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“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” Psalm 25:5

It seemed like I was losing everything I valued: my marriage, my family, my home, my reputation. One day, a wave of despair came over me. I can’t take this anymore. I’m cracking up, I thought.

What happened next is hard to describe Clear as a bell I heard a voice saying—not out loud but deep in my heart—“Do you still have Jesus?

Yes,” I whispered back.

Then you have a center. You have a refuge. You will be alright.”

The Bible was the only book that offered me comfort and hope. It helped me make some sense out of my situation. Other godly people—Joseph, David, Daniel—had gone through terrible times, why not me? Furthermore it showed me a way of coping by giving me verses that nourished my wounded spirit and gave me hope. Verses like the following:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…Psalm 46:1,2

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13

I read of a woman who, during the severe tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia in December 2004, was saved from certain drowning by clinging to a palm tree floating beside her.

Jesus was that palm tree for me. I discovered that when life hits us with a tsunami, Jesus is there in the water with us. Clinging to Him we are saved. Knowing Him is the most valuable relationship in the world.

What’s happening in your life right now?

Do you know Jesus is right there with you.

Cling to him and He’ll bring you out in due time.

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Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”  Psalm 143:8

Life can be cruel sometimes. You feel pummeled from all sides. Haven’t you experienced this?

I have. In a few short years my marriage fell apart. Our children moved far away. I lost my nursing job. I lost my health.

What do you do when all your securities crumble?

A counselor I went to at the time listened attentively to the outpouring of my grief. Then he asked me, “Helen, does God still love you?”

I was taken by surprise. “Yes,” I said. “The Bible says God’s love is everlasting, so it must be the same whether my life is good or bad.”

You’re right,” he said. “Jesus is the measure of God’s love not our circumstances. You are loved no matter what life hands you. You stand on that fact and you will make it.”

And I did. I discovered God is enough for each day. When all your securities crumble, if you are in Christ and Christ is in you, you have what it takes to be an overcomer. God does not make us escapists; He makes us overcomers. Jesus said, In this world you will have trouble–guaranteed. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

Let me share with you what gave me strength and hope from day to day.

To keep me focused on God, I copied out Bible verses that spoke of God’s love and said them out loud many times a day. Verses like these:

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

This is what the LORD says–he who created you.. he who formed you.. ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you: I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the water I will be with you, when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned…Do not be afraid, for I am with you… you are precious to me and I love you’” (Isaiah 43:1-7). I can’t tell you how many times I have said those words and they have always lifted my spirit and given me hope.

Dear God, let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul (Psalm 143:8).

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“If words are many, sin is not absent. He who holds his tongue is wise.” Proverbs 10:19

Hurtful words spoken in anger. I caught them, felt the pain of them, and believed them. “I am a failure as a wife, a mother, a Christian.”

And yet in my heart, I knew I had done my best. I knew I had lived well. Then why can’t she remember the good I’ve done? I stewed.

Feeling desperately hurt, I sought counselling.

They are words of anger spoken into the wind,” my pastor said “Don’t catch them. Don’t let them lodge in your mind to hatch into self-pity. Don’t personalize them. If you do, you’ll become frozen into a stance of hurt. Bitterness will grow in your heart and poison you. Let them go. Don’t even repeat them. They are irrational words spoken in haste.”

Flying words hurled out of an angry mouth—counter them with a word from God,” says Amy Carmichael.

But shouldn’t I set the record straight?” I asked.

Nothing you say at this point will impress her,” the pastor said. “It will only make it worse. A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

Let God vindicate you: ‘do not take revenge, for it is written: It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”
(Romans 12:19, 20).

Is there someone you need to forgive? Some angry, hurtful words you need to let go? Ask God for the grace to let go and to trust Him to make it right.

From experience I know it’s the only way to live free.

Dear Father, I want my words to be words of healing, not of hurt. I want to remember that ‘kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body”   (Proverbs 16: 24 NLT)

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Do you sometimes wonder why bad things happen to good people?

Are you confused by what’s happening in your life?

Do you wonder where is God in all this?

We have been conditioned to think of God as a doting parent whose function is to shield us from unpleasant circumstances. No wonder we are disappointed. The Bible clearly teaches that God sometimes acts in severity. C.S. Lewis describes these actions of God as His “severe mercy.”

Listen to these Bible verses:

For they persecute those you wound and talk about the pain of those you hurt” (Psalm 69:26).

Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction” (Isaiah 30:20).

Notice, it wasn’t insensitive people, nor my own shortsightedness, nor the devil who gives the afflictions, but the Lord. Because He chooses them, they are carefully and lovingly measured to suit my person. Furthermore, there is a design, a redemptive purpose to what He chooses to bring into our lives.

The LORD binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted” (Isaiah 30:26)

God is very much involved in everything that happens to us.

I find great comfort in a balanced view of God: a parent wiser than I am (Isaiah 55:8); a God who cannot be manipulated by me or anyone else. God loves me enough to bring trials into my life that will grow my character and give me a deeper understanding of Who He is.

True, some hardships do come my way because of my own failures, selfish persons, or Satan’s strategies, but no matter, God is involved and His loving plan will be carried out. Job came to this conclusion at the end of his long ordeal. “No plan of yours can be thwarted,” he said. (Job 42:2)

Father, thank you that You work all things together for good in my life. I want to trust you more.

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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

We have this idea that if God is with us, He’ll protect us from trouble. He’ll work things out for us. When bad things do happen, we conclude that God has left us. He’s abandoned us. But this is not true.

On this broken, sinful planet bad things do happen to all people. Jesus promised us this:

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Jesus didn’t promise us a carefree life. He didn’t come to explain suffering or to remove it. He came to fill it with His presence. And that makes all the difference. When you know Jesus is with you– walking with you every step of the way– it makes the difference between despair and hope.

There have been times in my life when I felt I was losing everything I value: my marriage, my family, my reputation, my health and my job. Then I would hear Jesus’ voice, not out loud but distinctly in my heart,

Don’t be afraid. I am here and I can handle it. Trust me.”

Now looking back, I can honestly say it was good for me to experience suffering and loss. It provided an opportunity to experience God in a very real and practical way. I’m a much richer person. Life has a quality it didn’t have before. I can testify that when you have Christ, no matter what you’re going through, you won’t have to do it alone.

Jesus did not come to make us escapists, but overcomers.

Thank you, Jesus, that we can always depend on You to be there for us and to give us what we need to be overcomers. Amen.

Question: Are you struggling through a time of suffering and loss? God wants to be near you during this time. How can you let God meet you in your pain?

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Many people say,

Sure, I believe in God. I’ve gone to church most of my life.

But is this all there is to it? What does it mean to believe?

To believe means more than intellectual consent. It involves surrender. We must give ourselves to God before He can give Himself to us. We practice this kind of surrender every time we fly in an airplane. We board an aircraft, sit down in our seats and put the seat belt on. And for the next four hours or so we’re at the mercy of a pilot whom we don’t even know. We trust that he knows what he’s doing and he’ll get us to the right destination safely.

We do the same with a doctor. Before surgery we sign a consent form, right? We allow the anaesthetist to put us to sleep. Talk about complete surrender! Then the surgeon can help us and not before. The principle of complete surrender holds true in many situations in life. Complete surrender is needed before help can  come to us.

It’s no different with God. Before He can help us, we must give ourselves to him completely.

Being totally dependent upon God is one of the hardest things we Christians have to do in life.
We fear the helplessness of it. We want to be in control. Still, God cannot work unless we surrender to him. His way is always to work through weakness.

We have the mistaken idea that when we surrender completely we’ll become spineless and mindless persons. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, when we surrender we tap into God more fully. We become more alive, more realistic, more courageous, more truly ourselves than we’ve ever been before.

Dear God, forgive me for being so independent. I want to trust you more in every situation. I give  myself to you now in full surrender. In Jesus name, Amen.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him,And He shall direct your paths.”  Proverb 3:5-6

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“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8

How do we know that God is good when our lives feel bad?

We’ve been conditioned to think of God  as a doting parent whose function is to shield us from unpleasant circumstances. We have learned to equate the goodness of God with the rightness of our circumstances.

We are like the little girl who, when she got what she wanted, exclaimed, “God must really like me!” Or conversely, when things were not going her way, she pouted, “Why is God punishing me like this?”

King David did not make this mistake. He knew that God’s goodness is based on His character traits of mercy and love which never change. David knew about adversities. Maligned by friends and family, hunted by King Saul, hiding in caves and fearing for his life, David poured out his anguish to God. Then he made an astonishing declaration:

Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old…according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD. Good and upright is the LORD” (Psalm 25:6-8).

Our circumstances are not an accurate reflection of God’s goodness. Whether life is good or bad, God’s goodness, rooted in his character, is always the same. Knowing this, David could sing of the goodness of God, whether he was peacefully tending his sheep or fearfully running from his enemies.

All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful,” he writes (Psalm 25:10).

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).

God’s goodness is the same on bad days as it is on good days.

People who attest to God’s goodness in their lives do not experience an absence of trouble but rather have a keen awareness of God’s presence in every situation.

Father, I thank you that You are always good and what You do is good also.

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“From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.  No one can undo what I have done” Isaiah 43:13 (NLT).

During the years of my husband’s mental illness, I found great comfort in the knowledge that God was in control working out a much greater plan than I could see.

Visiting my husband in a mental hospital always left me emotionally depleted. Before the drive home, I’d put my head on the steering wheel and pray, “Lord Jesus, hold me. Infuse me with Your strength and energy. Give me alertness as I drive home.” Then slowly, I would work my way through heavy traffic, across the Fraser River, and into the Fraser Valley. Just east of the river, beside the freeway was a sign that always cheered me. On a blue background in large white letters were the words: JESUS IS LORD.

If Jesus is Lord, then He is the One in control of my life! That meant that my peculiar life package was not filled with random acts of cruelty but with carefully chosen challenges. I was not at the mercy of inept doctors or some people’s callous remarks or even my own mistakes and failures. I was at the mercy of a loving God who cared for me deeply and who would work all things, even this, together for good (Romans 8:28).

For the children of God, everything comes directly from their Father’s hand, no matter who or what may have been the agents,” Hannah Withall Smith writes. “There are no second causes for them. All are destined to work for their good.” (1)

Then life doesn’t make sense, we can know that it’s all known to God. No matter what our circumstances, we can know that God is always in control and He is bigger than our circumstances. Even when we can’t see His hand at work, we can trust in His good character and that He is working out a good plan. He changes victims of circumstance into victors in Christ.

I know that you can do all things,” Job said, “no plan of yours can be thwarted” ( Job 42:2)

As I contemplated these wonderful truths, my spirits lifted and filled my heart with hope. Whatever happened, I would be okay. My future was in loving, capable hands.

I cannot Lord Thy purpose see, yet all is well since ruled by Thee.
(1)  Hannah Withall Smith, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, (page 146).

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“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus”  Philippians 4:19

I’ve had it with God’s promises,” a friend said. “I’ve asked Him for help numerous times and all He ever does is promise. I want Him to do something.”

Like what?”

Heal my body. Supply my financial needs. Restore a broken relationship“.

Can you relate? I sure can. Often I’ve asked God to meet a specific need. I want Him to do it soon and in a very practical way. Sometimes, He does. But sometimes He doesn’t.

A dear friend helped me get some perspective on this.

Instead of continually asking God to give you something, ask Him to make you into something. For instance, pray,Make me more like Jesus. Make me more compassionate. Make me a woman of faith’.”

When we pray “Give me” we’re treating God as though He exists to serve us. Whereas, when we pray “make me” we acknowledge that He is our God and we want to serve him.

Above all else, God is interested in our eternal welfare. For that reason, He is more interested in our character than in our comfort. To conform us to Christ-like-ness takes time. It also takes adversity. The answers to “give me” are temporal, whereas the answers to “make me” are eternal.

Father, thank you that you love me enough not to give me everything I ask for. Make me into a woman of faith. I want to be more like Jesus.  Amen.

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“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” Deuteronomy 31:8

Let me be very honest with you: I don’t always feel God’s presence. Sometimes He seems a million miles away. Sometimes He doesn’t even seem real. Can you relate? What do you do during times like that?

I know that feelings are not reliable. They change according to the weather or what’s happening in my life. God’s word does not change. No matter what our circumstances, God is present. He has said, “I will never leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) He is the same compassionate God on good days as He is on bad days.

So, what am I going to stand on – facts or feelings? I must choose, then act accordingly. Let me share with you two exercises that help me lift my mood from despair to hope.

1. Singing God’s truths. One of my morning routines is to spend twenty minutes on the treadmill. About eight in the morning, I grab a hymn book and head for the exercise room. While I’m on the treadmill I sing God’s praises.

2. Repeating God’s truths. I write out a Bible verse so I can read it again during the day. Sometimes I say it out loud and then I add, “This is the truth and I stand on it.”

Some of the verses I use are:

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8).

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22,23).

As I affirm God’s truths, my feelings catch on to the message and move over from despair to hope.

Jesus, I thank you that you have said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18) Knowing that you are with me now, I will move ahead with confidence. Amen.

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“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” Psalm 105:4

As a very determined young person Miriam had always felt that if she tried hard enough she could fix anything.  And then at age 17, she got juvenile diabetes which plunged her into one crisis after another. Throughout the last six years Miriam has had to learn to trust God with what she can’t fix. Here is her testimony:

“Although I try to keep my life as normal as I can, the reality is, I can never take a break from checking my blood sugar and taking insulin. It is something I can’t have perfect control over or fix. When my blood sugar is out of whack, I don’t sleep well, I can’t concentrate, and I get depressed. I tend to blame myself then. ‘I shouldn’t have eaten that’ I think, or ‘I should have watched my carbs better.’ I’m working on accepting the fact that I’m going to have good days and DDD days (diabetes depression days). I want to give myself grace as God does.

At a recent Navigator’s retreat I was encouraged to accept pain and suffering as part of life. We often have the view that we deserve to be healthy and happy. We all cross the finish line into heaven with some type of limp whether physical, mental, or emotional. ‘So, Instead of running from pain run to Jesus with it and let him use it,’ we were told. I believe God will use my illness to encourage other persons who are going through similar experiences.

It’s comforting to know God sees the larger picture and the future is in His hands. A verse that helps me cling to hope is found in 2 Corinthians 4:16, 17  therefore we do  not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

One day I will join God at His banqueting table free of an insulin pump enjoying a feast at His side.”

Thank you, Father, for the hope we have in Jesus Christ for this life and for the next.

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God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to his promise, and he can be depended on)” 1 Corinthians 1:9 (Amplified)

During a very difficult time in my life, people kept encouraging me, “Keep hanging onto God and his promises and you’ll make it.” This was good advice–God’s word was like a solid foundation when everything else around me was crumbling. But sometimes I got so weary and I wondered how much longer can I keep hanging on? And if I let go, what will happen to me?

At this time one of my patients at a Care Home taught me a valuable lesson.

Blind Mr. Isaac was in the last stages of throat cancer. Propped up in bed, he struggled for breath. The raw tumor, in his throat, was strangling him. He kept clearing his throat, yet the obstruction would not go away. I gave him liquid morphine for the pain and Ensure for his hunger. I sat down beside him and took his thin veined hand in mine.

Nurse,” he croaked in a hoarse whisper, “Please read to me.” He pointed to a Bible on his night table.

A flush of joy washed over his emaciated face as I read some well-marked Scriptures  to him: “He (God) reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters…” (2 Samuel 22:17)

“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”(Isaiah 41:13)

Though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”  (Psalm37:24)

Mr. Isaac whispered “Yes! Yes! Jesus is holding me.”

Later as I reflected on Mr. Isaac’s words, it dawned on me why Mr. Isaac had peace and joy in the midst of his severe trial: he had discovered it’s not how hard we hang on to God’s hand but how tightly God hangs on to ours that counts.

In my frantic efforts to keep clinging to God, had I not accused him of the possibility of letting go of me?

“Forgive me Lord,” I whispered. “I want to trust you more. I know you will never let go of me. You will see me safely through this time of testing.”

And He did. When I look back on that time now, I thank God for the opportunity to learn more of His amazing faithfulness. He keeps hanging on even when we’re too weak to do it ourselves.

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I want to do the work of God, but often I feel so inadequate. Then I’m reminded of the words of Jesus:

“Apart from me  you can do nothing I am the Vine, you  are the branches, If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. John 15:5

And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
( 2 Corinthians 9:8)

Being totally dependent upon God is one of the hardest things we Christians have to do in life. We fear the helplessness of it. We want to be in control. Still God cannot work unless we surrender to Him. His way is always to work through weakness.

When we surrender to Him then He can do His work in us and through us.

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Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty… He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.”
Psalm 91:1,4

I read about a clever little bird in the tropics who, before she leaves the nest, covers her young birds with leaves. Should a poisonous snake strike its tongue against the leaves, it will instantly recoil. The leaves are poisonous to the snake.

As Christians we also have an adequate covering against our adversary, the devil. God Himself is our covering. He shields us with his wings. He shelters us with his feathers. His faithful promises are our armor and protection (Psalm 91:1,4).

How have you experienced this?

Some years ago, when I was especially run down in body and spirit, I sensed an encroaching darkness descend upon me. On this particular day, I had gone to bed early but I couldn’t sleep. An ominous dread filled my heart. When I opened my eyes, I saw a dark figure had entered the room. I called for my husband to come and together we said, “In the name of Jesus Christ, we command you to leave. We are covered with the blood of Jesus Christ and you cannot touch us. We belong to God.”

Instantly, the darkness vanished.

In Christ, we have a covering that the powers of darkness cannot penetrate. Therefore, we have nothing to fear–ever.

Father, I thank you for the victory that is ours in Christ Jesus. Knowing that You are covering me and my family, I can now relax and go to sleep.

by Helen Lescheid
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“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. So we say with confidence,

“the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5,6

Do you sometimes feel all alone in the world? Like you’ve been forsaken by the persons who you expected would love you, protect you, and support  you? Feeling abandoned is a scary thing.

We will all have these feelings of being disappointed in people. There are certain securities that only Jesus can give us personally and through his Word.

Sometimes this act of abandonment happened years ago, but the feeling is still there. It’s a flash back from an earlier experience that happened in your childhood. In my case it dates back to when I was about five years old and found myself all alone in a terrible air raid. (World War II had come to our town) The house was shaking, smoke and dust swirled outside, pieces of lumbar flew past the window. And the noise was deafening. My mother had taken the younger two children to the cellar, but for whatever reason, I had not followed her. I was alone in a world gone crazy.

Now when these feelings of abandonment come to me—sometimes out of the blue—I remind myself of the truth. Yes, it did happen but it doesn’t change my security now. As a Christian I’m never truly abandoned.

God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake you, nor let you down, I will not relax my hold on you! Assuredly not! (Hebrews 13: 5,6 Amplified.)

When feelings of insecurity come,  counter them with the truth of God’s word like the above: God says, ”I will not forsake you, nor let you down, I will not relax my hold on you! Assuredly not! That’s the truth and I can count on it.

By Helen Grace Lescheid
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