Give Thanks in Sorrow and in Suffering

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Psalm 31:7-24, Isaiah 35:9-10, Romans 15:13, James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 4:12-19

I live in the heart of Missouri wine country. We’re not quite Napa Valley, but we do have grape vineyards as far as the eye can see. Each year, at our Grape and Fall Festival, we roll up our pant legs and step into giant vats of grapes, just like in my favorite episode of I Love Lucy. As the grape pulp squishes between our toes, juice runs out of spigots to be made into wine. It’s a process I enjoy during our annual town festival but struggle to embrace the rest of the year. 

Life hands us plenty of sour grapes doesn’t it? I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling perpetually squeezed and squashed. We can all empathize with the psalmist who wrote,

Be gracious to me, LORD,
because I am in distress;
my eyes are worn out from frustration—
my whole being as well.
 
Indeed, my life is consumed with grief
and my years with groaning;
my strength has failed
because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away. 

—Psalm 31:9–10

And yet God calls us to both face suffering and “overflow with hope” (Romans 15:13)—to “consider it a great joy” (James 1:2). Instead of pouting, wilting, or wailing in the face of sorrow, God asks us to “rejoice” (1Peter 4:13). 

How can this be? Because He is already distilling our sour grapes into new wine. Because He promises to “satisfy the thirsty…and weak” and replenish them (Jeremiah 31:25). Redemption was purchased at the cross and will be finished when Christ returns for us. On that day, we will gather together for the marriage supper of the Lamb and raise our glasses to the God who has redeemed our souls and our suffering. 

As we await that day, we can rejoice and be glad because God’s love is faithful. We can trust Him because He has seen our affliction and knows the troubles of our souls, and His response to our suffering is to offer us freedom that can only be found in Him (Psalm 31:7–8). Sure, we can drop our heads and keep staring at the hurt. But we can also choose to respond with thanksgiving, knowing that every sorrow is something God has already started to transform.

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  1. Emerson Tullis says:

    ❤️

  2. Jeannie Cross says:

    A good reminder to praise and thank God. It is a sacrifice for us; but one that is pleasing to God. I believe He fully understands how scary and hard it is for us to trust and thank Him when we are in the midst of hard times. He is always faithful and we can always trust Him to show us the way.

  3. claire bradshaw says:

    ❤️

  4. Ada McCloud says:

    We live in the messy middle

  5. Jayma Goodman says:

    Amen!

  6. Christy Moye says:

    ♥️

  7. Lyndi Goodman says:

    Jesus thank you that through the sorrow and struggle, you gently tug my heart back towards you….help me to be in constant communication with you and not grow weary in choosing thanks over complaining or grumbling. Help me to learn humility and gentleness.

  8. Kelly Close says:

    This is blessing me so much! God leads us through difficult situations and challenges. He does wait on the other so side.

  9. Stacy Barbeau says:

    Amen! I feel this so deep in my soul as I have two boys 1 and 3yrs old (19mo apart). I just transitioned from working full-time to starting home full-time and it has been such a hard transition. I’m grateful God brings beauty out of our struggles

    1. Lyndi Goodman says:

      Praying sweet mama!

  10. Jessica Kolar says:

    I have been going through a string of rough seasons. It just seems to be one thing after the other but I find comfort in the scriptures and knowing that my God is good and faithfully and that he is in control

  11. Mary henderson says:

    I praise and thank you Lord for being near and dear when we are struggling.

  12. Katie Nordgren says:

    ❤️

  13. Shannon Stroschein says:

    It’s really hard to swallow that we should rejoice in suffering. I really like what Allison said said about putting a mute on our feelings. I often feel VERY big and it drowns me. Finding peace and comfort seem so out of reach in the hard season but I’m trying to focus my eyes on Christ and recognize that what God led me to, he will surely lead me through.

  14. Sarah Ritchie says:

    Praying for you Tanya :)

  15. Tiffany Leader says:

    This was needed for me today, had a rough emotional day yesterday; I’ve been in therapy and we are uncovering a lot which is good but hard all at the same time

  16. Lolly Regan says:

    Lord, I pray you satisfy me. For I am thirsty and I am weak

  17. Allison Bentley says:

    Well said!!!!

  18. Lauren GW says:

    Really trying to focus on the “every sorrow is something God had already started to transform.” That’s beautiful. Kelly, I can’t believe you remember my mom, I haven’t written about her in a while. She’s stable since her hospitalization in August. Actually has COVID now, but seems to be tolerating it ok, thank God, even a minor infection can be a big deal for her. Her spirits are good some days, and some days she is really dark and hopeless

  19. Missy Csonka says:

    I love that we can also CHOOSE to respond with thanksgiving, knowing that every sorrow is something God has already started to transform. Having a very difficult time with my mother living with us. It’s been almost 7 years now due to her home foreclosure. She cannot see much these days and we still let her cook being that is her livelihood. She leaves messes everywhere in the house.I have never been able to have a deep conversation with her. She has the intellect of an elementary aged child quite literally. She was beat by my father growing up and I am quite sure in the head too. She is very passive and never gets upset about anything. She keeps everything bottled up. I wish I had a better relationship with her. Not able to connect with her and I have to explain everything to her even things that should not need explained. Constantly need to repeat myself too and makes me want to avoid her all together and not even conversate with her. It’s extremely frustrating and exhausting and lonely. Also my husband does not have the capacity to engage with me on a deep level either when it comes to emotions or feelings let alone out relationship even after 21 yrs of marriage on Thanksgiving Day (in 2 days)Probably why they get along so well. I guess that is something I can be grateful for. They have never argued…ever! I need some prayer. Trying to respond to her messes and lack of understanding and my husband’s lack of talking to me with Thanksgiving. I know God is with me and Jesus too. Very grateful for The Holy Spirit guiding me and refining and molding me. Pray all the time as I deal with this. I do not like the word suffering because that indicates that there is no choice but I do DEAL with a lot of this anxiety and ask Hod to help me every day. Thank you all SRT Ladies. I appreciate you for sticking around to read all this post. I love you and will be praying for you too! Much move and hugs !!

  20. Heather Schmudlach says:

    This was a hard one. I am going through a season of hardship. There has been lots of groaning. However I know in the end, it is God’s timing and will that will be done

  21. Ashleigh Pruett says:

    Today’s reading hit me hard. I’ve been in constant pain for three weeks with sciatica. It’s really been wearing me down mentally the past couple of days. I’ve had myself a proper pity party the past day or two. These words really spoke to me today and reminded me I have so much to be grateful for and God is still faithful.

  22. Connor Graves says:

    We know who will win in the end and that is never changing!!!

  23. Adrienne says:

    Correction… force4hope(dot)org… Check them out. Maybe you would want to host…

  24. Adrienne says:

    Just got a message from forceforhope(dot)com. This was the organization that we brought two orphans from Africa to live at our home for a few weeks. (It was kinda like a reverse mission trip.) The boy that we had hosted before will be coming back, and we were asked if we would be interested in hosting him again. It’s not cheap, and we would have to drive to Chicago (8 hours) to pick him up and return him there. We need prayers that God’s will be done, please? He is 18 now. (He was 10 the first time he came to visit.) We are paying for his boarding school, and he is like a son to us. I just don’t know about the timing , weather (for the trips to/from Chicago) and the money. Please pray that God would make it clear. Thanks, sweet She’s❣️

  25. Michelle Paul says:

    @Tanya Evans not sure where you live, I’m from Massachusetts and have room at my table to share Thanksgiving with you.

  26. Kimberly Z says:

    24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
    all you who wait for the Lord! – Psalms 31:24. So many times in sorrow and suffering it’s hard to remember to find thankfulness in the lord. Other times it’s easy. Praying for you all today!

  27. Claire B says:

    ♥️

  28. Patricia Patton says:

    TANYA EVANS I’m praying for you. Asking God to send a godly friend your way. Hopefully your church family reaches out to you and someone invites you to join them in sharing a meal.

  29. Natasha R says:

    Such beautiful verses today. What is God’s instruction to me when I am suffering. Rejoice, trust, do good. He sees me, He sees my affliction, and He has put my feet in a spacious (i.e. safe) place. ♥️♥️♥️

  30. Tricia C says:

    I was singing the Joy of The Lord is My Strength and then today was about Joy in the suffering. I am so grateful for a Good God who will be with me through the difficulties that always seem to arise.
    Dear Sisters, during this season of thankfulness, I am thankful for each of you. I am praying, if you are going through some suffering now, you will find peace knowing that God is here. He sees, He hears, He understands. The Joy that is coming will make all if this worth it. Blessings to you. ❤️

  31. Alicia O'Connell says:

    Rejoicing in suffering is not easy but it is good for us. That’s why our Savior modeled it for us and now asks it of us.

  32. Jennifer Anapol says:

    God can make something good come from every sleepless night because it is done out of love for my children. ❤️

  33. Anna Faith says:

    Thank you Jesus!

  34. Teresa Donley says:

    I am grateful that God is always with me, even when I don’t “feel” Him. I am so very thankful that I am never alone.
    I will be having a PET scan tomorrow to determine what type of dementia I might have. Today, I’ve been having vertigo, so I think the timing of this scan is good. If there’s anything in my brain causing this, I pray that it will also show so it can be addressed. I welcome your prayers for me to feel God’s calming presence during tomorrow’s test, and for clear answers during this confusing time. I pray for patience and peace during the waiting for these results as well as the spinal tap results.
    I pray for each of your requests as I read them. I pray for all my She sisters, that God will bless you, meet your needs and give you peace and thanksgiving during this holiday week.

  35. Teresa Donley says:

    @JEN B – I’m sorry to hear about your job. The timing right after such a great Christian concert and a night of praising hits me in two ways. First, that you were on a high from worshiping and praising God. Second, that the enemy works extra hard to bring us down whe he sees us working for Christ or worshipping our Lord for Who He Is. I’m praying for peace in your heart as you endure this scary time of unemployment. I’m praying that God will prepare the exact job He has planned for you, and that He will direct you there. May Gods peace and comfort surround you.

  36. Lexi B says:

    This season has been hard, but thankful that Jesus is walking with me in it. This morning, the words…a spacious place came to mind. I wasn’t sure what verse it was, so I googled it, found Psalm 31. After googling it, I opened SRT and there it was again- Psalm 31! That whole psalm is perfect for the season I am in…and I believe that despite the trials I’ve encountered these last three months, God has brought me to a spacious place- free from judgement, fear, rules, oppression, manipulation – all the things I’ve experienced- to a life of truly getting to know who He is, untangled from the oppression I came from. So thankful God loves us enough to not leave us!

    Tanya- praying for you during this holiday season. Most of my family is on the east coast so I relate to this.

  37. Mercy says:

    Today’s scriptures about becoming “Perfect and Complete” after painful burning trials (James 1:4) jumped out at me. And the posture of Joy, only possible by God. Perfect & Complete. That sounds like a long way to go. But God! I went to Matthew Henry Commentary, and this really touched my heart, it tied in with what FOSTER MAMA and I were mentioning about trials: “It is the duty of Christians, in all their distresses, to look MORE to the keeping of their souls than to the preserving of their bodies. The soul is of greatest value, and yet in MOST danger. If suffering from without raise uneasiness, vexation, and other sinful and tormenting passions within, the soul is then the greatest sufferer. If the soul be not well kept, persecution will drive people to apostasy, Psalm 125:3. The ONLY WAY to keep the soul well is to commit it to God, in well-doing. Commit your souls to God by solemn dedication, prayer, and patient perseverance in well-doing, Romans 2:7. Good people, when they are in affliction, have great encouragement to commit their souls to God, because he is their Creator, and faithful in all his promises” (Matthew Henry Commentary).
    May the Lord guard our souls.

    PRAYERS LIFTED UP…..
    @TANYA EVANS: may God surround you with invitations this holiday season, joy and comfort, and a godly person as your companion. And prayers for our beloved single she’s longing for families, husbands, children.
    @MATHA HIX: safe travel to Waco and joyful time with your family.
    @GRAMSIESUE: strength and grace, healing miracle for you and Steve during this hospital treatment.
    @LAUREN GW: praising God for your husband’s great progress. Also 3 years ago, my husband was sent away to military training for an extended period, returned a different man. Adjustment and transition back to the family took time for us, much patience. The soul takes time to recover from its bruise, fear and trauma. But all recovery is possible with God (Psalm 23:3). Joy and laughter will return… and be sustained, as in your story and thankfully also mine. Praying as you seek healing for your husband with patience and hope in the ONE who is truly capable, God will heal your children, yourself, and fill in the wonderful memories of His footprints with yours.
    @JEN B: may this be YOUR victory. God always has something greater when a door is shut. He is the God of greater measure.
    @TERESA DONLEY: rejoicing and praising God for Aliya!
    @RHONDA: welcome back!
    @SEARCHING: wondered where you were, like CEE GEE (^.~) Praying for the lost item to be found soon, and your friend’s daughter healing from chronic illness.
    @MICHELLE PATIRE: praise God :) may you have a new car coming from Him who provides all good gifts, and no worries on repair.
    Be blessed dear sisters.

  38. Teresa Donley says:

    @TINA – your testimony of God’s faithfulness during such a dark and agonizing time lifts my heart. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience.

  39. Cee Gee says:

    TERESA DONLEY – “God cares about everything in our lives, and there is so much to praise Him for.” So true! Happy for Aliya! ❤

    SEARCHING – I have missed you! Thank you for the updates and I will be praying you find the lost item quickly. I know how distracting that can be! ❤

    SHARON JERSEY GIRL – thank you for sharing the verse from Psalms! ❤

    GRAMIE SUE – Praying for you and Steve during this hospital stay and for the medical team. Praying for endurance for you both and for wisdom and answers. Sending warm hugs across the miles. ❤

    MARI V – Prayers for your ‘faith walks’ with your friend. ❤

    RHONDA J – Missed you! ❤

    Thankful for ALL the ways God shows up in our pain. He is always there so He isn’t just showing up then, but we say that a lot – maybe because that’s when we finally notice that He is with us. Deuteronomy 4:29 “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.” ‘From there’ refers to the Israelites’ places of idol worship, but (even though we don’t worship other God’s) aren’t we guilty of letting other things keep us from truly seeing God sometimes? Rambling off topic, but that is where my thoughts went. ☺

    Love and prayers for all! ❤

  40. Tanya Evans says:

    Please pray for me.I am alone and I generally feel worse around the holidays.I see families and people gathering together and it makes it worst.It bothers me more this time of year.I have been praying for years for God to send me a godly person and I am still hoping. I hate being alone especially this time of year.

  41. MARTHA HIX says:

    Thankful for our SRT’s friendships! ❤️
    Thinking about you all and lifting up your prayer requests.
    I’m looking forward to going to Waco tomorrow to be with my daughter and her family and my son who is coming from Dallas. Blessings to you all.

  42. Molly R says:

    While we may not be in a season of acute suffering at the moment, we have been. So I can rejoice in knowing that some sorrows have already been transformed, and it is in the peaceful mornings of being with you all, of standing in awe of a breathtaking sunrise here in the Pacific Northwest, of feeling such a joy at the quiet day of preparation in my household for the festivities to come…. the remembrance of those hard times, seeing the working of the Lord in our lives, and knowing with complete faith, hope, and confidence that God is in this day and the days ahead of us, already working out His plan and preparing my heart to give Him the glory in it.
    I am weeping for those who weep among us, and rejoicing with those who are rejoicing. In all things God is near, He causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28)
    Love you all and praying peace and thanksgiving for you and your loved ones this week.

  43. Kristen Schryver says:

    Praying for peace and provision for you, Jen!

  44. Mari V says:

    Thank you Michelle Patire For those encouraging verses. I passed them along. She is such a sweetie, and I love her so much! In one way or another, we have all suffered or suffering currently. One thing for sure, in my experience I have come out stronger. Jesus gets the glory!
    When going through our suffering, it may seem like it’s never ending, but I always refer back to labor pains (as mentioned in the Word) it doesn’t last forever. Our pain will ease, and soon we will be rejoicing! Happy Tuesday sweet She’s.

  45. Rachel Tolle says:

    Covering you in prayer Jen

  46. Cheryl Blow says:

    This verse stood out to me: 24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
    all you who wait for the Lord! – Psalms 31:24

    We can thank God in the dark days, when the world is going crazy because God is good and He makes a way for us. Remember we overcome by the blood of Christ and the word of our testimony! What we say matters! May my mouth be filled with praise!

    “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭12‬:‭11‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    https://bible.com/bible/111/rev.12.11.NIV

  47. Rhonda J. says:

    Good Morning my Friends!! I’ve missed you all for the 5 days I was gone! Usually I still read along when I am out of town, but this time it was hard! I got in late last night, and it’s so good to be back home and reading our study! Today’s scripture is perfect to maybe implement for our Jail Ministry tomorrow. It’s so hard sometimes to find the gratitude when we are in the suffering and there seems to be no light on the horizon! But God- He is with us. I pray we that are His make it a habit to remember this, to feel this. After all the Holy Spirit is IN us!! We have that gift. Better than Jesus walking beside us!!

    I piggyback on what Michelle wrote, and Sharon…you each are a gift to us as a whole! What a blessing for us to be able to share, uplift, and pray together! When I am with my sister’s family it is so weird because of the mix- they are not only non- believers but outright love to remark against our beliefs. And some have different “religions.” It makes it quite depressing in a way, But I know Jesus loves them and is working it out, and that I am called to live differently, even when being knocked down! I missed you all so much! I want to go back and catch up!

    Thanks for the update GrammsieSue- prayers for you and Steve and all of you all with requests, or going through a trial!

  48. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    @Jen B – so sorry you lost your job. Praying that God will open another door – a better one, and that you will have peace as you wait.

    Echoing all that @Michelle Patire said. There are so many of our sisters in this community that are suffering much – yet I hear praise, thanks, rejoicing and hope. What a testimony you are to all of us. Thank you God…Maybe like myself others have already been through great struggles and suffering, maybe you have not experienced it – yet. But one thing we can know for sure – our times are in God’s hands. We must continue to trust in the Lord, come what may. (Psalm 31:14) “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

    Have a wonderful, blessed Tuesday! ❤️ Safe traveling mercies for all who are traveling this week…including my son who has a 3 hour drive.

  49. Jen B says:

    Today’s devotional was well timed. Yesterday I was laid off. This is the second time in the last year where I’ve experienced this. Both had nothing to do with my performance. I literally just delivered my strategy and a balanced scorecard which my organization are planning to use. I’ve already gone through much of my savings. I feel the enemy attacking as I had just been at the Zach Williams, MercyMe, TobyMac concert just the night before worshipping. I am going to continue to praise God in this storm and trust in Him. He will never fail. May I ask for your prayers?

  50. Bebe Rogers says:

    This really spoke to me today. Thank you God for already transforming my sorrows. I am filled with hope! ❤️

  51. Nancy S says:

    Beautiful devotional and wonderful study for this time in my own life & the world’s.

  52. Jeanie Mclellan says:

    Amen

  53. Michelle Patire says:

    Amen @Searching and @ERICA CHIARELLI – great reminders from you both this morning :)

    @Mari V- piggy-backing on my post yesterday for your friend, I also think Psalm 31:24 is perfect for her! So much hope in Christ ✝️

    @Mercy ❤️

    Thank you for extra prayers for car- I did get it back yesterday and it ran pretty well. Keeping an eye on it. It is an older vehicle and since I use it 4-5 days for work, you just never know. But God knows and this is what He has blessed me with to keep reliant on Him (and not a car or finances) in this season of life.

    I look at @Gramsisue and @Lynne from Alabama and see such strong women in adversity. Others here who have mentioned painful things recently… @Lauren GW, with your husband’s PTSD, @Natasha R who lost her husband in 2020, @Traci G and @Tina who both lost children, @Aleida with Victor’s struggles… Gosh, I could list so many of you women and your daily struggles in adversity. My prayer is for everyone in our community to continue to be filled with hope, as it says in Romans 15:13, and know that Christ is our inheritance. May we trust Him when we feel our needs aren’t met. May we cling to His word, when our flesh is weak and broken. May we confess our struggles to one another in the body of Christ, so that we may find more strength to keep running … or even limping… in this race God has given us.

    Thankful for you ladies.
    “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” – 1 Peter 4:19 NKJV

    Let us not grow weary in well doing… I pray for strength to the weak. Hope to the lost. Increased faith to those who wrestle with the lies of the enemy. May you stand firm and know that you are victorious in Christ, today and forever. Love you all

  54. Rachael Clay says:

    This definitely called to mind Hillsong’s song “New Wine”. It’s been a year of lots of medical, family, and financial stress. I haven’t understood why it’s all happening. But God is already transforming these things.

  55. Chanelle DeGraff says:

    Amen

  56. Susan Reagon says:

    I find this hard.When I look outside the blessings of my own life ,and see massacres,wars where civilians and innocent children are killed,famine,natural disasters,climate change,I cannot rejoice.I can only pray for those less fortunate than I.

  57. Aimee D-R says:

    Father let me always remember you are making new wine. In Jesus name, Amen

  58. GramsieSue says:

    “Every sorrow is something God has started to transform.”

    I feel so helpless as I watch Steve suffer…but reading this today I have seen God at work in so many ways. We can rest in Him. He is in control. And He has already started to transform it. So thankful today for His faithful love.

    Steve and I have transferred to the Siteman Cancer Center in St Louis and he is receiving wonderful care. The doctors here are so good. I am in his hospital room waiting for him to return from surgery. He developed a staph infection at his port site and the infection is in his blood and moved to his knee so they had to go in and drain it and clean it up. The doctor said it was pretty “gnarly”. Steve is on specific antibiotics for the infection. Today neurology with run more tests including a nerve conduction test and hopefully we will be closer to a diagnosis of what in the world is going on.
    As I typed that it made me think that yes, we are in this broken world, with sickness and other problems. This is not our home.
    But God…
    He is with us. He is guiding the care team.
    He loves us.
    So thankful that I am a child of God. That Steve’s hope is in Christ.
    Hugs to all of you. ❤️

  59. Adrienne says:

    Amen, LAURA!

    Blessings big and small to all my sweet sisters❣️

  60. Mari Gomez says:

    Thank you Erin! “Every sorrow is something God has already started to transform.” Thank you Jesus for hope!

  61. Laura says:

    The thought came to me as I was reading this post for today. The greatest good was wrought from the greatest suffering. When I read the verses for today, I kept thinking these are supernatural responses. And God did a supernatural thing on the cross of Christ. Suffering are the times we can shine God’s light the brightest in this dark world.

  62. Searching says:

    When the pain seems unbearable, God is still God. When my prayers are on repeat, God help me/us!, He is still with me. When I look back (and the tears have started with just those words), some of the pain is still vivid and especially in this week of Thanksgiving with the empty seats that we’ve prayed about. He continues to comfort and strengthen as I try to focus on the good memories and not on pain of the losses, and remembering in the reality check that my losses – as painful as they feel – are nothing in comparison to what others of you have faced and are facing. Giving thanks, and also reminding myself that joy and happiness are two different things. Also reminded of the song, Because He Lives.

    My posts from the past 2 days were lost in chaos and not hitting ‘post’ but requests were prayed for, sisters. Echoing LYNNE FROM AL’s covering prayer for this weekend over all of you.

    Prayers and praises –
    LAUREN GW – praise for the good weekend, prayer for your husband’s healing and strength for you both in the process
    KIMBERLY Z – sister and leaving situation
    NATASHA R – so sorry for your loss, thank you for your testimony
    TERESA DONLEY – thank you for sharing the praise of Aliya and her license
    MERCY ❤️
    GAYLE CRAIK – healing
    LOLLY REGAN – rejuvenation of joy in salvation
    TRACI GENDRON – joining in prayer for Tanner’s dad, thankful for your testimony
    MICHELLE PATIRE – car repair
    CHERYL BLOW – encouragement in the tough times you’re facing
    MARI V – your sweet friend
    BEBE ROGERS – guidance in job search
    ANNA FAITH – testimony
    MAMA MEL – improvement in discouraging life circumstances
    DAWN PRENATT – family and friends of victims in tragedy
    STEPHANIE BERLING – thankful for daughter’s baptism
    MARYA KAT – so sorry for your loss
    ELLE K – mom’s biopsy
    TINA ❤️
    CEE GEE ❤️

    Update –
    family member with job situation, appears resolved thankfully
    friend with son/medical issue – haven’t been able to get update yet

    Requests –
    friend’s daughter in very serious condition from chronic illness
    Minor in light of serious issues but praying I can locate a lost item

  63. Andrea P says:

    Amen

  64. Tara B says:

    It was a good reminder this morning that God is there when there is no suffering, in the middle of suffering and on the other side of suffering. He has already seen the beginning through the end and it is good. I have to remind myself, even today, that God knows the good that is in store on the other side of my sorrow and grief, uncertainty and fear. Praise God that He is always there! Have a wonderful day She’s! And if you live in the Southeast, drive safely! Lots and lots of heavy rain today.

  65. Meghan Hempe says:

    This is a great point! I have go remind myself not to believe the lies of the enemy, but to instead stand firm in the truth.

  66. Kelly (NEO) says:

    ❤️ “every sorrow is something God has already started to transform.”

    KIMBERLY Z – agreeing with you in prayer that your sister will do the brave thing.

    TERESA DONLEY – so glad for Aliya!

    ELLE K – praying for peace to you and your mom while you wait on results

    MAMA MEL – praying the Lord will bring you strength and comfort

    FOSTER MAMA – praying your goddaugher and her mother can keep stable housing

    LAUREN GW – rejoicing with you for the good weekend. Praying it will be the first of many steps toward restoration and healing
    How is your mom doing?

  67. Erica Chiarelli says:

    It’s comforting to know God works all things out for our good…so even when things are hard, we can trust God knows what is happening, and He is growing us! We can get the gold out of it…He walks with us always and we are never alone!

  68. Dana says:

    Really needing this ❤️

  69. Thea Joshi says:

    Loved reading through Ps 31 this morning, and the devotional was super encouraging ❤️ I believe we CAN “wail in the face of sorrow” *as well as* rejoicing in all Jesus has done and will do. There was a helpful point in last week’s podcast that giving thanks doesn’t mean denying that we face hard, bad things.

  70. Thea Joshi says:

    Loved reading through Ps 31 this morning, and the devotional was super encouraging ❤️ My only challenge is that I think we can “wail in the face of sorrow” *as well as*

  71. Tina says:

    I think I must have gone ahead of the studies! My response yesterday, probably better suits today’s reading!

    I am thankful to have been, and continue to be, a blessed recipient of Gods Love and Grace, Hope and Mercy, in my time of need. When all I knew and had known changed forever, He was there. In the days when I felt alone, He was there. In the moments, when I could not breathe, He gave me breathe. In the hours I wept, wept, and wept some more, He collected my tears. In the moments when I could not see life without my girl… He gave me Hope.

    Forever, thankful, forever filled with Hope, and forever living in gratitude for my redemption and salvation, which equals, one day a life in Eternity with God and my Beloved..

    Forever thankful, Thank you Lord God, Thank you..

    BUT GOD..

    AMEN.

    Happy Tuesday my dears wrapped in thankful love for each and every one of you.. Be blessed..❤️