Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Word FILLED Wednesday: Comfort...

Yes, in my classic Bobbi style I have paired a picture and verse that do not really seem to go together...but stick with me...I'll explain. Well, I'll try anyway...*smile*

This passage of scripture keeps coming up lately...and I sort of take that as God repeating Himself. So, I've been thinking about the ways God has comforted me and then today I had a *aha moment* at Bible Study.

It started right when I pulled in...and a woman started unpacking her kids from the car...and her daughter started throwing up. I grabbed my box of car kleenex and jogged over and gave it to her. I expressed my sympathies and gave her the box (as a gift). I told her it would be okay. I've been there...the Mom desperate to get out of the house and yet required to put everyone but myself first. And that's just how it is sometimes. But God comforted me and sent other Moms to encourage me...and let me know that kids aren't sick forever (even if it feels like it) and that children are a blessing and that childhood is a short season of life.

Okay, now for why I chose a crying baby picture...About a half hour later...a baby was screaming in the foyer. Truthfully, that's rather uncommon... especially at the end of the year. My heart was gripped and I was moved to pray for that baby's MomE as, no doubt, her heart was torn and struggling at dealing with the situation. And do you know why the Holy Spirit could so poignantly impress that need to pray on me? Because, I've been there...the one with the screaming baby. I've been embarrassed and defeated and wondering what I was doing wrong. AND GOD COMFORTED ME...often using wonderful, Godly women who encouraged me to keep trying and keep coming. They prayed for me!!

On a technical note, I felt compassion and didn't actually comfort this mother. However, I did sign up to do childcare that first day of next year...when ALOT of babies will be crying and ALOT of MomEs will need comforting.

In studying the life of Jesus (especially His death and burial) I'm also comforted to understand that He very truly does understand my every grief and sorrow, temptation, embarrassment, etc. infinatum. I used to think, "Yeah, yeah...He's God, of course He "gets" it." But now I see that
He was perfectly God and Man. Luke 23:47 says he was the only "righteous man."

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrew 4:15-16

So, how has God comforted you? How have you then comforted others?? When trials are happening and God offers you His comfort...remember it is a gift you can share!

From me personally, as a mother of young children...sometimes having a Godly woman come and tell me that she's been praying for me...well, it can be a great big comfort. So, if you pray for a young Mom...just gently tell her that you do...She'll feel a little less alone...and be reminded that God knows her every need.

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Missie said...

I love the ways He teaches us!

AnooCre8ion said...

Thank God for the Holy Spirit who teaches and guides us.

Happy WFW

Susan said...

Oh Bobbi,

What a tender sweet spirit you have.

I'm sure you really blessed that mom.

Thanks for being Jesus for her!


lori said...

What an awesome post! Amazing isn't it? God uses our circumstances...however humble they may be to influence and help others along the way...such grace!

You noticed! That's what God calls each of us to do...look up from our shoes and SEE the needs around us...kleenex meant more in that moment than a million dollars...



Joyfull said...

What a blessing you are to so many. Thank you for putting the Word of God in your heart and practicing in and living it out in the daily life. May you continue to shine for Him always.

GlowinGirl said...

As soon as I saw that picture, I actually thought, "How perfect!" Then I read the rest of the post and realized it really IS perfect. I've always been comforted to know that I'm not alone in my struggles.

Amydeanne said...

well done Bobbi!

Joan said...

You have such a sweet spirit. Thanks for sharing this today.


Cathy said...

That is so sweet. I worked at Wal-Mart, and I always wanted to comfort the baby or crying child by gently talking to them. Blessings ~

Pia said...

this words came to mind as soon as i read 2 Cor. 1:3-4 --- pay it forward. God comforts us in our time of troubles to equip us to comfort others in return.


Natalie at Mommy on Fire said...

Bobbi, what a gift you gave this young mama and what an example of the hands and feet of Christ you showed to her. Yes, all of us mama's have so been there and I LOVE LOVE LOVE when another woman, such as yourself, comes alongside me and mutters "This too shall pass."

I love the photo and personally think it is PERFECT for the verse.

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

e-Mom said...

Bobbi, a great word, as usual. Love your musings and how you tie it all together at the end.

Happy WFW... and yes, I will/do pray for you as the Lord brings you to mind. Be YE comforted, my friend!


hip chick said...

God always seems to bring us exactly what we need.

Laurie said...

I must confess, I laughed when I saw the picture with this verse, becasue our 2 youngest grandchildren just turned 2 a month apart and they have turned into sweet, adorable tyrants! :) I so often pray for moms and dads when their children have PDTs (Public Displays of Tempers), but I don't always tell them - thank you for your reminder.

I was blessed by your blog today!
In joy,