Friday, January 21, 2011

Encouragement In Troubled Times


Today just seemed like no other, the sun was out, the air was crisp- it was perfect. Even as I gaze out of my window, the sunlight streams in, reminding me of how awesome our Creator is. It also makes me think of Daniel, he always sat by his window and prayed towards the east, I wonder, did he see this same amazing sunlight streaming through his bedroom?

Due to recent happenings, I have had a great opportunity to reflect on our blessings and truly how precious life is. It's not until we are tested and thrown upon the high storms of our life that we look up to the sky and search for answers and seek out His truth. These trials test ones foundation, for it is only through faith in the Lord we can endure these trials.

Matthew 7:24-27 says,
"Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like the wise man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall because it had been founded upon the rock."

As the Lord gives and takes away as Matt Redman sings, I hope that we can use the life of Alan Cole to inspire us to remember that our life here on earth is not temporary, for our time here is short lived compared to the vast time spent in our true home: heaven.

Psalm 39:4-5 "O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!

Lastly, I loved how Wes read Isaiah 41:10. This was the first verse I memorized as a kid and has constantly been a reminder to me in my messed up, screwed up life that He is there. "Do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Kingdom Living,

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