Life is difficult.  We understand that we're not exempt from disappointments, tragedy, challenges, as believers in Christ. On the contrary, at times it seems as though we have more than our share of circumstances that kicks us into the quicksand.

For some, it's a struggle to pull ourselves up and out.  For those who keep our eyes on the One who will never leave us, we make it, somehow, inexplicably, miraculously.

Our lifelong journey brings us into the valley of discouragement if we're not fixed upon the mind of God, captive to His Word, and in prayer unceasing.

We sometimes grumble about insignificant things, unappreciative of God's blessings of shelter, envious of our neighbors and friends.

We sometimes forget what the Lord has given to us, not only the basic daily provisions, but salvation, life eternal, His grace, His mercy, His everlasting lovingkindness.

And then there are the times we are confronted by tragedy, a sudden loss of a child or spouse, a diagnosis of a terminal prognosis, a life turned upside down by unexpected crises.  Where do we find comfort, strength and encouragement?

Not from the secular world's psychological theatre; there are no spiritual answers there.

We turn to our Lord, our God Almighty, our Savior.  He sustains us, He enables us to keep holding onto Him.

"For I, Yahweh, am your God, keeping hold of your right hand; the One who is saying to you: Do not fear; I have determined to help you."  Isaiah 45:13


By the Grace of God I am what I am

And Jesus said to them:

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30


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