Good morning, lovely friends. I woke up to beaucoup amounts of snow in the Midwest yesterday. Or at least it felt like a lot. It was all nice and clumpy on the trees, too. Wanna see?
This morning, I've been spending some time in 1 & 2 Peter and decided to forego the usual blog post to share with you some of the most encouraging things I read.
First of all, I've always liked 1 & 2 Peter. They're written so beautifully. Listen to this: "...And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts..." -2 Peter 1:19 I mean, I think Tolkien may have stolen that to use in his trilogy somewhere, it's gorgeous!
Some more favorites:
"For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does." - 1 Peter 4:6
"Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor." -1 Peter 2:16-17
"And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." - 1 Peter 5:10
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:6-7
I hope one of those uplifted or gave you direction in some way... If you feel stress over things people care too much about like your physical appearance, your true life is something that can't be seen. Honor everyone and love the brotherhood of special people around you today, because you are a FREE and living servant of God and you have so much to give. The God of all grace will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you, so feel restored, confirmed, strengthened and established. And cast all your problems and life pressures on Him because he truly cares. :)
Have an awesome day rain or shine or snow!