It is a great comfort to know that no matter what may come our way and no matter how tough our struggles may be that God is still by our side. No matter how hard the storms rage around us and no matter how defeated we may feel at times we can still call upon the Lord and ask for His protection, His comfort, His strengthening and His peace that surpasses all understanding. So many people today feel all alone. They believe that there is no one in their corner helping them to fight through the trials and challenges in their life. What we should always keep in mind is that God will not leave our side. The Bible declares in Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” The Bible says He is a present help which means that He is an on time God. We don’t need to worry about what the future holds as long as we trust in the One Who holds our future. (Philippians 4:6-7) (2 Corinthians 1:3-6)
We can rest in God’s provision and we can trust that all things will work together for our good in the end. No matter how many obstacles may be trying to discourage our hearts or make us want to give up we must dig our heels in and have an unwavering spirit knowing that victory lies just ahead of those obstacles. We must believe that goodness awaits us. We must trust that God will use every trial and challenge to make us better, wiser and stronger than we were before it. When we stay confident in His ability through us amazing things can happen. We just have to get past the feeling discouraged and defeated stage so that we may see ourselves as God sees us, mighty warriors for Christ. (Romans 8:28)
Always remember that the Lord has equipped us to do great and mighty things, but we must believe it for ourselves and see ourselves as worthy enough to be used by God to make a lasting impact that will be remembered far longer than we can ever think or imagine ourselves. (Jeremiah 1:4-10)
I hope this message strengthens and encourages your heart to know that God will always send you simple signals to let you know that you are not forgotten and that He will always be by your side because of your unwavering trust in Him.
A THOUSAND BUTTERFLIES
I have always loved butterflies. I think I must have gotten it from my Mom. When I was a boy she used to take a break from working in her flower garden just to watch these delicate winged beauties fly from blossom to blossom. After my Mom passed away I told my daughter many times that if her Grandma ever wanted to check up on her that she would probably just hop a ride on the back of a butterfly to do so. The amazing thing is that the more I would say it the more the butterflies would dance gracefully in the air around us when we walked outside. I would always smile and silently tell my Mom how much I loved her as they fluttered by.
This year I have seen more butterflies than ever before. I think my Mom must have gathered a thousand, invisible, angel riders to join her in watching over me. It is so glorious seeing all these butterflies floating on the breezes whenever I go out. I know that it is just my Mom’s wonderful way of letting me know that she loves me, that she is looking out for me, and that she along with so many others are helping me as I travel down the road of my life.
It is so good to know that my Mom is still with me in my heart, mind, and soul. It is so blissful to feel her presence as I do my best to give love, spread joy, and make this world a better place. It is so wonderful to realize that a thousand angels are cheering me on as I strive to do what God wants me to do and go where God wants me to go. It is so peaceful knowing that this life I am living is a part of something far greater than myself.
As you go down the road of your life then always remember that you are not alone. God and His angels are always with you. They are watching you, helping you, and cheering you on as you love, give, and live. They are delighting in your every effort to do good and make this world a better place. And sometimes they are even riding unseen on the backs of a thousand butterflies.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Psalm 3:4-8 “I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: Thy blessing is upon Thy people. Selah.”
Psalm 34:1-5 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.”
Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE
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Today's Selected Testimony: OUT OF DARKNESS
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