So .. I decided NOT to attach a photo to today’s Blog Post …
You may ask why???
Well …. It’s because I decided that being broken and bruised looks very different to each of us ..
Some days it’s physical and visible ..
And other days it’s emotional – on our heart, or a mental battle – for our thoughts.
It might be all three at once.
However pain appears in each of our lives – it is no less real or any less important.
To the one who is enduring a shock diagnosis, or to the relative or friend that wants to comfort them ..
The family member suffering depression or mental illness .. a job loss .. an accident .. a struggle at work ..
The Mum raising small children or helping keep teenagers on track .. the Dad doing overtime to make ends meet.
A broken relationship …
Life can be really hard.
There are no quick or easy solutions.
I know – for me, the loving support of a friend – who – just by listening to me, is often the soothing balm that helps me survive the day ..
Plenty of times I have cried out to God in prayer .. and I am reassured that He hears me even if a solution isn’t instant – or the answer that I was hoping for.
This reassurance has come as I have learned to rely on God .. knowing my own limitations .. flaws .. and failures .. and accepting that I don’t have to be perfect or assume every body else’s expectations of me ..
These things have only come as I understand who God is .. and allow and accept His purpose for my life ..
If you don’t yet know who God is .. I would encourage you to read one of what are called ‘The Gospels’ ,
(Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) ..
I personally have never read the Bible from cover to cover, but have read or studied verses and chapters .. either on my own – or as a part of a small group. Both are really helpful.
You can also buy ‘study guides’.. that focus on a particular subject -and use verses from the Bible – which relate to that subject .. Again – an exceptionally helpful way to understand things from Gods perspective ..
I have verses which mean a lot to me – that I find an encouragement –
‘I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.’
My all time fave is :
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
and on a Sunday evening – the encouragement from my Church family is
‘ If God is for us, who can ever be against us?’ Romans 8:31
reading the Bible isn’t a magic formula for happiness and success – but it is the best way to understand who God is, who Jesus is .. and why your story is so important ..
It is accepting Jesus as saviour .. that opens the way for you to have a real and personal relationship with Him .. and it’s the fresh start that we all need 🙂