But God

I know it is common these days for people to lament how “adulting is hard”, “motherhood is hard”, “life is so hard” and so forth. I think it is good for people to share their experiences and feelings freely, and I too have shared this same frustration many times. Yet, I often think that God can’t possibly just want to leave us there with that feeling. Surely He wants to lift us up.

Elizabeth Foss shared a great list of encouragement from Scripture on Facebook today. She says that in her house, they  call these “but Gods.” As in, “Life is hard, but God’s grace is sufficient.” I have been thinking about this all day. This is the Truth. This is the Word of God to each one of His people. He wants us to receive it and allow Him to comfort us in our hardships, to encourage us in our struggles. If we don’t want to hear it (and I know that is sometimes the case for us all), perhaps we need more of His Grace to even desire to hear the Truth. Perhaps if we ask Him, He will soften our hearts to receive more of what He is in mind for us. Then, when we hear His Word, we can receive it and allow it to shine light into our darkness. He wants to be a consolation to us. I think we just need to let Him.

Here’s the list:

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.
Genesis 31:42

If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.
Genesis 50:20

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
1 Samuel 23:14

David stayed in the desert strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.
1 Kings 5:4

But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.
Nehemiah 9:17

They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.
Psalm 49:15

But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.
Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.
Jonah 2:6

To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O LORD my God.
Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
John 1:18

No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
Acts 2:24

But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
Acts 3:15

You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
Acts 5:39

But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.
Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:9

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.
1 Corinthians 1:27

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
2 Timothy 2:9

 

 

Take Heed

“Only take heed, and keep your soul diligently, lest your forget the things which your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.” (Deut. 4:9 RSV)

 

How many times have I had some wonderful experience and thought, “I will never forget this! I will remember this for the rest of my life!” And before long… I forget. 

It turns out that God knows that I’m inclined to forget. He is not at all surprised that I need to be reminded of His faithfulness, His goodness, His Love, His mercy. I’m bent toward doubting

 

God grant me the grace to take heed and to keep my soul diligently. I want to always remember your Goodness to me.

Real Happiness

“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you;

He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.

It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”

– Blessed John Paul II