Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Reason For Christmas

 Today most everyone is celebrating Christmas with family and friends. 
My family will be coming in this evening for our time together.

Most of us have probably been busy for weeks getting ready for this special day. 
 We've been decorating our homes, running here and there trying to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones.   But I wonder, how many of us have stopped to think of the reason for Christmas.

When God looked down on humankind, He knew we would need a Savior. He had a plan from the beginning to rescue us from the evil that had invaded the world.

God's Son, Jesus Christ, is the  only key that  unlocks the prison that we are in because of sin.  He agreed to take the sentence of death  for all the sins of the world, so that we could walk out of the prison of sin and eternal death a free person.

Ephesians 3:11-12 -  According to His eternal purpose He accomplished in Christ Jesus our 
Lord.  In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

When we accept Christ, we become rooted in His love.  He is the source of our new life. 
 The love of  Christ nourishes our life.
 It causes us to grow. 

     Christ's love is my foundation, my new life is built on God's love.  

I John 4:16-17. 19 - And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.   God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment.  We love because He first loved us.

We will never be able to find the end of God's love.
It is a sure foundation.
It is stable
It won't decay
It will always, at all times, support us in every way possible.





God wants us to come to know Him through experiencing His love to such a depth as this.


As for me, I've come to realize that God's love is the true source
 of strength and motivation to love others.


Your Turn...
How has knowing God, and embracing His love for you impacted your life?
  
Join the conversation in the comments below on our blog, or over on The Flowing Well .community Facebook Page.



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Deflect Grumbling Reflect Love



Grumbling.....

I'm a 'note taker', so, when I was changing back to my favorite wallet this morning, I found a couple of quotes that I had jotted down while listening to two speakers.   Every time I read these two quotes they remind me to check my attitude.

This morning I got to thinking of my ever present Companion, Jesus, and wondering how often He hears my attitude instead of my gratitude each day.

These are some attitudes I found in myself.



I find it easy to get agitated with drivers who cut in front of me every morning on the way to work, forcing their way to the front.


People who talk on their cell phones while trying to check out in a store, while the employee stands waiting for them to finish their purchase.



As followers of Christ, we are supposed to be salt and light to this world (Matthew 5:13-16).  So, I need a checkup from the neck up!  

Here's my plan....I keep appointment cards attached to my bathroom mirror so that I don't forget them.   Today, I'm putting a card there that says: "Don't grumble today, reflect Christ!"


Do everything without complaining or arguing. Then you will be blameless and innocent. - Philippians 2:14-15

Let's start a movement to banish grumbling!


 Who's with me?  We would love for you to share any ideas you may have that would help us all to remember to be grateful.  Feel free to drop us a line, or visit The Flowing Well Facebook page.






Saturday, November 21, 2015

Circumstances or God?


Does your faith 

depend on 

your circumstances, 

or 

does your faith 

depend on God?






Psalm 106 gives us a front row seat into the wavering faith of Israel.  The Red Sea was a long way from the point at which God had already promised to free the Israelites from their oppression and give them a land of their own.


He saved them from the hand of the foe, from the hand of the enemy He redeemed them.   The waters covered their adversaries;  not one of them survived.  Then they believed His promises and sang His praise. 
Psalm 106:10-12 (NIV)

Did you catch that last sentence?  

Then they believed....They did not believe until they saw God working in their lives.


Are we like the the children of Israel?

  • Are we allowing our circumstances to dictate our trust and faith in God?
  • Do we truly believe that God has our best interest at heart?  If we do, are we willing to persevere in faith, believing God's promises in advance, and leaning not on our own worldly desires and confidence?



4 For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature.

- 2 Peter 1:4 (AMP)


God is asking us to fully surrender our lives and the outcome of our days to Him.  There is that word surrender.  What does surrender look like? How is surrender lived out in my daily life?



Am I willing to make this commitment to God: 

"Lord, I give you all that I am, and all that I possess.  Take control of my  possessions, my dreams, my hopes, and my desires.  Remove anything that  offends You, or conflicts with Your plans for my life."

Partial surrender will always interfere with God's plans for our lives. 

The question we must ask ourselves is this, "do I trust God to give me His best, even when I can't see what that is?"



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A "Spiritual" Prescription

Do you have a special place you go when everything starts

getting crazy around you?

Jesus did....
People were constantly seeking Him, so much so, that He barely had time to rest and eat.

He would slip away....

to spend time with His Father.   There, Jesus found renewed
 strength and guidance to face the task He had been given.

We live in a society.... where family, our job, and the demands of a busy life seem to engulf us.

Psalm 37:3-5  gives us a prescription for our stress and anxiety. 

3-TRUST in the Lord and do good:

   DWELL in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 

4-DELIGHT yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

5-COMMIT your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

Your turn.......

There are no adverse side effects in taking God's 'spiritual" prescription. 

What difference do you think it would make in your life?  We would love to hear from you.








Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Does God Always Keep His Word?

I don't know about you, but there have been times in my life that I questioned God. 

Moses, a great man of God, found himself in that frame of mind one day. 
God gave Moses the task of bringing the Israelites out of their slavery in Egypt, into the land He had promised.  Moses followed God's instructions, and the people were indeed freed.

As they traveled through the wilderness, the people began to complain to Moses.   They began remembering the food that they ate freely, even in bondage. 
 They told Moses, "But now our whole being is dried up: there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes! (Numbers 11:6)

After this encounter with the people, Moses goes before the Lord and says, "Where am I to get meat to give to all these people?  For they weep all over me, saying,  'Give us meat, that we may eat.' (Numbers 11:13)

God's answer to Moses was this"Has the Lord's arm been shortened?  Now you shall see whether what  I say will happen or not." (Numbers 11:23)

Sometimes, we become so focused on receiving a blessing, and so anxious about how it will take place, that we begin to imagine many obstacles.  All we can see is a dry wilderness of impossibility.  How could God ever bring us to the promised place of blessing from where we are now? 
We think like this because we are trying to reason with our limited understanding.


Our thinking is so very limited, God's is infinite, He has no limitations.
 
Our part in this process of being taught by God, is to focus our eyes on Christ.  He alone is our source of blessing. 
 
God wants to bless us abundantly, more than we could ever imagine! 

Your Turn.....

Will you join me today in giving God that small seed of faith that we have.  No matter how small it may look, He will honor it.

The Daily Guest

Lord, if I could see you with my physical eyes, checking over each word, each action of mine,

Would I be kinder and more considerate of others?

How would I spend each day?

Would I see those around me as someone created by Your loving hands?

Would I watch the same TV programs, read the same books, listen to the same music, if I could see you sitting there with me? 

 Would I listen more and speak less?


Would I treat others differently?  Would I be glad to have you as my guest each day?

Would my daily habits change, if at the end of every day, I sat down with you and 
reviewed what I had done and how I had spent my time?

Your turn.......

How do you think our lives would change if  we could see God with our natural lives?




Wednesday, October 21, 2015

We Have Great Value in Christ.

Nothing  that comes into my life or happens to me is of little importance to God.  If He cares for birds when they fall from their nest, surely He cares for His children when they are in trouble.

When we are afraid, He cares.  When we are alone, He cares.   When we are sick, He cares.
When we sin and become unclean in our spirit, He cares. 

When we are at our lowest, most degrading behavior, He cares and still loves us!

When we feel like He isn't even listening to us anymore, He is. 

 He cares, He loves, He answers!

 God has promised that He will never leave us or give up on us.  His love for us will never fail.
He loves us so much that He keeps count of the very hairs of our head!  Why would anyone love us that much?   If God is that concerned about us to keep up with the hairs of our head, then surely anything or anyone that is of concern to us concerns Him.

Matthew 10:29-31  Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny?  And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's consent and notice.  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows.

take away...

God loves you, He accepts you, just as you are! 


Do you ever feel unacceptable to God? 
I have good news for you...He's waiting for you to come to Him so that He can prove His love for you.
We are here to listen, to pray and would love to hear from you.

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He Said...She Said | The River

This is a recap of one of those conversations that Aunt Carolyn and I had "Behind the Scenes" of The Flowing Well.  We've copied some of the actual back and forth from the private Facebook group conversation.  As you read these words, please know that our hope is always that The Lord will use these words to relay His message to others.  We give Him all the credit and glory for the following words:

Jesus was always looking for someone to share the message of life and hope with.



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/ / / Carolyn: 
One day Jesus was resting by the well in Samaria at noontime, as a woman came to draw water. Jesus asked her if she would give Him some water to drink. She was startled that He spoke to her.


"Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks some of the water I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water I will give him will become a fountain of water springing up to eternal life. John 4: 14-15


The translation of the Greek word used for "fountain" in this verse,  gives the idea of an artesian well that flows freely.

This blessed me so much, Kevin when I read this, and helped me understand why the Lord kept telling me to name the ministry "The Flowing Well", because that's what receiving Him would be like. Like water that continually pours out on whomever will receive it.

God says don't think small, He wants to reach the world!! I continually feel the largest audience will be Facebook.  He will show the way.
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/ / / Kevin: 



The continuous nature of the spring bubbling up to eternal life tells me it is a lifetime of thirst-quenching goodness and provision.


In olden days, people would settle beside rivers and entire communities (even large cities) would develop. 


It's interesting that I just got through listening to [Brother Brian] Biggers' sermon "The Prosperity Gospel"[originating from the pulpit at The Lamb's Chapel in Haw River, NC]   He talks about how when we are walking with the Spirit, there is peace like a river. And he also talked about how Ezekiel saw the river flowing from the temple, and wherever the river went, there was life.


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/// Carolyn:


He is an awesome God!
That tells me there will never be a time when He has exhausted His supply of anything that I need, for He IS THE SUPPLY NOT JUST THE SUPPLIER.



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/ / / Kevin:


He's made that clear to me before as well. He told me that I would not have a problem coming up with things to write about...that He would supply me with all the content I could publish.



The river image to me also says no beginning and no end (when we come to it).

Imagine happening upon a river in the woods. You might not know where it starts or ends, but it flows in front of you continually. And you can drink from it, take from it, or even become one with it and let it carry you.

He gives life. He is life. He carries us through this life and into the life to come.

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/ / / Carolyn:


 That will preach ! ! !
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/ / / Kevin:


I can't stop thinking about the river image and how The Flowing Well is meant to provide the continual, thirst-quenching, pouring out of God's Word.

The water from the well takes the shape of the vessel it is being poured into. The Samaritan woman received Jesus' gift of the eternal life-giving water. She began carrying Christ's message in her being. The water met her where she was and formed to her, and in the process became life to her and all whom she told .

Back to the river. The life-giving water has cut through the landscape - Eroding soil and rock to create a new path.

Glory!

There is so much that gets washed away when we surrender to the flow of God's blessing. When we give up those little pieces of ourselves to become one with Him. It transforms everything it comes in contact with; gradually, but surely.


The life-giving water continually washes past or around or over or through creation. Where we choose to stand and how we choose to interact with it is up to us. But the river keeps on flowing. 

Thanks be to God for His goodness even in the rushed five minute sprints of life. So many lives are being transformed ahead of these words He's given us...it's overwhelming how gracious He is.

Amen


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Carolyn:

"The Lord will continually lead you; He will feed you even in parched regions. He will give you renewed strength, and you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring that continually produces water." - Isaiah 58:11

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 Kevin:






Your scripture mentioned "well-watered garden".


I posted the video above right before I began watering my garden tonight.

On my walk earlier today I thought about how we can't see the wind, but we can see evidence of it in the trees blowing.








As I was looking at the flowering tree above my tomato plants tonight, and watering the garden, the wind was blowing.
God revealed to me, ""The wind blows and there I am. The wind blows and does not know I am there. The wind blows and you know that I am here.""

As He revealed the last line, the wind shifted and began blowing directly toward me. The mist from the hose began blowing back on my face , I just stood there for about a minute, just peacefully receiving.

Tonight has been a special night.

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Carolyn:


There is nothing like His Presence.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Be(come) Thankful



     While re-listening to one of my favorite sermons ("The Prosperity Gospel" from The Lamb's Chapel in Haw River, NC), one of the scriptures quoted struck me as perfect for the subject of a Thankful Thursday post on The Flowing Well.




     The New King James Version states it this way:

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. - Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)

     I'm not sure why it spoke to me the way it did, but I'm thankful that it did.

     At first glance, the verse seems to be telling us to: 

  1. be peaceful, and don't get yourself all worked up in your heart.  That's just your mind trying to persuade you that circumstances are different than they really are.
  2. be thankful, as those around you (those Christians in the one body) are thankful
     But after pondering that verse during my walk to the post office, I wasn't quite convinced of that.


     Check out the Young's Literal Translation of the scripture:

15 and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye were called in one body, and become thankful. - Colossians 3:15 (YLT).

     Perhaps the peace in our hearts precedes us being thankful.  Could it be that God is saying that a peaceful heart brings about thanksgiving?


     What do you think?  Leave your thoughts/insights about Being vs Becoming Thankful in the comment section below. 



 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

THE REAL ISSUE

What's the real issue?

As a new believer in Jesus Christ, Paul was on trial for his belief,
standing before the court he makes this plea:

Acts 26:9-11 - "I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And I did so in Jerusalem.  I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them.  And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities"

Paul understood the rage and anger that was now directed toward him, for before his encounter with Christ, he had done the same things that his accusers were now doing to him.
He had hunted and tracked down those who believed Jesus Christ to be Messiah with that same 'supposed' devotion to God, thinking that God was pleased.

Persecution and condemnation

Persecution and condemnation is being aimed at Christians today in ways we have not seen before.  As American citizens, we have been blessed to have the choice to worship God freely.


Throughout the world  we are seeing individuals being targeted simply because their faith in God offends someone else's belief.  The God who created us gives us freedom of choice.  When we choose Him, we choose life; when we choose to turn from Him we are choosing death.
Turning from God leads us into a path of destruction that brings addictions, bondage, fear, and all manner of things that squeezes life out of us.  Choosing God's plan, however, frees us to be all that we were created to be!


Take a second look...

Romans 9-10- "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."

We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves, and to do good to those who persecute us, if we are to be true followers of Christ.  And who is our neighbor? Everyone.





Is it possible to be sincere and be sincerely wrong in your beliefs?  When Paul took a second look at his motives, he found that he was wrong.





  It's your turn... What are your thoughts?

 We welcome your comments on our site!




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Life Has More to Offer


Do you ever wonder if Life Has More to Offer?


John 3:17 (NKJV) - "For God did not send His Son into the world to *condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be *saved".

Let's look at the definition of these two words.

Condemn - decide mentally or judicially, implying, to try, condemn, punish, avenge, conclude, damn, decree, determine, call in question, sentence, make an opinion, to decide favorably or unfavorably, to lay waste, to disintegrate. (Strong's Concordance #2919)

The New Testament often uses this word to describe spiritual destruction.  Destruction for the sinner does not result in annihilation or extinction.  It is not loss of being, but loss of
well being.
 (Word Wealth- Strong's #622,  from New Life Spirit Bible)


Saved - (Sozo - pronounced sode - zoe)  Strong's #4982
To save, heal, cure, preserve, keep safe and sound, rescue from danger or destruction, deliver.  Sozo - means  save from physical death by healing, and from spiritual death by forgiving sin and its effects.  Sozo in primitive culture is translated simply "to give life, and to cause to have a new heart". 
(Word Wealth - Strong's #4982 - from New Life Spirit Bible)





My Thoughts:  God didn't send His Son, Jesus, into the world to damn, destroy or punish.  Jesus came to this world of human beings to rescue us from destruction and eternal annihilation.  He came to break the grip of sin on our lives by dying for the sins of every person that has ever lived or will be born. Jesus' unquenchable, inexhaustible love for us caused Him to lay down the power and glory of heaven and step down into our lives to bring us the promise of freedom and eternal life. 

Our part is to accept His gift of life. It's the best life has to offer!







Wednesday, August 19, 2015

God Has Plans For You!

God Has Great Plans For You!



 

Romans 8:28 - "We are assured and know that (God being a partner in their labor, all things work together and are fitting into a plan) for good to and for those who love God and are called according to (His) design and purpose".

God, being the grand designer that He is, has a plan and purpose for everything He created.  Therefore that tells us, that we were born (created) because God has a plan and purpose for our lives.

Has God Forgotten Me?

Your present circumstances may be screaming out, "Has God forgotten me"?  I assure you that there is nothing concerning your present situation that He is not aware of.
You are only able to see the "pieces" of your situation, (today) but God sees the Past, Present, and Future of your life.  He has not turned away from you. 

What Can I Do?

Your part is to keep your eyes on Christ, the creator, and not turn away from Him during troubling, painful times.  He has a plan for your life that far exceeds your expectations! 

 God Will Not Fail to Come Through For You!



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Christ Breaks Every Chain!

    

There is Freedom in Christ that no one else can offer.



Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Message)

5- "Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. 6- Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track".
 
     Are you facing an insurmountable problem today, that seems impossible to go through?   Then I have Good News for you.   Multitudes before you have faced such odds in their lives that seemed as if it would consume them.

     The nation of Israel faced such circumstances at one time in their history. They had been living in slavery in the land of Egypt for 430 years with no hope of freedom in sight.  But, God had a plan that they never expected to take place.  Living in slavery had become a way of life to them, but God defeated Pharaoh and freed them.

     Soon after they left Egypt, the evil Pharaoh, realizing the free labor he had lost, sent his army after the Israelites to bring them back into enslavement.

     The Children of Israel were approaching the Red Sea, which was at full tide, when they caught sight of the massive Egyptian army closing in behind them.  They were so terrified, and felt trapped by the Red Sea before them and the approaching Army behind them.

     The people cried out to Moses, their leader, 


(Exodus 14:11-12)
"Did you bring us out into the desert to die because there were no graves in Egypt"? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!"
(Exodus 14:13-14 )  
Moses answered the people, "Don't be afraid! Stand still, and see what the LORD will do to save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again. The Lord is fighting for you! So be Still!"
(Exodus 14:15-16) 
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to start moving. Raise your staff, stretch out you hand over the sea, and divide the water. Then the Israelites will go through the sea on dry ground".


     There may be a "RED SEA" situation in your life today.  Any change from your present circumstances may seem impossible.  You may have wondered where God is and why He is allowing you to be surrounded by what seems to be hopelessness. 

     Moses and the children of Israel made a decision that day at the Red Sea.  You have to make that same decision  in your life today.

     God may be asking you to step out into an unknown future that He has prepared for you.  This is frightening for us, when we are trusting our own efforts and not the unseen Hand of God. 

     If you continue to stand still and choose not to obey Him, the enemy that is pursuing you will overtake you and pull you away from God's great plan for your life.

Let The Chains Fall!


     God never speaks untruth to our hearts.  Do what He is telling you (in your heart) to do. 

     You will find deliverance from all that has engulfed you waiting on the other side.




Friday, July 24, 2015

Don't Give Up! God's Still Working on You



God has a plan and a purpose for each of us.  You may be in a difficult place today searching for answers.  Don't give up.  God isn't finished  with you, these are just growing pains. 


2 Corinthians Ch. 4:16-18 (The Message)


16- "So we're not giving up.  How could we!  Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace."

17- "These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celeebration prepared for us."

18-  "There's far more here than meets the eye.  The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow.  But the things we can't see now will last forever."


Just remember, when it feels like things are faling apart, God's on the inside just rearranging 'the furniture'!

Friday, July 3, 2015

God is Our Source of Help


     "Turn your burdens over to the Lord, and He will take care of you.
     He will never let the righteous person stumble."  (Psalm 55:22 )- God's Word Translation)


     My translation:  to better help me understand this verse.

  
 Throw, fling anything you are carrying or enduring, whatever is hard to bear, on the Lord, your Master, Your keeper, and He shall maintain, keep supplied with necessities, provide, support, carry your weight, strengthen your spirit, comfort and encourage you.  He shall not ever, at any time, not at all, permit, tolerate, the just, upright child of God to be stirred out of place, uprooted or changed from his position in Christ Jesus!


 
I have come to the conclusion that God doesn't want us to stumble through this life alone.  He wants to be our helper and guide through this life.








Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Christ's Presence in Us Gives Meaning to Life


Question:  How is it possible to be in the presence of Christ and remain unchanged?

Answer:     Unbelief 

35  Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time). 
36  But [as] I told you, although you have seen Me, still you do not believe and trust and have faith. 
37  All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me]. 
38  For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will and purpose but to do the will and purpose of Him Who sent Me. 
39  And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that I should not lose any of all that He has given Me, but that I should give new life and raise [them all] up at the last day. 
40  For this is My Father’s will and His purpose, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day.
 - John 6:35-40 (The Amplified Bible)


  • God the Father had a plan and a purpose for sending Jesus to earth.
  • Jesus came in obedience to the Father's plan.
  • Jesus carried out every plan in every detail that the Father ordered.
  • He gave to anyone who was willing to believe and receive everything the Father planned for Jesus to offer.



Your name is listed in that plan!


Our Trials Can Become a Blessing and Time of Growth for Us


Trials (tough circumstances we all must face) can affect us in two ways:  


  1. They can cause us to grow bitter and cold in our relationship with Christ and others 
  2. They can soften our hearts and help us understand the needs of those around us who may be suffering.



There are so many hurting people in our world today, look for someone to encourage.


     In the Bible, Paul used the words "comfort" and "consolation" many times as he explained the great consolation that Christ wants to give us when we are afflicted.


Trials can be a time of drawing us closer to Christ and helping us mature as Christians.


I'm sure many of you have found that when you have consoled others, you have been blessed and drawn closer to God.  We find that we can share another person's heartache with a greater feeling and love than before, if we have had a similar experience, and have found comfort from God.

As we seek God's blessings upon our lives, let's look for ways to bless others.

We Were Not Created to Carry Heavy Burdens!

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;he will never let the righteous be shaken.
Psalm 55:22  (New International Version)




 



My translation using the dictionary to better understand these words: 

     
     Throw, fling anything you are carrying or enduring, whatever is hard to bear, on the Lord, your Master, Your Keeper, and He shall maintain, keep supplied with necessities, provide, support, carry your weight, strengthen your spirit, comfort and encourage you.  

     He shall not ever, at any time, not at all, permit, tolerate the just, upright, child of God to be stirred out of place, uprooted or changed from his position in Christ Jesus!


     So be encouraged, Cast your cares upon the Lord.  Let Him do the heavy lifting for you.