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Be anxious for nothing…..

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

This scripture came to mind this morning on my way into work. These last few months have been quite stressful with what seems like an onslaught of family issues; physical, emotional and spiritual. The ‘funny’ thing about all this is that just a few weeks before we were ‘hit’ with all this ‘stuff’ I had been thinking about how ‘we’ easily praise Him in the good times, but can we do that in the valley/bad times as well. Then whammo, I got the opportunity to find out! The answer is yes, but it ain’t always easy! There have been highs and some very low lows! But, through it all my faith in God has never wavered. I know that He holds all things in His hands and that I belong to the One who can see me through any storm. There have been many tears and at times I feel like my heart is completely broken, and then I remember Whose I am. I stand firm on the belief that there is nothing that God and I can’t handle together. Anything is possible with God!  I can praise Him through this storm

Can you praise Him in the storm? Absolutely. It all starts with a relationship with Him. The dictionary defines ‘relationship’ as a connection, association, or involvement; a dependency. When we become dependent on God and not ourselves, then we are in relationship with Him. Every relationship requires a daily involvement/connecting. Just like you build a relationship with a friend or loved one you can do the same with God.

When difficulties arise believe that God is bigger than anything that this world throws at you and you can praise Him through it. When you realize you can’t , know that God can.  When you realize that He has the best plan for you, then you can praise Him through the storm. Know that He will bring you through and when He does you will be stronger than you could ever have imagined.

He holds my heart in His hands and wipes my tears. So, I have gone back to His promises.

John 16:33- I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Isaiah 41:10-so do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

Psalm 94:19- When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
Psalm 71:14 But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Will difficulties arise? Yes, they will…..but God will walk through each and everyone of them with you, if you will allow Him to.

Do you have a relationship with God; have you opened your heart and life to Him? He has great and wonderful things for you. Ask Him to come into your heart today, begin connecting with Him and allow Him to work in and through you. Let Him be your strength through each and every part of your life; the highs and the lows! It will be good! Actually it will be GREAT!

 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and
pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven
and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14


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