Monday, November 13, 2006

Encouragement

I know everyone needs encouragement at some time or another. I know one person really needs it right now, and since I can't do it in person, I'm doing it on my blog.

I'll begin with a quote from one of my daily devotion books. It is called Catholic Mom 24/7: Daily Meditations for Busy Mothers, but Tammy Bundy. I'm starting with this quote because it says what I was going to try to say, but so much better.

"You (God) don't want us to suffer, and yet you know there are some things we simply must go through in order to get to where we are going." Right now, it is hard to see what God's plan is in this. It is hard to undertand that there might be some greater good to come about or some lesson to learn. Why does it have to be so hard? I don't know why, but I do know that there is a purpose. "For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Lord, and I will change your lot . . ." (Jer. 29: 11-14). You are strong; you have already overcome more than most of us will ever endure and you and your family will overcome this trial too. You stepped out in faith and you will be rewarded, although it is hard to see that now. You have brought blessing to so many and you will be blessed a thousandfold, for God promises that. It is when we are broken, when we are at our weakest, that God reveals himself to us and gives us guidance and peace. "Lord, hear my prayer; listen to my cry for help. In this time of trouble I call, for you will answer me" (Ps. 86: 6-7). There is grace in this trial and there is joy to be found at the end. You will come out of this stronger than before and with even more to testify to God's goodness.

We're praying for you and with you.

My heart breaks knowing that we are not close in distance, but we are bound by a friendship that was given to us by God, and that is a bond that cannot be broken by distance.

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