Thursday, March 19, 2009

Quotes to lift the spirit

Porta del Paradiso-Florence, Italy
Those of you that know me, are aware that my siblings and I have been clearing out our parents home in order to rent or sell the property. In doing so I have found many of my stored old possessions. The other day I found the beautiful bible I was given when I was baptised in my church. I remember when I received it and what a treasure it was in a gold colored box. White leather with a zipper, still in perfect condition. In those years I kept the new bible in its' original box and read from the tattered black bible I had always used for church. Finding this beautiful bible reminded me of how often I found solace in reading it. Here are some passages which give me a sense of peace even today. I'll share them with you too.
Passages from the Bible that may lift you up:

You say: 'It's impossible' God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

You say: 'I'm too tired' God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: 'Nobody really loves me' God says: I love you (John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )

You say: 'I can't go on' God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: 'I can't figure things out' God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5- 6)

You say: 'I can't do it' God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)

You say: 'I'm not able' God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: 'It's not worth it' God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28 )

You say: 'I can't forgive myself' God says: I Forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: 'I can't manage' God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)

You say: 'I'm afraid' God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)

You say: 'I'm always worried and frustrated' God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)

You say: 'I'm not smart enough' God says: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: 'I feel all alone' God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)


Anonymous said...

This entry so touched my heart this morning. Thank you for sharing your memories. PS: Your Italian Word of the Day logo got me onto the BBC website - gratie (you see, I am in need of classes)! Menehune

Jane said...

Barb, what a wonderful post this is. I am going to print it and keep it in my Bible for inspiration and comfort when needed. Grazie Mille.

Anonymous said...

Dear Barb,
I always love your quotes and photos and each time, I find so much to ponder and words of wisdom. You embody the spirit of your quotes and photos. Thank you so much.

Sandrac said...

Barb, those are very comforting words. Thank you.

And your photo from the Porta del Paradiso is so beautiful!

Anne said...

Barb, I missed this one until just now, but it is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing these special passages that bring you peace. My heart is lifted through your sharing. One of my own favourites lines from Scripture, that calms me when my heart feels unsettled, is from Psalm 46: Be still and know that I am God.

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