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Faith Filled Friday, the 13th

March 13, 2020

by Connie Terpack

It’s just a day. It’s just a number. So why all the fuss and worry about Friday the 13th?
Fears and superstitions abound here in the US and around the world.
Australia: You must always include money in a purse that you give as a gift, even if it is only a penny), or else the purse will never have money in it.
China: The number 4 is very unlucky. The Chinese pronunciation of that number sounds almost like their word for death.
Germany: If you toast with a glass of water, you are wishing death to the other person.
Japan: It will bring you misfortune if you stab your chopsticks vertically into your rice bowl.
In America and many other countries having a black cat cross your path is considered bad luck. Oddly enough, Japan and the United Kingdom consider it good luck when that happens.

Instead of focusing on the fears about this date, let’s look on the positive side. The Bible has a lot of comforting words and thoughts to get you through the day.
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Genesis 26:24 And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s’ sake.

Deuteronomy 6:13 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.

Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 43:5 Fear not: for I am with thee…

I trust in the Lord and I know that bad things will happen, but with Jesus’ help and comfort I will get through it. My comfort verse used to be 1 Peter 4:16, but after I became ill with the myasthenia gravis and epilepsy God shared with me 1 Corinthians 15:10a. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain…; followed by verse 40 in chapter 14 – Let all things be done decently and in order. I thought it was odd to be in that order, but it made sense. He gave me comfort first then His reassurance.

Do you have a favorite verse that gives you comfort?

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