In the Midst of Difficulties

Hello Positive Women!

We had a tremendous meeting in October with a lesson based on Philippians 1.

Next week we meet again learning about the topic of humility.  I entitled this lesson, “The Surprisingly Delicious Flavor of Humble Pie.”  Come find out why!

See you Nov. 17 at Prestonwood Country Club or Nov 18 at Cottonwood Creek in Allen or Nov 19 at First Baptist downtown Dallas.  You won’t want to miss this powerful lesson.  Now here’s a devotional to ponder as we approach Thanksgiving.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I know that for some people it is difficult to celebrate and be thankful.  We can’t ignore the fact that many people have lost their jobs and are struggling financial.  Others are struggling in difficult relationships or with a wayward child, and some are dealing with the loss of a loved one.

This past week, here in Texas, we had the terrible and senseless loss of 13 lives at Fort Hood.  Our hearts go out to the families of those who were slain and our prayers are with those who are still struggling with injuries.  At times like these it is easy to think there is nothing to be thankful for, and yet even in the midst of difficulty, tragedy and loss there are some things for which we can give thanks. 

In my own life, my dear mother was sadly killed at the young age of 55 during this time of year.  Certainly we do not give thanks for the terrible loss, but we can be thankful for God’s comfort and care.  The Bible says, “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them and delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  (Psalm 34:17,18)

In our situation, we thanked God for providing wonderful people to come to our side and comfort us.  We thanked God for the blessing that my mother’s life was to all of us, and how she blessed so many people with her godly heart.  We thanked God that many people turned back to God as a result of my mother’s sudden death, because they too saw the brevity of life. 

God’s Word offers us strength and comfort in times of difficulty.  Just this morning I read Psalm 107:

 1 “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
       his love endures forever.

 2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say this—
       those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,

 3 those he gathered from the lands,
       from east and west, from north and south.

 4 Some wandered in desert wastelands,
       finding no way to a city where they could settle.

 5 They were hungry and thirsty,
       and their lives ebbed away.

 6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
       and he delivered them from their distress.

 7 He led them by a straight way
       to a city where they could settle.

 8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
       and his wonderful deeds for men,

 9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

We may not understand why the Lord has allowed trials in our lives, but we can trust His unfailing love.  He is our provider.  Look to him and seek His help through your pain and struggles.  Like the Psalmist, we can thank the Lord for His unfailing love in our life and thank Him for His care for us each day.

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