Archive for December, 2011

WISHING YOU ALL HAPPINESS NOW AND IN THE NEW YEAR

Monday, December 19th, 2011

     Although holidays bring happiness to many people, they bring stress and added pressure to some.  That is why it is best to discover ways that you can find comfort and peace now and in the coming year when all the excitement has passed, and there is more time for reflection.

     I have always found that reading and reflecting upon God’s Word, the Bible, brings great comfort, whatever life’s challenges may be.   I typed up a few encouraging Scriptures for my husband and myself, and I would like to share some of them with you.

    I have always found that the Psalms have warm, touching messages that are truly healing.  One of the Psalmists was David, (although there were others, of course.)  David was once King of ancient Israel, but his many other exploits brought him great acclaim.  We all remember how he conquered Goliath.  We also remember how he was able to survive the many attempts on his life by King Saul, who was jealous of David after Saul had lost God’s Spirit, and his days of kingship were numbered.

     As special as David was, he was still human and imperfect.   His adulterous  relationship with Bath-Sheba and his directions to put her husband on the front line of battle, which led to his death, resulted in great guilt for King David and emotional distress.  Jehovah, the God of all comfort, forgave him, but even His forgiveness did not prevent David from emotional suffering that resulted from his sin.  Therefore, it stands to reason that David’s Psalms are among the most poignant and beautiful. 

     Psalm 145:14 says:  “Jehovah is giving support to all who are falling/And is raising up all who are bowed down.”

     Psalm 147:3 says: “He is healing the broken-hearted ones, and is binding up their painful spots.”

     Psalms 34:15 tells us: “the eyes of Jehovah are toward the righteous ones, and His ears are toward their cry for help.”

     If we ever have that feeling, even momentary, of being unloved, the following Scripture cannot help comforting you:

      “With a love to time indefinite I have loved you.  That is why I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”

     When we feel that we cannot cope with the challenges in our lives and that our plates are already full,  let us be comforted by this Scripture:

     “No temptation has taken you except what is common to men.  But God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but along with the temptation He will also make the way out in order for you to be able to endure it.”

     One other Scripture for today!  If you ever doubt God’s love, (and please don’t!) just read this Scripture over and over again:

     2 Corinthians 1 3,4.  3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,4  Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those in any sort of tribulation through the comfort with which we ourselves are being comforted by God.”

     I will try to add a few more posts this week.  I promise each one will be uplifting and extremely positive and each will include more comforting Scriptures and thoughts to help make your days happier and less stressful.

     Have a delightful week!

     Best wishes always,

    Cheryl