*My daily Jesus Calling readings have been a tremendous source of encouragement to me. Each entry seems to be just what I need to hear that day, and I have copied down several of the verses mentioned, including Psalm 29:11, "The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses His people with peace."
*I just finished reading Kisses from Katie (What an amazing testimony!), and I was really challenged when the author stated that she doesn't believe the statement that says God won't give us more than we can handle. As she puts it, "I have learned to accept it, even ask for it, this 'more than I can handle.' Because in these times, God shows Himself victorious. He reminds me that all of this life requires more of Him and less of me. God does give us more than we can handle. Not maliciously, but intentionally, in love, that His glory may be displayed, that we may have no doubt of who is in control, that people may see His grace and faithfulness shining through our lives."
*I have been listening to this song regularly. It brings me to tears every time, and compels me to worship the Savior and give a sacrifice of praise in the midst of adversity.
*I was grateful to come across this excerpt I'd typed up when I reviewed Calm My Anxious Heart a couple years ago:
"The Lord is my peace. I shall not live in anxiety. He puts me under His wing of comfort and calms my spirit within me. He takes all my anxieties on Himself and helps me to focus on Him. Yes, though I walk through a time of grave uncertainties and fierce anxieties, I will not fret--for You are my peace. Your Word and Your presence calm me now. You hold my uncertainties in the palm of Your hand. You soothe my anxious mind--You smooth my wrinkled brow. Surely serenity and trust in You shall fill me all the days of my life. And I shall keep my mind stayed on You forever."
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Your comments and emails are an encouragement to me!