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It’s so much more than a baby in a manger. It’s God reaching out to those he loves. Emmanuel! God with you. Ponder that.

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Proverbs‬ ‭17:17‬

The Bible constantly reminds us that life for the follower of Jesus will not be easy. There will be storms; there will be obstacles; there will be disappointments and there will be pain.

God never promises to remove those parts of our lives but he does promise to walk through those things with us and give us strength.

He does that in two ways. First, God gives us His Holy Spirit to encourage us and remind us of his power and love.

Secondly, He uses godly friends to be there to encourage us, lift us up and pray for us.

Unfortunately, many times we aren’t there for those people who need to hear a word of encouragement and love.

Remind yourself today of God‘s great power and love for you. Surround yourself with good godly friends and be someone others can count on to remind them of Jesus’ love and grace.

Difficult roads were never meant to be traveled alone.


“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Proverbs‬ ‭17:17‬

The Bible constantly reminds us that life for the follower of Jesus will not be easy. There will be storms; there will be obstacles; there will be disappointments and there will be pain.

God never promises to remove those parts of our lives but he does promise to walk through those things with us and give us strength.

He does that in two ways. First, God gives us His Holy Spirit to encourage us and remind us of his power and love.

Secondly, He uses godly friends to be there to encourage us, lift us up and pray for us.

Unfortunately, many times we aren’t there for those people who need to hear a word of encouragement and love.

Remind yourself today of God‘s great power and love for you. Surround yourself with good godly friends and be someone others can count on to remind them of Jesus’ love and grace.

Difficult roads were never meant to be traveled alone.


“They were all terrified when they saw him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here! ”” Mark‬ ‭6:50‬

This verse comes from a story in which the disciples are going on ahead of Jesus and trying to cross the lake in a a boat.

Jesus stayed behind to pray and, no doubt, spend some time with his father. I think he may also have wanted to give his friends yet another faith test.

Later on, when it was almost daybreak and the disciples have been working all night to try to cross the lake Jesus went out to meet them. They were tired, exhausted and scared.

It’s frustrating when you try to make progress and you feel like you’re making no progress at all, or even going backwards.

The wind was blowing. The waves were beating against the boat. No doubt the disciples arms were aching. Then, Jesus comes strolling along! The disciples were terrified! But Jesus called out to them and said, don’t worry, I’m here!

Sometimes the storms of life become so severe that we totally lose sight of everything else because our only focus is on making it through the storm.

This verse reminds us that Jesus is always here. Always here to walk through the storm. Always here to encourage us. Always here to comfort us! He won’t always calm the storms around us, but he often calms the storm within us. And sometimes that’s better.

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