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“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified” Isaiah 61:3, New King James Version). I overheard a conversation between two ladies at church, both going through difficult times. One had battled her situation for several months, the other not as long. The “veteran” was advising her friend, “When things get really bad, I just begin to praise.” For her, putting on the…

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 what had been done, I felt both angry and sad – angry that someone would do that to another person and yet sad that they could do it guilt free. When I read through Proverbs 16 this morning, I was reminded that God takes care of things no matter what.…

“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