Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Keep Calm & Love on.

HAPPY FEBRUARY!

This month is supposed to be one reminding us of the ones we love and telling them so.

Although, we should do that every month, no?

However, the past few days have been tragic. Not on a personal level, but from people who have informed me and been asking for strong prayers. It's almost unreal how many people I've heard about who are severely injured, in critical condition, or even some who are no longer with us.

This has to be tragic in the least for those who love and care for those who are suffering or for those who are grieving their loss.

So today this is not about how you can cover your house in paper hearts or how to make a wreath out of all things red. Today is a reminder that for those of you who are either suffering, mourning a loss, or trying to persevere through prayer for the sake of someone you love, please be mindful that you are probably being lifted up in prayer more than you even realize.

And better yet, the God who created you, knows exactly how much you're hurting, and is sufficient in being the ultimate Comforter and Healer. He knows you inside and out. And whatever is currently happening to you or someone else, it will be used for His glory and for good.

Be comforted in the fact that God has you completely in his hands. Nothing is out of His control, even though it might feel like it is.

As I write this, I am truly overwhelmed by nothing but the gusting, mighty wind outside. It's constant, it never ceases. Even throughout the night, it blew and blew. And its reminding me of one, so very important thing; God never slumbers nor sleeps. He doesn't peace out, He never tires. (Psalm 121) And His understanding no one can truly fathom (Isaiah 40:28).

And He is strong and mighty!

I think this week, I'll continue on this just because I feel like...

So maybe this week, let's be mindful of those around us who are really hurting... And maybe even to be mindful of those who don't show their hurt and how deep it runs. Let's show them a little love and let them know they are cared for.


Romans 5:3-5 says this:

'...but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does NOT put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.'

-------------

If you don't know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior who died on the cross for your sins, so that you can have life, and follow Him in life, and have a personal relationship with Him, then you're missing out on the greatest sacrificial gift.

And if you're hurting and don't know Him, then searching for that perseverance and hope is not lost. It's only found through Christ. And only through Him can you truly be fulfilled and satisfied in that.

He created you. He loves you. And He is for you.

3 comments:

pammyd said...

so good, Lo! love you bunches!
pammy

Chelsea said...

Very encouraging. My pastor talked about trials today and it was very difficult to hear, but gave me a new perspective.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."

I'm not sure where you got the "Keep calm and love on" picture, but I featured it on my dessert/fashion blog.

http://tissosweetcandy.blogspot.com/2011/02/be-my-valentine.html

Thanks for the encouragement.

Lo said...

Love you too Pammy!

And Chelsea, thank you so much. That was very encouraging to read and such truth. I peeked over at your blog and I LOVE it. And I actually forgot to link that picture so thank you for reminding me! I cannot stand not linking others things, but I found it over at tatertots and jello.