Good morning, and welcome to His Encouragement Thursday! I don’t know about you, but Thursdays are my struggle day of the week. By Thursday, I have already been working hard at school and at home, and I just wish it would hurry up and be Friday already. LOL! I definitely need a little extra Jesus time on Thursdays.
Trisha, my blogger friend at Joy of Reading, and I decided on calling this post “His Encouragement” because our real source of peace, strength, and security can only come from Jesus Christ. He, and He alone, is our constant! We pray and hope that these Thursday posts become a real encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!
Today’s Thursday Encouragement comes from:
Psalm 34:18 (ESV)
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
I chose this verse today because of the words “brokenhearted” and “crushed.” Tomorrow is my dad’s funeral, and I am definitely brokenhearted and crushed.
On November 25, 1995, my mother married a man named Mike Shepard. On that day, two families became one. I would like to say that the transition went smoothly, but that would be a lie. It took a couple of years for our two families to become one, and for Mike to become my dad, but eventually we all settled in and became a great family.
Please know that I do love my biological dad, it’s just that my biological dad never wanted the job (and he hasn’t hidden that fact). This is part of why my parents divorced when I was 11.
But back to Mike.
Mike Shepard chose me to be his daughter. He chose to be the dad I sorely needed. One of my most favorite memories EVER is when he gave me my first BIG hug. He told me that daughters need BIG hugs from their dads so they grow up strong. My dad gave the BEST hugs. I will miss his hugs every day for the rest of my life. He was right — daddy hugs do make daughters very strong.
I am brokenhearted because the man who chose to raise me, guide me, and love me has died. I am crushed because with Mike gone I feel like I’m back to being that 11-year old girl who isn’t good enough for a daddy to love her more than he loves himself. This hurts hard!
The thing is though, I do have a Dad who loves me more than He loves Himself. Mike illustrated Jesus’s love for me during the 28 years that he was in my life, but Jesus has illustrated His selfless love before I was ever born. And, Jesus’s love will last for all eternity. I never have to worry that Jesus’s love will be taken from me.
Right now, I am brokenhearted and crushed for sure, but Psalm 34:18 tells me that Jesus is close. He is close and wants me to know that He’s got me, and this does comfort me a little today.
Before I go, I just want to make a plea. My dad was taken from me and my family without any notice. He was killed in a car accident. My family and I will never get the opportunity to say, “Goodbye.” I know one day I will see my dad again in Heaven, but the not getting to say goodbye hurts. My plea is this — please contact your loved ones today and tell them you love them. Please! We truly never know if today is the last day we will see or speak to our loved ones. Don’t miss opportunities to tell those you love that you love them.
NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN!
WHAT BIBLICAL VERSE IS ENCOURAGING YOU TODAY?
Check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Becca @ The Becca Files
Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes