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It’s been a challenging, up-and-down, I-don’t-think-we-can-get-through-this sort of year.  As I read through my blog posts, notes, and emails my heart rate increases and a sense of apprehension settles over me.  remind myself–aloud–God has been with you through it all.

God was with me when I learned one child had been abused.

God was with me when another child was diagnosed with a life-long illness.

And before that?

God was with me when my husband was deployed in Afghanistan and I was raising four children at home.

God was with me when my daughter was born prematurely and then had to be resuscitated.

One heart wrenching, faith growing, I-don’t-like-this-plan-Lord sort of year.  Before that?  One year of struggle…another of joy.  Time kept moving, bringing with it moments of joy, celebration, grief, and sadness.  And through it all I was never alone.  

Maybe you are experiencing a challenging, up-and-down, I-don’t-think-I-can-get-through-this sort of year…or month…or moment.

Friend, remember!  “I (God) will never leave you nor forsake you, for (He) is with you always even unto the end of the age.  (Matthew 28:20)

 

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“You did WHAT?” I asked my fifteen-year-old son.  Rushing into the restroom, I peered into the white bowl.  Shaking my head in disbelief, I sighed and turned to Seth.  “I’m sorry, honey.  PD Bear is gone.”  Connor had unceremoniously flushed what remained of his little brother’s blanket down the toilet.  Whoosh!  With no more than a gurgle and a quick jerk of the silver handle, Seth’s security disappeared.

It didn’t matter that PD Bear had faded from a bright blue to a dingy grey or that its once silken fabric had lost its sheen.  Seth had depended on “him” since babyhood.  PD had been more than a blanket.  He had been a cape, a hat, and pet.  PD had provided comfort, support, and security.

There have been moments I’ve wanted to revert to childhood–or at least a time–when I’ve gained as much strength from something.  Can you relate?  When life seems to be headed in an unexpected direction or the day’s concerns loom large in the corners of your mind, wouldn’t you love to be wrapped up in a security greater than yourself…your husband…your bank account…?

Better than something, God is the Someone who can provide us with the security we seek.  In him we will find comfort (Isaiah 51:12), peace (Ephesians 2:14), and protection (Psalm 5:11).  His strength and redemption are our strength, dear friend.  They are our everlasting security.

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