Handling Hard Times

2 Corinthians 1:9-10

Why, we felt that we had received the sentence of death; but that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead, he delivered us from so deadly a peril, and he will deliver us; on him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.

Thought for the Day:  We are sometimes given more than we can handle, but God’s faithfulness will get us through.

I ran to the phone as it rang thinking it was probably my husband calling.  As I looked at the caller ID, my heart leapt because I saw where the phone call was coming from.  I hoped that it was from her, but wasn’t sure until I heard her voice.  The call was from a friend who touched my life about a year ago when we had several days together.  The time we spent was wonderful and we became dear friends.  A few months after our meeting, her husband passed away in a tragic way and I began praying for her and for her children.  I “talked” to her by Facebook and messaging, but had not talked to her on the phone.  Hearing her voice brought a comfort to me and chatting with her for a few minutes was special.  As I listened to her, I heard many familiar words and thoughts from her that I heard and felt when I tragically lost my husband many years ago.  The thing I heard the strongest was that the way she grieved and the way her children grieved in their loss were all different from one another.  As I listened, I hurt for her and I also shared with her that through all of my losses, I learned that everyone grieves differently and it is okay to grieve in each person’s personal way.  My husband and I, through the loss of each of our parents, decided to “give permission” to the other to grieve how we needed and to understand each other the best we could.  That helped us both in our grieving and we each understood each other better.

I read “The Upper Room” devotion when I woke this morning and it was about the words, “God will not give you more than you can handle.”  The writer very eloquently wrote about Paul’s thoughts about what we can handle and reminded us that we can’t handle things on our own.  Sometimes in life things are harder than we can handle alone.  We know, however, that our hope is set on God’s promises that He will deliver us.  Our hope is set on the knowledge that we need to remember God’s promise and that we need the prayers of people around us.

http://devotional.upperroom.org/devotionals/2016-06-01

Prayer:   God, thank you for reminding us through others that when we go through tough times that You are there.  You are there to help us handle those things that are too hard for us to handle alone.  Remind us each day of that promise, but help us each day to also pray for those who feel they have more than they can handle.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Those going through tough times

 

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