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Easter Sunday Reflections: Promise and Strength

Easter, a beautiful day of Bonnets, Baskets and yummy chocolate-Bunnies.

But first and foremost it is a day of promise.  A promise fulfilled, a promise for today, and a promise to come.

"Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow!"

Where do you find your strength?  It is easy to lose heart when we don't remember the promises of God.  Today at church our pastor reminded us of some wonderful verses to hold on tight to. I hope they can help you:

Are you...

Troubled
Psalm 9:9 - The Lord is a refuge
Isaiah 43: 1-2 "I have called you by name; you are mine"

Discouraged
Joshua 1:9 - He will be with you where ever you go
Psalm 27:14 - "Be brave and courageous"

Filled with Guilt
Psalm 103:12 - "... as far as the east is from the west"
Micah 7: 18-19 - "and throw our transgressions into the depths of the ocean"

Wounded by abuse, addictions, ...
Joel 2:25 - There is Restoration!
Spring time in our soul!  What a beautiful picture.

Concerned about your future
Jeremiah 29:11 - "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"
Romans 8:18 - Nothing compares to what is to come!

Anxious
Philippians 4:6-7 - "Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done."
Isaiah 26:3 - Peace instead of anxiety

Worried about money
Matthew 6:31-33 - God knows what you need!
Philippians 4:19 - "God will meet all your needs"

Feeling lonely or unappreciated
Isaiah 54:10- "My unfailing love for you will not be shaken"
NOTHING can separate us from the love of God

What reminds you of God's love?  The sunrise?, an unexpected check in the mail?, a smile from a stranger?  What can you do to remind others of God's love?  Be an encourager.  Send a note to a friend, bake some cookies for someone who is down, smile and offer a hand to someone who needs it.

I hope the Promise that arose from the dead two-thousand years ago reminds you of the strength you can hold to today.

- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com


PS - There are a lot of verses but my two favorite from above are Romans 8:38-39 and Song of Solomon 2:11-12.  What amazing images these two pieces conjure up for me.  I hope that if you are in need you can glean something from this.  I know what a treasure all these promises are!

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