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This is a word from Chaplain Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

FINDING STRENGTH TO COPE

Regardless of your personal belief system, your "theology," if you will, the Lord wants to offer you a word of encouragement today, from Isaiah 30:18 - “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.

Many times the thoughts which we entertain can be a barrier to good things coming our way. For example if we see God only as a harsh judge or ourselves as unworthy, we are erecting a mental road block. Learn to see God as the loving Father who He is and learn to recognize yourself as a person who is greatly valued by Him.

If you are a parent, you want your children to see you in a positive light, don’t you? Well, that is the way God intends for us to view Him. This verse lets us know that God has an unquenchable longing, a desire to bring good into our lives. He wants us to know that at any time we can come to Him and give Him the cares on our hearts.

When we go through difficult situations, God wants to be with us in a new way; helping us face trauma or just the everyday annoyances that plague this world.

In order to gain a new perspective, I would encourage you to try the following: Write the above Scripture verse (Isaiah 30:18) on a card and instead of letting problems overwhelm you, pull it out and let God refresh you with His love. You will find that the irritations which once stopped you, now only slow you down as you find new and creative ways to deal with them. For by meditating on this verse, you will find the strength to go on and the obstacles which once seemed insurmountable to you will become challenges instead of barriers.

Remember Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me."

Contact:

Pastor Timothy Howard Burdick

Visit my website at: www.mynvm.org

You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Pastor Timothy on the telephone each week on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM Arizona time for his Bible (currently in Psalms) study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

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