"What's MESS?", you ask. This morning I met with another charter member of MESS. We meet whenever our busy schedules permit.
MESS is...Mutually Encouraging Struggling Saints
Do you know any of them? Maybe you are one of "them". I know I am.
God has called us to minister encouragement and hope to fellow believers in the Body of Christ.
After my friend and I met for breakfast we were both energized and encouraged to go out and make a difference in our world.
We shared scriptures and some quotes that benefited both of us. My friend told me how Psalm 34 had buoyed him up this morning. I shared a thought from OUR DAILY BREAD and Chuck Swindoll's thought for the day from his desk calendar.
Let me leave these thoughts with you, dear friends:
Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) was the founder of the China Inland Mission. Following the Boxer Rebellion in which hundreds of his fellow missionaries were killed, Taylor was emotionally devastated and his health began to fail. Nearing the end of life's journey he wrote, "I am so weak that I cannot work. I cannot read my Bible; I cannot even pray. I can only lie still in God's arms like a child and trust." - taken from OUR DAILY BREAD - August 11/06
Chuck Swindoll wrote, "There is not an achievement worth remembering that isn't stained with the blood of diligence and etched with the scars of disappointment."
Discouraged today? Can't read God's Word or even pray? Do as Hudson Taylor did. Lie still in the everlasting arms of our mighty God and simply trust Him. Remember...when we get "home" we will realize that those blood stains, tears and scars produced an inheritance that will never fade away.
Press on, weary child of God. We never walk alone. He is there every step of the way.
"Cast ALL your cares on Him for He cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:7 or, as the David W. Fisher Amplified Version would state: "Release/dump/throw/unload EVERY SINGLE CARE into the everlasting arms of the mighty, sovereign God who loves you passionately and cares for you beyond your wildest expectations."