Monday, June 5, 2017

3 Things Remain for Widows

The prayers and Scripture selections today were written by one of the godliest widows I've ever met. It's only been a little more than a year ago when her husband died, but she has been a fountain of encouragement and love to the widows in her group ever since. 
She sent the following prayers and Scriptures to me so I could share them with you. But in the mean time she received a very disturbing diagnosis herself. It's my hope today that her words will bring you comfort and that they'll go back and do the same for her... Please pray for this widow today (her name is Marcia). I'll pray for her too, and for you.   
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And three things remain, faith, hope, and love,
The greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

God, you are faithful, you give me hope, and you have loved me with an everlasting love. Please help me trust in your love and faithfulness in this season of my life. Forgive me for doubting you and making an idol of my fears and anxiety.

Help me to live in a way that demonstrates that I trust your goodness and sovereignty. In my brokenness let it still be evident that I am depending on you to guide me and carry be forward.

Since the beginning of time the hiss of the serpent has whispered the lies that you do not care and that you are not a good God. Help me to dismiss the hiss and trust in you alone. Amen

Faith:
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced. Psalm 105:4-5

But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:1-3

Hope:
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5

…the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time. Titus 1;2

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Psalm 33:20-21

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Love:
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight. Psalm 119:76-77

The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands. Psalm 138:8

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19

Abba Father, you are faithful and you have promised you will never leave us or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:9). You demonstrated your love when you sent Jesus to Calvary so we might have eternal life. (John 3:16). We have this hope in you and nothing we experience in this life will diminish our hope and trust in what you have promised. (1Peter 1:3-4) Amen

1 comment:

  1. What wonderful scriptures to cling to day by day. I appreciate Marcia sharing them, and my hearts prayer is that the God of all comfort will be with her during the days ahead.

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