Medication for Tough Times in Life

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?

Psalm 121:1

We praise You, LORD Jesus, Creator of the heavens and the earth, for guiding us safely through the good and the rough times. Enable us to always cling to You. Help us to focus on Your Word day by day. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Everything is so different this year. I didn’t have time to prepare for the things that are happening at the moment. It’s just like relearning how to live.

I’m overwhelmed by emotions of having real low lows and immense high highs. One minute I’m “okay” and the next minute I can’t stop crying. In the morning things might be perfectly “normal” and later on it all feels like a bad dream I want to wake up from.

Do you remember what it felt like at the very beginning of this corona virus? I mean, all the sudden, the whole world shut down. “Is this for real?” I thought back then. I just wanted to wake up to “solved.” But it didn’t happen.

Today, weeks later, I’m more or less used to this lockdown by now, something else shook my world. And I find myself in a complete new situation and facing this humongous mountain of sorrows and worries.

How can I survive that tremendous ride on the rollercoaster of emotions? How can you face your own time of trouble? What’s the medication for life so we can continue living during these hard times?

Let me give you a few things to look out for:

1 Most of all you need to focus and cling to the One, the only One, who can help and carry you through this. I will get back to that at the end of my post.

2 I had to find a new way and routine of doing things. And so will you. For me it was getting back into exercise while listening to worship music on my mp3 player. Think: What helps you to release that extra amount of energy? What is it that will bring you “down to earth?” How are you able to relax and take your focus off that burdensome mountain? You need to reach a point to become calm and still.

3 Yes, you need to share good and bad news. Keep a small circle of trustworthy women who are close to you. You need someone to encourage you to “Press on!” Choose a friend you can call when things get tough and when you need a good cry. Carefully select a few sisters in Christ you feel comfortable enough with so that you can make yourself vulnerable and share your thoughts with them.

4 What ever is happening to you at the moment: Don’t google it. My precious sister in Christ reminded me of that. It was not on my list here but, since she mentioned it, I thought I pass it on to you.

5 Especially if you are in a time of grief, remember, most people do not know how to handle and comfort the ones who are going through grief. They want you to “get over it and move on.” Or, as my dear friend said this morning: “The world wants to put a lid on top of it.” God has made you special and unique. You might not be as strong as someone else. So it could take you a lot longer working through this hardship.

6 People, as soon as they’ll find out, will flood you with text messages, emails, or calls. At least some will. Tell most of them that you are “okay” having a small circle of people who are helping you through this and who are praying with and for you at the moment. They should understand. If not, don’t worry about it!

7 Take care of your body as well as of your spirit. Give your best to get enough sleep, drink a good amount of water, and eat healthy.

Back to point 1. Let’s read Psalm 121 together:

1 A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Your help comes from the LORD. Trust in Him and lean not on your own understanding.

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Lessons from the Garden — Leave it in God’s Hands

And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

Mark 4:41

LORD Jesus, we praise You for this beautiful day which You have made. Guide us mightily today. Lead us on the right path, and keep us on Your way which is the right way. Bless us in all our doings and enable us to give all the glory to You, our Savior, Almighty God and Creator of the heavens and the earth and everything in it. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray. Amen.

Due to a storm the cover of our newly built greenhouse flapped quite a bit over these last days. One of the mornings I noticed that the bottom of the cover on one side was loose. The wind had free access into the greenhouse and whirled around the tiny plants. I’ve got very upset watching this and immediately wanted to control and fix everything. The bad weather, however, made it impossible, at least at this point, to adjust or change much. All I could do was to trust the LORD and leave everything in His hands.

We want to take matters into our own hands, don’t we? How can we fix certain things? Is there a way we control them? Do we need anything else to succeed? Where can we buy the best materials for our projects?

What if things do not go according to our own plans? What if thick storm clouds gather above our heads? What if things get out of hand and destruction is on its way? Then what?

If Jesus is in your boat there is absolutely no need to be fearful, sister. Believe in God. Have faith in Him! Psalm 107:29 says: “He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.” God is the One who not only tells the wind to cease but makes it obey at His Word.

What if He doesn’t calm your storm yet? Then I would like you to remember and cling to the words of this teacher:

“The LORD Jesus IS the calm in the midst of the storm.”

(M. McKillen Caught in the Storm)

No matter the storm in your life: Leave it all in God’s Hand.

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Trust in the LORD

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Psalm 118:1

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are good and Your mercy endures forever. When we pray You hear us. Whom shall we fear? What shall we be afraid of? You are the Light and Salvation, and You are the Strength of our Life. Thank You, LORD. In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray. Amen.

While wrestling with a major problem or facing an immense hardship we tend to forget about eternity. The here and now becomes so overwhelming that we don’t see the there and then. Time to take a break, be still, and remember who God is.

The LORD is almighty and sovereign no matter what happens on this earth and in this time and age. God remains in control. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. The LORD is mighty to save. He came to seek and save the lost.

It is He who made us and not we ourselves. (Psalm 100:3) He created all things, and by His will they exist and were created. (Revelation 4:11)

Colossians 1:16 says:

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

What a thought! Now, if He created all things, and all thing exists by His will, would He not be able to work all things together for good? (Romans 8:28)

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

Is the LORD your Strength? Has He become your Salvation? Trust in Him today!

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