Today my heart is heavy for people I love who are suffering in many different ways: depression that feels hopeless, illness that is frightening, relationship problems, marriage issues ... sometimes the burdens of life feel like more than anyone can bear - but then I remember that GOD is bigger. Here are some verses of encouragement today for all of you who are going through a valley of any kind. Take heart and turn your eyes to the One Who knows exactly what you are going through and is strong enough to hold you when you don't have the strength to stand.
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. 4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. 5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
May each of you my dear friends, be filled with the peace of the Lord even while you walk through the valley. There is hope and joy because of Jesus Christ.