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2012 - Encouraged and Comforted [1/3/2012]
The last couple months of 2011, I was continually drawn to Isaiah 43. I still find myself reading it over and over.  Looking ahead to the new year, I find these first few verses very encouraging and comforting. Using E-Sword, here's my Gayle revised version: 
 Isaiah 43:1 But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Gayle, And He who formed you,
O Gayle, "Do not fear(or be dismayed), for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name(memorially marked your individuality) you are Mine! 
Isaiah 43:2 "When you pass through(any kind of transition) the waters, I will be with (near)you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow(gush over) you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched , Nor will the flame burn you(not even a blister).
Isaiah 43:3 "For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given MYSELF as your ransom, ... in your place. 
Isaiah 43:4 "Since you, Gayle, are precious (valuable, prized) in My sight...
Hmmmmmm, I didn't read anything in those verses that sounded like this: you will not have any problems, no sickness, no financial difficulties, no sorrow, no anxieties... your life will be perfect. But what I did read brings me great encouragement and comfort for whatever the new year holds: He is our Creator, He has redeemed us, He will be with us, He is our Savior, and we are precious to Him. 
Now that's Good News for 2012!


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