The Beatles sang, "I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends", and that is so true. Regular Chat Room attendees become like a family to each other. Everyone is in the "Same Boat", just at different stages of their journeys. So, everyone is able to offer input, encouragement, and help to the group in their own special ways. Many friends send very helpful emails to be shared, and so we would like to post some of them here for all to benefit from. Enjoy.
You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about.
Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the home of her husband's employer. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.
You see, there were a few times when I thought I would lose my mind,
But GOD kept me sane. (Isa. 26:3)
There were times when I thought I could go on no longer,
But the LORD kept me moving. (Gen 28:15)
>At times, I've wanted to lash out at those whom I felt had done me
wrong, But the LORD kept my mouth shut. (Psa. 13)
>Sometimes, I think the money just isn't enough,
But GOD has helped me to keep the lights on, the water on, the car
paid, the house paid, etc.., (Matt. 6:25 -34)
>When I thought I would fall, HE kept me up.
When I thought I was weak, HE kept me strong! >
(I Pet. 5:7, Matt. 11:28-30 )
>I could go on and on and on, but I'm sure you hear me!
>I'm blessed to be 'kept.'
I'm Kept by the Love and Grace of God!
I am indeed a 'kept' woman and praise God for it!
Having Patience in the Midst of Discouragement
by Pastor Rick Warren
"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God,
you will receive what He has promised. For in just a very little
while, 'He who is coming will come and will not delay'" (Hebrews
If you're discouraged because of God's delay in answering your
prayers, understand the delay is not a denial. Just because the
answer or the miracle hasn't come-yet-that doesn't mean God isn't
going to answer, or that He's forgotten you, or that He doesn't care
about you. It simply means "not yet!"
Spiritual maturity is knowing the difference between "No" and "Not
yet," between a denial and a delay. The Bible tells us, "He who is
coming will come and will not delay" (Hebrews 10:37 NIV).
The delay may be a test of your patience. Anybody can be patient
once. And, anybody can be patient twice. And, just about anybody can
be patient three times. So God tests you patience over and over and
Why? To see how patient you are?
No, He does it to show you how patient you are. So you'll know
what's inside of you, and you'll be able to know your level of
commitment. God tests you so that you can know He is faithful, even
if the answers you seek are delayed.
If you're discouraged, turn it around by remembering God teaches you
patience during delay. Ask Him to transform your discouragement into
You may be going through difficult times right now and feel like
dropping off the planet. You're discouraged because the situation
you face seems unmanageable, unreasonable, or unfair.
It may seem unbearable and inside you're basically saying, "God, I
can't take it anymore. I just can't take it anymore!"
But you can.
You can stay with it longer because God is with you. He'll enable
you to press on. Remember, you are never a failure until you quit.
Don't quit. Resist discouragement and finish the race God has set