"The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father's point of view, is the one who takes care of orphans and widows, and who remains true to the Lord, not soiled and dirtied by his contacts with the world."
~ James 2:27
Cheryl's Corner:Don't look at the big picture and focus on what you think you haven't overcome, look at the small steps and realize the strength that you've gained just since yesterday. Each day will bring new peace as you travel your journey.
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God's Word about Grief
First of all, always remember that God loves you, and has great plans for your life. You may not understand each phase of your journey, but that is where you must rely upon your faith in Him. He knows that you're hurting, and He knows why each tear is shed. Because of this, He has given you many supportive and loving scriptures to help you through these times of pain. Read through these verses and find two or three that speak to your heart and that you can lean upon throughout each day. They will begin to help you heal. This, I know. Philippians 4:13 was the verse that changed my life and my outlook on pushing through the hurt.
Scriptures for your soul
The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.
Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God.
Praise be to the Lord, for He has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.
Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me; O LORD, be my help. You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.
By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.
My comfort in my suffering is this: your promise preserves my life.
The LORD tears down the proud man’s house but he keeps the widow’s boundaries intact.
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
The LORD works out everything for his own ends — even the wicked for a day of disaster.
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am troubled; O Lord, come to my aid!”
So 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.
Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
For your Maker is your husband — the LORD Almighty is his name— the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.
… for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.
I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”