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The Lord works out everything to its proper end—even the wicked for a day of disaster. (Proverbs 16:3, NIV) A few nights ago, someone broke into my car. Thankfully, although it was all rummaged through and torn apart, nothing was taken. When I came out in the morning and realized…

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“He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble: I will deliver him, and honour him” (Psalm 91:15 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). In my opinion one of the neatest inventions is “Caller ID.” I have it and use it when I don’t want to answer sales calls. The program allows me to screen my incoming telephone calls with the option to choose which ones to answer. In contrast, it’s so good to have a God who always answers when we call. It’s a given! He wants to hear from you. Not only does He answer us but, He will be with us when we are in trouble; deliver us and honor us for calling on Him. Can’t beat that kind of deal, can you?

Prayer: I really don’t know how people live without you, Lord. It seems like trouble follows me around; so glad that You do too!

Devotion by Kaye Singleton

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“I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up:  while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted”  (Psalm 88:15 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). This Psalmist had endured affliction from an early age.  His remembrance of it seems to go back to childhood.  His…

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mask“Buck-up” therapy. You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? In fact, we all have probably subscribed to the philosophy. Pretending that nothing is wrong, we gamely appear to be unaffected by the conflict and stress that fills our lives. After all, asking for help is often perceived as a sign of weakness. The tendency to bluff our way through our problems often prevents us from receiving the help and support we desire. We need each other, and we need God. None of us are capable of maneuvering through the obstacles of life without a Savior.

Prayer: Dear Lord, You are our refuge, a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). Thank You for allowing us to come before You without masks or pretense. You are our safe place.

Devotion by Bonnie Peacock

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“O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: Let my prayer come before thee; incline thine ear unto my cry; For my soul is full of troubles; and my life draweth nigh unto the grave” (Psalm 88:1-3, in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

Trouble seems to be everywhere I turn. I feel like I can’t cope with one more difficult situation. What should I do? I must learn to take my trouble to God. He knows the way I take. He knows how to handle any situation. Maybe you are in an overwhelming circumstance today. Call on God. He will answer. Prayer is the only place to go when you are full of troubles. Take your troubles to Him and leave them at His feet. You’re not alone; God is right there with you.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for listening to me and calming my spirit. I am so glad that I can call on You at any time. You do hear me!

Devotion by Kaye Singleton

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“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

How many times have we heard, “Why didn’t He help me sooner?” It is not His order. He must first adjust you to the trouble and cause you to learn from it. God’s promise is, “I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” He must be with you in the trouble day and night, and then He will take you out of it. This doesn’t come until you have stopped fretting and have become calm and quiet. Then He will say, “It is enough.”

God uses trouble to teach His children precious lessons. They are intended to educate us. There is a sweet joy and real value in them. He doesn’t regard them as difficulties, but as opportunities.

Not always OUT of our troublous times,
And the struggles fierce and grim,
But IN – deeper IN –
To our sure rest,
The place of our peace, in Him.

by Annie Johnson Flint

Prayer: Mighty God, I feel as though You are putting me through a time of testing and I don’t want to miss the lesson You want me to learn. I take You at Your Word. Let my life prove that Your promises are always fulfilled! Amen.

Devotion by Susan Tracy

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