Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Morning Words of Encouragement

From 2 Corinthians 4:7-18.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
 13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[a] Since we have that same spirit of[b]faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Waking up is the hardest part. Falling asleep comes a close second, but it is the waking and having to face a new day that can bring one down the most. If you feel that way, this passage might help you get a better perspective. It might give you that bit of encouragement to look at the day as something more than lengthy hours to get through...

2 comments:

  1. Noemi,
    Thanks for your honest thoughts. My heart goes out to you during these tough days. Be assured that God knows your heart and that it is good, albeit wounded. You might want to read a little book that helped me during the tough days of my journey, May I Hate God? by Pierre Wolff. Don't be put off by the name - the book encourages us to bring the truth of who we are and what we feel to a real God who loves us. Prayers for you, Mikki

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