Pausing to Reflect

www.erienick.comI’m not quite sure where to begin with this post, but amidst the continual heartbreaking tragedy occurring worldwide I feel like something needs to be said before rushing back into everyday life.

I sit here today extremely somber and heartbroken for the world as so many families are forever changed, so many individuals’ lives cut far too short, and so many people who like myself see and hear the news and can’t help but react and feel the pain in the world right now.

I don’t have all the answers or know how we’re suppose to react, but I know in times of tragedy I find comfort and hope by turning to God and seeking out the good in this world. I have plenty of struggles and weaknesses on my own and am by no means a poster Christian, but I know I am much greater, stronger, and the best version of myself when I turn to my faith, especially during hard times like the ones we are constantly exposed to.

This post is different than the content I usually create and to be honest a topic I never intended to include on my blog, but during these continual times of hardship and seemingly never-ending tragedy I want to come together and share a few bible verses and quotes that have helped me during trying times:

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”- PSALM 46:1

“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”- MATTHEW 11: 28

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” — ISAIAH 40: 30-31

“Fear not for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”– ISAIAH 41:10

“The light shines in darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” — JOHN 1:5

“When the world seems evil, we must be good. When the world seems terrifying, we must comfort each other.” — unknown

“I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.”—Maya Angelou

“The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.”—Maya Angelou

If you’re heart is heavy like mine, I hope you find comfort and peace and know you aren’t alone. It’s often through times of hardship where we discover faith, cast our worries and fears to God, and start showing more love to one another. I pray we can find and be the good in this world, that we can show more love to ourselves and one another, and have comfort in the light of the world.

If you’re going through a hard time, please feel free to leave a prayer comment (or message me with your prayer requests directly). For those of you who come across this page, please pray for those who need it, and leave a prayer of your own. In a world where it’s so easy to think of each other as a social profile, I hope we can come together as people, all flawed and human, and acknowledge and support one another in life’s celebrations and hardships.

-Erica

1 Comment

  • Reply Kara Coleen July 15, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Beautifully stated… Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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