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Bible Verses....

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That is so true but sometimes I forget that 

thats when fear and self pity get the best of me

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Yes, and I think that is part of our human nature.  One of the many challenges, but well worth the effort to keep close to Him.

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"You will never be in complete control of your life. It just isn’t possible. You want to feel completely safe and secure. But even if you plan out every detail, the world will mess up your plans. So just stop trying to be in control. Stop trying to make your life completely safe and predictable—and boring! Instead, grab My hand and jump in with both feet." —Jesus Calling for Kids by Sarah Young

"Look at the new thing I am going to do. It is already happening. Don’t you see it? I will make a road in the desert. I will make rivers in the dry land." —Isaiah 43:19 (ICB)

#JumpIn #BothFeet #JesusCallingKids

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Luke 19:10  Jesus says....."For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost" (KJV)

Col 4:5-6   "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man" (KJV)

If Christians today are Christ's disciples on earth then it is up to us to be more Christ- like in every respect.   Our efforts at evangelism should reflect the same mission that Christ himself says he was on earth for if we are to be like him.  Easy to forget at times.

 

DB

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“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

— Matthew 28:19-20

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This fell out of my book today....

 

peace- LAD

 

THE PRAYER
BE AT PEACE
(By Saint Francis De Sales)


 

Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for
you today will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

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Beautiful, beautiful prayer composed from loving promises of Christ for those who place their trust in Him. 

Thank you so much for posting it, Muff.  

I found this beautiful video with ethereal music that the prayer is set to. I hope you don't mind if I share it.  :-)

https://youtu.be/CRhiuShh16Q

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Grace........God's favor in the absence of merit.   Where would mankind be without it?

Ephesians 2:8-9  "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast." (KJV)

Grace......How do we access it?

Romans 5:1-2 "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." (KJV)

 

Justified..........just as if I had never sinned.

I read a commentary on grace the other day that amplifies the concept to me.  In Gore Vidal's historical novel based on the life of Lincoln, Vidal pictures a cabinet meeting when it was evident that the South would be defeated and post-war plans were being made.  When asked how he planned to deal with the rebels, Lincoln said, "I will treat them as if they never left".  That's grace!

 

DB

 

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Words of pope John Paul II who had PD....

 

The pontiff continued in English, speaking in a slow but thoughtful cadence: “To be human, we can expect suffering. And God gave us that suffering for a purpose. Suffering and hardship brings forth character in man. It brings out the best in man’s humanity. It makes an empathetic person. It makes us realistic and less self-centered and helps us because of our experience to want to help others. 

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Great quote, Muffet. I love how he succinctly describes so well what is beneficial to us through suffering. Thanks as always for sharing good stuff.  :-)

I've found perhaps the greatest benefit to suffering to be that it can cause us to call on the Lord for help.  There are so many, many verses in the Bible that tell us how much God loves us and wants us to be close to Him, as well as learn to trust Him through what He allows us to suffer.  I often think of the verse in the Old Testament that is such a sweet illustration of how He wants to comfort us and protect us from ourselves and keep us from suffering as a result of choices we make that are not to our benefit nor honoring to the Lord. The verse indicates that God wanted so many times out of love to gather His people as a hen gathers her brood under her wings (though sadly, they would not let Him).

And in the New Testament, we read, Through Him we have obtained access by faith into His grace and that therefore we can choose to rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:2-5).

As Parkies, we have access to His comfort and love as we go through our difficult challenges, as well as the promise of growing stronger in character and in endurance to meet the challenges to get through each day. He sends His Holy Spirit to live in those who are His, through whom we are assured of God's love for us, as well as the assurance that some day we will be with Him for eternity, totally apart from suffering of any kind.  We know that suffering is only for a time.  And that the best is yet to come.  :-

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God’s unfailing love for us is an objective fact affirmed over and over in the Scriptures. It is true whether we believe it or not. Our doubts do not destroy God’s love, nor does our faith create it. It originates in the very nature of God, who is love, and it flows to us through our union with His beloved Son.  ~ Jerry Bridges

One of the greatest evidences of God’s love to those that love him is, to send them afflictions, with grace to bear them.  ~ John Wesley

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