John 1:1-5: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
1 John 4:18 (NIV): “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
Proverbs 12:25 (The Message version): “Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up.”
Joshua 1:9: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 34:4 (NLT): “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.”
Psalm 56:3: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Romans 15:13 (NKJV): “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Philippians 4:6-7(MSG): “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
2 Corinthians 5:7: “For we live by faith, not by sight.”
Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Thoughts in the time of Isolation (Mary Running, March 26, 2020)
Have Faith: put God in charge of your life and let Him drive. He knows the road. You do not.
Enjoy the journey; Say less, listen more. He’s there for you.
Expect miracles: They happen every day in the small stuff.
Along the way:
Love and serve others with no strings attached.
Give them the benefit of the doubt, and apologize for your sins graciously.
Forgive yourself and others.
Exercise moral courage and tackle the hard stuff.
Model compassion, kindness, respect, patience, humility, integrity, generosity and gratitude .
Be an observer:
Discover the incredible beauty and interconnectedness in the patterns and systems of all living things.
Savour harmonies in the sounds, smells, colours and textures of the world around you.
Hear the music on the wind, in birdsong, and in children’s laughter.
Feel the warmth of a sunbeam and the splash of a perfect raindrop on your nose.
Laugh at the antics of babies and people in love.
Give thanks to our Great Creator.
You are a child of God, and He is with you always. You are never all alone.
Talk to Him, and get to know Him, and also His son, Jesus, your Saviour.
Study His word in the Bible, and obey His laws.
Put Him first in your life, and say “Thank You” for your many blessings.
Live your life with a sparkle in your eyes, and God’s Peace in your heart.
And Smile, because GOD LOVES YOU, and because “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.