Overwhelmed

Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. – Ps. 61:1-2 David was overwhelmed. His son, Absalom had not only rejected him, but he had taken the throne from David. The son he loved was treating him like an enemy. We get overwhelmed too, and it doesn’t take that much to do it. One of those days where everything goes wrong can be overwhelming. Dealing with children and trying to pay the bills can beat us down, especially when you are a single mom. Taking care of aging parents when their health fails can overwhelm us. A busy schedule, a health crisis, a home repair, a car repair, a demanding job…all of which can become overwhelming, but we can...

Witness During Suffering

And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” -Luke 23:43 No one has suffered greater than our Lord when He was nailed to a wooden cross to die for our sins. Yet, during His ordeal, He took the time and the strength to assure the thief on the cross of his salvation. Jesus had been severely beaten, bruised and wounded. His body was traumatized, but He made the effort to speak. I thought about what it took just for Him to speak. He was in so much agony and every breath was difficult. We can learn from our Lord’s selfless actions. We can witness to others during our trials. I never cease to be amazed when I hear a believer proclaiming the mercies of God rather than complaining about their situation. It blesses my heart to...

Tears

You number my wanderings; put my tears in Your bottle; Are they not in your book? Ps. 56:8 This is one of those verses that show us how intensely God cares about us. He knows about every wandering and every tear. If God had a bottle with our tears in it, what would we see in that bottle? Would we see the tears shed over sin and failure? How many tears would there be for the lost? How many of those tears were shed during prayer? During praise? During testimony? We would see tears shed during great struggles and afflictions, and we would remember that God poured His strength into us and brought us through that time. There would be tears marking the times when we grew in grace and knowledge. There would be only a few tears when we felt the peace that is beyond...