Broken Crayons Still Color!

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Broken Crayons Still Color!

Please remember this if you’re struggling with your health, finances, family issues, a painful loss, and you feel broken, discouraged or hopeless this Christmas. You may be broken-hearted, have a broken spirit, a broken family, your body, mind- even your life- feels crushed and in pieces. Only God can pick up the shattered pieces and mend your hurt. And He will- gently, with love, and faithfully each day, if you place your hope and trust in Him.

Your life still has meaning and purpose. Your mind and body still belong to God- you are His child, His beloved. And He cares for you deeply. No matter what you’re going through right now, you still have much to experience, to learn, to find joy in, and to share, as you color the world with the beautiful things God has placed inside you.

Don’t lose hope, my Friend. Hold on to it like a treasured keepsake. Draw near to Jesus and He will draw near to you and lift you up. The world needs your spirit and your vibrance. So don’t give up! Broken crayons still color!

May God bless You and Lift You Up!
Angela

Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Psalm 92:12-14 “But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the LORD’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The LORD is just! He is my rock!”

Lamentations 3:22-24 “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Though our Lord Jesus was broken for you and me, His life was restored and has touched untold millions with His love, grace and hope. Today we find refuge, healing, strength and peace in Him!

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Zephaniah 3:17 “For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Amen!

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Faith vs. Stress

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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-8 (NKJV)

Strength for Today

Strength

 

by Angela Hall Dobbins © 2004

“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over a gain, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.” ~Anne Sullivan

If some of you are like me, you may have been struggling lately to remain firmly rooted in your faith and not be blown away by the storms of life, and all the frustration and confusion that comes as their result. Jesus promised us an abundant life in and through Him, and I believe we can have that abundant life…right here and now… right where we live and in our immediate circumstances. We only have to remain focused on the LORD!

Now, I know that’s easier said than done. Most of us find that there are times when we eagerly begin the day, ready with Christian vigilance and a positive attitude, to conquer whatever life throws our way. But, somehow, about half way through the day, we begin to get a little weary. Those storms of life begin to beat down upon us and the winds begin to blow, until we find ourselves worn and tattered…at times barely able to make it through the remainder of the day. This is especially true of those of us who suffer from a chronic illness or pain. We despondently discover that we have little patience and joy left for our families and loved ones, perhaps even for others. And we feel we have even less for ourselves. We end up feeling weak, discouraged, and as though we’ve failed in our Christian walk.

I know you’ve had days like that. Haven’t you? I surely have. But, in looking back, most of the times when I ended up feeling like such a failure, I realized that, somehow during my day, I had stopped focusing upon God and was no longer standing on His promises. Instead, I was ashamed to find that, in most cases, I had lost sight of the Lord and had turned most of my focus toward my pain and discomfort, as well as the trials, circumstances, and pressures of life which hurled around me. I became like the Apostle Peter, who immediately started to sink when he took his eyes off Jesus.

And yet, amazingly, every time I’ve found myself wavering, stumbling, or even sinking, the Lord has always been right there to lift me up again and set my feet back on solid ground. Isn’t He Faithful and Wonderful!

Do you feel discouraged today? Are you tired and weary from worry and stress? Do you feel the desire for a closer walk with the Lord in your life, but you just can’t seem to attain it? Jesus promised us an abundant life, if we would only seek Him and keep our focus and trust upon Him. Whatever your circumstances, He understands and He cares.

Start each day reading God’s Word. This will give you strength for the day’s journey. Talk to the Lord throughout the day, asking for His continued strength and guidance… not just when you feel weak. Thank Him for His presence in all things and for every little blessing. And ask Him to keep your feet from stumbling. He’s right there beside you every step of the way, even when you forget to seek Him. He is not only our LORD, but He is our Friend. And His desire is to give us a life filled with joy, peace and victory!

Remember, if you do stumble… and all of us do… don’t stay beaten down and discouraged, considering yourself a failure. Take the Lord’s hand and let Him pull you right back up! No matter how many times it takes, you will eventually gain the victory over whatever trial you are facing at the time. Believe it! His Word says it and it’s TRUE!

Scripture References:

Lamentations 3:22-25, “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” (KJV)

Romans 5:1-5, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:57-58, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”  (KJV)