I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Jesus didn’t say we might have trouble. He stated a fact. “You will have trouble.” And boy, do we ever.
We have struggles in our personal lives compiled with serious troubles in our world. It’s no wonder people are sad, depressed, angry, short-fused, and hurting. So many things are outside of our control.
But through it all, as tough as things are, God has given us His written word filled with encouragement, strength, direction, love, and hope.
If you are unfamiliar with the Bible, maybe begin reading in the book of Psalms. God knows our struggles. We have struggled since the beginning of time. Psalms is a good place to start to find encouragement.
A sunshiny day helps to lift spirits as well. God knew what we need and He gave us tools/ gifts outside of the Bible to help our inner being to be strong and healthy. When you think about it, we spend much of our lives indoors away from natural light and clean air. When you think of people long ago, actually, not so long ago, they spent more time outside than in. So many of God’s gifts are found outdoors.
Begin this new week encouraged that trouble doesn’t have to define us. We can rise above the turmoil to find peace in God and in His promise that the messes here on earth do not have to be our end.
God is hope. ♥️