For the past year I have been following the blogs of friends, and especially so with the recent posts concerning sweet Cora Paige (http://themcclenahans.blogspot.com/). With the encouragement of the young ladies in my Thursday morning Bible study, I have decided to launch out and begin my own blog. It has not been easy for me (since I'm over 50!), but my daughter Jill has helped me. But it isn't too user friendly I don't think! OK, Sarah Weber, you need to do it too!
This past weekend we went to Arkansas to visit my son and his family. We attended New Heights church, where Josh is worship pastor. The message was so applicable to the pain we all have been experiencing. Speaking of the Word of God, Deut. 32:47 says "They are not just idle words for you - they are your life."
God promises that He will be with us no matter what. He also promises that in this world we will face tribulation. John 16:33 The enemy is in this world. But He then says "But take heart! I have overcome the world."
When Joshua was about to enter enemy territory, although he was a general, a military leader, he must have been afraid, for he is told several times to not be afraid.
"Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you."
"The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
and He delivers them."
"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
"And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age."
In our Bible study on Thursday morning (Beth Moore's "Daniel"), we read that when in crisis situations, we can react with panic - and do the wrong thing, or be paralyzed - and do nothing, or we can pray - and do the power thing. Often, I do the panic and paralyze thing first. We live in a lion's den and we need Him!
He is Emmanuel - God with us. May each of us be filled to the overflowing with the Spirit of the Living God, daily seeking His presence, His Word. He is our comfort, our strength in times of need.