Dear Precious Friends,
On this beautiful new day we have a big job description as Christians. Love God. Love Others. Our first allegiance is to our Lord and His truth motivates us every day of our lives. Yes we are in troubled times, yes it isn't easy... but like this example below... He is waiting for us to spend time with Him and share our feelings. He is waiting for us and His word is filled with the truth of how we are to respond in this difficult world... We are to be salt and light in a dark world. Peter reminds us how we are to respond to difficulties... we are to rejoice in our suffering and not be surprised in 1 Peter 4:
12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory.…
Our job... to glorify God... to conduct ourselves in such a way that others want what we have... and when we have Jesus and the Holy spirit leading our lives, we are the richest people in the world. Let's share this gift with everyone we come in contact with today...
Please take a moment to read this... It is precious and priceless.
Have a blessed day... shining His light, glorifying Him no matter what comes our way.
Love you all so much!
Me: Okay, God, here's the thing. I'm scared. I'm trying not to be, but I am.
God: I know. Want to talk about it?
Me: Do we need to? I mean, you already know.
God: Let's talk about it anyway... We've done this before.
Me: I know, I just feel like I should be bigger or stronger or something by now.
God: *waiting patiently, unhurried, undistracted, never annoyed.
Me: Okay. So, I'm afraid I'll do everything I can to protect my family and it won't be enough. I'm afraid of someone I love dying. I'm afraid the world won't go back to what it was before. I'm afraid my life is always going to feel this unsettled.
God: Anything else?
Me: EVERYTHING ELSE.
God: Remember how your daughter woke up the other night and came running down the hall to your bedroom?
God: You were still awake, so when you heard her running, you started calling out to her before she even got to you... remember? Do you remember what you called out to her?
Me: I said, "You're okay! You're okay! You're okay! I'm here."
God: Why did you call out to her? Why didn't you just wait for her to get to your room?
Me: Because I wanted her to know that I was awake, and I heard her, and she didn't have to be afraid until she reached the end of the dark hallway.
God: Exactly. I hear you, my child. I hear your thoughts racing like feet down the dark hallway. There's another side to all of this. I'm there already. I've seen the end of it. And I want you to know right here as you walk through it all, you're okay. I haven't gone to sleep, and I won't.
Me: *crying. Can we sit together awhile? Can we just sit here a minute before I go back to facing it all?
God: There's nothing I'd love more.
by: Becky Thompson