1 & 2 Samuel: Day 20

Grace Day

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Today's Text: Psalm 54:4

Take this day as an opportunity to catch up on your reading, pray, and rest in the presence of the Lord.

God is my helper;
the Lord is the sustainer of my life.
- Psalm 54:4

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  • Life has felt like it is unravelling with loose ends going in all directions. I have been feeling weighed down by stress and worry. These verses have reminded me that God has things in hand and I should trust that.

    • aprilinsydney

      It’s a terrible feeling, isn’t it Frances. You’re not alone; you have my prayers and those of the lovely people in this virtual community.

  • Trying to remember that God is my helper today and every day. I’m a furniture artist and while I’ve had plenty of custom work, I’ve only had two sales all year. I just wish someone wanted my individual creativity- plus the money would seriously help right now. I love what I do, but I want to be able to do it for myself as well as others. Can you guys please pray that I get some sales? That people will see I charge what I charge because I value myself, my work, and my business? Everyone says they’re beautiful, but no one wants to pay for them.

    Here’s my page link if anyone wants to check it out. https://m.facebook.com/thefurniturerescue/

    • Madalyn McArthur

      Your work is beautiful! I know how you feel, I have an Etsy shop and wonder sometimes if I should keep it open because it’s a lot of work with not a lot of reward. But, I love what I’m doing so much, it brings me a lot of joy and I have my husband’s support. I’ll be praying that sales pick up for us!

    • aprilinsydney

      Um, I LOVE that green writing desk!! If I wasn’t on another continent, I’d be buying it off you! You have talent, a special gift. Hang in there xx

  • Thankful for a God who never leaves us. Been feeling really insecure lately, I have some blemishes and blemish scars on the side of my face. I feel horrible about them, thankfully have concealer to cover them while they heal…praying that God will heal them quickly, I really don’t want to have them when I go to college soon…I just hope at least some of them will be better by then…have definitely learned my lesson on not touching my face. I know that Satan is using this to get after me and bring me down. I’m trying to remember God’s promises though, that even though I have scars, I am still fearfully and wonderfully made. Trying to hold onto that…(sorry to rant!) if you culd please pray for me in this area, I would really appreciate it.

    • Alexandria B.

      Sarah I will be praying for you! I definitely understand this situation, it was something I struggled with while in college. The Lord helped me to realize people will love us just the same, He looks at the heart and it is our heart for the Lord that will outshine our outward Take heart that those are not what define you.

  • Karen From Virginia

    I’m so glad that God is our Helper. I can feel so needy. “I need you” is probably one of most often prayed prayers. I’m so glad Jesus is Not a reluctant God but encourages me to run to Him, abide in Him and cast my cares on Him. Why then do I try to be independent? Thank you Lord for your love and mercy. You are faithful and you always show the way through a situation even if it means waiting and resting. Increase my faith, our faith to believe you the Good Helper. Amen.

  • At times like this I hold onto 2 Corinthians 4:7-9. ‘But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed’. Well, the entire chapter is awesome, but sometimes I just need to hold onto this. I remember weeping as I read this on 9/11. When life seems to be so hard I have to just sit and remember that God is in control. I pray for all of those you mentioned, churchmouse. Thank you for sharing your burdens with us. I love your reference to Fred Rogers and his mother. She was a wise woman. We do need to remember all of the good in the world and try to be a helper, too! God bless you all! I love you so much

  • I am so sorry for your loss of your dear mother Amylou and I am praying for your Father.

  • What a much needed verse today. Sisters, if anyone sees this today, please please pray for my family and my faith. After losing my 60 y/o Mom to cancer four weeks ago, my dad is now in the ICU waiting to find out if the lump they found in the back of his head last night is his own cancer growing there. In our mid-twenties my sister and I are having to exercise legal power of attorney and healthcare directives. I feel crushed and depleted of joy in a way I never have before, and I feel like Job – just a few words away from losing hope in God. But I will not. I will cling to verses like this one today. But I desperately covet prayers for a miracle for my dad like I never have before. Thank you.

    • churchmouse

      Praying for healing for your father and strength for you and your sister as you navigate through all the decisions that you may have to make. Praying for comfort and peace for your dad and compassionate and tender care by the doctors and nurses. Praying for an accurate diagnosis and if treatment is needed, that it would be effective and without disturbing side effects. Praying that your sister and you would be united in dealing with all that comes your way and that you have wisdom and discernment. Praying many would come alongside to encourage and support you. Praying you would allow them to bless you by letting them help in any way you need and they offer. Praying your mind and emotions experience His supernatural peace and His Word of comfort and truth would cast out any creeping fear or doubt. I pray the hospital room and your home are so profoundly filled with His presence that you know He is there with you. Praying you stay in the present moment, dealing only with what has to be done today and let tomorrow wait for its time. He is already there to help you. Amylou, He loves you.

    • Karen From Virginia

      Amylou, praying. I’m so sorry.

    • kathy

      Praying for you. I am so sorry you’re having to go through this. I pray that God will give you the strength to choose faith and trust over fear and doubt. You are not alone.

    • Lynne

      Amylou, my heart goes out to you and your sister! I am so very sorry about your mother and am praying for complete healing for your dad! God has got this and has you in the palm of his hand!

    • Nancy Grant

      Praying for you and your sister. Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

    • Kellie

      Prayers for you, Amylou. Hugs ♥️

    • aprilinsydney

      Hi Amylou, I’m so sorry to hear your situation. I also lost my mum to cancer when she was just 61; my dad died nine months later from heart failure. My brother had died about two years before my mum, also from cancer. He was just 28.
      I empathise with how you are feeling, the fragility of your faith, feeling crushed and depleted. My (unsolicited) advice, from someone who has been there and maybe didn’t do her best at the time, is to cling to God — like wild horses couldn’t drag you away! — and to be kind, gentle and patient with yourself. Find a support network of friends, family and people you love and trust and who love you, to help you through this dark time.
      I think it was Eleanor Roosevelt who said, women are like tea bags — you don’t know how strong they are until you put them in boiling water. You are strong, stronger than you feel right now. Remember — you are the daughter of the King! X

  • churchmouse

    Just this past week we’ve seen the terrorist attacks in Paris and Barcelona. We’ve seen the tragedy in Charlottesville. We’ve seen police officers killed in Florida and Pennsylvania. These are places distant from me but no less sobering. I have added five more people to my prayer book who are battling cancer. I’ve added two families whose planned adoptions came to a sudden halt. Their nurseries are empty. Another family faces the loss of a much anticipated child through miscarriage. There is another struggling daily with addiction. Financial stress plagues another. Children’s Hospital admitted another gravely ill child of a friend. Dementia has overtaken a prayer warrior. That is just this week. A week in which I really needed today’s verse. I recall the words of the Presbyterian minister and children’s TV personality, Fred Rogers, who once said “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping..'” And indeed that is the case. I’ve seen the first responders who run toward instead of away. There are compassionate and skilled doctors and nurses. There are support services and resources, managed by those eager to offer what they can. There are friends and neighbors who deliver meals, clean a house, do the laundry, and send a note. There are clergy and leaders who denounce evil. There are countless helpers interceding in prayer. Tears and hugs are given in sympathy and empathy. The news is still crushing. And the helpers are still visible. But I also know there are still tragedies yet to come. It makes me want to scream. How can I not feel crushed by the magnitude? I turn to the One, the only One. There is no one better. “God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my life.” God remains in control. He is my source of strength. His Word is the last one. He is my hope. The only hope. I keep on praying.

    • Carie

      Thank you sister

    • Karen From Virginia

      Amen. I remember a few years ago coming to conclusion that I learn to trust the One who holds the world together or go crazy. I cannot control terrorism or hatred and divisions. I cannot “save” and rescue those I love and my clients. What I can do is what God has put before me to do to love and care for others, and press into Jesus in prayer and trusting Him. He is our beautiful hope and comfort. Praying that suffering will cause others to see their need for a Savior and that earth isn’t our final home.

    • Kathy

      Thank you for these words. Just what I needed to hear this morning. God is so good to us!

    • Jenny

      Wonderful insight, churchmouse! I have felt the same way lately. Overwhelmed with all of the tragedies and heartache of the world. My prayer list gets longer every day. I love what you said about Fred Rogers. I remember that, too! And I try to myself no matter how much evil is out there, or people that are suffering, there are at least 10 times as many people who are there to help and put back the pieces of these broken lives somehow. The love, faith, and hope of others is what keeps me from not feeling like the entire world is at a loss. Good will always prevail and I strive to always be a “helper”.

    • Sarah D.

      Amen.

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