A Prayer for Difficult Times

It would be an understatement to say the last two years have been difficult. And when things were getting back to normal, we are faced with a global incident that is impacting our economy. Watching the news is not for the faint of heart. My heart is breaking for the residents in the Ukraine. Mothers and children trying to flee the war, and husbands and fathers staying behind to fight.

Many are asking why this is happening. The answer is simple. God gave us freewill.

When God created mankind, he gave us free-will. Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, had free-will, and they chose to disobey God, and brought evil and sin into the world.

Every person on earth has the free-will to choose to obey or disobey God. Unfortunately, there are some who are choosing to disobey God, and are unleashing evil and violence. They think they are in control, but they are not. God is still in control.

God is still in control. I don’t mean to try to sugar coat all of the trouble and strife we are seeing in society and in our personal lives. We are living in some difficult times. As believers, we can place our burdens in God’s hands. God never said following him would be easy; however, he did say he will never leave us or forsake us. We need to lean in even closer to Him, through prayer and reading his word.

This is one of the scriptures that gives me comfort and peace. I pray the same for you.

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore

Is It Well With Your Soul?

In this hymn written by Horatio Spafford, he can say all is well with his soul. Even though he had faced numerous tragedies in his life, he still relied on God for his strength.

It has been over a century since this song was written. Things have really changed during this time.  However, one thing hasn’t changed. We still experience trials. It is not a question of if we will face hard times, but when.

During troubled times, where do you find your strength?  Do you feed and strengthen your body each day, but not your soul?  Is your body strong, but your soul weak? Mark 8:36-37 asks the question “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”

We don’t have to rely on our own strength. We can rely on the strength of God. “God is our refuge and our strength , an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3).

Romans 8:38-39 tells us that nothing can stop God’s constant presence with us. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God didn’t promise Christians an easy life. He promised he would never leave us alone. He promised to be with us in the rough times. He can give us a kind of peace that can come only from Him. It is a kind of peace where we can say it is well with our souls.

Coming July 5, 2016!!

Welcome to awhisperofhope.com! I am so excited you are here.

I have felt the call to write a blog for quite some time. This blog is the result of much prayer and discernment over several months. Through this blog, I hope to provide an encouraging word to those facing difficult situations, or the problems of every day life. The most encouraging words I find each day come from God’s word. I plan to share His words with you. I hope you find encouragement and peace.

The blog will be published on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. The first blog will be published on July 5, 2016. Please feel free to share the blog with others.

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