December 15, 2019

The Wings of Love



This month's positivity journal subject was really tough. Didn't know if I could find enough to fill the daily pages and I cried out to the Lord to help me. Am so thankful he did! 

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Definitions:

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Comfort = a state of physical ease & freedom from pain or constraint; the easing or alleviation of a person's feelings of grief or distress; a warm quilt; ease the grief or distress of, console (calm, cheer, soothe, support)


Compassion = is the desire to alleviate another's suffering: concern & care; kind-heartedness. 


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Sayings and Quotes:

"Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others." (Brene Brown)

"Hang around with loving, giving people. Their attitude and joy are contagious. And we need all the love we can get, don't we?" (Emilie Barnes)

"I am my own biggest critic. Before anyone else has criticized me, I have criticized myself. But for the rest of my life, I am going to be with me and I don't want to spend my life with someone who is always critical. So I am going to stop being my own critic. It's high time that I accept all the great things about me." (C. Joybell C.)

"In your Bible, underline verses that remind you of how much you're loved by God. Check back when you need to be reminded." (Emilie Barnes, 365 Things Every Woman Should Know)

"Is there a little girl inside of you who longs for a lovely time of childish imagination and "so big" manners? It could be that the mention of tea-time brings quieter memories - cups of amber liquid sipped in peaceful solitude on a big porch or friendly confidences shared over steaming cups. So many of my own special times of closeness have begun with putting a kettle on to boil and pulling out a tea tray." (Emilie Barnes, The Tea Lover's Devotional).

"Talk to yourself like someone you love." (Brene Brown) 

"The person in life that you will always be with the most, is yourself. Because even when you are with others, you are still with yourself, too! When you wake up in the morning, you are with yourself; laying in bed at night you are with yourself; walking down the street in sunlight, you are with yourself. What kind of person do you want to walk down the street with? What kind of person do you want to wake up in the morning with? What kind of person do you want to see at the end of the day before you fall asleep? Because that person is yourself, and it's your responsibility to be that person you want to be with. I know I want to spend my life with a person who knows how to let things go, who's not full of hate, who's able to smile and be carefree. So that's who I have to be." (C. Joybell C.) 

"We can only love others as much as we love ourselves." (Brene Brown)

You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself in your head, so be kind to yourself. 


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Scripture:

Genesis 2:2-3 = By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.


Leviticus 19:18, 34; Matthew 19:19; 22:39; Mark 12:31, 33; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8 = Love your neighbor as yourself.


2 Kings 6:16-17 = "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, "Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see." then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Psalm 17:8 = Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. 

Psalm 23:7 = For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Psalm 36:7 = How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 51:10 = Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 55:6 = I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest."

Psalm 61:4 = I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

Psalm 63:7 = Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 

Psalm 91:1,2,4 = He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. . . He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 

Psalm 111:4 = He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.  


Psalm 119:41-42 = May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promise; then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word.

Psalm 119:76a = May your unfailing love be my comfort. 

Proverbs 3:3 = Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 

Proverb 12:25 = Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

Isaiah 40:1, 11 = "Comfort, comfort my people," says your God. . .He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. 

Isaiah 40:31 = But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

Ezekiel 36:26 = I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Matthew 23:37 = How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.

2 Corinthians 1:3 = Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.

Ephesians 5:1-2 = Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ love us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 

Colossians 3:12 = Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 = We were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.

2 Timothy 1:7 = For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

1 John 3:1a = How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God.

Jude 1-2 = To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ; mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance

Jude 20-21 = But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourself in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 


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Be Thankful! 


Gratitude Trivia: There are said to be two emoji's that represent gratitude - a classic smiley with rosy cheeks and sparkles.