Friendly Encouragement

Storm over waterThe joy of the Lord is my strength and in Him will I trust. It’s something amazing about a friend, acquaintance, or even a stranger that reaches out to you just to ask how you are doing. I had ministering friend from back how text me this morning and ask how my husband was doing after his surgery. I shared with her and she said to make sure I got a bit of “Me time” during this difficult time. I then asked about her and she shared. I was let to send her a short prayer asking for the peace of God to saturate her life and for God to renew and refresh her mind, body and spirit. Philippians 4:7 (KJV) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; I thanks God for the friendship with her, which I truly value and  I went on to read the morning message I receive from another friend every morning by text.

This friend sends and encouraging word every morning from a 365 daily devotional he reads. I had not read it in the last two days so I got a double dose of inspiration this morning. Between both friends my soul and spirit is overjoyed and uplifted in the name of Jesus. There are some trials and tribulation that have come, as recent as last night, to test me. But I resolve to knowing that God fights my battles and as I told my dear sister in Christ, I know that the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep my heart and me as a whole. I was angered to a boiling point last night, but I thank God that I did not lash out but I turned to Him and told Him that I was angry and I did not want to fight this battle. My prayer is that He lead me in how to respond and that He will handle the situation. What ever the outcome is and how ever long it takes I just want to have His peace saturate my life and when the storms blow and the wind won’t cease, may Jesus bid me to come to Him walking on the water and I not be afraid or take my eyes off of Him. May I have great faith and not hear the words, “Oh ye of little faith.”

Read: Philippians 4:7; Ephesians 4:23; Matthew 14:22-33

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