Evening hours are always something special in Loveland, Colorado. As the sun slowly sets, the nearby mountain peaks gradually disappear into the twilight. Activities for the day are winding down, and residents head back to their apartments or suites. Perhaps you have the bed invitingly turned down and are looking forward to the evening news or a good book.
This precious evening time is perfect for a last-minute reflection on God's grace. Throughout the Bible, there are verses that comfort, encourage and exhort us in our spiritual life. Meditate on one of these special passages and turn your thoughts to God before you lie down for the night.
1. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
A Spirit-filled life does not guarantee a trouble-free earthly life. What God does promise is that He will support you through these trials, and He will not give you more than you can bear. If your day was especially hectic or exhausting, this verse reminds you that Jesus is helping you, even though you might not realize it. Matthew 11:28.
2. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Whether they are large or small concerns, worry keeps you from getting a good night's sleep. Remember that God is always with you and you are never truly alone. Repeating this verse slowly over and over to yourself as you drift off keeps your thoughts on Christ and off of your problems. Joshua 1:9.
3. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
Perhaps you know that tomorrow will be a stressful day or one filled with physical struggles. Go to sleep with the words of this verse running through your mind so you can face the future with confidence. Knowing that Jesus is behind you every step of the way eases your burden. Philippians 4:13.
4. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Maybe you just experienced an incredible day in Loveland, Colorado. You participated in an interesting outing, won at card club or met a new friend. Don't forget to thank the Lord for the blessings in your life, including your senior living community. His love surrounds you at all times, and He wants what is best for His children. James 1:7.
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