Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bread for the Journey

Last week Kathy shared Isaiah 41:13. Thank-you Kathy. You confirmed my thoughts about sharing from Isaiah 43:1-3.

But now the Lord who created you, O Israel, says, Don't be afraid, for I have ransomed you; I have called you by name; you are mine, When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up--the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, your Savior, the Holy One of Israel.

It was a few years back, when someone shared this scripture visually with me. It stuck...and has never left me. The speaker suggested that we replace our own names into the verses, where ever the word YOU, was mentioned. Try that....It becomes a powerful lesson in trusting God. She also stressed that God never promised us an easy way out. Many times, believers feel because they have made a new step of faith, that life would be easy...
We all know that we will go through difficult times in our lives, but if we invite the Lord to go with us, it will make our load lighter. He did not say that he would keep us from difficult times. Going through difficult times can cause us to drown or force us to grow stronger. He promises that he will protect us. Just as a father would care for his child.

"I will be with you. Don't Be afraid, I am here to help you.
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Renewed hope to all of you going through difficult situations.



12 comments:

  1. As always, a beautiful devotion. Thank you.

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  2. God's promises...always a secure lifeline. Thank you, Marg.

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  3. I like that..putting our own names in those verses! Seems to give it more meaning.

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  4. Thank you for this...just what I needed today.
    ~Gay~
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  5. Wonderful devotion. Food for thought, we all need that.

    until next time... nel

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  6. Making the Word personal is when it comes alive. Thanks for your thoughts and scripture this morning. Kathy

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  7. Marg, this is a wonderful portion of God's Word for today. Our lives may take unexpected turns but God never does. . thank you.

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  8. Awesome, and yes very powerful when you place your name in all the right spots.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Mel

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  9. I love your posts on Sundays, there always wonderful!

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  10. Thanks for sharing about putting our names in the verses....Barb

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  11. I really enjoyed this post. I always look for things that make God more personnal to me. Thank you.

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  12. God is in the timing...I just finished doing a pre-funeral slideshow for a 13 yr old boy who is dying from brain cancer. These are the verses that he has had for his whole short life and are featured at the very beginning of the slideshow. He is clinging to those verses right now as he prepares to meet Jesus.
    Just another "Godincidence".

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