My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.
Early in August I had surgery. When I returned home, my husband was a loving and compassionate caregiver. When he went back to work, my daughter and mother-in-law took over with loving care. There were also encouraging phone calls and visitors. I am so thankful for the love shown to me. I truly saw these as the Lord’s blessings. BUT, I still found myself dealing with a few dark days.
“What is wrong with me? You have no reason to feel this way!” I would say to myself. I couldn’t seem to pull myself out of it. There lies the problem. I was relying on “me.” I had read my Bible each day after the surgery, but it was like reading a book, not meeting with “Abba, Father.”
Then, one day I sat outside on our back porch and called out for God’s help. He had been waiting for me all along. I am very thankful for the promise found in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me and I will answer you.”
I admit to you that I would not be sharing this topic today if not for the Lord’s prodding on my heart. We all face dark days at one time or another. For some of us, there may be many days, where anxiety or depression take hold.
The enemy shouts lies at us. We feel disconnected even from ourselves. We have no mental strength to take a step out from beneath the darkness. We share these feelings with very few, if anyone. “What would others think of me?”
Today, for the mom who is overwhelmed at home with young children, the pastors around the world who feel defeated, or any of us who have circumstances that lead to a dark place, know that you are loved by your Heavenly Father.
One of the best ways to experience His love is by reading Scripture. As a child sometimes needs to be held by his or her parent, or a wife needs a hug from her husband; God’s Word draws us to Himself.
For me, meditating on Psalm 46:10a, “Be still and know that I am God” is like a healing balm. I can’t think about two things at the same time, so to stop and think about who God is begins to revive my soul.
Who does Scripture say that God is in our lives?
These are only a sampling of verses that tell us who God is in our lives. I challenge you to meditate on these and find others that minister to your soul.
Maybe you need to cry out as the psalmist did in Psalm 77:1-2a, “I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord.” I understand that the Lord may guide some of us to receive additional help through a Christian counselor. How wonderful it is for all of us to know, “The Word of God is living and active.” (Heb. 4:12)
We are not meant to meditate on Scripture as a mere bandage to cover a wound but as the power of God to heal, love, guide, strengthen and enable us through The Holy Spirit to be overcomers in Him!
May this truth cause our hearts to say, “My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 63:8
Weekly Memory Verse
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, make their home in central Arkansas. They have five grown children and are grandparents to wonderful grandchildren. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.