Philippians 4:6-7 - New International Version
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything 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.
I Corinthians 13:4-7, 13
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud, 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
13 Three things will last forever - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love.
One day, when I was upset during work, a co-worker was comforting me and reminded me that I was God’s child and He was always with me. She suggested I recite the 23rd Psalm whenever I found myself in doubt. Her words reminded me of a devotion was taken from “Psalms Now” by Leslie Brant also using the 23rd Psalm – instead of reciting it as written, we were encouraged to insert our name in certain places, as printed below:
“The Lord is Barbara’s constant companion. There is no need that He cannot fulfill. Whether His course for Barbara points to mountaintops of glorious ecstasy, or to the valleys of human suffering, He is by Barbara’s side. He is ever present with Barbara. He is close beside Barbara. When Barbara treads the dark streets of danger, and even when Barbara flirts with death itself, He will not leave Barbara. When the pain is severe, He is near to comfort Barbara, when the burden is heavy, He is there to lean upon. When depression darkens Barbara’s soul, He touches her with eternal joy. When Barbara feels empty and alone, He fills the aching vacuum with His power. Barbara’s security is in His promise to be near to Barbara and in the knowledge that He will never let Barbara go.”
How awesome! How wonderfully awesome!!
Whatever you may be going through in your life’s journey, I challenge you to recite the above 23rd Psalm inserting your name!
These are three scriptures that are among my favorites. There are many scriptures that are comforting in times of need. Maybe a different one touches you or comforts you in your times of need…please share your favorite(s)!