Ephesians 4:32 KJV And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
A verse we all need to be reminded of sometimes when it is so easy to forget these things if we have been really hurt or treated unkindly by others. Easier said than done I know! Often I have struggled with this concept of forgiving someone. Then I experience a time when I have hurt someone that I care deeply for and I am so sorrowful; I pray that person will forgive me for what I have said or done. It is then that I understand fully what it means to forgive another. I pray:
Thank you Lord for your forgiveness of me for my sinful nature. Continue to guide me with your Word and teach me to be a better person and to treat others the way I wish to be treated,
Psalm 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. KJV
I received this verse attached to a gift at a Ladies church function one evening this month. Since then I have been mulling it over in my mind. What does it mean in my life? Is it a coincidence that I happened to receive this verse? Is God trying to lead my thinking in a particular direction? I’m sure he is doing that! This verse, combined with the words of our speaker at the event who talked about finding our joy and happiness first in a relationship with Christ, gave me a lot to think about.
For a long time, I have searched for true happiness and joy in my life, many times deciding it would never happen for me; thinking I was apparently “not good enough” to have it. I have cried many tears over time, both literally and figuratively, wondering why I wasn’t “good enough” to have love in my life.
I didn’t have my priorities straight. The first place to find that happiness and joy is, before anything or anyone else, with a relationship with the Lord. He should come first in my life. I am a believer, yes. I pray. I go to church. But do I work at keeping Christ first in my life? Is my walk with the Lord what it should be? I have to say no; it is not. I need to spend more time making Him a priority, letting Him be the friend He wishes to be. Put Him before myself; before everyone else in my life. He will show me the plan He has for me to find what I have been looking for all my life or show me that I have found it already.
Psalm 31:24 – “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” –
My pastor’s wife added this to the end of an email she sent out to all the members of church requesting prayer for many different people. She does this as a regular habit . This verse she sent today spoke to my heart when I read it.
My life verse that I have adopted is Phil 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. KJV Keeping this verse in my heart has gotten me through many trials and helped me meet some goals I have set for myself and it works in my life constantly. The Lord is always setting people on the path I travel -his angels on earth- to help me persevere and always being with me, loving me, guiding me.
The verse from the Psalms is so similar to my life verse and speaks not only of strength but of courage-the courage to keep going despite the obstacles placed before us, sometimes by chance, sometimes by others, more often by ourselves when we tell ourselves that our trials are insurmountable. And yes, some of them we have no control over. They are huge and do seem insurmountable such as the death of a loved one, especially a spouse or a child; a very serious illness that threatens our lives or the lives of those we love. I do not believe the obstacles can possibly be any harder to overcome than these. It is so easy to be despondent, impatient and feel like giving up. But we have hope. Believing in God gives us hope if we are strong (courageous) and put our faith in him. He will strengthen us and bring us to a place of restoration and healing.
Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. ~I Corinthians 13:4-7
This is my favorite verse in the Bible about Love. It is used in so many different contexts in our lives, one of the very important ones describing the unending, unconditional love mothers have for their children.
As a Mom and Grandmother celebrating this lovely day in honor of us, I take time to think about the role my Mom and my Grandmother played in my life as I grew up and through much of my adult life before the Lord took them home. They both taught me about love—the unconditonal love for my children and my grandchildren. They taught me to have patience with the children and grandchildren God blessed me with; to teach them to be the best they can be –not comparing them with each other, but as I told my children “Be the best YOU that you can be, not the best copy of anyone else. YOU are special”. My Mom and Grandmother taught me how to be kind to others; to always look for the good in every person we meet along our journey through life. So many things they taught me that I try to carry with me through my life and I hope I have done a good job of passing their legacy on to my children and to my grandchildren; that part of who they are today as all of them are now grown, perhaps is in some small way, is from my love for them and the love passed down from their grandmother and great-grandmother.
To all of us who no longer have our Moms with us to celebrate this special day with, we still honor them, they are still very much alive in our hearts and they are watching over us still from heaven. Their legacy of love lives on through each of us as we pass it on to the next generation,
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms here with us and Happy Mothers Day to our Moms who are with the Lord now. You are never forgotten.