// Have you ever had one of those weeks… or months… or years… when you CAN’T handle one. more. thing on your plate?
“This is enough now. I need relief.”
“I can’t do it anymore. God, You need to help me now.”
We’ve ALL felt those emotions at one time or another, haven’t we?
- Perhaps, like some of my friends, it’s been a week with sick kids and little to no sleep.
- Perhaps, like another friend, you’ve just received an astronomical repair bill that you have NO way of paying.
- Or maybe there are relationship tensions that are filling your life with unimaginable stress.
- Or maybe, like my husband, you are currently at the bank trying to track down the source of fraudulent charges made on your credit card. Hundreds of dollars stolen in seconds, but the repercussions may last for days and weeks to come.
Or worse yet…
- Just before pressing ‘Publish’ today, we got heartbreaking news that our friend’s mother was just killed, caught in the crossfire between police and criminals in Johannesburg. The family is in shock, and we are all heartbroken by yet another senseless tragedy.
Stress. Frustration. Discouragement. Heartache.
More than we can bear.
How can I possibly support any of these people in my life? How can I possibly change ANY of their situations?No matter how much I love them, I can’t fix this… But I can PRAY! Click To Tweet
I CAN PRAY.
And I CAN WORSHIP and tap those divine resources that are at my disposal when I spend time in His presence. I can change the atmosphere around me, and open heaven for those around me too. //
I CAN ALSO CHANGE WHAT I SAY OUT LOUD and start declaring the goodness of God in the middle of crisis and tragedy.
I CAN CHANGE WHAT I THINK ABOUT and choose to fix my eyes on HIM and the truth of His Word. Now.
Today, I started with Psalm 54:4 (in different translations).
This is what God’s Word says to us in times of crisis…
“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the One who sustains me.” (Psalm 54:4 NIV)
“Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” (Psalm 54:4 ESV)
“Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” (Psalm 54:4 NASB)
“God is my helper! The Lord is the provider for my life.” (Psalm 54:4 GOD’S WORD® Translation)
“But God is my helper. The Lord keeps me alive!” (Psalm 54:4 NLT)God is my helper. The Lord keeps me alive! (Psalm 54:4 NLT) Click To Tweet
The Bible also says this…
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
“Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me; O Lord, be my helper” (Psalm 31:10).
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed” (Psalm 34:18).
“For the arms of the wicked will be broken, But the Lord sustains the righteous” (Psalm 37:17).
“When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand” (Psalm 37:24).
“The Lord sustains all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down” (Psalm 145:14).Sometimes, the only support that matters is praying and pointing people to Jesus! Click To Tweet
Father, thank You for never abandoning us, even when we feel like the world is caving in around us. You are not surprised by circumstances, nor are You overwhelmed by the headlines.
I pray for those who are exhausted and need physical healing and emotional support today. I pray for those who are in trouble and need You to be the WayMaker in their situation.
I pray for those who are broken hearted and desperately need You to comfort and sustain them in their tragedy.
Father, we choose to trust You with ALL the details of our lives.
We look to You. We worship You. We love You.
Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the prompt word was SUPPORT.
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