“God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
It happened in a quaint little coffee shop in Hanover, PA appropriately named The Broken Cookie.
Sitting alone with a hot cup of coffee and in a daze as I wait for the hospital to call with the test results.
Years later, it happened again in a local Nashville Starbucks. Oh my, more waiting. More test results.
Have you ever felt like that? Just when you think you’re doing really good, you fall apart again. Maybe its not the loss of a loved one. Maybe you are a single person or a widow and this Valentine’s Day feels very lonely.
What do we do with our emotions and thoughts during the tough times?
The enemy, the devil loves to whisper in our ears all kinds of negative thoughts to ruin our day and steal our joy.
You know the negative thoughts I’m talking about.
“So, If God is sooooo good. Why does He allow you to hurt? God really doesn’t have a plan for you and your family to prosper. Not really. Forget about Jeremiah 29:11. Sure that’s a great verse for everyone else, but it doesn’t apply to you! and on and on. . . ”
Let me share some really good advice I received from my mentor.
I was taught to memorize a few verses and when I needed to I should speak the Scripture out loud to fight the Enemy. Forget what other people may think about you. I’m a witness that Memorizing Scripture is the answer!
One of my favorite ones is:
James 4:7 and 8
“Submit to God resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. . .
Immediately the praise music gets started and just like David played his harp for King Saul, the evil thoughts begin to leave and are replaced with God’s thoughts.
Now let’s be real and authentic. The devil doesn’t just quit. He will return and try to destroy us again and again. but God is greater than the evil one.
I’ve learned to take one day at a time. One victory at a time.
Broken hearts are God’s specialty. He loves to heal the brokenhearted.
Be encouraged. God’s word is true. Truth is a person. Jesus Christ is Truth.
Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the TRUTH and the life.”
Let me ask you the question. Do you have Scriptures memorized? It’s never to late to start!
True faith in God brings a calmness to your heart!
Here are a few encouraging heart verses to try! Select one and start memorizing. You’ll be glad you did.
Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep vigilant over your heart, for that is were life starts.”
Thank you for creating my heart. I know You hold my heart in your hands and control every heartbeat of my life. I need You in the good and the bad times. Help my heart to be fully devoted to You. No matter what obstacles in life come my way, I’m Yours Lord. Everything I am. Everything I’m not. I love you and desire to have a heart like Yours. Help me to live for Your glory and not my own. I need you Lord. I can’t do life on my own. Speak to my heart as I pray and read Your love letter to me. Help me to remember daily to trust you with all of my heart. Amen!