“When you realize that nothing happens apart from God’s awareness, direction, and loving purpose, it becomes possible to lay down worry and fear and truly experience His peace.” ~Dr. Charles Stanley
“Gentleness is not weakness. Just the opposite. Preserving a gentle spirit in a heartless world takes extraordinary courage, determination, and resilience. Do not underestimate the power of gentleness because gentleness is strength wrapped in peace, and therein lies the power to change the world.” ~L. R. Knost
Scripture for Reflection: Colossians 3:12-17
“Love is our strength to overcome the evils of the world.” ~Amit Ray
Scripture for Reflection: Matthew 5:1-48
“You can renew your spirit and strength, if you take time to rest your soul.” ~Laila Gifty Akita
Scripture for Reflection: Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
“What advice would you give a friend?” My doctor asked.
The question surprised me, and I looked at her, wanting to make sure I heard correctly.
She nodded her head and repeated the question, “What would you say to a friend?”
I thought about it for a few minutes. I wanted to be honest with her about my friendships.
“Probably to take it easy. Or, ask for help and not worry about what they couldn’t do. But, the first thing I’d say is to trust God to show them how to get through it.”
She wrote on her notepad and then asked, “Don’t you take your own advice?”
I sat there. A bit stunned.
“Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.” ~Frederick Buechner
Scripture for reflection: II Corinthians 1:3-7
“The better we understand our Heavenly Father, the more we’ll be able to walk through cricumstances with calmness and confidence. This is our privilege as God’s children.” ~Dr. Charles Stanley
Scripture for Reflection: Psalm 46:1-11