Usually, I'm encouraged and challenged within a few short passages. I get great perspective and am ready to leave the pity party and head toward more productive behaviors. It's a pretty quick process for me as soon as I remember where I need to turn.
Last night I had another opportunity to utilize that help. This time, though, I was battling a few different things all at once: fear, patience, and worry.
I found myself reading dozens of verses on each. . .trying to calm my concern for my son and his future and find the patience to handle our current very uncomfortable circumstance. After reading and re-reading multiple passages, these are the ones that finally helped me get my perspective back:
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (II Tim 1:7 AKJV)
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. ( Romans 8:24-25 ESV)Praying these verses set up camp in my heart. . .this promises to be a long week and a bit of a longer battle for our precious son.
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Mat 6:27, NIV)
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