I wanted to share with you four verses that impacted my life in 2010 and several resources in hopes that any or all of them will encourage you.
“Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Micah 7:7-9 NIV
But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the LORD’s wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.
2 Samuel 14:14 NIV
Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.
Ecclesiastes 7:14 NIV
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.
Here are three great resources for reading the Bible online:
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I am not sure what 2011 holds but I am making different choices. I choose faith over feelings and emotions.
Happy New Year to you.
I pray that God will do whatever it takes in you, whether pain or fire to bring about His deepest assurances of peace and hope that only rest in Him. I pray that all your relationships push you closer to the cross and that each of us would limp with a purpose.