Trusting in an unchanging God in the midst of many changes....

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Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by.

♥ I am thankful that today is Thursday! I am reminded once again to count my blessings and thank God for His many mercies and blessings.

This week, Lynn wrote that we serve a God of change. He loves us so much He never stops changing our hearts, character and life. She asked "What is God changing in your life?"

♥ I thank God for seeing me through another week. This has been another very busy and tiring week and I am thankful that God is unchanging despite all the changes that I experience daily!

♥ I had to deal with a few very difficult people this week and in the past few weeks. I have been having nightmares after dealing with them as each experience was a very stressful one! It is especially difficult because some of them are fellow Christians. Thank God for giving me grace to continuing cast my cares upon Him. I can sense His hands that are sustaining me through these difficult experiences. He is changing me and enabling me to deal better day by day. In the past having to deal with so many difficult people and challenges would have triggered off an episode of severe clinical depression. But the Lord has preserved me thus far! I am learning to look to Him daily and find strength in Him. I am reminded once again that God's grace is sufficient for me and I am thankful for that.

♥ I am thankful to God that my brother has recovered significantly. Thanks for your prayers for him.

♥  I am thankful that this coming Sunday, my church will be partaking of the Lord's Supper. I am reminded afresh of our Lord Jesus Christ's great sacrifice for us in laying down His life for us to redeem us from sins and damnation. My life was completely changed 19 years ago when the Lord saved me. He is continuing to change me daily through His Words and His Spirit. I feel that my life is a very meaningful and fulfilling one because of God's presence and mercies.

♥ I am thankful to God that He loves us dearly. He knows all the trials and difficulties we may go through from time to time in this pilgrim journey. As imperfect people in an imperfect world, it is comforting to know that God is with us and He will see us safely through each step of our way.

I am learning to look to our Heavenly Father and count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord. I am reminded of this encouraging letter which is composed from many precious promises in God's Words. Hope it will bring encouragement to you too.
My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you (Psalm 139:1). I know when you sit down and when you rise up (Psalm 139:2). I am familiar with all your ways (Psalm 139:3). Even the very hairs on your head are numbered (Matthew 10:29-31). For you were made in my image (Genesis 1:27). In me you live and move and have your being (Acts 17:28). For you are my offspring (Acts 17:28). I knew you even before you were conceived (Jeremiah 1:4-5) and I chose you when I planned creation (Ephesians 1:11-12). You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book (Psalm 139:15-16). I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live (Acts 17:26). You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). I knit you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:13) and brought you forth on the day you were born (Psalm 71:6). I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me (John 8:41-44). I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love (1 John 4:16) and it is my desire to lavish my love on you (1 John 3:1) simply because you are my child and I am your Father (1 John 3:1). I offer you more than your earthly father ever could (Matthew 7:11) for I am the perfect Father (Matthew 5:48). Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand (James 1:17). I am your provider and I meet all your needs (Matthew 6:31-33). My plan for your future has always been filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11) because I love you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore (Psalm 139:17-18) and I rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). I will never stop doing good to you (Jeremiah 32:40) because you are my treasured possession (Exodus 19:5). I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul (Jeremiah 32:41) and I want to show you great and marvelous things (Jeremiah 33:3). If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me (Deuteronomy 4:29). Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). It is I who gave you those desires (Philippians 2:13). I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine (Ephesians 3:20). For I am your greatest encourager (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17). I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles (2 Corinthians 1"3-4). When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you (Psalm 34:18). As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart (Isaiah 40:11). One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes (Revelation 21:3-4) and I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth (Revelation 21:3-4). I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus (John 17:23). For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed (John 17:26). He is the exact representation of my being (Hebrews 1:3). He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you (Romans 8:31) and to tell you that I am not counting your sins (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you (1 John 4:10). If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me (1 John 2:23) and nothing will ever separate you from my love again (Romans 8:38-39). Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen (Luke 15:7). I have always been Father, and will always be Father (Ephesians 3:14-15). My question is will you be my child (John 1:12-13)? I am waiting for you (Luke 15:11-32).


Love, Your Father,
Almighty God




♥ I thank God for my family and my church.

♥ I thank God for everyone of  you and all my blogging friends. Thanks for all your prayers and encouragements through this blog and email. May God bless you all!

Thank you for stopping by. Take care and have a blessed day!

Warm Regards,
Nancie

13 Kind thoughts:

Serendipity said...

Hi Nancie, glad to hear you're doing better and your brother is getting better too. Keeping you in my prayers.

More Than Conquerors said...

Thanks, LS and Happy! Take care and I am keeping you in prayers too.

Debbie said...

Nanci, I LOVED this post. It was really encouraging to me. My youngest sister suffers from SEVERE depression, and pretty much has her whole life. (she's 40) I have prayed and prayed and talked and talked to try and have her lean on Him for her illness. But she just won't go there. It is soo hard when I can see WHO it is that CAN help her and yet she refuses. I also LOVED the letter from God. In fact, I am going to print it and put it up somewhere in my home. Thanks for sharing all this. Have a good day. Blessings to you, Debbie

becky aka theRAV said...

This was a wonderful post Nancie! I especially liked the last part. I printed it out for my son who could use that. Like you, I had a lot to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing your thankfulness with us. I am so glad you were able to deal with things w/out going into a depression. That was wonderful. You were truly blessed. May you continue to be blessed, my friend. May the blessing keep coming.

More Than Conquerors said...

Debbie, thanks for stopping by and your encouragement. I am sorry to hear about your sister. Truly only the Lord can comfort and strengthen us in time of severe depression. I am keeping your sister in my prayers. May she know the love of God and His mercies. Take care and have a blessed day!

Becky, I am so glad you like the Letter. It is very encouraging. Hope your son will be blessed by it too. Truly we have a lot to be thankful for daily! May you continue to know God's love and blessings in many wonderful ways too daily. Take care and have a blessed day!

Denise said...

Asking God to bless you extra sweetly.

More Than Conquerors said...

Thanks, Denise. May God bless you too!

Lynn said...

Hi Nancie,

Wow, what an awesome and powerful post. I am so inspired..

You are a sweet sister and the Lord is well pleased in you.

Sendin gyou a BIG hug. Love, Lynn

Katrina said...

Thank you for such a wonderful post, I too am going to print it out so that I can reflect on it when I am sad, when I am happy, and when I need encouragement! I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder too, and I went through many medications until I realized that the only source of peace for me was God! I am glad to know that He is helping you through it too! I will keep your brother in my prayers for a complete, speedy recovery from his surgeries! Thank you for your post and I look forward to more Thankful Thursdays!

Nana Jul said...

Nancie,

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to encourage me! Your thankful list is so full of the Love of God! That is the 2nd time this week I've had the pleasure of reading how much He loves us! It's amazing....God's love for us! This is quite a journey, and He gets us there one step at a time. Thank you Jesus for helping us take each step holding onto the hem of your garment!
God Bless you!

Mary said...

Nanci,

A wonderful and inspirational post. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm so glad that Daniel is doing better.

Blessings,
Mary

Bonnie said...

Nancie - thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comments on my blog. I ached for you when I read your comment about difficult people and that some of them are fellow Christians. It grieves me when we grieve one another instead of encouraging and supporting one another. I am thankful, too, that the Lord has strengthened you & sustained you through that. May He continue to lift you up!!! Blessings.

More Than Conquerors said...

Thanks, Lynn, Katrina, Nana, Mary and Bonnie, for stopping by and all your encouragements. Take care and may God bless you all!

 

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