Statement of faith

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (NIV)

"The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God. To become like Jesus, we must fill our lives with his Word.
- Warren


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Quiet-Time Reflections

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Guest writer: Connie Kovach

JUST A THOUGHT

“So, why the poppy?”
 
“God who gave us life gave us liberty.  Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are a gift from God?
~ Thomas Jefferson
 
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” Psalm 33:12
 
Last week, I was coming out of the grocery store as two older men sat there in uniforms next to a donation box.  So I handed them a handful of change and they offered me a poppy.  I smiled and regretfully told them that they could keep the poppy.
 
As I pulled away I had been proud of myself for donating.  I had also been proud of myself for not taking the flower, as I had no use for it.  I have been working on saying no instead of doing things just to do them.  I have never been a fan of that flower, and to be honest, it would have been put right in the garbage.  I figured I saved them some money.  So all was good right?
 
As I entered my car, the morning show I listened to read a letter from a local listener, called “Finally Home”.  The letter was about her son that was finally home from Iraq.  She was telling that he was on a fifteen month tour, and about their experience at the airport when he returned.  She spoke of all the families and their faces as they waited in anticipation for the soldiers to exit the plane.  She described in detail how each one found their families and the slew of emotions that swept across the airport.  Then she said when the doors closed and everyone was deciding what to do with their emotions, he exited the plane.  Finally her son was home.
 
The story turns when she explains that her son was draped in an American flag, surrounded by men in dress blues.  She explains how the men and women who just got off the plane and finally got to hold the ones who they’ve held so dear from afar, formed an aisle two deep and began to salute her son as his casket approached them.  She explained the mix of emotions which was sheer agony knowing that they would never see him again, along with unbelievable pride of the vision she was embracing.  She described her peace that she had knowing that her son’s body was not only home in their city but that he was home, forever with his Savior.
 
So after I wiped away all the tears, I began to think.  Why do I view Memorial Day as a chance to have a picnic?  Being the week before my birthday and a few weeks after my son’s birthday, it has always been a chance to celebrate.  But right there, in the middle of my mini-van, I knew I had been wrong.  I knew that the fact that I didn’t waste a poppy was a flat out form of disrespect.  These men and women risk their lives every day and night for our freedom, and I realize that the poppy is a symbol of just that.
 
Per Wikipedia, “Poppies have long since been used as a symbol of sleep and death: sleep because of the opium extracted from them, and death because of the common blood-red color of the red poppy in particular.  In Greek and Roman myths, poppies were used as offerings to the dead.  Poppies used as emblems on tombstones symbolize eternal sleep.”
 
So why the poppy?  A poem written during World War I by a Canadian surgeon and soldier Lt Colonial John McCrea explains it.  He wrote it after witnessing the death of a close friend in that war the day before.  Below is this poem, I hope you enjoy it.  As you prepare your Memorial Day festivities, I pray that you will join me as I look at this holiday in a whole new light.  Praise God for our men and women who serve in order that we may live in freedom, this truly is a gift from Him.  Happy Memorial Day!
 
In Flanders Fields
By: Lt Colonial John McCrea

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
         In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Quiet-Time Reflections

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Week of: May 23, 2011
Sharing by:  Pam Crawford

1 THESSALONIANS 5:21
“Test everything. Hold onto the good.”

The Lighted Pathway

When I look out in the world today I see a world that appears to be headed down the wrong path. I see very independent; self oriented individuals who continue to embrace the next best thing. I see people who have fallen away from the principles introduced by the founding fathers/mothers of this great country. Principles derived from their dependence on the Word of God. What was the difference between now and then? The majority of the people then valued their Bible and they used it as a daily guidepost.

Guidepost: “anything serving as a guide; guideline.”

In this country today, it appears that we are not anchored to any one particular guidepost. It appears to be a free-for-all. With so many choices, how does one select correctly? May I suggest when it comes to religion, God, and the Bible, that we don’t fall prey to the next best sounding idea? It is important that we check it out against the Word of God. This is what Jude (Jesus’ half-brother) was telling the people in his short, one-chapter portion of the New Testament. His audience was vulnerable to heresy and they were tempted to engage in immoral living. Within this one chapter he warns about sin and the doom of godless men, the danger of false teachers, a call to persevere, and the duty to fight for God’s truth. He was reminding the church of the need to be vigilant, to remain strong in faith, and to oppose heresy. I believe we need this same reminder today. 

Heresy: opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, especially of a church or religious system.

With so much religious “doctrine” and opinion in the world today, it is important that we understand what Jude was attempting to teach. I encourage you to read his account. According to different commentaries he was trying to get people to understand that the Bible is not to be compromised, because it gives us real facts about Jesus and our need for salvation. It also teaches how one should conduct himself/herself.  When we surrender to its authority it becomes our guidepost. God will help us understand it and He will empower us to teach it forward correctly (Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 5:12-14). If we will remain faithful, God’s presence will accompany us every step of the way. 

Doctrine: a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government.”

In my zeal to explore and share God’s Word, I was reminded of an article I read by John Ritenbaugh titled Religious Confusion and You. In it he reminds us that we cannot forget a few basic principles of Bible study. I think this might be very helpful to us as we continue to work at understanding the one true and reliable source, the Holy Bible.  Be blessed.

Confusion and You (excerpt)
by John Ritenbaugh

1) Here a little, there a little (Isaiah 28:9-13): God did not organize the Bible so that all information on a given subject falls in one chapter or book. The whole Bible must concur before we can truly call a theological concept "truth."

2) A positive approach (Acts 17:11-12): God left us a wonderful example of a people who sought to prove the truths of God rather than disprove them. He can work with those who have submissive minds, receptive to His revelation.

3) A desire to please God (II Timothy 2:15): Our study should be intended to merit God's approval of our lives. He is not impressed with scholarship or intelligence, but He does respect godly living and spiritual growth (Psalm 111:10; II Peter 3:18; I John 3:22).

4) No private interpretation (II Peter 1:20-21): The Word of God and the understanding of it are revealed by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 2:6-16). Any personal understanding or interpretation must agree in all points with the Bible, or spring without violence from its principles (cf. II Peter 3:16)—otherwise an idea is nothing more than an opinion and maybe a dangerous one.

5) Humility (I Corinthians 8:1-3): It is a good idea to remember that many others, probably wiser, have faced the same questions before us. The history of the true church of God through the centuries should be considered and the decisions of its leaders taken seriously.

6) Seek counsel (Proverbs 24:6): Not only should one bring vexing questions to the ministry, but one should also seek wise advice from brethren, both inside and outside one's normal circle of friends. After mentioning it to others, give them time to study the subject thoroughly themselves and reply before drawing any conclusions.

7) Prayer and meditation (Psalm 119:33-40, 97-99): Seeking God's will and considering the ramifications of our ideas are absolutely vital to proper Bible study. Others, weaker in the faith, may not be able to survive our "spirituality" (I Corinthians 8:9, 11-13).

If we apply these principles to our Bible study, we will go a long way toward diminishing the confusion over doctrine both within and out of the Body of Christ. And, importantly, we will be heeding the advice of our Elder Brother, "Take heed that no one deceives you" (Matthew 24:4).

Note to my readers:
It is my prayer that you have found this information both helpful and encouraging. I believe like Jude did that we must be careful not to become so much like the world, that no one can tell us apart. It should be apparent in our character, and the way that we respond in this world, that there is something different about us. With God’s help and our continuing desire to explore and discover new things in God’s Word, we can influence people to Christ instead of them influencing us to remain in sin.  Hang in there.

Jude 1:22-23 “Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear – hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh."

"We live in the same kind of sinful world today that has always existed.  The good news is that God is still on His throne." - Pastor Don Cole

In Christ by grace,
Pam







Monday, May 16, 2011

Quiet-Time Reflections

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Week of: May 16, 2011
Sharing by: Pam Crawford

                                       Romans 1:16-17
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

WHY STUDY?
Last week I shared an article titled “Understanding the Bible” by Dr. Charles Stanley.I hope you were able to read that devotion as we move on today. For some, I hope it was an encouragement for you to get started in the Word. At the end of that devotion I suggested using a study Bible to assist you as you work at translating Scripture on your own. I told you that I personally like to use the Life’s Application to help me discern the Word of God more accurately; however there are many good resources.

This week I want to elaborate more on why it is important to study the Bible. The following is information from a booklet that features how to select and use a study Bible. This publication is titled “Entering the Good News.” It is used in conjunction with the Ryrie NIV Study Bible. Dr. Charles C. Ryrie is the author translator and he received his Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and his PHD from the University of Edinburgh. He has published books on a variety of topics including the Christian Life, the Holy Spirit and dispensationalism. I am currently doing one of his in-depth studies on the Book of Romans.

“Nothing short of infinite wisdom could by any possibility have devised and given to man this excellent and perfect moral code: and “In regard to this Great book I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book.  - Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln was referring to the Holy Bible as the “Great Book.” I have to agree and therefore why I am so passionate to help others study it. I have discovered it to be a true source for life, but I realize that not everyone agrees.  Look how Dr. Ryrie addresses the skeptics.

A Word to the Skeptic (excerpt from Entering the Good News)
“O.K. So here you sit, with a Bible. And of course, you’re wondering why, when the rap is it’s full of half-truths and myths written by people with an agenda. Some agenda: Everyone on earth is a sinner and an innocent man needs to be tortured to death to take care of that problem. How many people do you know who would invent a religion like that?

And how much sense does it make that 40 authors, writing from vastly different places and cultures over a period of roughly 1500 years – and facing all kinds of opposition – would conspire with each other to keep that myth going?

The fact is, conspiracies don’t hold up over time. That’s a point Chuck Colson, former Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon during Watergate, likes to make. He points out those conspirators couldn’t keep the lie going for a few measly months. All it takes is one guy to fold and the whole thing craters.

So it makes no sense Bible authors conspired, over time, to keep the “lie” of the Bible going. It makes perfect sense they stuck to their story because they were convinced it was God’s truth.

Sure, other religions claim the same thing. But the message of the Bible was accompanied by a lot of miracles witnessed by a lot of people. Other religions can’t claim that. And every year, the list of historical and archaeological support for the accuracy of the Bible gets longer.

One more thing: You may be thinking there’s no way you can trust a document that’s been translated as much as the Bible. But keep in mind people in ancient times who made copies of the Bible knew they weren’t just copying Mom’s famous recipe for Italian sauce. So they worked hard at avoiding mistakes. There are copies of the Old Testament 1,000 years apart that are so accurate it’s uncanny. And modern day scholars translate directly from those ancient texts.”

Why Study the Bible? (Excerpt from Entering the Good News)
“Chances are when you hear pastors, church leaders, and other spiritual leaders say you should study the Bible, visions of Ms. Crumps seventh grade language arts tests on split infinitives, dangling participles, and adverbial modifiers come screaming back at you and you want to die. Right then. Right there.

But the Bible isn’t a random, boring collection of stuff with little connection to your life. It is your life because the God you’ll find in the Bible is the flaming, glorious, eternal, depthless Holy God of all that is, has ever been, and ever will be. He’s so far beyond anything you can imagine you won’t be able to take it all in. That’s why you’ll have to come back to it again. And again. And again. For the rest of your life.

Like nothing else on earth, it will give you hope, strength, and perspective when you’re running on fumes. It will change the way you view the world and the people around you. And it will challenge you to think less of yourself and more of God.

That’s why coming to the Bible is far more than dry, lifeless reading. If you’ll open your heart and mind to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, He’ll use every minute you spend in His Word to make you more like Jesus Christ. Sometimes you won’t sense that as keenly – at other times, it’ll blow you out of your chair. Regardless, each time you’re in it, He’ll be at work. Always. Because His Word will accomplish what He wants it to.

By the way: Satan doesn’t want you reading the Bible. So he’ll try to convince you the words are too big, the stories too boring, and the facts too skewed – or that there are other “more important” things you need to do – like yard work, or hitting the mall, or downloading a CD. Just remember, though: Jesus Christ said Satan is a liar – that there is no truth in him.”

Please consider what I told you last week. If you ask God to help you learn and discern what you are reading, He’s more than willing to oblige you.

Audio Resource:  What I Believe by Chip Ingram
                               www.lote.org

Ryrie Commentary:  (sample)
Romans 1:16-17

1:16  - salvation has three facets: past salvation from the penalties of sin (Luke 7:50; Eph. 2:8); present salvation from the power of sin in the daily life (Rom. 5:10); and future salvation from the actual presence of sin (in heaven; 1 Cor. 3:15; 5:5). This salvation comes to everyone who believes. We receive and experience it through faith, which is both assent to the truths of the gospel and genuine confidence in the Savior Himself. First for the Jew. A chronological priority that Paul followed in his ministry (Acts. 13:5; 14:1; 17:2; 18:4, 19:8) but that Jewish rejection abrogated so that Paul and others turned to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46; 18:6; 28:25-28).

1:17 - a righteousness from God. I.e., the restoration of right relations between man and God, which proceeds from God’s gift through His Son. See note 3:21. It is by faith from first to last. Faith from start to finish. The righteous will live by faith. Quoting Habakkuk. 2:4, Paul is emphasizing that one can be righteous in God’s sight only through faith; i.e., he who is just through faith shall live now and forever by faith. See notes on Gal. 3:11 and Heb. 3:10. In verses 16-17 is the essence of Paul’s theology: Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.

Life’s Application Commentary:
Romans 1:16-17

1:16 - Jews and Christians alike stood against the idolatrous Roman religions, and Roman officials often confused the two groups. This was especially easy to do since the Christian church in Rome could have been originally composed of Jewish converts who had attended Pentecost in Jerusalem (see Acts 2:1ff). By the time Paul wrote this letter to the Romans, however, many Gentiles had joined the church. The Jews and Gentiles needed to know the relationship between Judaism and Christianity.

1:17 - Paul is quoting Habakkuk 2:3. Habakkuk may have understood “has life” to mean this present life only. But Paul extends this statement to include eternal life. As we trust God, we are saved; we find life both now and forever.






Monday, May 9, 2011

Quiet-Time Reflections

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Week of: May 9, 2011
Sharing by: Pam Crawford

                                               1 Corinthians 2:12

We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God,
that we may understand what God has freely given us.

Many people struggle with what they refer to as an inability to understand Scripture. I have certainly been there. There was a time when it all sounded like rubbish to me, so I packed the ole Bible away. Maybe this is where you are at today. If so, I have included in this devotion an article by Dr. Charles Stanley titled “Understanding the Bible.” I believe this article might offer some new insight into why some (including trained pastors, teachers, and long time Bible study scholars) struggle to comprehend the Word of God. I had my eyes opened from his explanation and I pray that you might be blessed by this information too. We can always learn something new.

UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE
By Dr. Charles Stanley

"I just don't understand the Bible." That's a comment I hear quite often, even from believers. We can understand why those without Christ are unable to comprehend biblical concepts, but why do those who know Him struggle? Some people think that a seminary education is the answer, but I have met several trained pastors and teachers who didn't really understand the Word of God. They knew facts, but they had no excitement for the Scriptures or for the Lord.

The key is not education but obedience. As we act on what we read, the Holy Book "comes alive," and we begin to hear and understand the voice of God. However, if we have not obeyed what He's previously revealed to us, why would He give us His deeper truths? "The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him" (Ps. 25:14), and those who fear Him are the ones who obey His commandments and are promised "a good understanding" (Ps. 111:10).

Living a fleshly lifestyle of disobedience to the Lord clouds our eyes, diminishes our ability to hear, and fogs our thinking. Although we have full access to the mind of Christ, our attachment to our own sinful ways keeps us from tapping into the rich treasures of wisdom that are found in His Word.

As you read the Scriptures each day, look for God's instructions. Then with reliance upon the Holy Spirit, commit to do what He tells you. When you obey His voice, He'll reveal deeper truths, and your understanding will grow. Soon your time in the Word will become a delight instead of a duty.

I hope you were able to hone in on the comment that “the key is not education but it is obedience.” It’s not about how much we know it’s about what we’re willing to apply once we have learned something. I like how Jesus’ brother James puts it. He says: “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 a man who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.” – James 1:22-25

It has been my experience that when I began to have a genuine desire to learn and apply God’s Word to my life, it began to really come alive. We have to ask God for the ability to discern what He wants us to discover within the pages of His Holy Instruction Manual better known as The Bible. Then, we ask Him for the empowerment to obey what He teaches and we commit to investing time to be blessed by it. I think it’s safe to say that you won’t be disappointed if you’re willing to move towards obedience.

Dr. Stanley also references 1 Corinthians chapter 3 in his original article. Please listen carefully to verses 1:3: “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly – mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are sill worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?

Life’s Application Commentary:
“Paul called the Corinthians infants in the Christian life because they were not yet spiritually healthy and mature. The proof was that they quarreled like children, allowing divisions to distract them. Immature Christians are “worldly,” controlled by their own desires; mature believers are in tune with God’s desires. How much influence do your desires have on your life? Your goal should be to let God’s desires be yours. Being controlled by your own desires will stunt your growth.

As much as I would like to claim the status of mature Christian, I will refrain from doing so today. However, I desire to work towards this status and pray to be blessed with it sooner than later. But the truth is, I have much work ahead. And maybe this is some of you today. You want to grow in Christ, but you’re allowing the excuses to keep you from growing. Friends, I am here to witness to you today that you can know the true character of God. You can know His plans and purpose for your life. You can learn what He expects of you.  And you can be empowered to obey what you discover. It all starts with your willingness to carve out time in your busy schedule to open His Word, study it and allow Him to teach you. You will be blessed each day to discover new things about your Creator, Sustainer and Savior. And, over time you will desire to obey it. If you need help getting started just ask God to help you.

May I end by sharing just a few things that have been helpful to me as I work towards Spiritual maturity? I would also be willing to talk to anyone desiring to get started. Feel free to e-mail me.  The following things have truly blessed me.

·         Using a study Bible along with the New King James Bible (I prefer the Life’s Application Study Bible).
·         I joined a women’s Bible study group for study, support and fellowship.
·         Listen regularly to WCRF Radio 103.3 throughout the day.
·         Sought out a church where the Bible is brought and taught.

Additional Resource: Knowing the Bible 101 by Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz

In Christ by grace,
Pam







                       

Thursday, May 5, 2011

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Pam

Monday, May 2, 2011

Quiet-Time Reflections

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Week of: May 2, 2011
Sharing by: Pam Crawford
          

                                             2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

ONE DAY AT A TIME:
A few years back I experienced one of the most heart-wrenching scenes. There in the front of the funeral parlor were two young siblings lying together as if they were taking an afternoon nap. Tragically, they were not sleeping as their little lives were lost in a tragic car accident just days earlier. I could hardly breathe as I watched this scene, and as my eyes panned over to their parents, my friends, I remember thinking how inadequate I felt to address them. I just wanted out of that line. I wanted out of that room. I felt so helpless and in the end I had no words. I remember thinking, “they will never survive this!” How could they?  Because I was now a mother myself, I just could not imagine being in their shoes. How would we help them? Was there anything we could do to ease their pain?

As I wrestled with this scene, God had me reflect on a similar scene that happened about twenty years earlier. A scene where I stood helplessly before two caskets, as I watched my own parents and their niece and nephew bury their children way too soon as a result of an unexpected tragedy. When my brother and cousin were killed, I remember thinking to myself “we will never survive this!”  Then God reminded me that we had.  He reminded me that it wasn’t words that got us through; it was the actions of those that surrounded us with their love and support during some of our darkest days. So, as I approached my friends, I knew I had to give away what I had received.They didn’t need my words, they just needed a big hug and my offer to be there for them.

When someone is ambushed by grief there is really little we can do or say. We can support, encourage and pray for them, but the grieving process belongs to the one who is hurting. Because we can never understand what is in their heart as it is so personal, so raw; we must learn to be patient with them. The unexpected is just not something we are prepared for as human beings. It’s hard enough when we lose someone who has lived life to it’s fullest, but it is a very different story when death involves a young child or someone in the prime of his or her life.

There is the age-old adage that says, “Time will heal the pain.” Well I am here to tell you by experience, that this is just not true! Time provides an opportunity to move forward with life, but it does not heal the pain!

When we’re ambushed by grief, when we loose a part of us that we were not prepared to let go of, we experience an amputation of sorts and we have to work through living life without that part of us. There is a huge void and every time we experience those “firsts” following the death of someone we love, we relive our pain. Over time it gets more manageable, but it is never easy! Finding our “new normal” is all we can do, and it takes a great deal of persevering through much pain and disappointment. There will be days when it feels impossible, and then there will be days when you realize that you have made it through yet another day.  I’m here to tell you that it was only by the grace of my Heavenly Father, that my family and me made it through the past 25 years. I remember those early feelings; we just wanted to die along with our boys. We never ever thought we would get through it, but we have. And, we’re enjoying life void of our loved ones until we're reunited once again. With faith, it has been possible!

With God there is hope and I pray you believe that. I can tell you that there is no magic bullet or secret formula. If you will allow me to, I can share some things that proved helpful to me. It is so important that we understand the process of grief and we learn to grieve well. In the future it is my prayer that God will help me grieve very differently than I did when I was not connected to Him.  I have no idea what this will look like, but I know that I want to bring glory to God through the painful process associated with death.

Out of tragedy hope can be resurrected. It takes time, so give yourself what you need. Stick with the basics and consider implementing:

  • A daily connection to the Word of God whether you feel like it or not. Get a concordance and look up everything you can on death, grief and comfort. Let God speak to your heart. Get quiet just listen as He wipes your tears.

  • Have a daily conversation with God.  Pray to Him and let Him know exactly how you’re feeling. He can take it He’s God.

  • Stay connected to other believers. If you are not a believer consider asking Jesus to come into your life and surround yourself with people who encourage.

  • Allow people to be near. This is not the time to push people away. You may not need their words, but comfort and a helping hand can be helpful.

  • Trust God’s purpose in the pain. Remember that God does not waste our pain. Beauty will arise from the ashes in time. The big picture we cannot see.

  • Rely on the strength of God as you will have very little of your own on some days. God’s grace is sufficient to sustain you and He will provide people to hold you up when you cannot stand on your own.

  • Be patient with yourself and allow yourself to feel.

If God can help me, he can help you no matter what it is you might be going through. He has no favorites; He loves us all the same. After God heals, not time; you will then be able to comfort from the same comfort you have received.  Be blessed and be patient with yourself and your situation.

Additional Scripture Reading: John 14:1-4, Romans 12:15, Psalm 147:3, Matthew 5:4

RESOURCE: DVDwww.FlameOn.net


In Christ by grace,
Pam