~1 Chronicles 16:11-12 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

On those difficult days where the trials of life seem never ending, turn your pain to the One whose compassion never ends.  (Lamentations 3:22) Our pains may be physical, spiritual, or they may be emotional. Either way, we are able to turn to the Father and pull from His strength. Relying on our own strength will not yield any good! (Job 9:4) Once we rely on the strength of the Lord, we can be certain that He will direct us. (Psalm 18:32)

Nothing separates us from God’s love!

~Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

God has a remedy to life’s discouragements. Seek Him (Deuteronomy 4:29), His strength (Psalm 105:4) and remember His marvelous works and wonders (Revelation 15:3). When combined with knowing that nothing separates us from His love, we encourage ourselves in Him! (Romans 8:39)

~Psalm 55:22-23 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

Have you ever been hurt so deeply that you don’t think you will ever get over it? You are cut to the very core of your soul and you think your thoughts will never see the light of day!

We have a Heavenly Father who is righteous and will pass judgment according to His righteousness. We do not need to occupy our thoughts with getting even. We do not need to be overwhelmed with being wronged! All we need to do, according to the Psalmist, is to cast our breaking heart on Him and He will keep you from sinking into despondency. He will put into our thoughts the hope of our future with Him in the middle of all of our heartaches!

Be encouraged, oh Christian! God will pass His judgment on those who have wronged us or hurt us. God will have the final say. We don’t have to do anything but surrender to Him and allow Him to heal our spirit!

Oh God! I beg You, please no more hurdles today!
Dear Lord I beg you don’t send another one my way.
I don’t think I can take it and I’m reaching my end.
Please Lord, draw near to me as I really need a friend!

I ask what kind of a friend would allow such a thing?
My life has no purpose, there is no song left to sing.
I can’t be a blessing to others feeling this way.
My body is so broken, it feels useless and frail.

Dear Child, please realize I know how much pain you now feel.
I have allowed it so you can bless others in need.
There are many who suffer and have no one to share.
Till they meet you and see that your friendship is rare.

Be patient for I know all that is now and will be.
Your life truly brings praise, honor and glory to Me.
Each time that you encourage your family or friends,
You bring tears to My eyes in the most special of ways.

The pain you experience keeps you humble and meek.
Do not forget it is My Face for which you must seek.
My Kingdom is soon coming with no hurdles to war.
You’ll be in My Presence always where pain is no more!

Kate Plourde  ©1983