hi godsgrace, thank you for your post, I feel exactly the same way about yours (encouragemnet wise). maybe god has led us to meet here and be an encouragement to each other.
I thought that i would share a few messages that god sent to me when i have neen praying for about my situaltion and turning to the bible for comfort. I know these were meant as a guide for me, but maybe they will help you too.
Good news bible, James 1vs 19: So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. submit to god and accept the word he plants in your hearts which is ale to save you
do not deceive yourselves by just listening to the word; instead put it into practice.
I accepted this as a sign from God (along with some other signs) that he wanted me to give up smoking (i know disgusting right?
) and although i have tried i havent got there yet.
He also gave me psalm 31 followed by psalm32. these spoke to me as a whole but particularly ...
psalm31 vs 9 (NLT) Have mercy on me lord, for i am in distress. tears blur my eyes. my body and soul are withering away. Im am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness, sin has drained my strength; i am wasting away from within.
(I know this doesnt sound very encouraging, but at the time, this was exacty how i felt so it was encouraging, because i felt that God was saying that he understood how i felt.
And psalm 32 (all of it) but particulary vs 8-9 The Lord says "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control".
God is a God of love and compassion, but i also believe he has a sense of humour and this last bit did make me smile, coz it was soooo meant for me. lol
So now... i know the things i need to do, but i am stobourn and weak. I need to loose weight and give up smoking....easy right???? *gulp*
sorry if you think Im being pressumptuous by posting this, no offence was meant. xxx