Tuesday, November 6, 2007

In Other Words

"In our lives the darkest times, the days that are bleak and black, add
depth to every other experience. Like the dark bits of color in a mosaic, they add the contrast and shadows that give beauty to the whole, but they are just a small part of the big picture."
~ Amy Grant~ Mosaic: Pieces of My Life so Far

Sometimes I have a hard time with these quotes that seem to be self explanatory. I don't really know what to say to add to it. Today is one of those days. So today I decided I'd just post a collection of verses that fit the topic of this quote. Besides, who am I to think that I could possibly write anything more profound, or life changing than what God has already left us in his Word.

John 16:33b In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Romans 5:3-5 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

1 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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Julie@Shanan Trail said...

I loved that you turned to Scripture to retell this weeks quotes IOW.

Blessings ~

Heather@Mommymonk said...

Such a great collection of truth - filled with hope.

ellen b said...

Amen! Love the verses.

Elisa @ Extravagant Grace said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to participate in this week's IOW. I appreciate your focus on Scripture and reminder that His Word is BEST!


Denise said...

Blessings and love to you for the wonderful scriptures.

Laurel Wreath said...

Loved reading the verses.

Bonnie W said...

Melissa, Thanks for these wonderful reminders of hipe and light from God's Word. Yo can never go wrong when you turn to scripture. Wonderful post.

Emmyrose said...

Such wonderful bible verses to remind us of God's love for us..

Rosemarie said...

Great solution when we're searching for truth. Jer 29:11 holds special meaning for me.