"As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him..."
~Psalm 103:15-17a

Encouragement from 2 Thessalonians

I have been encouraged lately by reading through 2 Thessalonians.  It has reminded me of God's great love for me (I am His beloved! He chose me!).  It reminds me that He is the one sanctifying me - I don't need to rely on my own efforts.  What a relief!  It encourages me to keep pushing on - to not grow weary of doing good, even when other people may be taking advantage of me.  It reminds me of the peace, comfort and hope that God provides.

In the hope that one or more of these verse will encourage someone today, I have listed the ones that have been the most helpful to me here.
"We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater; therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure...."
"To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ...."
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth....
 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word....
 May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ....
But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good....
Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.  The Lord be with you all!

In my reading pile...

  • A Chance to Die, by Elisabeth Elliot
  • No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting, by Anne L. Macdonald
  • Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
  • Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis
  • Philippians, by Paul and God
And today is a great day to admire the snow, cuddle up in front of a nice fire, and read!  What are you reading?