I still can not seem to get out of Luke, there must be a reason. I'm going to stay with it.
You are Blessed
Coming down off the mountain with them, he stood on a plain surrounded by disciples, and was soon joined by a large congregation from all over Judea and Jerusalem, even from the seaside towns of Tyre and Sidon. They had come both to hear him and to be cured of their ailments. Those disturbed by evil spirits were healed. Everyone was trying to touch him - so much energy surging from him, so many people healed! Then he spoke:
You're blessed when you've lost it all.
God's kingdom is there for the finding.
You're blessed when you're ravenously hungry.
Then you're ready for the Messiaanic meal.
You're blessed when the tears flow freely.
Joy comes with the morning.
"Count yourself blessed every time someone cuts you down or throws you out, every time someone smears or blackens your name to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and that that person is uncomfortable. You will be glad when that happens - skip like a lamb, if you like! - for even though they don't like it, I do...and all heaven applauds. And that you are in good company; my preachers and witnesses have always been treated like this."
What a relief to finally understand that the only approval that we need is from our Lord Christ Jesus. I have always loved the little saying "What other people think of me is none of my business." I'm not sure if that takes some of the pressure off or puts more presssure on. I'll have to think about that.
Have a blessed week. Happy Valentine's Day to all.