SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:
Develop an attitude of patient endurance in these times of suffering. You have indeed endured times of difficulty and unpleasantness. But, just as I (your Lord) suffered to eradicate sin, you can use your current suffering to overcome the carnal nature and become a better person. Do not despise these days, but rather use every situation to your spiritual advantage.
1 Peter 5:10 But may the God of all favour, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
August 13, 2020. This year has been a challenge You have experienced things you thought you would never experience. Take time to reflect on the year and look for the blessings inside the challenges. Some are almost hidden. Now enumerate the blessings. The blessings are what you need to focus on. When you start counting You will see that the blessings will overshadow the challenges I turn the hard things you go through into good things because of favor.
Romans 8:28 (ESV) “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Bev Robinson
August 13, 2020. As you get older, wrinkles, spots and blemishes become signs of the times. In some cases, you wake up and they suddenly appear overnight. While other markings gradually appear over a much longer period of time, they are nonetheless a secret language in and of themselves. Some have stories that could be told for hours on end, and oh the tales they could tell. Continuously cleanse one another through the kindness of My Word for righteousness sake.
Ephesians 5:25-27 (HCSB) “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the Word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.” Kevin Robinson
August 13, 2020. Today, I have for you something you have desired for several weeks. I have for you refreshing and fresh confidence, knowing that there is no power in heaven, on earth or below the earth that has any power greater than the power of My Spirit that lives within you. This confidence serves you to bring a boldness for Me that surpasses anything you have ever experienced. You have been made My voice on the earth.
Philippians 1:14 (AMPC) “And [also] most of the brethren have derived fresh confidence in the Lord because of my chains and are much more bold to speak and publish fearlessly the Word of God [acting with more freedom and indifference to the consequences].” Jonas Bohlin