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Monday, October 10, 2016

Facing Challenges

Facing Challenges

“I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears…Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” -Psalm 34: 4, 19 (ESV).

Consider some thoughts in acrostic-form on Facing Challenges. We all have challenges day by day. How we face and work through them defines who we are and how we face life.

Following God does not preclude problems.
Around us all the time are mountains high
Calling us to exercise our best intentions,
Inviting us to trust Him and fully rely
Night and day upon His strength and wisdom,
Going on by faith and not by sight.

Calling on Him in all circumstances
Has all the characteristics of seeking light
Amidst the darkness that surrounds our way.
Looking for His help always available,
Leaving our burdens at His feet we press on,
Engaging in prayer and gaining strength anew.
Nothing should distract us from the goals
God leads us to see and strive toward gladly,
Ever mindful to give Him glory in our souls,
Secure whatever comes of weal or woes.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for challenges and problems. They strengthen us and help us rely on Your power to overcome. May we seek You daily and know the blessings of deliverance from fears and cowering. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

-Ethelene Dyer Jones 08.17.2016

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