It seems that many people I've spoken with in recent weeks have been very discouraged, and it's no wonder. Just viewing a news report on television or reading the newspaper is enough to send our mood spiraling down--way down. Even though I know it's important to "keep up" with what's going on in our country and the world, I think we can become bombarded by so much bad news that we let it affect us too much. At least that's how I feel at times.
I'm not suggesting that we ignore news reports or be oblivious to what is happening, but I personally feel we need to limit how much "bad" news we take in.
I've also been making more of an effort to pray - - really PRAY - - about people and situations I hear about in news reports.
What has helped me most of all is turning to the GOOD NEWS, my Bible. I continue to be amazed at verses that seem to speak to my heart about a particular situation or concern. Even verses I've read many times in the past seem clearer to me as I open my mind and heart to God's Word.
So while the world around me seems to be overwhelmed in bad news, I will cling to the hope that I have in my God, and the Good News He offers us.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27