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Discouraged?

Isaiah 41:10

 Fear not, for I am with you;
 be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

I turn to this verse often as it reminds me that God indeed
provides what the heart needs when discouraged.  I think of the woman who had suffered for many years and then touched the cloak of Jesus Christ. I think of  Paul in chains and how he trusted God. Lastly, I think of us and how God prepares us for days like this through His Word.  We know those lessons about trusting God. We just need to embrace those words.

Twenty one years ago, my great niece was diagnosed with brain cancer. After she had moved to hospice care, I had opportunity to sit with this precious child of God. She asked me to read this verse to her and I did.  She said, " Aunt Margaret I can visually see in my mind God lifting me out of this pain, so I just know I will be ok."  She was as she left this earth out of her pain  and went to be with God.  This is a dramatic example, but so many times I think of Sally and what she said.  If we trust as we are taught and rely on God as we have been told, God will give us the strength referred to in Isaiah.

Another verse I cling to during these uncertain times is John 16:33:

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

 Christ came to give us a hope that transcends the troubled world we live in. We have eternal hope secure because Christ died for our sins. Through the work Jesus did on the cross, He  overcame the world. When you are weary from the bad news of the day, look up my friend. Therein is our peace.

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