Friday, November 14, 2008

Encouraging Words...

So a close friend of mine sent some very encouraging words my way and thought I would share them. I was feeling particularly overwhelmed with the stress of my program when I read them. My program was daunting enough before we threw a baby into the mix. I was feeling like there was no way on earth I would ever get all the things done that I needed to complete this week when I opened up her email. Jesus really spoke to me through her words and His scriptures and gave me a new perspective on things. I am so blessed to have such Godly people in my life to keep me keeping on when it seems like there is no way on earth I can.
She passed along some of the message her pastor shared on Wed night... one line read "Remember, Jesus carried the cross so that we would not have to carry our own burdens". For those who grew up in church/attend church a lot, this is nothing new and something you have heard repeatedly. However, it was nice to be reminded that it doesn't have to be the huge ginormous decisions of life that are counted as burdens. All the little things build up and make us weary and drag us down, but I think maybe, just maybe, He is even more interested in all these little details b/c it is in going to Him with the small things that we will truly grow in our faith and learn to talk with Him and lean on Him more. Hope a few of these verses will encourage you as they did me! Remember, He gives rest to the weary!

Matthew 11:29-30
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."

Isiah 40:29
He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; He offers strength to the weak.

Psalm 40:1-3
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.

Philippians 4:19
My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (I love the Message version: Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. )