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Friday Verse Journal Matthew 11:28-30

 

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How often I think “today is too hard” or “today is too long.” For me, Thursdays are very long. Just yesterday, I was helping a gentleman with some grocery shopping. He was the last person on my schedule and it had already been a long day of helping people with meals, exercising, household tasks, checking medications, and completing special errands. We went shopping as planned. His list of needed items was not that long but he really likes to take his time spending five to ten minutes choosing each item. Today, he seemed to take longer than usual.  I am very tired from the long day  I already had endured and now was growing frustrated that it was about to become much longer than I originally thought.

I try to politely encourage him to make his selections a little faster but that didn’t work. Then I tried setting a time limit saying that we needed to be checking out of the store by a certain time. He moved along a little faster but not by much. He enjoys looking around the store and does not want to be rushed. The more I tried to hurry him along, the more he deliberately slowed down! So, although I am very tired and very anxious to be done for the day, I slow down too letting him take as much time as he wanted.  As we went along, I’d quietly pray asking God to give me his gentleness, calmness and patience I needed to finish this day. We finally made it home where i help him prepare supper and he completes a few more tasks for the day.  And I thought, “this day was too long!” But really, it wasn’t.

Because God was with me the entire time helping me as I helped others all day long. Sometimes I look at the day and think, “This is too much!” But when I just concentrate on a small part of the day and so break the day into small steps then it becomes more doable. And often that is what God wants me to do. Just look along my daily , windy, path one corner at a time and my journey will end in God’s planned time. And in God’s good time, I am able to rest before facing another day, another journey with Jesus leading the way.  In this manner, God makes my yoke lighter as I learn from him and let him lead me. As I contemplated on this, the words of Jesus in Matthew 11 came to me:

Matthew 11:28-30 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Friday Verse Journal I Samuel 16:7b

 

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At times, I feel a sense of rejection and also failure. I find this in relationships, sometimes at work, and in my endeavors to be a writer. Many times this is because I have made an error or fall to sin. Other times it is because others only see my outward appearance and my outward actions without understanding my heart or my thoughts. And often the world will only see what it wants to see, remain unkind, and not seek understanding. I know there others who may feel that way too. Only God can see us on the inside. Only God can understand the depths of our thoughts and our hearts and in God’s lovely eyes we are accepted into his infinite love. God can see what others cannot see; God can see the beauty hidden deep inside of you and me.

I Samuel 16:7b (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outside appearance but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Friday Verse Journal John 14:1-3

 

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Lately life has been unpleasant and deep sadness has crept in. My heart is twinged in pain.  Like many others who try so hard in this life to love, care, and help others, I endure my share of heartaches and difficulties. I face disappointments and struggles that just don’t end. I often feel that my efforts in life don’t mean anything but all I can do is keep praying and just keep trying to do what is good and right in Jesus’ eyes. Also, i am trying to keep my focus on Jesus and the wonderful home waiting in heaven. I am trying to hang onto that sure and certain hope which only Jesus can give:

John 14:1-3 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so would I have told you that I go to a prepare a place for you? And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you with me so that where I am you will be also.”

Friday Verse Journal Philippians 4:11b-13

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Although it is no longer Friday, I still wanted to post something in my Friday Verse Journal. I am still working on the idea of being content no matter what my situation may be. This is for me an everyday challenge. Sudden or unexpected obstacles in life really do rattle me. Also when certain challenges in life just seem to take too long to cope with and resolve. It is very easy trust and believe in God through his Son, Jesus when things go well and when things are going well for my friends and loved ones. But when troubles mount and when bad news is revealed then, it is not so easy to just trust him and be content to wait on God’s time to work out all things for the good. However the idea of staying content and being at peace through knowing Jesus is my anchor. If I become too fearful or somehow very upset and my faith is being challenged then I must find my way back to God and keep depending and believing in him.

Philippians 4:11b-13 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“For I have learned in every situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low and how to be abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Friday Verse Journal John 11:25

 

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Even though this is two days late, I am still posting it in m y Friday Verse Journal. Right now, I am reading through the gospel of John and recently was led to this verse. As i push my way through daily toils, trials, and occasional disappointments, I was reminded to focus on the hope of heaven and the new life we will have there. Earthly hopes and dreams are temporary and have a way of disappearing. When I find that something that I have so longed for just isn’t going to happen, I am overcome with a sense of heavy disappointment. While reading John 11, I was reminded to focus instead of the permanent hope we have in Jesus, Furthermore, I heard a sermon last night in which i was reminded that for those who believe in Jesus, that death is not the final chapter in life. Instead, death is a doorway, a passage into a new life.

John 11:25 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me though he dies, yet shall he live.”

Friday Verse Journal Psalms 46:10a

Lately, as I pray and contemplate about things, I realize that I am easily distracted by the obstacles in my personal life and too easily led astray by distractions of this world. I need to pause, turn away from distractions and be quiet. And in that silence just remember God:

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Psalms 46:10a (Holy Bible American Standard Version):

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Finding REFUGE in God

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During this past week, I have been thinking about how God is my refuge,  how he provides me a quiet and peaceful sanctuary if only I would just remember and look to him:

Rest and spiritual restoration

Eternal peace and safety through the

Forgiveness  of sins and love of God who grants us

Unearned and undeserved

Grace, mercy, and his free gift of

Everlasting life through Jesus, His Son

And while dwelling on this, I went searching for a special verse in the Bible about finding REFUGE in God and this is what I found:

Psalm 62:8 (Holy Bible (New International Version):

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him for God is our refuge.”

Friday Verse Journal Isaiah 41:10

 

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Thinking about Family and Relying on God’s Strength

I am now two days late on posting a Friday Verse Journal entry. I had just returned from a wonderful and blessed family reunion in Wisconsin. There were so many there that it was nearly impossible to visit with everyone and to learn what each wonderful relative has been up to. We came from many different directions to attend this reunion and far as I know, I was the only one that came from Minnesota! I am also the relative that had my hair pulled by a monkey when I was much younger. That was a question given in a children’s game that was taking place at  the reunion.  Some  relatives came by plane, some by car, and some came with great stories to tell and reminisce.   Our family is very large with many cousins, aunts, and uncles. I think some of the  younger cousins were a bit overwhelmed.

Speaking of the younger cousins in the family, I had a wonderful time playing with two little ones in the pool; they both wanted help to climb up on this lily pad-acorn-like raft and then they would jump off filled with smiles and laughter. While still at “Water World”. my young niece pretended to be my motor while I was relaxing on my floating tube and she propelled me all around the ‘lazy river’. So, instead of floating gently along, I was in my own ‘speedboat’ passing by everyone else. Then another very young toddler wanted me to play with him  in the sand. By this time I had already soiled my clothes by spilling a drink so I though, “Well, why worry about a little dirt?” He also was full of smiles as he built his version of a castle in the sand. Some of the more wilder cousins  along with my sister daringly jumped into the nearby lake, clothes and all!  One dear cousin didn’t want me or my other sister to feel left out so she  sneaked up from behind and gave each of us a great bear hug so that we too were sopping wet and felt beary loved. How appropriate since we were staying at the Three Bears Resort. Although, I have returned home, others are still traveling and i wish them all well in their journeys.

Anyway, after spending hours on the road, I was very thankful to safely reach home. I was also very tired from the events of the last three days and needed to rest. During that brief time of rest and restoration, I focused on God and how so good he is. I was reminded of how I needed to rely on his strength and not my own.  I am often weak and my strength often fails me. I also need to listen when he seems to say, “it is time to rest.”  So today, Sunday, I am resting, focusing on God, and relying on his strength to restore me:

Isaiah 41:10 (Holy Bible Revised Standard Version):

“Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God: I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

Friday Verse Journal Colossians 3:12-14

 

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Though, I may fail many times and sometimes even many times in one day, I am trying to become and to be the way God wants me to me. Through Jesus help, guidance, and his love, I am also trying to be kind, loving, and compassionate. With that in mind, I’ve found this passage I wanted to share today. May this also encourage you to be the person God wants you to be.

Colossians 3;12-14 (Holy Bible English Standard Version):

“Put on then as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other as the Lord has forgiven you. so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

Friday Verse Journal James 1:22-24

 

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First a quick review on a scripture verse which I have already shared:

Proverbs 15:1 (Holy Bible New International Version):

“A gentle answer turns away anger but a harsh word stirs up wrath.”

In my self-indulgent foolishness last week, I had completely forgotten this little gem of a verse and allowed myself to become so angry to the point of being very harsh. I did not realize my own harshness until sometime later. But it was too late, my very strong words came out and no doubt.stirred up anger in others!! I was so shocked and dismayed at myself when I realized it. Talk about really messing up!! I did what I could to retract those terrible words and set things right. So as I pondered this  for days and asked God  for his forgiveness and to help me to not behave that way again, I was then reminded of this little jewel of wisdom which God meant for me to plant and keep in my mind and heart. How could I so soon forget what he was teaching me?

Well, then praying and pondering over my own forgetfulness, I was led to another verse which showed I needed to do better at committing these verses to my memory and my heart by living them out in my life:

James 1:22-24 (Holy Bible New International Version):

“Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” 

And that is exactly what I did, I read God’s word, walked away and completely forgot what he just said. By his grace and with his help, I will commit myself to remembering what he has already taught me.