What a comfort it should be to every believer to have the Lord of lords and
King of kings on our side and fighting our battles. It is true that while
we are on the earth we will have problems, but Jesus says "be of good
cheer, I have overcome the world." Every time you are tempted to worry
about and fear what the future holds, remember God's promise and know that
He has everything under control. Nothing ever takes God by surprise, so
stand strong in your faith and know that Victory is yours.
(Revelation 17:14) (John 16:33) (Matthew 6:27-30)
This is a good story that reminded me that God is always there to comfort
us in the trying times of life. The Lord knows exactly how to touch each
of His children in a special way to let us know that He is near. I hope
you find encouragement in this simple message to continue trusting the
Lord in every aspect of your life and know that He is the answer to your
LOVE LETTERS FROM HEAVEN
Several years ago my husband, George, died of complications following an
automobile accident. Ours had been a long, happy marriage, and his death
left me deeply depressed. As time passed, instead of being grateful for
all the wonderful years we'd shared, I became engulfed in self pity. Often
I pray, "Lord, why didn't you take me first?"
When I broke my leg a few weeks before my ninetieth birthday, I felt more
confined-and alone than ever before. "If only George was here" I despaired,
"he would chase away the sadness with words of wisdom and encouragement."
On this particular day, I decided to call a friend and ask her to visit.
Unfortunately, she was leaving on a trip and couldn't come.
I understood. But as I hung up the phone, tears started to flow. I moved
to the window to sit in my favorite chair with Duke, my beloved cat,
curled up in my lap. "Dear God," I prayed, weeping, "Please give me the
strength to get through this hour."
Get your Bible, a quiet voice inside me nudged. But my Bible was in the
bedroom, and with my leg in a cast, it would be too hard to retrieve. Then
I remembered my small travel Bible. Hadn't I seen it on the living room
bookshelf? I found it and opened it, surprised to discover that it was
George's old travel Bible instead of mine. They looked alike, and I thought
I'd given his Bible away.
I turned the pages until I reached my favorite Scripture. Suddenly a letter
fell into my lap. Carefully I unfolded the yellowed pages. It was a love
letter from George. In it, he expressed his deep affection for me. His
words of comfort went straight to my lonely heart.
My cheeks wet with tears, I continued to leaf through the Bible. In the
back pages I found more notes from George. According to the date, he'd
written these in the hospital prior to an early surgery. He must have
feared that he would not return home. After he recovered from the surgery,
the letter and notes were forgotten.
But no, I realized. They were not forgotten. God knew exactly where
George's words of comfort were hidden-and exactly when I'd need them the
most. Laughing some and crying some, I spent the rest of the afternoon
basking in the company of both my husband's letters and my Lord. I never
felt less alone, and now I knew for certain that I never would be.
By Lucille Heimrich
The Lord promises to comfort and strengthen us in the times of adversity. If
you are feeling discouraged and think nobody cares, I have good news for
you. The Lord cares for you more than you will ever know. His love is
not conditioned on how good we are or how many accomplishments we have
achieved. God loves us despite our failures and weaknesses and waits for
us to call upon His name with open arms. (Jeremiah 31:3) (Psalm 139:17-18)
I encourage you to endure and never give up on this life that God has
given you. Take comfort in the refuge of our wonderful Lord and Father.
The Joy to come in Heaven will make every tear and struggle seem all the
more worthwhile. The Bible declares in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "Eye hath not
seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things
which God hath prepared for them that love Him."
Encourage yourself today in the Lord and know that all is well. God has
everything under control and will be there for you in the times of trouble.
Lean on Him and He will be sure to keep you standing upright; for our God
can do anything except fail you. (Ephesians 6:10) (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 34:4-6 "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. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved
him out of all his troubles."
Psalm 103:1-5 "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless
His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's."
Matthew 5:3-9 Jesus declares "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs
is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be
comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed
are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be
filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are
the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers:
for they shall be called the children of God."
Ephesians 6:10-14 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to
stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and
blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…"
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
Today's Selected Poem: IT'S IN THE VALLEYS I GROW
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry