A Word of Encouragement by Carolyn Kazmierczak
I write a weekly column in the Palestine Herald Press - Palestine, Texas.
I've enjoyed writing these columns because it keeps me in God's Word! Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them!

Week of December 28, 2021

 

   Hope. On all accounts, this word is powerful in more ways than one. But when hope is used in God’s holy Word, it means so much more. It’s deep and profound. 

   Romans 5:5 tells us, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us”. 

   Hope gives us an assurance that God loves us enough to provide a way for us to persevere when we face the trials, tribulations and heartbreaks of this world – a world that’s not our home.

   The love of God being poured out into our hearts should never be taken lightly. After all, God doesn’t take His creation lightly. When I reflect upon this life God created for me and for you, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and I am absolutely honored to be His child.

   Through God’s Holy Spirit and love, we never have to be disappointed or dissatisfied with who we are, where we live, and how we serve, because He promises us a lifetime of hope.

Week of January 4, 2022

 

   I’ve trusted in the Lord – or so I thought – during times of uncertainty and despair.

 To trust is to believe or place confidence in something or someone.

    Jesus trusted the Father as He hung on the cross (see Psalm 22:8 and Matthew 27:43). He already knew what He would have to endure long before He yielded to do the will of the Father. And not only would He have to experience the physical pain of crucifixion, He knew He would also have to endure the pain of being separated from His Father as He deposited our sins – the sins of this world – into a most unholy place.

    Jesus fully trusted the Father. He fully trusted the plan and He fully trusted in the bigger picture of life.

    Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I don’t always fully trust in even the smallest circumstances of my life, but I do know this – I want to.

    I want to trust our holy and most worthy God, fully, completely, and beyond a depth that I could ever comprehend, fathom, or even grasp.

      Trust. May we be found faithful to trust with all our heart, our soul and our mind.

Week of January 11, 2022

 

   To be forgiven brings us great peace – a peace that surpasses all understanding (see Philippians 4:7). It promises to restore relationships, renew our desire to worship God and helps us to move forward with strength and courage.

   Receiving and accepting forgiveness from God allows us to have a changed and mended heart so that we can deepen our walk and faith in Christ. We should never look back at those past sins that will surely haunt us, because if we do it can destroy the only hope we have of healing and restoration. With God’s forgiveness, we have a new life in Christ.

   Then there is forgiveness to and from one another – Christians and non-Christians.  What happens when we don’t or won’t forgive others from the hurts they may have caused us? Or the hurts we may have caused them? 

   Quite often we may unknowingly cause pain to a friend, a family member or just an acquaintance, leaving us in the dark as to why or what we did. And then there is the pain we inflict purposely and if we are a Christian, we should never find ourselves in that position. Unfortunately sometimes we do, because sin abounds. But may we never believe or accept that we are no longer worthy to serve God. If we choose to walk away from our faith just because we think we are no longer good enough, or worry about what others may think of us, just remember we’ve all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (See Romans 3:23).

   Extending grace to one another is the best way to restore broken relationships. And if those relationships never get restored, continue to pray, keep serving, and be anxious for nothing. (See Philippians 4:6).