Comforting

I have been writing a devotional book and I had to share with you this particular devotion about being comforted by God and then you are able to comfort others the same way the Lord was there for you!

Day 258
Comforting Others

He (God) comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
– 2 Corinthians 1: 4 (NLT)

I love this verse so much in that first God longs to comfort us. When we are hurt, broken hearted, down, depressed, and mourning God is there to comfort us if we allow Him to. I remember being 15 and having the first guy I ever loved break up with me. I was so angry at God that I told the Lord I didn’t want anything to do with Him anymore. Months into my broken heart I was lying in bed crying when I felt these arms wrap around me. They were strong, warm, and comforting. I didn’t realize it was God who was doing it so I freaked out and started crying harder thus rejecting what the Lord was trying to do in my life. I wish I had known then the Lord was hurting with me and wanted to bring His peace and wisdom into my situation.

Years later I surrendered my life to Jesus and I have been comforted by God many many many times. He has walked me through painful situations by bringing peace and understanding. When I have come out on the other side of my pain healed and restored the Lord brings other people in my life that are going through similar situations I have faced. God nudges me to comfort them just as He did me. There was a time I didn’t understand why the Lord wouldn’t just comfort them directly himself but I began to realize that they didn’t know how to allow God to comfort them just like I didn’t get God was trying to comfort me when I was 15. After I understood this I was able to not only comfort them but point them to the Lord who wanted to help them walk out the pain or hurt they were going through.
There are things God has walked you through that were hard, hurtful, and painful. Because you had a relationship with the Lord you were able to allow him to help you heal and be comforted. Not everyone will have that because of their lack of understanding of God. There will be people that will remain broken, hurt, and disappointed if you don’t comfort them and point then back to the Lord. God wants to use you to bring healing in people’s lives.
This may sound very intimidating but all you have to do is listen to what God is telling you and walk them through just as God did for you. You don’t have to have an education in psychology to help others. Your experience is education enough to recognize where a person is at and comfort them in their time of need.

Is there someone in your life God wants you to comfort because of what you have been through? Do you make yourself available to God to use you to comfort others just as He has comforted you in your life?

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Every deed we do good or bad will be judged by God. This can be both comforting and scary. In this video I talk mainly about the bad, evil, sinful deeds that are done and how you can’t get away with them.
Ecclesiastes 12

Devotion: Don’t Take to Heart What People Say

I love this verse that you should take what everyone says to heart. I wish someone would have told me this when I was growing up because I believed that any criticism of me had at least an ounce of truth in it and I need to change according to people’s opinion of me. But can I tell you there is another way
Ecclesiastes 7

Back from the Dead

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When the Lord told Joel and I to dissolve Supplying Needs our non-profit that collected food, clothes, furniture and other supplies it felt like something had died on the inside of me. Helping people with product goods was and is my passion. It is what charges me and fills me full of joy. When God said to give it all up I had to bury it to be obedient to the Lord.

Over the past few months God has been speaking to me about starting up Supplying Needs again. When the Lord first started speaking to me about it I told him I was afraid and didn’t know if I had the drive to do it for fear God would just take everything away from us again. The Lord reassured me that He would never ever EVER ask us to give everything up as he did with Supplying Needs and this time around it would out last Joel’s and my life.

Just recently God told me he wanted to resurrect Supplying Needs. I was in shock and God reminded me that Joel and I had asked Him to resurrect SN the Easter after we had given everything away. That Easter service the Pastor had been speaking about God not only resurrecting Jesus but things in our lives that were dead and gone. Joel and I had cried out to God to resurrect the ministry He had given us then taken away. I had forgotten those prayers but the Lord was showing me that is exactly what He wants to do now.

So in June of this year Joel will be stepping up as lead Pastor of Life River Fellowship and the Lord showed me in July we will start asking for donations again, looking for a warehouse, praying for trucks and vehicles to pick up donations, forklifts, pallet jacks and pallet racks. Our church will be reaching out to the community through product goods all while sharing the love of Christ. Life River Fellowship will be doing events and food give aways.

Am I scared? Yeah a bit because it was so hard almost 4 years ago giving up what we loved and lived for only to start over again. Am I excited? HECK YA! This is my passion and drive. I love watching God work and I love doing the Lord’s will. I am excited to finally watch something grow and not have to tear it down. I am so overjoyed it is going to outlast us like God promised me. I am stoked about all the lives we get to interact with, meet, and share Jesus’ love. I am overjoyed to be God’s hands and feet once again in an area that I thrive in.

So here is the deal if you think about us pray! Pray for God’s will, for everything we need, and as well as people to help. And for you I hope this encourages you that even if a dream is dead in the grave that God can resurrect anything He chooses to. Just because it is long gone doesn’t mean God has forgotten about it. Be encouraged my friend, God can bring anything back from the dead!

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God turn any situation around and make it beautiful. This verse that I talk about in the video has encouraged me many many times that anything I am going through or bad situation I am in God can turn it around and use it for good.
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Proverbs 22