Light for the Shadows

I remember as a child, going with my mother to visit an elderly aunt – now that I stop and think about it, she may not have been that old, but that’s how she seemed to me at the time. What sticks in my mind about this visit, though, is that she showed me this lovely strong cardboard box with a picture of flowers on the lid. It looked like a very expensive chocolate box, but inside there were lots of tightly rolled pieces of pink paper. There was also a slot for keeping a special, little tongs – a bit like blunt tweezers. My aunt told me that it was a promise box. She then went on to explain that with the little tongs you selected and pulled out a piece of paper, and when you unrolled it, on the inside there was typed out a promise from God!  She would select one each morning and keep reading it throughout the day, especially if she felt lonely or sad.

I was fascinated that she had all these promises from God in a box! I understood, even as a child, that a promise is something good, something special, it is something that you treasure and hold onto, and that you are looking forward to!

It made a lasting impression on me…….

There can be times in our lives when things can change suddenly, even overnight, and we can find ourselves suddenly in difficult circumstances. The way ahead had looked clear, on our journey of faith, but now there are huge obstacles to negotiate. These are the times when we need to strengthen ourselves by reading God’s word and remembering his good promises to us.

My soul is weary with sorrow;

strengthen me according to your word.

Psalm 119:28

There are times in our lives when we struggle in the shadows and the battle seems very real. God’s word, however, promises that he will give us all the strength we need.

He gives strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah 40:29

It can be in those times of real need that we depend on God’s word more than at any other. When a verse of scripture, a word of hope and encouragement speaks to our spirit and helps us through the day.

So do not fear, for I am with you;

do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Our feelings are unreliable they can shift and change, often even throughout the day, they darken and lighten depending on our circumstances.

God’s word, however, is steadfast and true, never changing. We can rely on his word as being totally dependable. We can strengthen ourselves with God’s good promises, reminding, and recalling what his word says to us.

whatever is true, whatever is noble,

whatever is right, whatever is pure,

whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable

– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy –

think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

I have always loved studying the Bible and making copious notes. About seven years ago, long before I had ever thought of doing any writing, I started jotting down some verses of encouragement and then recording them in a little notebook. I enjoyed collecting the scriptures together and tried to find a promise or a verse of encouragement for each letter of the alphabet. When I had finished the little book, I carried it around with me in my bag. I was convinced that at some stage I would feel that it was right to give it to someone, and that the words would be a comfort. I carried that little book of verses around with me in my bag – declarations of our faith, of God’s good intentions towards us and his promises. A book full of words of encouragement – but I never felt prompted to give it to anyone…

I have now, after all that time, added reflections to each verse, and some further testimony, when we are obedient in responding to those things that we feel God is prompting us to do, nothing is ever wasted!

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You are: Accepted

Accept one another,

then just as Christ accepted you,

in order to bring praise to God.

Romans 15:7

You are: Blessed

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile

the same Lord is Lord of all

and richly blesses all who call on him.

Romans 10:12

You are: A Child of God

See what great love the Father has lavished on us,

that we should be called children of God!

And that is what we are!

1 John 3:1

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17 thoughts on “Light for the Shadows

  1. I LOVE the idea of a “box of God’s promises” to pick from every day! What a beautiful spiritual legacy that she left you and which you carried on by incorporating your verses of encouragement in a booklet to share with us.

    Thanks so much for sharing this very special post!

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  2. I am so thankful that we can run to the safety of God’s promises. His words are our True Hope. His words are our True strength and comfort, giving us peace that can’t be found in this world! #inspirememonday linkup

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  3. Sharon, this is great! It’s very timely as I am writing a post (for the first of August) on promises. I’ll be linking to this post in that post because this says exactly what I know to be true!!! He is faithful to keep His promises! Thank you!!

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  4. God’s promises – like His word – are true, unchanging and always dependable! What a wonderful truth!! I need to “unwrap” (and meditate) on some of His promises each morning!! What a special box:)

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  5. A friend of mine had one of those little boxes she used to use it each morning to meditate on the promise chosen during the day too! Congratulations Sharon on you’re published work!

    You’re most welcome to join me in a cuppa at Tea With Jennifer,
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

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  6. What an amazing memory to have of ‘God’s box of promises’ at such a young age. These scriptures just constantly remind us how God’s word is alive! Thank you for sharing these.

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  7. God’s word does indeed strengthen us in tough times as we choose to hold on to His promises..I like the idea of carrying a life book of His word! Thank you for sharing 😊

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