Happy new year and welcome to 2014. Considering that I have not written much really last year, this year one of the resolutions I will have is to write more and eventually give some design freebies (photos and wallpapers) and of course lot of encouragements to you guys.
It is time for the annual reflection. As I look back to my walk with God, I am in awe of how God has been ever so faithful and that He never failed to give love and comfort throughout the year. I thank God for He is faithful and loving always.
I find these verses (below) as a personal conversation with Him and I am sure it will encourage you as well. HIS WORD is STRENGTH in our weaknesses.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him,for He shields Him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rest between His shoulders. Because you loved me says the Lord, I will rescue you; I will protect you for you acknowledge my name. You will call upon me, and I will answer you; I will be with you in trouble; I will rescue you and honor you. With a long life I will satisfy you and show you my salvation.”
But I pray to you, Lord, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation. Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters. Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
But now, this is what the Lord says— He who created you, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; For I am the Lord your God your Savior, Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. For I am he who will sustain you. I will carry you and I will rescue you. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all of his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you— So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. And the God of peace will be with you. Put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption. Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. So do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
Verses compiled from Alone With God (I Will Be With You) by Bill McCartney
Matthew 11:28-30; Deuteronomy 33:12; Psalms 91:13-16; Psalms 69:13-17; Isaiah 43:1-3; Psalm 50:15; Isaiah 46:4; Isaiah 54:10; John 16:33; Matthew 6:25-34; Psalms 34:19; Psalms 23:1-6; Psalms 37:3-6; Isaiah 26; Philippians 4:8-9; Psalms 130:7; Psalms 55:22; Philippians 4:6-7; Romans 15:13; 2 Thessalonians 3:16