Antidote for fear, loneliness

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, August 24, 2015

Today’s scripture reading:

Fear is a dark shadow that envelops us and ultimately imprisons us within ourselves. Each of us has been a prisoner of fear at one time or another–fear of rejection, misunderstanding, uncertainty, sickness, or even death. But we can conquer fear by using the bright liberating light of the Lord, who brings salvation. If we want to dispel the darkness of fear, let us remember with the psalmist that “the Lord is my light and my salvation.”

[David’s] greatest desire was to live in God’s presence each day of his life. Sadly, this is not the greatest desire of many who claim to be believers. But those who desire to live in God’s presence each day will be able to enjoy that relationship forever. (NLT)

Psalm 27:1-6 – The Lord is my light and my salvation–so why should I be afraid? The Lord protects me from danger–so why should I tremble?

When evil people come to destroy me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will know no fear. Even if they attack me, I remain confident.

The one thing I ask of the Lord–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high, above my enemies who surround me.

The psalmist wrote, “In the day of trouble [the Lord] will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.” — Psalm 27:5 (NIV)

Nancy J. Stauffer (Georgia) titled her story “SWEET DREAMS;” here is a portion of Nancy’s story:

“At a time when I felt very lost and overwhelmed with anxiety, I had a dream that filled me with peace and hope. In this dream I was a small child again and all alone. A strong man was nearby repairing an old abandoned well. He lifted me up and set me on a high wall where I could watch him. I felt safe in his care. He told me to have a drink of fresh well water. He told me that it was the purest water I would ever taste.

“The Bible tells stories about God’s speaking to people in their dreams. . . After many days of reflection, I became convinced that God had spoken to me in this strange, wonderful dream.

“My dream helped me see that God loves me and will always take care of me. My deep depression has slowly lifted from my mind and heart as each day I trust my heavenly Father. I know that God will continue to lift me up, set me on a high, safe wall, and refresh me with living water.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can trust God to nurture me.

Prayer: Ever-loving God, thank you for the gift of restful, restorative sleep. Amen.

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE SUFFERING FROM INSOMNIA

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

For more Helpful Inspirational Material:

FEAR: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/fear/

LONELINESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/loneliness/

TEMPTATION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/temptation/

AGE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/age/

MEDITATE, MEDITATING, MEDITATION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/meditate-meditating-meditation/

FORGET, FORGETTING, FORGOTTEN: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/forget-forgetting-forgotten/

DESPAIR: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/despair/

HOPE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/hope/

PEACE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/peace/

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-a-g/ ; https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-h-n/ ; https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-o-u/; https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-v-z/

DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, August 23, 2015

Today’s scripture reading: Faithfulness is a constant encouragement

The [huge crowd’s] faithfulness is a constant encouragement to us. . . What an inspiring heritage we have!

The Christian life involves hard work. It requires us to give up whatever endangers our relationship with God, to run patiently, and to struggle against sin with the power of the Holy Spirit. To live effectively, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. We will stumble if we look away from him to stare at ourselves or at the circumstances surrounding us. We should be running for Christ, not ourselves, and we must always keep him in sight. (NLT)

Hebrews 12:1-6 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.

And have you entirely forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you, his children? He said, “My child, don’t ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don’t be discouraged when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he love, and he punishes those he accepts as his children.”

Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see. — Hebrews 11:1 (CEB)

Elisa Boetti (Piedmont, Italy) titled her story “CLOSED GATES;” here is a portion of Elisa’s story:

“. . . When we finally got onto the right path we came up against a closed gate. Disappointed and resigned, we were about to turn back. But then we saw people coming toward us from beyond the gate. . .

“Reflecting on this later, I realized how our failure to notice the way forward is similar to the way I live my faith. Sometimes, facing what I think are insurmountable walls of problems and troubles, and too busy scrambling for a way out, I fail to see the solution that the Lord has already prepared for me. I have come to see that instead of allowing anxiety and discouragement to hold us back, we can trust God’s ability to act in situations where we see no solution.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When the way seems impossible, God provides a path forward.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being our way to safety in the face of all difficulties. Open our hearts and enable us to see beyond the “closed gates” of our life. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

For more Helpful Inspirational Material:

FAITH: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/faith/

RELATIONSHIPS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/relationships/

TRUST: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/trust/

PROBLEMS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/problems/

PARENTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/parents/

FAMILY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/family/

PATIENCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/patience/

SIN: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/sin/

COMPLAINING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/complaining/

MARRIAGE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/marriage/

HOLY SPIRIT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/holy-spirit/

PERSISTENCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/persistence/

FEELINGS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/feelings/

SUFFERING, SUFFER: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/suffering-suffer/

WRONG, WRONGDOING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/wrong-wrongdoing/

DESTRUCTION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/destruction/

DRINKING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/drinking/

SELF-ESTEEM: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/self-esteem/

RESPOND, RESPONSE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/respond-response/

DESIRES, DESIRE, DESIRED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/desires-desire-desired/

SUCCESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/success/

COVENANT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/covenant/

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/. May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-a-g/ ; https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-h-n/ ; https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-o-u/; https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/topics-v-z/

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