Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.
This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)
Just a word and a question (or few)…just a little something to
"fan the flame" of your creativity!
And, to further fan those faith-filled flames (try saying that 10 times in a row!) – I'm adding my favorite devotional from the week!
Today's word: sorrow
What does the word sorrow mean to you?
Do you think there's such a thing as *good* sorrow? If you do, how would you define that, and what things might lead to that feeling?
How might God use sorrow for His purposes?
How does God comfort you in times of sorrow?
I found so many good verses about sorrow this week - (yes, I know that sounds like an oxymoron) - that I had to post them all. Hope you find encouragement in them:
"My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word." (Psalm 119:28, NIV)
"Those who have been ransomed by the LORD will return. They will enter Jerusalemc singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness." (Psalm 51:11, NLT)
"'I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.'" (Jeremiah 31:13, NLT)
"'So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.'" (John 16:22, ESV)
"'I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.'" (John 16:33, NLT)
"God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. And the one sitting on the throne said, 'Look, I am making everything new!'" (Revelation 21:3-5, NLT)
Let me know what you think!!
DEVOTIONAL OF THE WEEK:
"To whom do you turn when you feel completely disheartened? Turn to the Word of God and His commandments. There you will find renewal...Even when you feel most discouraged, seek God's help to enable you to fully understand this truth: God knows about our discouragement and despair and He will handle every situation that comes our way."
*Lord, I weep with sorrow and despair. Encourage me through Your Word.
"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
(Devotional from: "Grace for Each Moment" Compiled by Kylie Munger from devotionals by Solly Ozrovech, c. 2008, Christian Art Gifts, RSA)
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