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the way, the truth, the LIFE:)
"I have come that they may have life and have it to the full" - Jesus (Jn 10:10)😊 so what's that look like for mankind - created in God's image, given the marvelous responsibility of caring for one another, ourselves (His living temple) & His world, AND blessed w/the free (tho costly) gift of life in His Name!
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When Life Gets Tough...
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way & the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging...The Lord Almighty is w/us; the God of Jacob is our fortress." -Ps 46:1-3, 7
Father God, our refuge and our strength, we cry out to You! God, You are mighty and You are good, we can recite those words easily b/c our head consents that it is true.
And yet, it doesn't mean that circumstances won't feel like the "earth beneath our feet is giving away" or that the "mountains around us are falling down upon us." We indeed have an enemy that means business and intends to smash us to pieces however possible. And so we come face-to-face w/"roaring & foaming waters" and "quaking mountains". Hard, doesn't begin to describe those terrible circumstances in life, BUT there are other things that we also know that we proclaim is EVEN truer of our situations!!! And that is that You are still Almighty, You hold all things in your hands, You see us and know us intimately, You are very much aware of every last detail of our lives, and You care w/great passion and love. You are with us and You are for us! You ARE our ever present help, our refuge and our strength! You go before us, You walk with us and You are our rear guard! Nothing catches You off guard, nothing is too big or too hard or too difficult for You! God, we are grateful because on our own they absolutely are just too much!
And so, we cry out to You! In our pain, in our hurting, with all our questions and bewilderment! God you are our Protector and Defender so we ask for You and your mighty right hand to come to our aid! Fight for us, keep us nestled firmly under your wing. Command Satan to stop his attacks and send him fleeing! Then tend to our hurting hearts, comfort us and draw us near to You. Sing over us songs that soothe our souls. Give rest to the weary. Heal our illnesses. Restore our health. Set us on firm, unshakeable, solid ground. And lead us through in victory, triumphantly trampling evil under Your feet! Tend to our wounds, nurse us back to full strength, filling us again w/the power of your Spirit!
Thank you that we can "walk thru the valley of the shadow of death & fear no evil for You are with us, Our Immanuel - comforting & leading us." We turn to you, hands open, willingly placing ourselves and our life circumstances into your capable hands, relying on You for everything we need in this journey and trusting You thru it all. We love You and thank You for Jesus! It is in His precious, holy and powerful name we pray Amen!
...Friends, there's One who is "tougher" :)
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