Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Who doesn't need a word of encouragement...

You are not alone.  Right now in the middle of whatever it is that you are facing, you.. are.. not.. alone.  There is a presence, even now, you can sense it.  Don't question it. Just welcome it.  Let it settle.  Relax into it.  He has heard your cry, even those things that you have not verbally uttered.  Don't let your mind wander.  He is there to be your comfort, not to judge.  He is there to love.  Yes, believe it.  He is not there to tell you how to live your life, unless of course you want Him to.  He is not there to tell you how you should feel.  He is there primarily, just to be with you.

You might be asking, how can I be so sure? Well, because I've been praying for you.  So not only do you have God but you have me too.

 As David declared in Psalms, Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord!

As did Moses in Deuteronomy, The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you: he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

We find this declaration in Joshua, Jeremiah and again in Isaiah; When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

These promises are for you.  Take a small step of faith.  Acknowledge them.  God will work on the trusting and believing. 

Christ has identified with you in your suffering.  He knew all too well those things that you have been feeling.  Take heart now, He suffered for you so that you might know peace and rest in all that you go through.

John 12: 27
Now My soul is troubled and distressed, and what shall I say?  Father, save Me from this hour [of trial and agony]?  But it was for this very purpose that I have come to this hour [that I might undergo it].

And one last thing, please hear me.  You are so loved and so cared for that even your tears are not wasted, as we are reminded in Psalms 56:8.

That overflowing outward expression of what is taking place on the inside is something so precious to God that He sees the need to collect them.  Not only does He see your pain and your grief but He stands there with you, in the middle of it.  He catches each tear as they slip from your face and bottles them up all because  He really does love and He really does care.  

Everything you think, everything you feel, everything you experience, you release in a moment; in the form of a tear.  This is how much He cherishes you!

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