05 January 2012

Some New Year Encouragement

Wow!  The first week of the New Year is almost over!

It's been a busy one here.  I would have to say it's gone fairly well, but it's had its challenges, too.

A new year always brings that feeling of excitement, new beginnings and clean slates with it--at least for me it does.  But life isn't really like that, is it?  You still have some of the same problems, same issues and, yes, the same people in the new year that you had in the old year, right?

I guess I've been feeling some negativity floating around this week and it has wearied me.  And worried me.

Last night I decided to remind myself what God's Word says about *worry* and some of my very favorite verses jumped out at me.  I actually have these verses matted and framed, but have failed to remember them lately.  Isn't that typical of us?  Well, I remembered them last night and they refreshed my spirit!

Just have to share them with you this morning:

Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. 
Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, 
letting God know your concerns. 
Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, 
everything coming together for good, 
will come and settle you down. 
It's wonderful what happens when 
Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. 
Summing it all up, friends, I'd say 
you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, 
noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—
the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; 
things to praise, not things to curse.  
Philippians 4:6-8 (The Message) 

How's that for encouragement?!  I plan to put this verse into action today.  I hope you will, too!


Valerie said...

Thank you, Lora. I needed that bit of encouragement and admonition today. Thanks for being a blessing!


Lisa said...

What a beautiful verse! Thank you so much for sharing it. I am going to copy and paste it so I can read it often! :-)

Many blessings,