The Smallest Muscle with the Most Power

There is an old proverb with a lot of wisdom. It says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and whoever loves it will eat its fruit.”

You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart. You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Is there any real power in the actual words themselves, or not?

Give some thought to the last time you read a phrase, a paragraph, a newspaper article or a novel that changed the way you look at your life. Or maybe you turned on the television and watched a program designed to feed you a new viewpoint. Think of that cozy, corner store in your neighborhood that stood for a hundred years and has now been replaced by a parking lot. People were discussing the fate of that store long before it was destroyed; a change brought about by words.

It is so true. What we say has the ability to create situations, emotions, and thoughts in others. A kind word helps people, negative words hurt – sometimes for a very long time.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Most of us grew up hearing this statement, but few were able to conquer the message contained within. Why? Because words can hurt. Words can lead to stress, anguish and broken relationships. Words can ruin lives. But words can also empower, encourage, uplift, and comfort. Words can be the beginning of something great, and words can help bring about positive change.

Mightier than swords, words may not break our bones but they can certainly raise our spirits, dash our hopes, seal our fates and save our souls. Other species certainly communicate but it seems safe to say that no other living thing on earth has a tool as rich and powerful as human words.

Words can produce peace or war.

Have you ever thought about how careless we sometimes are with our choice of words? We use plenty of them. Something can be created from nothing. Spoken correctly at the right time, words can transform convincing and influential ideas into acts of goodwill or bad. People can be prompted to change their opinions and viewpoints to reflect those of other people, just by the right choice of a few words.. People can learn new concepts and express conflicting attitudes, all with the power of words.

It is time that we begin to consider the power of our words. Spoken words may even be more powerful than those which are read from a page, because they carry the emotions and feelings with them. But with that said in the digital age we live in, and with all the social networking, we need to be careful how our comment will be received by the intended party or another reader. Comments on these sites do not carry the emotions and feeling spoken words do and their interpretation is left up to the reader. No matter our intent whatever the reader’s perception of the comment is – it is their reality. So this may require even more wisdom before posting a comment.

Before you speak or comment with words, might it be wise to consider how these words go beyond your intended target. Whether or not you possess power in other parts of your life, you will always be able to use the power of words. Choose your words carefully.

What we say probably affects more people than any other action we take. It is not surprising then, to find that Proverbs give specific attention to words and how they are used. Four common ways the tongue is used is described in Proverbs.

The first two should be copied, while the last two should be avoided.

A person with a controlled tongue will “Think” before speaking, know when silence is best, and give wise counsel.

A person with a caring tongue will speak truthfully while seeking to encourage.

A person with a convincing tongue is filled with wrong motives, gossip, slander, and twist truth.

A person with a careless tongue is filled with lies, curses, quick-tempered words – which can lead to rebellion and destruction.

Who would you prefer a friend’s cut, who has your best interests at heart may have to give you unpleasant advice at times, but you know it is for your own good. An enemy, by contrast, may whisper sweet words and happily send you on your way to ruin. We tend to hear what we want to hear, even if an enemy is the only one who will say it. A friend’s advice, no matter how painful, is much better. Words have tremendous power. That’s nothing new.

Words express concepts that pictures cannot convey. Words allow us to share and exchange complex ideas, procedures and ultimatums that simply could not be shared any other way. Without words, there would be no cars, no electricity, no government, and no industry. The world as we know it could never exist without the power of words.

Words are the tools by which all of our world was created upon and may be the catalyst that it is destroyed by. Wars are fought over words. Hearts are won and broken with words. The world depends heavily on words to deal with one another, to earn a living, to express ideas, to strive, compete and to make peace.

Words are used to cement agreements, to bind contracts, to resolve conflicts and to woo the heart of our beloved. Sign language, traffic signs, facial expressions all indicate words that represent meaning. Infants learn whatever words they are exposed to, good or bad, regardless of formal education. The use of words may very well be the only true instinct in our life’s.

Words can bring us happiness and they can bring us sorrow. They can unite nations and end wars. They can divide nations and begin wars. They can join two people in marriage or they can just as easily end a marriage. Words can raise a person to great heights and words can wound a person, or a group of people, to their inner being.

Verbal bullying, or prejudice by words and actions is a sign of immaturity, insecurity, and intolerance. The people that resort to that type of behavior needs to step back and think how such actions make them look to others. I have been and worked or volunteered in places where I was exposed to peoples of all kinds and was taught tolerance. It never once occurred to me as I grew up to judge other people based on their skin color, their social status, or their religious beliefs. Rather, I base my opinions of someone on how they treat me and how they treat others. I do not let the actions of a few bad people taint my views of the entire group.

Positive speaking can overturn negative thinking. Once you hear something it begins to take root, and you can either receive what you are hearing or discard it. I know in my life if I hear something or read it long enough, I start to believe it. Whatever is planted reproduces a harvest. The power of words. Words of encouragement can bring hope years after they were planted. If we look at the power of words, then we see the ability to change the atmosphere, situation, or a person’s life by a single word. Although, many would disagree, words carry a great deal of influence and power.

Words that have been thrown out that have brought pain or criticism can never be taken back. The Bible refers to it as an arrow shot from the bow that can never be retrieved before it makes contact with something. We should always choose to think before we speak. The Bible also states out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Whatever is in our hearts must come out. Whether good or bad there is a need to release the overflow from out heart. Words say a lot about who you really are deep down inside without the façade of a mask to hide behind. The need to release inner pain should never wound another person. I realize some people enjoy seeing others suffer, but I choose to continue to try to help those same individuals. I have had to bless those who have wrongfully used me. I have the power to choose. What we say about ourselves is even stronger than what other might say. I challenge you to begin to speak positive words. Watch your mindset and you life change for good.

Words can carry truth or deception. Words can steal, violate, validate and empower. The range of power wielded by words is immeasurable and undeniable. Knowledge and skills are shared by words. We capture the attention of others by our use of words. It is difficult for us to ignore words in our presence, which is why advertising works so effectively and we buy stuff we don‘t need and will never use.

We are not all good with words. We all do have a responsibility to use our words wisely whether spoken or written. I have heard wounding words ring out and seen people try to take their own life simply by a few words read in a letter.

Let’s change what we speak about others and ourselves. Have you ever noticed after you speak those things it usually manifest, or you find it to be so. You will never rise above, if all you speak is negative. We must see ourselves above and not beneath. The tongue is a small member of our bodies, the smallest muscle found in our bodies, and yet the power it has can change destiny!

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God’s Prophetic Signs is the best GPS Available

 

Need Directions?

 

The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.

Psalm 37:39

 

Charlotte and I were riding home from the airport with some friends after traveling with them. My friend had a GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) system in his car. Among the hundreds of satellites orbiting the earth (do they have traffic cops up there directing all of these satellites?), at least 24 of them are used just for this purpose.

GPS is the most amazing technology I’ve ever seen. My friend had his set to show every inch we traveled—I mean every inch. You could see the car moving down the I-5 freeway, and it even showed what you might see on either side of the road. It showed a lake coming up on the right, and sure enough there was a lake on the right when we got there. All the way home that device showed me the landscape on either side of the car. I didn’t check to see if it showed where we live, but I’m sure it could have. I definitely felt like “Big brother was watching”!

We also have a GPS system with God. It is called God’s Prophetic Signs. Just like we can trust the GPS system in our car, we can also trust God to guide us down the right path.

One example of God’s Prophetic Sign—His GPS system—is found in Hebrews 9:28: “He [Christ] will appear a second time … to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” It doesn’t say He might appear or that He’s thinking about appearing. It says He will appear—just like that lake appeared along I-5. This is a Prophetic Sign for us to cling to and be waiting for in excitement.

You want some more of God’s Prophetic Signs? Try this one: Numbers 24:6–9: “Like valleys they [the children of Israel] spread out … Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water. Their king will be greater than Agag; their kingdom will be exalted. God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. They devour hostile nations and break their bones in pieces; with their arrows they pierce them. Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse them? May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!”

As I type this, Israel is battling Lebanon because the group called Hezbollah kidnapped some of their soldiers. At the same time Israel is fighting the Hamas in Palestine because they killed some of the Israelite soldiers. There is a full-scale war going on with many people dying each day. Israel becomes very aggressive when provoked. We were told this clear back in the Old Testament book of Numbers!

Romans 15:12 says, “And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’”

Now let’s go way back to Isaiah and see that, yes it does say in Isaiah 11:10: “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse [literally, the Root of Jesse]; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit”—or as another version states it: “will be a banner of salvation to all the world.” The prophecy is about Jesus, who came from the family (root) of Jesse. Certainly Jesus’ life bore fruit, and He became the banner of salvation to all the world.

How’s that for an easy GPS to follow? We will never get lost with such profound words to go by.

Hold on, I’m not done yet. Here are some more GPS directions for you from Matthew 24:6–8:

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”

Jesus is talking there about what is happening right now—today—in our world. There have been great earthquakes with deadly tsunamis killing thousands in one day. A record amount of hurricanes have pounded our nation, killing many people. There have been wars all over the world—not just between nations, but between political groups within a country. The Middle East is a battleground every day with conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Lebanon and Palestine. And there are countries where thousands of people are starving to death each day.

Let’s go back into the Old Testament again and read in Zechariah 12:3, where God says, “I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.”

As I write this, the whole world is trying to get Israel to stop bombing Lebanon. Israel is not listening. They will not stop until the enemy is destroyed.

Let’s switch gears a little and talk about false prophets and demons. All around us has been a sharp rise in Satan worship, and people who claim to be a messenger from God. Matthew 24:11–12 warned us about this two millennia ago: “And many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”

Sound familiar? Have you read this morning’s paper? Let me just give you some headlines and articles from my paper this morning:

  1. Snipers arrested and charged with two first-degree murders and 13 counts of attempted murder.
  2. A stepfather is charged in the death of a four-year-old boy. The boy had traumatic injuries and had signs of trauma on various parts of his body and head.
  3. Ex-police officer charged with sex abuse.
  4. Angry rioters started fires, broke windows, looted, attacked police and threw rocks. Why? Because a train was late.
  5. A three-year-old boy in Tokyo, Japan was left in an unwanted baby drop box.

I think that is enough to give you the picture. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that sin is having a free ride right now. These incidents are often met with apathy because we hear these and similar stories every day. The laws so often seem to protect the guilty. Jails are full, so they let criminals free because of lack of space. A large segment of our population has no respect for the law.

People have a tremendous love for money, and we were told that would happen too. In 2 Timothy 3:1–5, it says that among other undesirable traits, people will be lovers of money.

All of the things that are happening in the Middle East and to Israel specifically are fulfilling prophecy. God will intervene right at the time He has determined. He still loves His people, and He will not let them suffer more than they can handle. God does that with all of His children.

God has made it perfectly clear how we can become children of god. There are no secret meanings or clues—it’s right there in the open: “Believe in Me and you will be saved.” No further steps are needed.

Take that one step if you haven’t already. You don’t know the day or time that Jesus will come again, but with all of the prophecy that has been fulfilled and is being fulfilled as we speak, things seem to be nearing completion, so I suggest you take that step soon.

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;

the old has gone, the new has come!

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that

are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.

For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites.

By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naïve people.

Romans 16:17–18

 

Further adventures

I suggest you read Revelation to understand more of the end times. It can be very hard to understand at times. There was a lot I didn’t “get.”

I found one of those “for Dummies” kind of books very helpful. (Yes, a retired teacher still needs education.) It is called: Revelation: God’s Word for Biblically-Inept, by Daymond R. Duck, Copyright 1998 by Starburst, Inc.1

My name could replace the term “biblically-inept” in the series title. Even though I didn’t see my name on the cover, I bought it anyway. It breaks down each chapter and verse of the book of Revelation and puts them into words you and I can understand. It gets very specific about the Middle East, the Rapture, Armageddon and many other confusing things that will happen in the end times.

I learned a great deal by studying biblical revelation with this book by my side. I highly recommend doing so.

 

Something to ponder

Isn’t it funny how people search for meaning of life and what they are on earth for, but they don’t use the one book that tells them everything they need to know?

 

(Note: Some information for this chapter is taken from a sermon by Pastor Scott Nelson from Morning Star Community Church in Salem, Oregon. Pastor Scott is a wonderful pastor who uses the Bible at every service and has a tremendous outreach in the community.)

 

1 The “God’s Word for the Biblically-Inept” series is no longer in print; however, Thomas Nelson Publishers has updated and reprinted it as “The Smart Guide to the Bible Series,” and the study on the book of Revelation is still the one written by Daymond R. Duck.

(Excerpt from: Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.)

 

 

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It’s a Sad Thing to Lose Hope

Many us have been taught that hoping only brings about disappointment. Because of hopes dashed in the past. The promises we believed were broken. We were left feeling like fools for ever hoping in the first place. We stay in a constant state of fear of losing it all in an instant. Fear of hoping against hope. Fear of having your hopes crushed. As far as I’m concerned, failure doesn’t exist. Everything I live is a learning experience. There is no failure. There is only an attempt that didn’t turn out as expected. In living my life this way, I can hope after experiencing a loss. My focus and energy is simply redirected. I believe that with every risk I take, I am teaching myself. I am giving myself the gift of learning how to try and how to fail so that I can try again with more wisdom. I am teaching myself about succeeding.

Many people would call me a risk-taker, and maybe I am. Others call me calculating and know that there’s always a strategy to everything I do. I do take chances. I do leap with faith. I do know I might fall. That trust in myself has let me learn that if I lose it all, I can go out and try again.

There is no worse feeling than the feeling of losing hope. When you and I lose hope, it can be like driving into fog. You wonder where you are going and where you will end up Hope is so important to us as humans, that God calls it the “anchor of the Soul”. Without hope the soul enters a into a darkness, that at times becomes impenetrable. But one think about the dark, the smallest amount of light, will make it disappear, and Jesus Christ said “I am the light”. Light makes things that were invisible in the dark, visible once again. The light generates warmth that will displace the rigid cold of the dark. He is the only source that we can depend upon to shine light in our darkness, He is the only one to help us locate the hope we have lost.

You can literally see it when one someone loses hope. The pain of  feeling hopeless can hurt so badly that a person will try almost anything to escape it. That’s why some people who have lost hope abuse drugs or alcohol just to escape the pain. But that is no solution.

Perhaps, because of bitter suffering in our family, we are brokenhearted. Maybe a once-good reputation has been tarnished and now we are ashamed. Our life has been held in bondage and destroyed before the watchful eyes of our family, friends, and foes alike. We can begin to believe that we are destined to be in bondage, poverty, and to failure. If we continue to have this view of our life, we are giving up the possibility of change. We will settle for only trying to survive. We will continue to live in fear and shame, while adding to our resentments of life as our life remains in the pit, the pit that we created. We must begin facing our fears and find the courage to see ourselves in a new light and find hope for a better life.

Perhaps we were devastated because we put our hope in the wrong place, with the wrong person. Putting our hope in things and people is like expecting a tree to flourish in a barren desert. People will disappoint us, it’s not a matter of if they will, but when they will. People are unable to satisfy our deepest needs. This sense of loss of hope can seem like the end of life itself.

We all have rainy days in our life. We know the feeling so well. Sometimes we’re just a little low while some other times we’re so depressed and it makes us feel like we lost all ways to believe in ourselves. We lost hope. Some of us who have buried dreams we had some years ago. Now mind you, perhaps some dreams need to die.

So what do you do when you lose hope?

You simply don’t. You keep on going. No matter how difficult things look, you keep going. Especially if it is your dream! You will get there. Trust me, I’ve been to that point and because I never quit, at least not for long, I am seeing things being place back into my life and new ones arriving daily. Sometimes things can get so bad, things may seem hopeless. But, life isn’t always what it seems to be. You may not have gained what you wanted or lost something you valued whether possession, relationship and consider that life worthless without but there is always a tomorrow and who knows what it will bring, there can be new goals for you to achieve, a new person to look for-perhaps that is one of the aspects of hope-expecting to find what’s just around the corner. When you lose hope, you lose life. You lose the driving force that keeps you moving

One thing that kept me going through the hard times was a desire to see something happen in my life that was great. I would say that at least on one occasion holding onto hope was very important. Hope sets the goal for some future event to come to pass. Whether you realize it or not, you have the power to hope for something better. When you focus on what’s happening in your life and hope sets in you will begin to dream. We are all equipped with the mechanisms of hope, so there is no excuse. Transcending reality is the hard part. You need some kind of goal to set for yourself, so hope for something. Then move toward it. Don’t let your lack of hope create a fear in you from attempting to live again.

Hope is what I like to call, knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope is what we hold in our heart when we want to believe our sorrows will end eventually. Hoping is waiting for a better perspective. Hope is never giving up. While some people believe that hope is just a way of ignoring the reality, which is completely not true, others find straight in it. Hope is what allows us to continue to look for opportunities. Clouds will always appear. Even the most perfect sunny days may get really cloudy sometimes. Giving up and losing hope is what the weak people do by not being able to face a bad moment. And being in denial when it comes to the bad moments in life is what can be called ignoring the reality.

Sometimes we lose hope when we think we have lost something, when it is actually God closing doors to move us to another place in a relationship, friendship, career, and life. Having hope allows you to stay alert for the doors that God is opening. God never closes the door on one thing, without opening another one. But we need to have hope and pay attention so that we will recognize the opportunity when it presents itself.

There’s no such thing as perfect. Don’t focus your energy on wanting to reach perfection. Be realistic and keep your resources for the bad moment which inevitably will appear. Keep faith, it can make wonders. When you’ll see the difference in you, you’ll really understand the power of believing and always hoping for the best

Hope can be medicine for your soul. Are you stuck in a terrible situation. Begin to hope for things to change. Recognize what it is that you want to change and begin dreaming about it. Think about the underlying emotions that rise into your consciousness when you do. What feelings do you feel? Doesn’t it make you feel better. The only problem is staying in that state. You need to foster hope and make it grow. You do this by remembering the hope day after day and entertaining it in your imagination. I do this often and it has helped me tremendously in goals I have achieved and goals I haven’t. I have been down some pretty dark roads, thank God, I never lost hope that I would emerge out of it with my dream in hand. What do you dream about? Begin hoping for it by seeing it in your minds eyes. Hope for something better. Then take the actions that head you in that direction. If you want your situation to change, then start the journey toward that purpose, or you are destined to remain where you are. Hope is what gives you the strength to take the first step, and move out of your past. The past with no hope.

A very close friend of mind said it this way, ‘hope is faith in the future’. I like that. Hope is faith that at some point you will be experiencing a future dream. Whatever it is that you want to do if you hope for it, see it and begin to expect it you will eventually have it. You cannot reach your dreams if you don’t have one. You cannot build a better life if you don’t think about what it is you want and hope like crazy. Will you get it if you hope for it? No, but you will begin to move towards it and without that you will never get your dreams. Hope is the substance we use to lay down a blueprint for the future. It’s the part of us that was born into us or discovered as we grew older and it’s the real us surfacing up from underneath letting us know that we are really there.

Hope is what makes the difference between the survivor and the resigned, between the strong and the weak, between the winner and the loser.

But do you really know what hope is? Let me tell you. Hope is the confident expectation that God has your future in his hands.

Trusting God changes everything. When our hope is in God and our life is under His care, we find strength when we would otherwise be devastated. To turn our lives over to God, includes even our darkest pains and sufferings. During the times of grief and shame we can have hope, knowing that God will help us, as He has promised, to overcome the greatest problems we may face. I do know that if we put ourselves, our dreams, our brokenness, our trends, our misunderstandings, our ratios, our frustrations, our hopes, and our fears in his hands, he’ll craft something wonderful and beyond our expectations. And it will be according to his will and higher purposes. And he won’t waste a single thing.

Remember what you see is not always what is real. Hope forms a firm foundation for the future actions you wish to take. If you don’t do it… then your life will resemble pretty much what it does at present.

Today, why don’t you begin to hope and see what you find in your heart.

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Is There someone With me in All My Trials?

 

 

If God Brings You to It, He Will

Bring You Through It

 

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

Psalm 91:4–6

 

Sometimes God allows things to happen to us to let us know He is there for us. I have known people who have had things happen to them that caused them to turn to God for help—for the first time in their lives. 

September 11, 2001 changed many lives. Events of this proportion seem to change lives every time. He uses situations to make people stronger and to send them a message. These are the close encounters that help us grow.

If the steps we take seem to come to a wall we can’t climb over, we need to consider whether or not God might have another plan in mind. We need to pray to Him and seek His will. That kind of prayer will be answered faster if we ask for the wall to be moved!

We’ve all been through personal crises—health issues, loss of a job, separation from a family member, the death of a dear friend or other things that have thrown us for a loss. At those times we wondered if we’d make it through the situation. It was devastating at the time.

God knows everything about us, and knows what will happen to us even before we face hardship and fear. The most important thing to understand is that God prepares us for this kind of hard times.

I told you about how close I came to committing suicide and how I thought I had nowhere to turn. In reality, I had a source that was there for me all the time. It just took me that frightful moment to realize I could turn to God for help. God let me come to that point. He brought me through it, and He will bring each one of us through any pain and tragedy we face.

We need to stay close to God, and always rely on Him for comfort. We can do this by reading the Bible each day and praying. There is never a time I read the Bible without finding something new that gives me peace and strength. The same verse in the Bible can have a different impact depending on what I’m going through at that time.

I have a friend who puts the date next to a verse that stands out to her and notes what it means to her at the time. When she looks back years later, she can recall the circumstances that made that particular verse stand out to her.

God does allow sorrow, sadness and danger in our lives, but we will be able to cope with it much better with the knowledge that He is there for us when we need Him.

Second Corinthians 1:9 says: “In our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”

Another version says that Paul thought it was good that they thought they were doomed! How amazing to see that his faith let Paul know that he and those traveling with him would be killed if it weren’t that God was there to save them. Do we have that level of trust? We should. The same God who saved Paul is the same God that is with us today.

I would like to suggest a book for you to read. It is an amazing book about a man who was declared legally dead for 90 minutes and lived to have a huge impact on people’s lives. The book is 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey. It was published in 2004 by Fleming H. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids Michigan.

Don Piper in a horrible car accident, and was pronounced dead by the medics. He was stuck in his car for 90 minutes, and the first part of the book is about what happened to him while he was supposed to be dead.

A friend “just happened” to be going by the accident scene that day and refused to agree with the medics that Don was dead. He prayed over Don the whole time he was supposed to be dead. That part of the book is amazing enough, but then when Don began to recover, many wonderful things began to happen. It is a story of lost hope, and how God brought him through the hard times and made him a stronger person than he could have ever dreamed.

 

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,

“Do not fear; I will help you.”

Isaiah 41:13

 

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Proverbs 3:24

 

Further adventures

  1. Spend time praying each day. This will help you know ahead of time what God has for your future. Often through prayer God sends a message for you to understand. We shouldn’t wait for a crisis to start seeking God’s help.
  2. If you know of someone who is troubled by a trial God is allowing, be there for them and help them to know that He will help them through it. Let them know they don’t have to fear, because God is with them.

 

Something to ponder

Isn’t it funny that the more we depend on God, the safer we are?

(Excerpt from: Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World. Chapter 43)

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