Sooner or later—and perhaps more often than we'd like—we all face some sort of adversity. During those difficult times, we can draw inspiration and encouragement from stories of others who are bravely walking through intense personal challenge, such as terminal illness or active persecution for their faith. Those who are able to not only survive, but thrive, are people who can take their focus off the immediate crisis and keep the "bigger picture" in mind.
Jesus doesn't necessarily promise us an easy path—in fact, He guaranteed that we would encounter hardship on earth. But He also offers us peace: the security of knowing that He has our situation in hand. Come what may, His love for us will never change (Habakkuk 3:17-19; Philippians 4:7). Through the storms of life, we can rest with the assurance that our God is the God of peace and not of confusion or disorder (I Corinthians 14:33). Even a seeming disaster can be used for good and for the achieving of the Lord's ultimate purposes in our lives (Philippians 2:12-13, Romans 8:26-39).
Are you facing hardship of some kind, right now? "I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
Great timing, I must say.
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
***Sen. Chuck Grassley says Hillary could be charged in email scandal. I've said it before and I'll say it again - I'll believe it when I see it. These people seem to be able to get away with just about anything.
***Blood moon on Saturday.
***Pat McCormick on giving back.
by William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
James Madison: “But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary, and if angels were to govern men, then neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place obligate it to control itself. Without a doubt, the primary control on the government will be its dependence on the People, but experience has taught mankind that other precautions will be necessary as well.”
***Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. ~~ Peter Drucker
***Have a great day!