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Kay Arthur is one of my favorite writers and I've enjoyed many of her books and Bible studies. Her latest, When the Hurt Runs Deep, deals directly and Biblically with the topic of great concern to everyone, including Christian caregivers and grandparents, – pain and suffering! We see it in our newspapers, we watch it on TV, and we deal with it in our Sandwich Generation families – sometimes more than most since we are often helping many in our extended families.
I found so much in the book to help me and others as we go through various trials, including the "valley of the shadow of death." One thing I wanted to spotlight today, as it is something I have found extremely valuable throughout my life, is:
"Don't continually revisit the details…you can't change what has already happened…God has it covered, and you need to leave it with Him…walk literally in the light of His truth, which will bring healing…one passage that is sufficient, although you will find many others as you nurture your soul on the bread of His Word…read it aloud. Post it on the mirror, the refrigerator…memorize it, and let its healing seep into the crevices of your soul."
…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
I cannot agree with Ms. Arthur enough! These words of encouragement from Philippians, written by Paul, are such a good "prescription" for healing our hearts and our minds. When I've gone through my "darkest nights" I've found that reading and meditating on encouraging and comforting Bible verses along with soaking my heart in uplifting praise and worship music – many of which also have Bible verses written into the lyrics – have been such a source of inspiration and comfort to me.
The Word of God is awesome and powerful! I pray you will be encouraged by this and by other uplifting pictures and Bible verses you will find on this Word-Filled Wednesday at Internet Cafe Devotions. I'm also linking up to Seeds of Faith today. 🙂