of where our soul is right NOW and He is able to meet us there, with His altogether loveliness, His everlasting arms, and His incredible, incredible mercy and grace, Appreciate you and the gift of your life to all of us.

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  8. beavoicefororphans says:

    GOD brings about HIS will through our suffering and we become more like HIS SON JESUS… Your hope and trust is in HIM and you are becoming more and more like JESUS even though it is so difficult… You are a rare treasure in the hands of the Mighty and Redemptive KING of kings and you are HIS princess who offers faith, hope, and love to all around you and to those who come across your writings… I’m in awe of HIS wondrous ways and how HE is enthralled by the beauty you have within you that radiates HIS glory shining brightly HIS reflection for all to see… I love your love for HIM…

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