Our refuge

Ever been tired….to the bone….inside and out? You know, that kind of tired that comes from the exertion of trying to “make things work”? It’s the kind of tired that comes from consistently trying to make ends meet. It’s the kind of tired that comes after years of trying to make a relationship work. It’s the kind of tired that comes after repeated unsuccessful attempts to kick a bad habit or coping mechanism. It’s the kind of tired that comes when you’ve been hit unexpectedly, blow after emotionally devastating blow, by the trials of life. It’s the wall you’re tired of trying to push through over and over.

Have you ever felt a sense of euphoric relief? You know, that moment when you thought you lost your cellphone (1st world problems) or wallet but realized that joker was hiding in the nooks and crannies of your car. Or maybe it’s more like that moment you were driving on the highway and you were ALMOST involved in what could have been a deadly collision. How about when you thought something (telephone, lights, water, etc) was about to be cut off/disconnected? Or you experienced a situation that could have sentenced you to life in a padded room, but you came out on the other side with a sound mind.

If you can identify with anything in that second paragraph, praise God for moving on your behalf! Don’t keep those kinds of testimonies to yourself. People need to hear them! 

If you feel that you are smack dab in the middle of that first paragraph, be encouraged to know that help is on the way. God is moving. He is strengthening you with His joy. He is surrounding you with His love. He is settling your mind with His peace. He is opening your eyes to the unhindered possibilities of His provision. Your euphoric relief is coming too!

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. Deut 31:8 

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, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)

So do not fear, 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)


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