As I studied and meditated for many years, receiving God’s Word in the Scriptures (Bible) my way of thinking changed and I learned to value peace above all else. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God wants to speak to us every day and the bible is one of the main vehicles where He does. Our part is to open, read and listen.
Through my years of caretaking, particularly with my Mother, who was addicted to prescription medication, God’s encouraging words, sustained, helping me to face many difficult days and to guard against total discouragement. I admit I wasn’t about ‘embracing’ caretaking at many points, but believing in God’s promises helped me to endure, sometimes barely a moment at a time.
With the hope of Scriptures, like 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your worries upon Him because He cares for you,” I learned to be honest with God, to tell Him my troubles in a spirit of faith, knowing He wouldn’t give up on me. I also found encouragement from the hero’s in the Bible like Abraham, Esther and many more, whose stories mirror ours and give us examples of overcoming and courage.
As we spend ample time absorbing God’s word, it speaks to our heart, where it changes the way we think and live. The positive result is the more we trust in God’s unfailing love, the more we realize how very secure we are. Below are some Scriptures that have given me consolation. My hope is that as you read and meditate on one or more of them, you may be filled with comfort and love.
Psalm 139:4 “Even before a word is on my tongue, Lord, you know it all;” Psalm 56:9, “He collects every tear in a bottle;” Psalm 34:18, “He knows every hurt in your heart; Luke 12:7, “Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” All of Psalm 23 is a reminder midst life’s storms, God is there as comfort and to calm and restore our souls. James 5:11, “Indeed we call blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of the perseverance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, because the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” Lastly, Jeremiah 29:11 – "God has ordered our steps and His plans are for a future filled with hope." Being a caretaker, we need all the help we can get and trusting in God’s word will provide endurance and perseverance, all the while being shown how much we are loved.
Do you have a favorite Scripture, which has given you strength and fortitude?