Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rough Week?

I prayed I could post, "Thank you for praying for me and my daughter ("bear").  Everything is great now." (You may need to read my last post if you have no idea what I'm talking about).  Well, not yet.  Maybe tomorrow.  Please keep praying.  But in the midst of chaos, God reminded me of a few thoughts about trials for followers of Jesus.

1)       Recall God’s faithfulness to Hold. 
God is always with you.  And like a parent comforting a hurting child, He holds us through the tough times.   Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”  (emphasis mine)

2)       Rely on God’s faithfulness to Help.

God wants us to call to Him for help.  I love the promise of Psalm 46:1.  “God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.” (emphasis mine)

3)      Rejoice in God’s faithfulness to Hope

God wants us to rejoice.  Rejoice.  Really?  Paul says in Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”  I think Paul knew what he was talking about when he wrote this from prison.  Paul also gave us the “how to hope” later in verses 6-7.

  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.   And the peace of God, which surpasses all, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

May God grow us all in our trials this week.

1 comment:

  1. I loved your post! What words of encouragement you have given us! Such beautiful scriptures to bring hope! I too have 3 daughter which means I DO UNDERSTAND the Drama! :) Oh but where I would be without it! A hot mess! Blessings to you as God uses your blog to minister to others!
    {I found your wonderful blog home through Ann Voscamp's post}


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