10 find joy… even when things feel bleak. Let your thoughts and feelings be redirected by reviewing these scriptures which affirm God’s faithful love and constant presence. • 1 Peter 5:7— God cares about you and your feelings: “… casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” • Matthew 11:28-30—An invitation to find comfort in Christ: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” • Isaiah 43:1-4—A powerful reminder that in hard times God is present: “But now, thus says the Lord.… Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God,… Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you.”
11 • Lamentations 3:22-26—God’s love sustains us: “His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. … The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” • Joshua 1:9—God is always with you: “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 9 Transform Acquaintances into Friends All of us know people casually—colleagues at work, retailers who serve us regularly, adults we meet at our children’s sporting events, and classmates at school. These casual contacts are golden opportunities for turning acquaintances into friends. One easy way to do this is to include acquaintances in events, which you plan to do anyway. Here are some examples: • Suggest meeting together for a meal at a nearby restaurant;
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