This past week has been one of the most difficult weeks of my life. There were issues that appeared tragic and unstoppable—BUT for the intervention of God. I was in uncharted terrify-tory (hmm . . . that was a typo! But true!). And I desperately needed His wisdom from above.
God’s Word has been my lifelong friend and comforter—a place where I seek and receive not only nourishment and peace, but also an abundance of wisdom and understanding. I turned to my Bible and began to search out scriptures on wisdom.
This is not a promise that is declared very often!! But that is what Jesus said; if they persecute me they will also persecute you.
Even with that verse in mind it is difficult for me to follow the news events of today without a deep sadness and even desperation settling over my soul—hideous worldwide persecutions of Christians, mocking and bullying of Judeo-Christian morality, gender confusion even snaring children.
The Lord is Near to the Brokenhearted
I recently injured my knee. The treatment was to take ibuprofen and stay off my feet to let the MCL ligament heal. The good news—I got to sit and read for many days!
I read a blog by a courageous young woman who is battling the ravaging effects of Lyme disease, sometimes succeeding and sometimes–not so much.
Did you know that two verses in the Bible, one in the Old Testament, and one in the New Testament, tell us to “cast our cares on the Lord”? Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.” Humm . . . that sounds a lot like 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Numbers 6:22-27 is an awesome prayer to pray for self and others.
The Lord said to Moses,
“Tell Aaron and his sons, This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
‘The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’
So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”