God of Comfort

God of Comfort

Isn’t it wonderful how many ways God shows His love for us. One of the many, and one of the most nurturing qualities of God’s love for us, is in His comfort towards us.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

“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 tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.” (NKJV)

These verses have helped me when my own words have failed me. It is so hard to comfort someone, especially when you put yourself in their shoes and you think how devastated you would be in the same circumstances. Words do not seem enough. But God’s words are perfect. When I have been paralyzed by the gravity of a situation, reading these words brings me such peace.

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I know that these words are a comfort to those who have lost loved ones, who are sick or have to make a difficult decision. Repeating these words to dear friends, I know that these words are not empty. It is a promise, God promises to comfort us through all our tribulation and He is faithful to His promises.

Hebrews 10:23

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

God knows that we will suffer in this life, not one of us goes through this life without needing His comfort. When we choose to follow Him, we go against the World and their opinions and lifestyles, we go against our own flesh and what we want sometimes. But, in our struggles God says come to me and be comforted. It makes me feel so loved to be comforted! Feeling the loving arms of our Lord Jesus wrapped around us, as if He is telling us, “I know, I grieve too and I love you.”

It is a wonderful ministry to be a comforter. As we share in the sufferings of Christ, we also share in His consolation. I do not know what I would do without my brothers and sisters in Christ. In suffering it can be lonely, but through Jesus we are comforted by His people too.

breakfast-720548_1920We can comfort people by cooking a home cooked meal. It is wonderful to have someone cook for you when you’re not able to make it yourself. My church taught me this when we brought our babies home. They showed such a servant’s heart by supplying us more than a week’s worth of meals.

Listening to someone is a great comfort. I am blessed with sisters in Christ who listen to my problems both big and small.

We are not alone in our sufferings. Let’s look to Christ today and be comforted.

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Fall in Maine

uAdd a little bit of body text (1)I can already see some of my British friends roll their eyes that I have started to call Autumn, Fall. Of course only in fun, the British love to tease.

I love this season! I enjoy parts of every season, but I think I enjoy everything about Fall. I like that it comes after summer, so I make the most of the fact that I can enjoy wearing a jumper, or as the Americans call them, sweaters. I love that there is a breeze and I very much enjoy pumpkin flavour everything!

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My favourite part of Fall here in Maine, are the trees. The beauty of the leaves changing colour is breathtaking. In Maine, for those of you who do not know, there is an abundance of trees. So this season is shown in such a majestic way. It makes me think how clever God is, that even in this process of leaves dying, there is beauty.

Change is all around us, this season reminds me of that. Our World, this life is ever changing. Change can be a scary thing and very uncertain. When we go through change, we can take comfort that we have an unchanging God.

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Jesus Christ doesn’t change because He is perfect. He does not need to change. He is the one constant in our lives that we know we have forever.

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I have had many changes in my life, especially within the last four years. Moving across the pond, getting married and having two children. God has blessed me with these changes.

However, some changes are so hard. Living in a new place that is unfamiliar, especially at the beginning was hard. I missed my family and friends in Britain so much. God is good, He has equipped me to deal with this change. I still miss my family but I have been given a new family. I still miss my friends but I have formed wonderful close friendships here too.

I truly believe that change is for our benefit. God wants us to change to become more like Him. To mature in the faith and love Him and rely on Him above all others. I am looking forward to that ultimate change, when we meet Him in the air.

1 John 3:2

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

Harmless As Doves

Matthew 10:16

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (KJV)

The Lord uses two extremely different creatures to describe how we should be in the world.

A serpent has scales and although beautiful to some, they creep along the floor and they have a deathly sting when they bite. The snake was cunning when it talked to Eve, it was clever in its persuasion. We are called to be as wise as them. Not manipulative and causing temptation, but to know how the world works.

In Genesis 3 the serpent had an answer for everything, it was intelligent in its argument to Eve. We become more intelligent in God’s word by reading it and studying it regularly. God gives you His wisdom and His answers through His scriptures.

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Doves are beautiful and their white feathers display purity. A dove brought hope to Noah, when he sent out a dove to see if there was any land for them to enjoy after spending all that time on the boat. We are to be as harmless as doves. Physically that is something I can do easily, I have no desire to fight anyone. One thing I do need to watch is how I make others feel around me, the words that I speak and the looks that I give. How we conduct ourselves is also something that should be harmless to other people. The tongue can be a dangerous thing and something spoken can cause so much damage. A look can make someone feel discouraged. We must be as harmless as doves in this respect too.

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As it says in Matthew 10 verse 16 “sheep in the midst of wolves“, I do feel like a sheep amongst wolves. I think of myself like the poor little defenseless sheep in a scary world, this world is full of wolves. There is evil all around us. We have to remember that we have a good shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ is full of love for His people, He will take care of His sheep.

John 10: 11

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” (NKJV)

We must run to our good shepherd, Jesus, when we are in any trouble, when we face the wolves in our lives and know that our help comes from the Lord.

Psalm 121:1-2

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?

My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

 

God’s Love for Us

Matthew 7:11

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

This verse has taken on a whole new meaning since I have become a mother. We all do our best for our children. Our purpose in life is to nurture and guide them to become followers of Jesus. I pray frequently that my children will come to know the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour.

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We want so much for these little ones. For a life better than our own. It breaks our heart when they are in the least bit hurt. We would rather take on the pain of our children, than have them suffer.

How amazing is it that our Heavenly Father loves us even more than we can love our kids! We cannot even compare our love with His.

Psalm 103:12

“As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

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When we are suffering, it is hard to see the great love of our Heavenly Father. When our prayers do not seem to get answered, it is very testing for us all. I have heard it said recently, “Reading God’s Word is listening to our Heavenly Father and praying to Him is talking to Him.” I can see that. In Scripture, we see all throughout His word the great love and patience the Lord has for His people.

It is so important to listen in a relationship, as well as talk. You never really get to know a person if you just talk at them. Opening up God’s Word allows us to get to know Him and be reminded of just how great His love for us is. It is awesome!

Reset the day with Jesus

A dear friend has reminded me of this verse this morning:

Lamentations 3:22-23

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (KJV)

I am thankful for His mercies because I do need them every morning.

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I used to be a morning person before dogs and kids. My little dog Baxter pooped in the house twice this morning, must have been something he ate, it tried my patience. Then my son was giving me demands on what he wanted to do this morning. This does not start my day off very well!

But, then resetting the day by spending time with Jesus makes me glad. Lamentations 3 reminds me that I can start fresh because His mercies are new every morning. Even if we do not start the day off very well, we can reset our days with Jesus.

I reset my day today by spending time with Jesus in His Word, while my baby girl sleeps and my son plays in his room, dogs have been walked and the poop is cleared up. There is peace in these moments with Jesus.

 

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Matthew 6:5-6

And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (NKJV)

When we spend time with the Lord, He does not want a big production with big words, impressing people. He wants an individual relationship with us.

Verse six shows us how we should spend time with Jesus. It is a humble picture, going into our rooms and just spending time with our Lord Jesus. And what a beautiful picture it is! It says when we do this we are rewarded openly. That to me is awesome! We really do not deserve to be rewarded but when we spend time with Jesus, He will reward us with His peace and faithfulness in answering our prayers.

If our days do not start off very well, it’s not too late to turn it around. Go into your room, open the Word of God and pray to Him. Reset your day with Jesus.

 

Not How the World Gives

John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

This verse has kept coming into my mind this week, I am pondering just what that means, the Lord does not give as the World gives.

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When I think of a gift, I often think of something material, something that has been bought and gives momentary pleasure. Our Heavenly Father gives us something far beyond the material, He gives us His love that lasts for eternity.

Romans 5:8

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Our Heavenly Father gives us so much more than the World gives, sending His only son to pay for our sins on the cross is the most amazing gift we could be given. Because of His great love for us, we can look forward to eternity in Heaven with Him.

The World gives us problems and worries, God gives us His peace that surpasses all understanding.

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Philippians 4:7

“… the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

The World encourages us to hold grudges and pay back wrongs. Our Heavenly Father gives us freedom in forgiveness.

Ephesians 4:32

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

I thank the Lord that He does not give as the World gives. He gives us love without us having to earn it. He blesses us when we are undeserving and He gives us a future hope.

 

Blessings in the Small

I’ve been struck with how much God blesses us in the small things, as well as in the big things in our lives.

When we are going through trials in our lives, it is the little blessings that really help us get through each day. This is evidence of our Heavenly Father’s care over us.

My son is two-years-old and three in December. He is at a challenging testing stage. There are times that this stage overwhelms me! However, he obviously loves me so much. For example, I was sitting next to him and we were at eye level, he looked at me, smiled and wrapped his little arm around my neck. That’s quite a huge blessing! I treasure this moment in my heart and when he has melt downs and cries uncontrollably for seemly no reason, I remember that moment and it gets me though.

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When we realise that all good things are from the Lord, it is right to praise Him for the small blessings as well as the big.

I find looking for the blessings in the small things makes my heart glad.

There is a lot of sadness in the World and grief and I am not immune to them, however, when I list the blessings small and big, there are a lot!

A little blessing, gives us hope that we’re not forgotten about. Let’s look for each and every blessing from the Lord today.