Trusting God in Trying Times

Sharon Jaynes Expectant Living, Identity in Christ, Living Free, Living Fully, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For 91 Comments

One phone call and my life crumbled into a pile of dust easily blown away by shock and unbelief. In a moment, my trust in God was tested as never before. Could I trust Him with this?

Trusting God would certainly be easier if we could see Him and His angel armies face to face. But even though we can’t see the physical realm, we can trust they’re in the spiritual realm — a realm more powerful than anything we could ever imagine. Even when we don’t see God working, we can be sure He is.

God shows us a powerful glimpse into that spiritual realm in 2 Kings 6:8-18. Ancient Aram (modern-day Syria) was fighting the Israelites, and God used His prophet Elisha to predict how the Arameans would attack, to warn the Israelite army.

The Bible explains that this enraged the king of Aram, so he began plotting to attack the city and cut off Elisha from helping Israel.

But God stepped in and protected Elisha and his servant and even changed what they were allowed to see.

“When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:15-17, NIV).

I’ve felt like this before. Haven’t you? Difficult circumstances press in from every side. “This is too much for me!” I cry, “I can’t do this anymore. I don’t even want to go out of my house. Where are You, God? You promised You would never leave me or forsake me, but I don’t sense Your presence. Why aren’t You doing something? I want out of this story!”

Honest. Raw. Somewhat embarrassing to admit. Sensing the enemies all around, we’re surrounded by problems we cannot solve and people we cannot control.

Elisha’s servant probably felt the same way.

His faith was as flimsy as the tent flaps he stood behind. Elisha’s was as strong as the tent peg anchoring the canvas in place.

“‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them’” (2 Kings 6:16).

Did you catch that? Do not be afraid. God is greater.

How can we better trust God during trying times? By remembering, “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (v. 16b). Elisha knew there was more power and strength in the unseen reality of the heavenly host than the seen reality of the enemy’s army.

Elisha didn’t pray for God to send an army, because the warring angels on chariots of fire were already there. Elisha simply prayed his servant would be allowed to see them at work.

I always pictured the angel armies and Arameans on opposite hillsides, looking down and squaring off. But that’s not what the Bible says. In reality, the enemies surrounded Elisha in a circle. At the same time, the warring angels were surrounding the enemies — a circle around a circle.

Friend, God is surrounding whatever difficult situation is surrounding you. Jesus painted this same picture in John 14:20 when He said, “I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” (NIV).

God most likely won’t pull back the curtain separating the physical realm from the spiritual realm for us to see, but we can be assured: We’re surrounded by a heavenly host of angels, ready to protect us in our deepest struggles.

Lord, open my eyes so I might see what is already there. Open my heart so I might believe what is already there. Strengthen my faith so I might trust that You are surrounding what is surrounding me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What’s one situation in your life right now where you’re having trouble trusting in God? What words of wisdom might God be speaking to your heart about His awareness of your situation and His protection in your circumstances? Share with us in the comments. 

Do you want the kind of faith that ushers in total trust? That knows God is always working? That tells the devil, “Be gone!” The kind of mountain-moving, giant-slaying faith that keeps your feet on solid ground no matter how shaky? If so, then Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold, is just for you. It also includes a study guide.

 

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  1. Currently my job is in jeopardy. My company manufactures paper and with COVID, sales are down a lot. I am waiting to hear what the plan is. Little over 900 are affected. I seek God’s strength, patience, understanding and faith during this time.

    1. Praying for you and for your faith to believe that our God, our Heavenly Father, our mighty protector is holding you and carrying you through this.

    2. My life has been filled with despair. God had pulled me out all along the way and made me stronger but now in these times I need to remember all he has already done and pray that he will do it again. I am laid off , have a husband with severe RA who cannot work , and 88 mother to take care of who is petrified of the virus, and just fear of the abyss. I pray every day 🙏

      1. Kim, no matter what your needs may be, speak them to God and let him know that you believe in his words that when we ask, he will provide. He is in the room!! Thank him at all times for the things you already know he will provide because he says he will. Rely on his words.

      2. Kim, I can so relate to your words. My husband has stage four cancer, and I take care of his parents ages 92 & 89, on oxygen and walkers. Many doctors appointments. Currently I have an undiagnosed breathing issue that leaves me without energy. I pray daily for those in our church with needs, but when I read your comment I felt I should add your name to the list. I felt you should know. May God help you and bless you through your current struggles.

        1. Karen, I’m praying for you, your husband, his parents. May you all feel Gods protection, comfort and healing strength.

    3. It is hard at times to hold on to who we know and believe God is. He is our source. I have been laid off since April and I have not gotten another job yet and I am not sure my job will call me back. But I trust The Lord Jesus to not fail me.

    4. Praying that God will protect your job from closing. If that’s not his plan that He will provide for you another job to take its place. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

    5. My life is not where it should be. Its been one episode after another. But I know that God will make a way in my wilderness. Help me to continue in faith believing that things will change. Help my wavering faith dear God

    6. My niece has a 2 year old son which is my great nephew he has a disability that has caused him to have to have his feet amputated. Second amputation is 8/13/20 . My niece is struggling not only with this challenge in her life as she watches her son lose his ability to walk around but also struggles financially because she cannot work she has two older daughters and is married her husband works but it’s very trying with one income. She is my hero because she has also taken in her 13 year old nephew and supports him any way she can – please pray for comfort and peace that only God can give her. She is on my heart constantly ❤️🙏

      1. I shall be praying for her and family, and on the 13th in particular. And for you too ,as you are closer, may our Father’s nearness hold and strengthen them.

    7. He is with you always and He rewards the faithful. This may signal a major change in your life , if this is to be keep in mind that God does not forget the faithfulness of His servants and those who trust in Him. Be of good cheer. God has control, you can let go now. I learned this recently when my house was found to have both black and white mold. I have no idea what is to happen but God does. $11,000.00 for mold abatement? Lol I am a disabled widow. So is my longtime friend and co-owner. We know God will provide though we don’t know how. It will be as He directs. Faith is my shield.

  2. We recently relocated to a new area. And we are being attacked on every side due to our obedience to God. But I know when we are in Gods will the harder the devil attacks. The right path is the hardest path…but I know I and my family are surrounded by God and His mighty army.

    1. Praying for you and for your family!

      “As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.”
      ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  3. Awesome lesson today Sharon. We are living in very difficult times and sometimes I wonder where are you God especially when I see innocent people killed. But somehow God let’s me know He’s got this world under His control and leave everything to Him. Keep praying and watch what I will do . I have to believe that about our God. God bless. Take care.

  4. I am facing my sons last days here on earth with us. I need strength to guide me into making sure his soul is ready for the Lord to receive him. My heart is breaking and I have so many who needs my strength right now. Please pray I can do this. I know God’s Grace is sufficent and I am trying to hold on. I have lost one son and now ………

    1. Praying for you during this unthinkable time and I know our God will carry you through🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    2. I can’t even imagine what you’re going through. I will be praying to God to lift you up, give you the strength you need and faith to sustain you.

    3. Praying for you and asking God to surround you in comfort and in His peace. ❤️
      “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”
      ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    4. Praying for strength for you right now…. I’m so sorry that your son is dying too. So very heartbreaking! 💔🙏

    5. Praying for comfort, strength and wisdom for you and your family. I’m so very sorry that you must endure this. His will be done.

    6. My adult son does not know the Lord. He becomes quite angry when I share with him how much God loves him. He is heavily burdened with a lack of hope. I appreciate prayer partners to lift him up.

      1. Linda, I pray that God will make your son’s heart receptive to His love, and that God will give you wisdom and stamina to keep loving your son in a way that points him to Christ.

      2. Linda i know how you feel. I went through this with my daughter. I got so tired of hearing my voice falling on deaf ears. I finally said Lord i am done i quit and i actually turned and walked away. I said you made her and i am leaving her in your hands there is nothing else i can do. She is nothing like she used to be. AMEN

    7. Carol, I can only imagine your pain. Do not despair, Sister, for The Lord’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. He will be your rock and fortress. Remember, He knows you by name! He holds you with His right hand! I’m praying for you. As you wait on the Lord, He will renew your strength and carry you on wings as eagles! (Read Isaiah 40 & 41) And by the work of the Holy Spirit, not by a mother’s efforts, will your son be saved, in God’s perfect will and for His glory. We pray and ask it in Jesus name 🙌🏼✝️🙏🙏🙏

    8. Carol, I am sitting here in my deck thinking of all that has happened to me in this day…and it is nothing compared to what you are facing. I am praying for your strength right now! May God’s covering be upon you as you support your son. I also pray for his soul to be placed in the hands of our Lord and savior! -Chandra

  5. I am not only dealing with my mom’s passing but the stuff that comes after. I also getting ready to get married too a wonderful man who treats the way should be and loves me. Dealing with my three grown kids and my ex husband stealing from me mom. Suing nursing home due my mom died Covid 19 . I had a mini stroke in March. I am trusting my Lord and savior to get us through this all.

  6. FAITH, “THE GIFT OF FAITH” THAT WILL MOVE DOROTHY ANN MOORE TO THE NEXT LEVEL, NO MATTER WHAT, IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS!

  7. My husband and I decided we need to separate for awhile. I’m believing this is the way God is for this season so we can appreciate each other again. I feel at peace no animosity God is in full control over my family what is ment to be willbedo e in Jesus mighty name.

    1. Gen,
      God is faithful to do exceedingly, abundantly, over and above anything we ask Him for. My husband and I were separated for the last 8 months. During this time I felt like our problems were insurmountable and divorce inevitable. I prayed constantly for direction and it seemed like God refused to answer! But one day, I heard Him answer, “I’m giving you the liberty to choose. ” I chose to work on my marriage. It’s been a month since we reconciled. I’m grateful for what God is doing in our relationship. I will be praying with you for guidance and direction regarding your marriage. Remember, God is bigger than
      any circumstance.

  8. I and my sisters are trying to take care of my 85 year old mother with mild dementia who is still living at home (very independent lady) and she refuses to see that she needs to be taken care of, even more than we can help her. Her sister is no help, she’s 83 and believes there is nothing wrong with our mother, and dishonors our requests to keep her home during this pandemic season we are going through. It’s very frustrating, and upsetting to us when we can’t get her to help us help her! Thanks for your prayers! I feel God telling me to “rest”, and I know I need to each and every day in order to “fight” the battles that we have almost every day with her. There are many times I do see God answer prayers in that he keeps her at home by letting her sleep in and not wake up in time to go somewhere. I praise him for those times, and I do need to remember to “rest” and feel His presence calming my heart from all the frustration, and reminding me that He is there all the time.

  9. My profession for years my career was in dentistry. Over 30 years I assisted dentists and cared for patients along side the dentist. Assisted him to do his job and take care of those who were in need of dental treatment. I worked in administrative positions, scheduling patients and helping them understand treatment they needed and worked at helping them obtain finances to do so. Now because of set back after set back and years of not being blessed by receiving dental treatment I needed at an age when my own teeth begin deteriorating and badly need of repair…my best asset my smile is no more. My teeth are decayed and look as if I’ve never taken care of them. Lord I know you are showing me something..and I know you know not only is it about my smile my presence or how I look to others but it is also about my health. These teeth need removed replaced and restored so they don’t hurt my body. Thank you God for walking with me as I wait for you helping me to restore my teeth and my attitude in being trusting and believing you know my needs and will answer those needs accordingly. Amen

  10. I would love to have something to help me get my confidence back in God. It’s been a long hard journey. I can relate to what you said about wanting to get out of the situation.

  11. The struggle I’m going through is real. Thankful for the words to remind me that even though I’m surrounded by the struggle, the struggle is surrounded by God and his army of angels. Thank you Jesus!!!!

  12. So many needs!! I want you all to know I am adding you to my prayers!!! God id in control and He loves you and me!!! I appreciate your prayers as well!! My son is going through a battle with demons that he is not even aware of!! As a mom I am going through the battle, with him and can not let him know that I am aware of his battles!!! He does not need to know!! God knows!! Hugs and prayers!!

    1. Tomorrow will be 4 years since we lost our precious grandson to cancer. It was also my birthday. We have seem our daughter twice in 3months following his death. That has been 3.5 years ago. She will not answer phone calls or answer text msg. And we dont know why.
      It’s almost like we lost her when we lost him.

  13. This is one of my favorite scriptures, Elisha and his servant seeing the armies of God. Thank you for this lesson. It was needed

  14. Thank you Jesus for this reading right now when I’m going thru this situation at work. I’m struggling, full of disappointment, anger, bitterness, resentment over how I’ve been treated this past year after serving there 24 years; faithfully trusting God brought me there for his purpose as my vocation. Now walking on egg shells, feeling emotionally, spiritually abused, by what was once my 2nd family, community, therapeutic friends in the Lord. Where I came to accept Jesus in my life?! I’m emotionally, spiritually broken. Don’t know how to handle or what to do Lord? Help me Jesus as I place this situation in your hands. Amen.

    1. Praying for you, Kelly. God will never leave you nor forsake you, and He is over all. He is faithful; wait on His answer and be encouraged by His Word.

  15. I have a father who is an alcoholic, a mom who has to deal with all that entails, a husband with a chronic illness who gave us a scare and dealing with all the effects of the pandemic. Please pray for our family’s finances also.

    1. Jo, wrapping you and your family with an army of angels to surround you. God will provide in His time. That’s the challenging part.

  16. Back in April I was in the hospital for five days. Tested negative for covid although I was very sick. My dr is convinced I had it. She has sent me for every test and dr imaginable to be sure if I did have it that it didn’t affect any other organs. In the process of all this they did find I have a 40% heart blockage. I am 65 and since the day I was released from the hospital up to today August 8th. I have had forty something dr appts that’s including all the MRI’s , ExRays, CT scans, blood wk, SPECT scan, Barium swallow test, two diff kinds of heart stress test, Heart Cath, Eye test, sonogram, I can’t remember them all. I have had in the past 4 neck surgeries and 2 back surgeries. My body is tired and in constant pain. I pray and pray for healing or not to be in pain. Since these are not outward things that people can physically see you get to a point that you just try not to mention what you are dealing with. Even my grown boys never call or come with their families. I’m sure it’s just one more ailment for mom but she’s ok. I deal with this and loneliness. Now covid keeps me in. Even more loneliness. My wonderful husband of 48yrs does everything he can for me but is still working a full time job. I have no doubt God is with me and is carrying me through cause I would have given up long ago. I am very blessed and asking God for stronger faith to endure or for healing.

    1. Oh JoAnn! We who suffer chronic pain and ailments seem to be preyed upon by the enemy to give up hope, feel lonely and isolated, and wonder if God is hearing our prayers. I understand being weary. I too am weary and old for my 60 years. I lost my husband, who was my champion and helper, suddenly this past year at age 59. But I know where he is; and I know where I am going, and I know the power, and the love for me, that my God has. See, if we think in eternal terms, we experience in our hearts and minds the joy of living in and for Christ, the victory over all that the sinfulness of man and the fallen world has brought us, and the HOPE of eternal peace in His presence. Oh, the thought of it! This world is not our home, and this body is not ours for long. Fight pain with scripture! Fight despair with God’s promises! Fight loneliness with remembering that you are a daughter of The King! You are loved as His own, and treasured beyond jewels. Jesus is your constant companion. I will pray for your healing, and I know God is capable for it, and that He will answer in the best way for your good, and His glory! Pain or no pain, we are called to renew our minds, keeping them focused not on things that are temporal and physical (seen), but on the things of The Kingdom, which are eternal and spiritual (unseen). Trust that He will give us sufficient grace every day to handle whatever pain and hardship we must endure. His strength will be poured out in our weakness. We know this because God said so. With chronic pain, don’t just bear it, but USE it to witness for Christ, encourage others, and point to a Holy God. I write this from my own sick bed. God be praised!!

  17. My dad is terminally ill and under hospice care. We are not sure how much longer he has – it could be days, weeks, months… The uncertainty is emotionally exhausting. My job is in jeopardy because of the downturn right now due to Covid. I am struggling with moving on after a second divorce last year and I’m still hung up on my ex-husband, but he has already moved on with someone else. I’m at my wits end.

  18. Praying for all of you who have shared your prayers today. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Please pray that I am able to be obedient to God and follow Him daily. Struggling at the moment with my current job status and whether or not I should continue to the work I am doing. Thank you

  19. Thank you for this devotional, words of encouragement. my husband Ned, farmer, father and grandpa unexpectedly had a massive heart attack and left us. July 23, 2020. We have been married for 46 years he was 65 years old my son Gabrial has become the manager of several thousand acres several thousand head of cattle. Ned was beginning to retire and passing it on to Gabrial so we could begin to slow down and enjoy life together and now he’s gone I just can’t grab hold of the absence/ void, hole in my heart and life. Please pray for my children.. Gabrial (son) , Wylie( daughter)

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      OH Jodi, I am so sorry. I know your heart must be breaking into a thousand pieces. I will be praying for you and your family during this time of loss. I wish I could be there and give you a big hug.

      1. Oh Sharon I can’t believe you took the time to respond to me personally I never dreamed that would happen. You and Mary Sutherland have spoke to my heart so many times through your devotionals. I have taught two of your books to women in our church. I was just about to purchase this book just for my own personal resource as my husband. This particular devotional spoke directly to me, Sharon. There have been times when I would have loved to sit across the table from you in my farm home and just have coffee and just learn from you. Thank you for your life giving words. I’m from Indiana, by the way, if you’re ever in the state I would come to hear you. Thank you again for your consoling words.

    2. Dear Jodi, I am so sorry for your loss and I am praying for you and your children. I too lost my husband (in Dec 2019) . It isn’t easy, but God has given me peace beyond what I could imagine. God is with me everyday and has helped me to continue living. I will pray you feel His (God’s) presence like never before. God Bless You and Keep You.

    3. Jodi, I am dealing with a similar situation. Life is so very hard, and full of pain and loss. Sometimes it is so overwhelming that we cannot see the way forward. This is when we are called and challenged to take our focus off of the circumstances and place our focus on who our God is, what He has done, and His promises in scripture, which will all be fulfilled in His perfect timing. All we have to do today is submit all things to Him, and tell someone about Jesus Christ. I will be praying for you , and also giving praise for your blessings of children, a home, a business, a legacy, and years of a bonded, loving marriage.

  20. I am facing the very real and hard possibility of losing my husband of 43 years(we just had our anniversary in June). He has a myriad of health problems, had two heart attacks in December and we were told that his heart had too much damage to do any stints, by-pass or any other means of helping his heart. He has a cardio mems device implanted in the right side of his chest and has just recently had a defibrillator/pacemaker implanted on the left side! He is 67, just had a birthday in March! I feel that God is not finished with him just yet and that’s why He has left him here, but it’s very hard watching the love of your life be so low! I have my moments. Praying for strength for him and me and for rest and trust in God’s plan! He, my husband, has been such a blessing to so many people. We met when he was 10 years old and I was 6 and his family moved into the house behind our house! Just helps to have someone understand and pray for us! We have an awesome church family and they have been so supportive during all of this. Basically, Moe, my husband, has been housebound since December! Thanks for this ministry and for reaching so many women who are struggling!

  21. On July 24th, 7:25pm i had a beautiful and wonderful talk with my mother. It was all about how far the good God has brought us and how we need to count our blessing. To me, that talk increase my trust in the Lord. After the talk, we all said love you to each other and goodnight. On July 25th @ 3.00am i had phone call from my sister that change my life and took my trust in the Lord away. The phone call was about my mom passing. I lost it and all that i can remember was the talk we had. I tried to question God, why this time, why my mom and why did you take my friend, pillar and my crying pillow away from me? But any time, i question him, i always hear God saying my grace is sufficient for you and am your friend, pillar, pillow to cry on. It not easy, but i know God will surely guide me through and one day, me and my mom will meet again. Amen.

    1. Elfreda,

      I can relate to your situation. I fought for my brother for years! He knew the Lord, but he drifted away. He became aggressive with his sons, daughters, wife, and with my mother. Since I was living in Europe at the time, I was talking to my family about Gods unconditional love for my brother and that God was talking care of my family. Well, my brother suddenly changed! He stopped drinking and he was kind with his family! We used to talk a lot, and the entire family was happy again! I slowly started to bring him back to God… I was too closed. During 2017 New Years, I received the devastating news that he was sent to the hospital and had 48 hrs to live! I tried to find a plan ticket to see him, but I could not find a faster flight from Europe. Well, he passed away and I was not able to see him. I turned my back to God for few months because I didn’t understand what He did and why he did! I prayed so much for my brother and I knew God was capable to change his life… after many months dealing with deep depression, God spoke to my heart and I heard Him saying: instead of asking why did this happen to you; you need to ask why not me?? It changed my life because why not this happened to me or to my family?? I learned that life is precious and we are not in control of it at all, so we need to live every day as if it was our last day.. the same it happened to me, God will reveal the intention of His heart. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but I know how painful is the grievance process!! Praying for you!

  22. Sharon,
    Thank you so much for this written inspiration of words to soothe the soul. I know the World is going through continuous painful events, but God. My concern is financial for my son and I to move from CA to MN. God, The Holy Spirit has spoken to me to move and pack. I’ve done that, and still packing and organizing, but nothing. High school starts September 8 (homeschooled/remote learning). I’m praying, staying in the Word of God, meditating, and being still enough to hear from Him. We have some financial help, but not nearly enough to move and start a new season in another state. I’m concerned because it feels/seems/looks like nothing is happening. I don’t want to become anxious! Please pray for me and my son, Malik. Thank you!

  23. Glory to God, all praise honor and glory is His. I filed for my unemployment in April due to Covid 19. But I know it’s mines because as the word says “God Be For Us, Who Can Be Against Us” so right now I am saying Thank You Lord for the releasing of my unemployment benefits. THANK YOU LORD.

  24. I have trouble trusting that God would change the situation that I am in or get me out of it. I need God to tell me what to do.

  25. Currently we have just found out that we have to take my brother in to live with us. His mental health is declining and it may be the beginnings of Alzheimer’s. My husband and I always knew that someday he would have to be looked after because I am his only sister, and I want to do the right thing, especially since it tells you so in God’s word. It’s still hard because I don’t know how this is all going to work out. I am willing. I just need some encouragement to trust God, to know that he has a plan, and that no matter what happens his hand is on everything.

  26. Well, my husband received disappointing work news that we had been praying would be different.

    We also have been praying for months about buying a vehicle. We prayed about a particular one and the salesman didn’t keep his phone apt with us. I’m trusting it wasn’t the car for us. I don’t believe in hounding what are God arranged things, or for people to sell you something. I don’t think my husband and I will be keeping the apt we made with the salesman for tomorrow. If someone can’t keep a phone apt I’m not willing to drive an hour to another city at 8 months pregnant for that same person.

  27. My marriage of 5 days short of forty years ended in divorce Tuesday. Husband multiple affairs, lost our family businesses, living in another state in property that is mine with his mistress. Judge granted divorce with no financial orders. I’ve been a stay at home wife and mom for 40 years and this is what I have. Nothing. I love my Lord and I am ashamed to verbalize that I feel like He has abandoned me. I know He hasn’t. I’m just worn down. 5 children… 4 here and 1 in Heaven, 5 grandchildren and I find myself with nothing but turmoil. Please pray for me.

  28. I pray EVERY DAY for my children and grandchildren, as they are not saved! I ask God to guide me and show me what I need to do to bring them to salvation.

  29. My husband of 20 years (anniversary is next week) has been unfaithful to me for the last 4.5 years. I have had to make the painful decision to file for divorce. It is heartbreaking, anxiety producing and just awful. I have three daughters too so it is not easy. I have done everything I can to save my marriage but without help from the other person. I have prayed for miracles. 2020 is not a year to remember.

  30. In January, my dad was killed in an accident. He was 83 years old. I am finding it hard to understand how God who loves me, would allow my dad to die this way. I didn’t even get to say good bye because I was too far away. I’m still really struggling with not having in my life, not being able to go see him, hug him, laugh with him, bring our 2 yo daughter to see him. He was healthy before the accident. My mother on the other hand has been living in a nursing home for 5 year now. I would have totally understood if God had taken my mom home to be with him. Why did he have to take dad when he still had so much life on him! Sometimes it’s really hard to understand from this side of heaven. I want to hear from God, I want to receive peace regarding all this. Please pray for me.

  31. My daughter kayla , has suddenly stopped all communication with me! We were always very close, and have been thru alot together! She is 26 yrs old married, and a college graduate! Love and miss her so much,,2 months have passed! I keep praying while my heart breaks,,,,,,,

  32. I am struggling with parenting my teen and preteen lately. This new stage is definitely trying and in the midst of unknown job details and school details for September (I’m a teacher) and a changed job for my husband due to COVID (which has been a true blessing but the hours have significantly changed our family/home life/routine) it just feels like there’s a lot happening that I need to give daily to God and remind myself that He is in control and has a plan that I cannot necessarily see yet.

  33. My husband had an affair that he admitted to two yrs ago for a total of five years before that. Now I find out he’s still in touch with her. I told him I would divorce him if he had any contact with her. Now I wait on God for a sign of what to do. I’m 68 and have been with my husband for forty years. I’m so scared to venture out on my own. I don’t know what to do and the waiting for a sign from God is so hard. This devotion gave me the strength to wait patiently. Thank you.

  34. Hi Sharon thank you so much for your messages, especially last week “No Plan B”.. it convicted me as I have been feeling pressed to exit law enforcement and go into a different career. I also feel God calling me to move south. I have no clue what or where. It’s a sad time to be a cop. I always thought this is what I wanted to do and felt called. Now I’m burnt out and ready to hang it up. That message might have been a sign.
    Keep strong in faith lady! Hope your family and healthy and happy!
    Love, Amy

  35. My husband and I will be moving our firstborn son to college on Monday. I’m so excited for him, and of course I’ll miss him. I keep thinking of last minute advice and scriptures to share with him, because I’ve been very protective all of his life. We are African American, so in addition to all of the advice, I have to remind him that he is black and that not everyone accepts that. His presence on a predominantly white campus will be something to adjust to. He’s been raised in the suburbs with people who have loved and supported him, so I’m just praying that he finds people who love the Lord and can genuinely accept him for who he is in his new surroundings.

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      I’m so sorry law enforcement has had such a hard time. The disrespect towards the good ones because of the behavior of the bad ones is really another form of prejudice. Oh how our world needs a Jesus!

  36. Hi Dear Sharon,
    -Insecurity over my job due to the current Covid-19 status whereby even our pay has been cut off by 60% since April, 2020. i find myself over-thinking regarding the whole issue
    -I feel my life has really dragged behind, thought and believed by now i would be having a stable source of income which can supplement my salary and probably help me set up my business- but this is not the case. i have not made any progress. Years are flying and i feel i haven’t achieved. I am really struggling with the fact that i have unanswered prayers that only God can intervene.
    Your devotion this morning is really encouraging.

    God bless you.

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