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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Comfort For Those Who Mourn by Chuck Smith, pp21-22

It is very easy to close ourselves off and say, “Oh, life isn’t worth living.”  Grief or loss can cause us to isolate ourselves in a prison of sadness.  Powerful emotions like grief can destroy our lives—or be used by God as stepping stones to reach out in a new dimension, a new life, a new talent, or a new capacity.  We can discover that God has a lot in store for us.  The death of a loved one is not the end—it’s just a turn in the road to a whole new path that God might have for us.  When we take a time of tragedy and use it as an opportunity to learn to use a “bow,” there is no telling what wonderful things God will do!

As those whom we love—those who have meant so much—are suddenly taken from us, the sorrow can either bring an end to life or be a stepping stone into greater horizons.  It all depends on how we respond.  David showed us the proper response.  God help us to do the same.  Maybe some of you are in a hole today.  Maybe some of you have been
grieving for a long time.  Hey, it’s time to quit sitting still.  Let’s learn to use a “bow.”

Thank You, Lord, for the living hope that we have through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and for an inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled and fades not away, that is reserved in heaven for us, that is kept in Your power.  Minister today, Lord, unto each of our hearts concerning life—our life in Christ.

As Paul the apostle declared, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).  Lord, we look for that day when we too shall gain the glory of Your presence.  Keep us, Lord, through the power of Your Spirit.  Let us continue to walk in fellowship with You until that day when You call for us.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

Therefore my heart shall rest in hope, for You have shown to me

the path of life.  In Your presence is fullness of joy and at Your right

hand there are pleasures forever more (Psalm 16:11).

I was determined to finish reading the above book today samedi26février2011 and I thank God for using the death of a friend’s dad this season to remind me of the loved ones that have passed on such as my paternal grandma etc—I pray He’d use me as He wills in lives of any needing comfort—there is no one like You, God.  Lord, thanks for using Pastor Chuck to lead me to Your throne of grace—I choose You above all else and may my eyes continue to be stayed on You with Your help! I pray in Jesus’ name that the Lord will continue to use the above excerpt by Pastor Chuck and all that He desires to use to continue to inspire us to live lives fully sold out to Him, looking to Him the Author and Finisher of our faith.  Greater things are still to be done in our city as Chris Tomlin would sing and I join him in singing! Amen!!!!!

Although another song came to mind, I found this lyric instead:

He is Able by Maranatha! Music

He is able, more than able

to accomplish what concerns me today.

He is able, more than able

to handle anything that comes my way.

He is able, more than able

to do much more than I could ever dream,

He is able, more than able,

to make me what He wants me to be.

This post was inspired by Christ through Kristin and Bethany.  Lord, You know their desires.  I pray in Jesus’ name by faith in hope that Your perfect will will be done Your way and You will not cease to make the unable able! Amen!!

Padi, thank You for Your amazing grace and love!