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The Echoes of Kind Words

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26

I have a wonderful little quote written in the margin of my bible next to this verse in Proverbs. I don’t know where I go it nor the author but I want to make it clear it isn’t mine. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

I may not remember the exact words people have spoken to me, but I do remember the people who were encouraging to me throughout my life. Their words of wisdom, correction and unconditional love have helped mold me to be who I am today. I’m not talking about words of flattery that give you a quick boost of the feel goods. Words of flattery are fleeting. I’m talking about words of wisdom. Words that taught me the truth, help steer me back in the right direction when I wanted to take a dangerous detour and loved me through it all.

I will leave you with this question: What will your words be echoing?

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Suffering Alone?

Today in my bible study of I Peter the idea of suffering came up. One of the questions asked us to look up passages to help us understand suffering.

Hebrews 5:7-8, “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.”

Jesus learned obedience from what he had to suffer through.

Hebrews 2:10, “For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.”

Jesus was made perfect through his suffering.

2 Corinthians 12:7, “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.”

We learn from this passage that the Lord allowed Paul to suffer so he wouldn’t become conceited.

2 Corinthians 1:3-6, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.”

This last verse is the one I seemed to focus on because it hits close to home. Sometimes we suffer so that we can understand others who are suffering. In understanding their suffering we can also bring a sense of comfort to them. It also reminds me that we don’t have to suffer alone. I find that it is important to not keep our sufferings to ourselves. There is no need to be so strong that you alone bear the burden of your own suffering. You wouldn’t be able to have someone walk alongside you nor would you one day be able to walk alongside someone experiencing the same kind of suffering. What would the point be of our suffering if it didn’t have a purpose? We learn, grow and have the ability to share with others through our suffering.

I liked the last question from today’s study said and wanted to share it with you. It might give you something to think and pray over.

“Which of the above benefits (from the 4 scripture passages) have you found to be true in your own experience of suffering? Stop and pray and thank God for the good He has brought out of suffering in your life. Ask Him to give you assurance that current and future suffering are for your good.”

Note: Question from Jen Wilkin’s I Peter study page 96.


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Psalm 85

This is a psalm that is like a prayer for what my bible study notes say, “The renewal of God’s mercies to His people at a time when they are once more suffering distress.”

This Psalm is broken down into four parts:

Verses 1-3 is a reminder to Israel of a time in the past that God revived them from distress.
Verses 4-7 is a plea for God to revive them again.
Verses 8 & 9 represents a pause or a time of just listening to see how God will answer their prayer.
Verses 10-13 is a promise of a future restoration.

I like how in the middle of this Psalm there is a time to pause and listen. I will admit that sitting quietly and waiting is something I struggle with. But I pray that today we’ll take the time in the middle of our prayers and requests to pause and listen.

Please read Psalm 85.


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Happy Dance

Sometimes we just need to listen to a happy song that makes us want to dance. Why? Because the Lord God has set us free . . .

We’ve got reason to get up
Reason to get down
He done traded our sin for joy
And now, that joy wants out
Happy dance (oh!)
Happy dance (oh!)

Song and lyrics by Mercy Me.


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Words of Encouragement

Last night my bible study group got together for a much-needed social/chat/laugh visit. We are a group of women from all walks of life and from every age group. We were placed into a bible study group by random and now consider each other family. I’m blessed by these women and their friendships. I know if I need prayer I just need to ask. I know if I need encouragement it’ll be given.

It is because of their encouragement that I wanted to share some encouraging words and verses with you. These are verses and quotes I’ve been given over the years. I pray that they will be of some encouragement to you today.


 


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May’s Memory Verse

Every month we memorize a verse from the bible. This year we’re going through John 15:1-11.

The key to memorization is the review. Always review all the verses you’ve memorized to keep them fresh in your mind. This is why I only memorize one verse a month. It allows me to learn a new verse but also take the time to review older verses.

I will post the previous verses on the right hand side of the blog along with the current month’s verse.


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Psalm 84

How are you doing on our Sunday read through of the Psalms? I hope it has been beneficial to you. I wanted to let the newbies to the Stillness blog know that we are reading through Psalms and eventually Proverbs one chapter at a time on Sundays. Please don’t feel like you have to wait and/or try to catch up to where we are. I’d rather you start to read along with us than not read at all.

My study notes say on this chapter, “A prayer of longing for the house of the Lord . . . the author (presumably a Levite who normally function in the temple service), now barred from access to God’s house, gives voice to his longing for the sweet nearness to God in His temple that he had known in the past.”

I am so thankful that the Lord doesn’t just dwell in a temple but He dwells within us. He is with us always. The thing I think about when I read several of the verses in this chapter is how our hearts should yearn to be with the Lord.

Please read Psalm 84.