Please read Psalm 58.
Yesterday I learned that my sweet friend is on hospice. My heart is breaking knowing what her loved ones are going through. My heart is breaking knowing what her passing will mean to me . . . yup, completely selfish on my part.
One thing I do know about this sweet friend is that she loves Jesus with all her heart. Her love of Him fills her heart so much that it has literally spilled out into countless lives. All you have to do is read her Facebook page to see just the tip of the ice burg of who she’s touched and the lives she’s impacted.
I know because she loves Jesus she is looking forward to seeing Him soon. I know she’s probably filled with sadness as we all visit her to say good-bye. I hate this part of life. I hate this part of the cancer support group she and I have led. The parting brings sweet sorrow to my heart. On one hand it brings great sadness. On the other I know it’ll only be time before we one day join her in eternity. I know her suffering here on earth will be over as she enters into eternity free of the burden of cancer. For that I am filled with joy for her.
I chose this song because it is a beautiful representation of how we, as Christians, feel about heaven and what we can imagine it to be. My friend will soon be seeing it as it really is.
Thank you MercyMe for this beautiful song.
Good morning Stillness readers.
I came across a few verses I wanted to share with you this morning. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
I don’t know what you are going through this morning but I wanted to encourage you to not lose sight of the fact that whatever we are experiencing now is only momentary. I’m struggling right now to come up with the right words of encouragement. I guess I don’t want to make light of what you may be going through like I know how it feels. I may not know nor have I ever experienced your situation.
I do know that the Lord will never leave you as you suffer. He suffered for you when He died on the cross. He knows your pain, your situation, your feelings of helplessness, sadness and fear. Cling to Him during this time and don’t ever let go.
Krista Jones – 9-21-17
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens.” Psalm 68:19
Are you heavy burdened today? I want to encourage you and let you know that the Lord God is right by your side ready to help bear your burden for you. Jesus told us to come to Him, “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” (Matthew 11:28-30).
If you are weighted down by a heavy burden I pray that you will immediately turn to the Lord and allow Him to bear it for you.
Krista Jones – 9.18.17
Please read Psalm 57.
This song is one that my co-leader of my cancer support group shared during one of our meetings where we shared our favorite verse and a song that spoke to us. I love this song she shared about doing life big especially during difficult times. My friend has been doing life big throughout her cancer struggle. You can’t meet her without coming away knowing how much she cares for you and the Lord she serves.
My friend is struggling health wise. I’m not sure if she’ll see this post or not but I wanted her to know that she is loved and prayed over. I also wanted to encourage anyone else who is struggling that the Lord has not forsaken you. He has given you life even in the midst of your struggle. I like what the songwriter wrote . . .
Break out them blue skies
I can feel my heart beating inside
Yeah, it’s like a new day
Woke up to hear You say
I came to give you life
So spread your wings and fly
Now go and show no fear
You are enough to change the atmosphere.
I will end this post with one of her favorite chapters in Psalms – Psalm 91. I hope it is an encouragement to you in whatever you are going through, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (verses 1-2).
Doing Life Big by Jamie Grace
This morning I want us to read through a few passages of how the people in the early church supported each other. I think these passages are a great reminder of how we need to be loving, caring and supporting each other. It is also a great reminder of how important it is to worship together. The early church got together regularly. In doing so they were constantly growing and learning about their faith but they also began to invest in each other.
I don’t know what this will look like for each of us or how the Lord directs you to support others. I pray that these passages will open all of our eyes to the needs of the communities we live in as well as those who are within our own congregations.
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47
“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.” Acts 4:32-35
Krista Jones – 8.6.17