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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
It is comforting to know that God watches over us even in times of great stress and fear. (NLT)
Psalm 91:14-16 – The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer, I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them. I will satisfy them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
Amy Arlene Anderson (Minnesota) titled her story “FROM FEAR TO STRENGTH;” here is Amy’s story:
“When my late husband developed a debilitating disease in his mid-thirties – a disease that would gradually paralyze him over a 24-year period – I was afraid of what the future might hold. How would we make our living? How would the disease affect our children and our marriage? As the disease progressed and my husband’s abilities diminished, we had to continually search for ways to adjust to his new limitations.
“One of the blessings of this adversity was that through these difficult times, we sought a closer relationship with God. As I look back, I can see that even when we prayed for physical healing, which didn’t come, God was with us – strengthening and blessing our marriage and our family relationships, sustaining us financially, and upholding us through many trials. Life is not always easy, but we can trust in God’s promise to strengthen us and to help us overcome any struggle.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I am afraid, God invites me to pray.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for loving us. Help us to put our trust in you, knowing that you will strengthen us and help us through difficult times. Amen.
Prayer Focus: PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMEBOUND AND THEIR CAREGIVERS
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