Posts Tagged ‘encouragement’

Last night I tried to find comfort in the passage from Romans 8:26-28, especially verse 28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” It is so comforting to know that God knows exactly what I feel, even more than I can comprehend for my own thoughts, and that He loves me so much that He looks out for me, even down to the smallest detail!

This is today’s excerpt from my devotional in “Springs in the Valley”, by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman. God really spoke to me in this, considering some of the recent things that have been troubling my heart, and it encouraged me to not dwell so much on the difficult times. God is in control and knows how things will turn out, and if I just give my concerns over to Him, things will work out for the best, according to His will.

Springs in the Valley by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

September 13

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:17)

Nothing is more beautiful than our Lord’s foresight!

There never was anyone so faithful or considerate or farseeing as Jesus. He had great commendation to give a woman, because she came “beforehand” with her ministry. It was His own manner to anticipate events. He was always thinking ahead of the disciples. When He sent His disciples to prepare the passover, there was found an upper room furnished and prepared. He had thought it all out. His plans were not made only for that day. He was always in advance of time. When the disciples came back from fishing, Jesus was on the seashore with a fire of coals and fish laid thereon. He thinks of the morning duties before you are astir; He is there before you. He is waiting long before you are awake. His anticipations are all along the way of life before you.

After the Resurrection, the disciples were bewildered, and the way looked black. But the angel said, “Behold, He goeth before you into Galilee.” He is always ahead, thinking ahead, preparing ahead. Take this text with you into the future, take it into today’s experience: “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. . . . I go to prepare a place for you.” He is out in the world doing it. He will be there before you. He will bring you to your appointed place, and you will find your appointed resources. You will discover His insight, His oversight, and His foresight. You may not always see Him, but you can walk by faith in the dark if you know that He sees you, and you can sing as you journey, even through the night.  ~ John Macbeath

We mean a lot to Someone;
And ’tis everything to me
That to God His wayward children
Were worth a Calvary.
It’s the meaning of my Sunday,
And to Saturday from Monday
It is my hope that one day
My Savior I shall see.
Though the day be dark and dreary,
Here’s comfort for the weary—
We mean a lot to Someone
Who died for you and me.
~ Value and Other Poems


Embracing Accusation is a song by Shane & Shane from their “Pages” album. This song is so amazing, and can easily bring tears. At first listen it seems to have discouraging or depressing lyrics; that is, until you get to the end of the song! Then the glory of Christ shows through with such power and emotion in final verse.

Isn’t this how God works in our lives sometimes? We go through such difficult times in life, where God either tests us or allows Satan to have his way for a short season. But when that time comes, (God’s perfect timing) He rescues us and pulls us out of the depths of our trials, and is most glorified through that. When God is glorified in our lives, we are blessed, sometime beyond all comprehension! Let’s rejoice and be glad that God works in His time, and not ours, even though it may be hard to see in the time we feel the need for rescue.

Pages Album Cover

“Embracing Accusation”
Artist: Shane & Shane
Album: Pages

The devil is preaching the song of the redeemed
That I am cursed and gone astray
I cannot gain salvation, embracing accusation

Could the father of lies be telling the truth
Of God to me tonight?
If the penalty of sin is death, then death is mine

I hear him saying, “Cursed are the ones who can’t abide”
He’s right, Hallelujah, he’s right

The devil is preaching the song of the redeemed
That I am cursed and gone astray
I cannot gain salvation

Oh, the devil’s singing over me an age old song
That I am cursed and gone astray
Singing the first verse so conveniently over me
He’s forgotten the refrain, Jesus saves

Embracing Accusation with John Piper Lyrical Video (Amazing!)

Original Song