Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Leviticus 19:17 NSA
You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him.

I write this devotional with a heavy heart. A loved one is going through some trying times and has become hateful towards relatives because of things that have happened to her. Her children have turned from her. I've tried talking to her but now she has cut me off.

Life sometimes deals us a nasty blow. How do we deal from that blow? Do we wallow in the mire and make it miserable for everyone around us? Do we seek Jesus or do we handle it by ourselves?

God says in Psalm 9:9 that He will be a stronghold for the oppressed, in times of trouble. 1 Peter 3:14 says do not be troubled.

If God's Word tells us this then we should lean on Him. Go to Him and tell Him how you feel, tell Him you are hurting, that life isn't fair, and tell Him you don't know where to go from here. His presence will give you the peace you are seeking.

That doesn't mean everything is going to be better from there on out. Each day is a learning opportunity by going to Jesus and asking Him to carry your burdens and give you direction. He will never let you down. Life won't be easier but it's lighter knowing you have Him holding you up each day.

Dear Father in Heaven forgive me when I try to muddle through my life without your help. I pray you give me the strength to take each day at a time. Amen.

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