Last week, Carlisle Library chose to feature my ‘Desert Island Book Choice’ on their Facebook page. I have copied the text below, but you can see it on their page by following this link. https://www.facebook.com/carlislelibrary“The Bible. Everything is there; love, loss, intrigue, betrayal. War and peace. Poetry and song. Prose and prophecy. Hope and despair. Revenge and forgiveness. It’s a book full of books that speak about and to the human condition and that deal with the human heart, both physical and spiritual. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a person with faith, or without, no one could read this book and come away with an ambivalent response. I return to this book time and time again and each time it’s as though I were reading it for the first time.”
This morning, I was greatly encouraged by the words a very dear friend of mine posted on her Facebook timeline; I have already shared it with friends I know will find the timing of these amazing words more than apt. And I thought, why not share it further? So, here it is, wonderful promises and encouragement from my favourite book, the one I cannot put down, from a translation that is completely new to me:
Good night Kiss from Heaven:
I hear His whisper…
“The word I speak to you today is ENDURANCE. I call you to be faithful unto the end, even as I loved My disciples unto the end. The burden you carry must always be brought to the cross and left forever at My feet. Others will not understand the load you carry and the secret woundings of your soul, but I understand.
“You must never compare yourself to another, but bring your cares to the One who cares. You will never be asked to carry more than you can endure, but it will be more than you think. I call you to stretch your faith until it is greater than your burden.
“I have called you to be a faithful warrior of My love. The woundings of your soul bring you into deeper love. You see the momentary pain, but I see the blossoms of love beginning to open within you, yielding a sweeter fragrance. Even when you feel disappointed My love never fails.
“When you are wounded by love, My mercy still stands higher than the heavens. I call you to hold every experience of your life as sacred, and then you will discover My goodness and My power to work everything together for good as you love Me.
“Speak over your life this day these words, ‘I will endure all things for love.’
“As you remain faithful to Me, love grows within you. My love and My peace will be the twin fruits from the Tree of Life to sustain you and sweeten your joy. Let nothing deter you from your pursuit of My face. Those who love Me most I will transform the most. Let every opportunity that comes to you this day be the open doorway into My presence.
“I speak over you, My faithful one, endure all things for love as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, and always set His faithfulness before your eyes as your supreme example. And then you will not fail, and you will not stumble. For I will hold you in My love even as I held Him in My love throughout His ordeals. I am with you and will exchange your weakness for My strength as you wait upon Me.”
2 Timothy 2:3-5 The Passion Translation