Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me (Psalm 23:4, ESV).
"Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10, ESV).
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you" (Isaiah 43:2).
"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and they shall call his name Immanuel"(which means, God with us) (Matthew 1:23, ESV).
"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn't see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you" (words of Christ, John 14:15-17, HCSB).
"And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (words of Christ, Matthew 28:20, ESV).
Then I heard a loud voice from the throne:
Look! God's dwelling is with men,
and He will live with them.
They will be His people,
and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Death will exist no longer;
grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer,
because the previous things have passed away (Revelation 21:3-4, HCSB).
Thanks be to God
~that God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--is with us!! No matter the circumstances, no matter how alone or lonely we might feel, the child of God is never alone, abandoned, or unloved.
~that His promises are sure
~for mothers and opportunities to honor them
~for a lovely Mother's Day tea/luncheon planned and implemented by my artsy sister
~for May beginning with sweatshirts and hoodies (a rarity in our part of Texas)
~2.35" of sorely needed rain
~for 4 male and 3 female finches at the feeder this week
~Stanford (Cardinal) and Luigi (white-winged dove) posing for a photo shoot
~the first two days at home without lower back pain (from the old sofa) since mid-January
~for all the tears, fears, needs, and difficulties that keep me depending on the Lord and discontent with earthly things
~Ebony making me laugh with his "case of the Mondays"
|Yes, Ebony is in there!|
~opportunity to practice humility by not defending myself against criticism
(gratitude list #196-211)