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His Encouragement: Micah 6:8

His Encouragement: Micah 6:8

A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible passage and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also welcome you to join the conversation by commenting with your thoughts. God bless!

Today’s Encouragement

He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8, ESV

There are quite a few passages in the Scriptures that provide clear, practical instructions on what the duty of God’s children is. These go-to passages — like Ecclesiastes 12:13Matthew 22:36-40, Philippians 4:8, and others — are a simple guide to life as a follower of Christ.

Among them is Micah 6:8. What does the Lord require of His people? “To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”. Interestingly, the word translated here as kindness was translated as “mercy” in the King James Version, and in a footnote, some Bibles say “steadfast love”.

This reminds me of Jesus’ teaching to love our neighbor as ourselves. In His parable of the Good Samaritan, He teaches that our neighbor includes not only our literal neighbors but anyone who comes into our lives. At the time, Jews and Samaritans did not get along. (There is a whole backstory for why and how this came to be that I won’t get into here.) Yet it was the “despicable” Samaritan who showed kindness towards the Jewish man robbed, beaten, and left for dead on the road to Jericho — not his fellow countrymen. (Read Luke 10:25-27.) Likewise, our neighbors are not always people we get along with or even like.

We need justice (laws, ordinances, a system of justice to help govern society) but justice also needs to be balanced with kindness (mercy) and humility. This is how Jesus lived, balancing the justice of God with His mercy and kindness. Though it sounds simple, is not always easy. I think of the woman caught in adultery and thrown at Jesus’ feet. The Pharisees were attempting to trap Jesus, for if He said the woman needed to be punished by Jewish law (death) then He would be interfering with the Roman law of the day but if He said she did not deserve the punishment, they could claim He was advocating not keeping the Jewish law at all. How did Jesus resolve this intense situation? He said: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

And after the crowd had dispersed, He asked the woman: “Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?” She replied: “No man, Lord.” The only person left was Jesus Himself, and being without sin, He did have the right to accuse her and condemn her for her sin. Yet He chose to show her mercy. He said: “Neither do I condemn thee” but he gave her a condition to her release/freedom: “go, and sin no more.” (See John 8:2-11.)

We all love mercy and kindness when shown to us but how many of us can say, honestly, that we love kindness when directed towards others? How many of us bulk at the idea of showing kindness to an unkind person? Someone who has hurt us in some way? That is human nature, but the Lord tells us that we are to love kindness no matter how hard it might be.

Not only are we directed to love kindness even when kindness is hard, but we are also told to walk humbly with God. I like how one dictionary defines humbly as “unpretentious” or “not attempting to impress others with an appearance of greater importance, talent, or culture that is actually possessed”.

This morning, I challenge you to spend some time in prayer with the Lord and ask Him to show you how to live out Micah 6:8 in your life. It may not always be easy, and the Lord may ask us to step outside of our comfort zone at times. He sent Abraham on a long journey to an unknown land; He sent Moses back to Egypt to free His people from Pharaoh; He sent Elijah to confront Ahab, Jezebel, and the priests of Baal; He sent Esther to save His people from a death decree — and we cannot say that they had to “easy”. No, each of these people (and many others) faced challenges and even the threat of death, yet they obeyed the Lord.

If they could do it, so can we with God as our strength. Let’s start by humbling ourselves before the Lord and asking Him to guide our lives.

Now it is your turn! How does today’s verse encourage you? What verse or passage is blessing you today?

 

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His Encouragement: Matthew 5:14-16

His Encouragement: Matthew 5:14-16

A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible passage and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also welcome you to join the conversation by commenting with your thoughts. God bless!

Today’s Encouragement

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” — Matthew 5:14-16, NKJV

This passage is probably familiar to you. It is a frequently quoted passage, and part of it is even used for a children’s song:

This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.
This light light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!

Hide it under a bushel — No! I’m gonna let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel — No! I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.

Don’t let Satan blow it out. I’m gonna let it shine.
Don’t let Satan blow it out. I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.

Well, today is Thursday once again, and I know it has been a very hard week or two for some of my family and friends. Families struggle with health crisis or the loss of a loved one. Newborn babies fight to live in the NICU, young children battle illness or cancer, unexpected accidents steal precious ones from us. Individuals struggle with anxiety, loneliness, or depression (situational or clinical). A lot is going on right now, and it is not always easy to process. To be honest, it can be overwhelming.

We may not know this side of Heaven why certain things are allowed to happen. Life in this sin-marred world can be unfair and cruel. We may cry out to the Lord in anguish and confusion, but know that He is always with us through our darkest times — even if we cannot feel Him.

I chose today’s passage because we are, in a sense, our brothers and sisters’ keepers. It is our responsibility to reach out to those God has placed within our sphere of influence, to be His light in this dark world, and to do His acts of kindness for those in need. The Lord has said it is our duty to do so for His glory, not our own.

I know how it feels to be overwhelmed and to struggle. This year has been a very hard year. The joy of our second child’s birth was almost immediately followed with a close call for me, then I struggled with severe sleep deprivation and postpartum depression, and then my mom was diagnosed with aggressive stage IV breast cancer that had already spread to her bones.

Like for many people, one day was filled with such joy and hope for the future and the next, our world felt like it was shattering around us.

But through it all — and I admit that there were times I wept bitterly and cried out to God in distress — I pray that my light is shining for the Lord and that I am helping others who are struggling. I won’t hide my God-given light under a bushel, and I won’t let Satan blow it out.

Right now, there are so many people hurting. They need a kind word, a gentle hug, a listening ear. They need to know that they are loved, that they are important and matter. You might even be one of them.

Friend, take heart! You are not alone. If you need someone to talk to, to listen, to pray with you, please leave a comment below or email me privately at hello@jacquelynvansant.com.  Even if you do not feel it right now, you are deeply loved. You have a precious, God-given light and fill a spot in this world that cannot be filled by anyone else. God loves you! I love you!

Now it is your turn! How does today’s verse encourage you? What verse or passage is blessing you today?

 

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His Encourgement: Acts 17:30

His Encourgement: Acts 17:30

A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible passage and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also welcome you to join the conversation by commenting with your thoughts. God bless!

Today’s Encouragement

“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.” — Acts 17:30, NKJV

A few evenings ago, I was enjoying the back patio with our two boys. Peanut our oldest, who is 21-months-old, came over to me with a smile beaming on his face. He handed me two medium sized tomatoes freshly plucked from our potted plant.

“Here, Mama!” he exclaimed.

“Thank you, Peanut. Are you helping?”

“Yup! Me! Help!”

My heart seemed to melt at his sheer adorableness. (Is adorableness a word?) At the same time, I knew something very important that this adorable little boy did not know. But at not yet two-years-old, I had to think of some way explain it to him so he would understand without crushing his joy.

“Thank you for helping, but we need to wait until the tomatoes are ready. These are not ready yet. We wait until the tomatoes are red.”

“Rehd? Yup!” Before I could stop him, Peanut promptly plucked two tiny tomatoes from the potted plant. “Here, Mama!”

Again, he was so happy! He was so excited to be helpful that he did not understand that plucking green tomatoes is not ideal. Fortunately, I was able to save the rest of the tomatoes on the plant from suffering the same fate. Last night I experimented with breading and frying the two bigger tomatoes so they would not go to waste.

As I thought about this interaction with my son, I realized that we are often very much like him. There is so much that we do not understand, and in our ignorance, sometimes we do things that are not ideal or not exactly according to God’s plan. There are times in each of our lives that our zeal gets in the way. Or we try to do things the way we think would work best instead of listening to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Or we just do the best we can in the moment, but later on after maturing more in our own relationship with the Lord, we look back on our words or actions with a little bit of a grimace.

Yet God, in His infinite love, mercy, and wisdom has continued to use us flawed, sinful, ignorant people as His messengers.It reminds me of the passage in Acts 17:30. “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked…” Like my son, we can be ignorant, completely unaware that our words or actions are not in complete harmony with the Lord. Like a parent, the Lord often will find a way to work with what we have done, to turn it around to His glory and serve His purpose.

But just as I took this opportunity to gently teach my son not to pluck the tomatoes too soon, the Lord also does not want us to remain spiritually ignorant. “…but [God] now commands all men everywhere to repent.” The first step is to acknowledge that we make mistakes, we misunderstand, and we even sin against the Lord by breaking His law. (1 John 3:4) And from that place of repentance, the Lord wants us to learn, grow, and mature in Him.

Friend, let us grab ahold of childlike joy and always continue growing in the Lord.

Now it is your turn! How does today’s verse encourage you? What verse or passage is blessing you today?

 

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His Encouragement: Romans 8:31

His Encouragement: Romans 8:31

A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible passage and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also welcome you to join the conversation by commenting with your thoughts. God bless!

Today’s Encouragement

“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”
Romans 8:31, KJV

My week has be extremely busy, which is why this Thursday encouragement is being posted so late (though it is still Thursday where I live). Being busy can be a nice distraction from the worries and cares that weigh us down, but we should not let the busyness of life to distract us from our relationship with the Lord.

Today’s verse is Romans 8:31, which is probably familiar to many of us. Written by the apostle Paul, its words have given comfort and strength to untold numbers of people through the centuries. “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”

Now that I have two little ones, I find myself seeing this verse through different eyes… parental eyes. As a parent, we watch over our children carefully and lovingly. We do our best to protect them from harm.

The other night, I was putting our oldest to bed and accidentally fell asleep, too. (Well, that has been happening a lot lately.) I was jolted out of a deep sleep by a loud cry. My son had rolled off the bed and landed face-first on the carpet. Fortunately, he was mostly startled and had only a small cut on his lip. As his mother, though, I felt completely terrible. If only I had not fallen asleep! If only I had put the long body pillow next to him instead of the regular size pillow!

But no matter how hard we try, we cannot protect our children from all things. There will be some falls. There will be some tears. There will be some hurts. My job is to be there to help pick them up, to wipe their tears, and teach them how to deal with hurts.

God is, in some ways, like a parent. He is always there for us even though we may stumble, though we may shed tears, and though we will experience hurts. Think about that for a moment: the Creator of the universe Himself is with you!

No matter how busy you are, take a moment to praise the Lord for being with you.

Now it is your turn! How does today’s verse encourage you? What verse or passage is blessing you today?

 

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His Encouragement: Isaiah 48:17

His Encouragement: Isaiah 48:17

A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible passage and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also welcome you to join the conversation by commenting with your thoughts. God bless!

Today’s Encouragement

“This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
    who teaches you what is good for you
    and leads you along the paths you should follow.

Isaiah 48:17, NLT

When you don’t know what to do or where to go, trust in the Lord to guide you. He knows what is best for us and will lead, if we ask Him to.

About five years ago, I wrote all about growing your faith while waiting on God. Wait on the Lord. Waiting is one of life’s most difficult challenges.

Perhaps you are waiting on the Lord to work in our life right now. It could be guidance with which college to attend, what degree to pursue, what career to enter, where to re-locate, or what man or woman to marry. It could be help with broken relationships, financial issues, or devastating health problems.

During the waiting time, we may struggle with a wide range of high and low feelings; confidence in the Lord and then discouragement when He seems to be quiet.

So what do we do? Do we give up? Give in? God forbid!

Waiting is never easy, but there is always a reason. Even though we cannot see it while we are in the present, the Lord knows exactly what we need and when. If we look back over those times in our lives where we thought the Lord was not answering our prayers — when the waiting seemed to be unbearable — we are able to see the Lord’s hand guiding us through. That alone should give us courage to push onward and endure any future that awaits.

In the here and now, though, we need to trust that the Lord, “who teaches you what is good for you”, will “lead you along the paths you should follow.”

Isaiah 48:17 overlaid on a forest.

Now it is your turn! How does today’s verse encourage you? What verse or passage is blessing you today?

 

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His Encouragement: 2 Thessalonians 3:16

His Encouragement: 2 Thessalonians 3:16

A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible passage and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also welcome you to join the conversation by commenting with your thoughts. God bless!

Today’s Encouragement

“Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.” — 2 Thessalonians 3:16, KJV

It is hard when you cry out to the Lord and it seems as if — at least for the moment — the Lord is slow in answering your plea. It can be discouraging and confusing, especially if you are in the midst of a turbulent trial.

Earlier this week, we received the official confirmation regarding my mom’s health crisis. It is, indeed, advanced Stage IV Breast Cancer that has metastasized to bones in her spine. The doctors were grim, implying without actually saying it, that really all they can do at this late stage is to make Mom as “comfortable” as possible.

My mom just turned 57 in March. Six months ago, she was living a vibrant, active life. She loves to go hiking with my dad, and not short little things but long hikes along the various desert trails within an hour’s drive of the Phoenix metropolitan area. She is also healthy and has been living a well-balanced plant-based diet since 2010. Two years ago, she completed certification to be a wellness coach and a very prestigious plant-based cooking course.

She is a godly woman and very active in her church: director of the Pathfinders Club, juniors Sabbath School teacher, playing the flute for a small ensemble, and singing in the choir. Over the years, she has given one-on-one Bible studies and she has lead out in powerful prayer sessions. She and my dad together are the spiritual rock of our family.

There is no history of cancer of any kind in our family. Heart problems… sure. Dementia… Yeah. Cancer? Nope. Not a trace. The last three weeks since Mom’s visit to the ER has been a whirlwind. We have prayed like we have never prayed before, and we trust the Lord completely.

But there is still the heart-wrenching question: “Why, God? Why?”

Sometimes we might find ourselves asking the same question the disciples asked Jesus: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Only, in our case, it goes more like: “Lord, who sinned that s/he has developed cancer?”

And I imagine the Lord Jesus looking at us with sad eyes and saying: “No one specifically sinned. Cancer is a symptom of a world contaminated with sin. This is not how it was intended to be.”

It is not fair. Cancer is never fair. It is not fair that a friend’s precious six-year-old is battling an aggressive form of a rare cancer. It is not fair that another friend’s dad has stage III cancer. It is not fair that my husband lost a childhood friend to this horrid disease in their mid-twenties. There is hardly a person today who has not known someone or knows someone who knows someone who has been touched by it.

If you are struggling with a devastating diagnosis, of yourself or a loved one, I know what it is like to cry your heart out to the Lord and feel that He is not answering or, even worse, His answer is “No, my precious one.”

We cannot see with the eyes of God. We do not know the end from the beginning. He is more than able to heal, but perhaps there is something much greater than us going on. A bigger picture that only God can see.

And it hurts. Yes. It is tears your heart up into pieces. You may say: “Lord, I just don’t understand.” And there will be things this side of heaven we will not understand.

But know that in the midst of your storm — even if the answer to your prayers is the dreaded “no” — the Lord offers a peace. This peace does not mean it does not hurt. This peace does not mean you won’t cry and grieve. This peace means that even so, Lord Jesus, I trust in You.

Beloved, may you have this peace. The Lord be with you.

May the Lord give you peace at all times and in all ways. 2 Thessalonians 3:16.

Now it is your turn! How does today’s verse encourage you? What verse or passage is blessing you today?

 

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His Encouragement: Psalm 46:1

His Encouragement: Psalm 46:1

A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible passage and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also welcome you to join the conversation by commenting with your thoughts. God bless!

Today’s Encouragement

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.” — Psalm 46:1, ESV

Have you ever had those weeks where it seems everything happens all at once? Have you received bad news? Are you overwhelmed? No matter what you are facing right now, whatever your struggles are, remember two things:

  1. It is okay to cry. Even just a casual reading through the Psalms show that crying is a way our hearts and minds help process difficulties. In Psalm 639:3, David wrote: “I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.”
  2. Turn to God for help. But in our sorrow, confusion, depression, pain, etc. we should to be crying out to the Lord. Psalm 46:1, today’s verse of encouragement, says: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Throughout the Scriptures, we are encouraged to turn to the Lord in our times of need, and with His strength and might, we can do anything! (Philippians 4:13, Mark 10:27)

I have learned in my own experiences that the more I fixate on the problem, the more anxiety I feel until I become overwhelmed. However, if I “let go and let God” take over, everything falls into place. Perhaps not as quickly as I would like, perhaps not even in the way I would like, but the Lord always knows best. So even during my most difficult times, I am learning to trust in Him and His plan. And when I am not sure what His plan is, I praise the Lord for the blessings He provides in the midst of the storm.

Now it is your turn! How does today’s verse encourage you? What verse or passage is blessing you today?

 

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His Encouragement: Psalm 30:4-5

His Encouragement: Psalm 30:4-5

A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible verse and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also welcome you to join the conversation by commenting with your thoughts. God bless!

Today’s Encouragement

“Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” — Psalm 30:4-5, ESV

Have you ever had a week in which your entire world was turned upside down? Where the events of your days feel surreal, like a nightmare that you just want to wake up from? That is what my family is experiencing right now. Just this last Saturday, my mom was diagnosed with metastatic disease of the spine. It is most likely Stage IV Breast Cancer with metastasis to the spine, though we would need more thorough tests to confirm. It provided answers to some of the questions that we had, especially after my mom injured her back in December and the pain kept getting worse instead of better, but it was definitely not the answer we were praying for.

It is times like this that our trust in God is tested. We may not be able to understand the why, but we know our God is greater than cancer. He is the great Physician, the Almighty Creator. He is ABLE to heal! More than able. And that is our earnest prayer.

But sometimes in His wisdom and mercy the answer is “no”. So (like the three Hebrews said before Nebuchadnezzar) if not, we continue to trust Him and take solace in the blessed hope of Christ’s return. I chose today’s verse for my own broken heart. “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” I have done a lot of crying the last few days, but I know that no matter what happens, we WILL be rejoicing. “Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.”

My family is doing all we can to raise the funds to provide my mom with an alternative, more holistic treatment option. You can learn more at Help Lynne fight cancer. We are asking all our family, friends, and connections to join us April 25-29 in giving just $10 one time to help us reach the goal we need so she can start the treatment.

Most importantly, we are asking for prayers. Prayers for healing. Prayers for pain management. Prayers for sleep. Prayers for comfort.

It is times like these that our faith is tested, because we often cannot see the why. However, no matter the outcome, we have to decided to trust in the Lord. We do not grieve as the world grieves, because we believe that Jesus died and rose again, conquering death and the grave, and He will return victorious. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) And that there will be a future with no more sorrow, no more tears, no more pain. (Revelation 21:4) So if you, too, are processing world-shattering news, there is hope, a blessed hope. Cling to it, cling to the Lord, and He will help you overcome.

My mom, my sisters, my niece, and me at Thanksgiving last year.

Now it is your turn! How does today’s verse encourage you? What verse or passage is blessing you today?

 

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His Encouragement: Psalm 27:14

His Encouragement: Psalm 27:14

A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible verse and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also welcome you to join the conversation by commenting with your thoughts. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement

Wait on the LordBe of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” — Psalm 27:14, NKJV

Waiting is hard!

Waiting is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Impatience is a common thread in the history of humanity, and in today’s fast-paced society addicted to instant gratification, waiting even just a little bit has become agonizing. Remember back in the 1990s when you had to wait for the Internet connection to dial up or for websites to take 3-ish minutes to load? Now we grow impatient if a website takes more than 30 seconds to load!

We often grow tired of waiting. It is much easier to either give up whatever it was we were waiting for or try to get the result we wanted ourselves. Then what happens when we have to wait an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year or more for something?

Unfortunately, the expectation of instant gratification can weasel its way into our spiritual life as well. Impatience in spiritual matters can pose a threat to our faith and our trust in the Lord. The longer we wait, the greater the opportunity for our courage and conviction to waver. The human heart, after all, is a frail thing. Yet, throughout the Scriptures, we are reminded: “Wait on the Lord.”

But have you ever had to wait? Are you waiting now? Perhaps you are currently waiting for an answer to a fervent prayer regarding a big decision for your life and your family. Maybe you or a loved one are facing a health crisis and it seems your prayers for healing are going unnoticed. It could be that you are feeling alone, unheard, abandoned. Don’t be discouraged! Let’s read the second half of Psalm 27:14 together: “And He [the Lord] shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

Even when it seems God is silent, He is never far away from us and He knows better than we do. We need to trust in Him and He will give us the strength to pull through the dreadful period of waiting. The answers will come, but in His time. Not ours.

Now it is your turn! How does today’s verse encourage you? What verse or passage is blessing you today?

 

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His Encouragement: Jeremiah 31:25

His Encouragement: Jeremiah 31:25

A cheery and warm welcome, dearest friends, to His Encouragement: Biblical Inspiration for Your Thursday. Every Thursday, a few blogging friends and I will each bring you a Bible verse and a little hope-filled discussion. We pray that these Thursday posts help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. We also welcome you to join the conversation by commenting with your thoughts. God bless!

Today’s Thursday Encouragement

“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” — Jeremiah 31:25, ESV

I was exhausted. Our second child is now nine weeks old, but the first five weeks were challenging beyond my expectations. He was a fussy newborn, at times unconsolable, and he had his days and nights all mixed up. On top of that, a short time after he was born, his big brother began getting his molars. For almost a month, if one was not crying at night, the other one was. I had never been so sleep deprived. I barely was able to get 2-3 hours of sleep a night, and even that was interrupted sleep! (Five minutes here, ten minutes there, etc.)

My mom can relate. In December, she injured her back badly, and while on a walk around her neighborhood in January, she was bitten by a dog on her leg. Trying to relieve one injury and ease aching muscles caused the back pain to worsen. Since then, she has been in severe pain every day. Often unable to sit or lay down, she, too, gets less than three hours of sleep most nights.

Anyone who has experienced severe sleep deprivation over days and weeks (or even months!) understands firsthand that it is not good for our bodies or our minds. Not only are we physically wiped out, but our minds start… doing unusual things. We also start behaving like a completely different person, a stranger, whose emotions are hard to control. Some of us may even start thinking things we never would have thought if we were well rested or without pain.

It can be very hard when you yourself or someone you love is in severe pain over an extended period of time. Sometimes it might feel like you (or they) are going through this experience all alone. Perhaps you (or they) even begin to question their faith. We may not be able to see or understand why the Lord allowed our situation; however, we should not give up faith or hope. Even during these hard times, the Lord promises to always be with us. The Lord has promised: “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

Let us grab hold and claim that promise!

 

Jeremiah 31:25 super-imposed over a calming waterfall.

Now it is your turn! How does today’s verse encourage you? What verse or passage is blessing you today?

 

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