Friday, December 31, 2010

Slow Down

Today, I have shared the following devo with the readers over at LACED WITH GRACE. You can find wonderful Christian writers sharing from their hearts over at LWG Monday thru Friday. Go check it out...

Todays Devo...SLOW DOWN!

As a child I can remember being spun on the merry-go-round. At first, spinning really fast was so much fun. But after awhile, I got dizzy and just wanted to get off. It seems like my life is much like a spin on a merry-go-round … it just goes around faster and faster.

Its hard to not take on too much, but if truth be told, most Christians take on more than they can handle. Many of us are juggling careers, family, hobbies, and doing ministry. The problem with taking on too much at one time is that we cannot enjoy what we are doing and even worse, we do not do the best job that we can because we feel dizzy from the whirlwind. It doesn’t take long before we feel just like riding on the merry-go-round, we get to the point of wanting to throw in the towel and jump off of the ride.

God did not intend for us to take on the world all alone. It is His desire that we slow down, sit at His feet and do what He wants us to do. The problem is we try to do the latter part but we forget to slow down to sit at His feet.

Recently, I came across a poem written by a young girl who was fighting against cancer. The poem did not list her name, so I cannot give her credit but I think the message in her writing is exactly what I need to apply to my New Years Resolution…to slow down and allow God to pace my steps.

It is my prayer for the New year that each of us will slow down enough to hear the music before the song is over!

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s
erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun
into the fading night?

You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through
each day on the fly?
When you ask, “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die,
Cause you never had time
To call and say,’Hi’

When you run so fast
to get somewhere
You miss half the fun
of getting there.

When you worry and hurry
through your day,
It is like an unopened gift….
Thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

THANKFUL THURSDAY...what's in a day?

I was looking ahead in my new 2011 calendar.
Filling in important upcoming events. It already looks like the new year is going to be a full one.

Sometimes I find myself all wrapped up in what my tomorrows hold and forgot all about the importance of "today". This is exactly how some people look at becoming followers of Christ...they imagine that one day they will give their hearts totally to God. Maybe they will serve Him nobly one day, possibly in another country doing great things for His Kingdom.

Its noble to want to do great things for God, but the problem is we don't have to wait until a certain time in our life, or when we are able to travel to foreign soil, we can all serve God right where we are, right now. We must not miss out on seizing the opportunities that swirl around us today!

2 CHRONICLES 16:9 "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."

  • Before David defeated Goliath, he was taking food to his brothers on the front line. But as he was faithful in a small way - God gave him more.
  • When God called Gideon to lead Israel, Gideon was threshing wheat.
  • When Elijah called Elisha into the Lord's service, Elisha was plowing a field.
  • When Jesus called Peter and John to become fishers of men, they were mending their nets.
You see, not one of these great men of God sat around wondering, "I wonder if God will ever do anything in my life?" Instead they were busy with the work that was at hand.

Its one thing to plan ahead, but sometimes I think while we are looking for distant opportunities, we miss out on the ones that are right before our eyes. I am thankful that God gives each of us new opportunities daily. Each day is new with Him. May we realize all that God has for us in a day!

Today is THANKFUL THURSDAY. Iris is hosting this week and we invite you to share your grateful heart by linking up with us. CLICK HERE to join us!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

WEDNESDAY WEEKLY WORD...change of plans

I look forward to the joy and the blessings that 2011 is going to bring, but in addition to that, I also anticipate some sadness and trials and tears. The hard stuff is never easy to go thru but yet it is what strengthens us and molds us.

Some of us will go into the new year with a plan of making changes in our lives.
We will change some habits. We will change some of our attitudes. and we may even change our appearance. In the last YOUR OPINION MATTERS POLL, I polled the readers the following question, "What are you hoping to change in the new year?" The top 3 answers were:

1. 83% voted and said they hope to lose some weight.
2. Another 83% responded and said that they hope to read God's Word more.
3. 66% voted and said they hope to have more joy.

The poll results made me realize that whether we try to change things about our physical being or change something spiritually, that joy will come from a peace within. We can make all the plans we want for the new year, but the truth is that surprises will always pop up and mess up the plans that we make. We may be surprised by some of it, but God is NEVER surprised. We can do alot of things to make changes but the most important change of all is putting God back in charge of things.

Whenever we look to our plans in life and they seem to disappoint us, may we remember that "God knows the plans He has for us." (Jeremiah 29:11) In the new year, it is my prayer that I will stick to the plan...not mine, but His!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Have you ever wondered how a messy person and an ocd person can live under the same roof? Well, from experience, I can tell you its not always easy! lol

I am by nature a clean freak, my children say I am ocd, I don't think it is quite THAT bad but, I do like things to be picked up and orderly. However, not everyone who lives with me in my house has the same thinking. For instance, right now, you could go into either one of my children's bedrooms and see what I mean. Total disarray. Complete messiness.

It is difficult for me to understand how or WHY people live like that. When I tackle a cleaning job around the house, I do it all the way, I clean from top to bottom. I move things out of the way to dust or clean and put it back. "Cleaning" means something else to other family members ... my daughter often tells me that she cleaned her room, but yet when you go to inspect, it is difficult to see where exactly she has cleaned.

Unfortunately, some of us have this same cleaning technique when it comes to our spiritual well being. The Bible says that we are ALL sinners, saved by Grace. And I am thankful for that reassurance, but the truth is that many of us take on an attitude of "well, I am not sinning all that much!."

"If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness" (1 John 1:8–9 NLT).

Many times we go about "cleaning up" the sin in our life like we do cleaning around the house. Some of us are procrastinators. We put off what we should do. We half heartily clean up the mess. If we would all just get alittle ocd with our spiritual well being, we might realize that cleaning up the small messes will keep us from having a bigger mess. May we repent on a daily basis and keep our heart clean before God.

Now...if I could only get the kids to clean their room daily!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

THANKFUL THURSDAY...The greatest gift of all!

Have you ever noticed the difference in our gift giving for Christmas and that of the three wise men? Instead of toys, their gifts consisted of gold, frankincense and myrrh and most likely their gifts were not wrapped in snowman wrapping paper, in fact, they probably were not wrapped at all.

Another big difference in our gift giving traditions and that of the Magi is that we give gifts to one another while the three wise men gave the first Christmas gifts to Jesus! As I look under my tree, I noticed that all of the gifts are addressed to us, instead of Jesus.

One of the greatest gifts we can receive is the gift of the love, joy and peace that Jesus Christ brings. This is also the best gift we can offer others. This year, it is my desire to give someone the gift of Jesus. It will be a gift that will keep giving for a lifetime! No batteries required. Only acceptance.

"When the saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. (11) And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mry His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankicense and myrrh." (Matthew 2:10,11)

Iris is hosting THANKFUL THURSDAY this week. Please join us this week as we give thanks for the greatest gift of all...Jesus! May we all join our hearts together as we give Him praise and thanks! CLICK HERE to link up your TT post!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A PIECE OF MY HEART... Christmas shoes

We have come down to the deadline of finding that last most precious gift. As the shopping days come to an end, I can't help but think of this song "Christmas Shoes". For some people, this may be the last opportunity to find that perfect gift for a loved one. Just thinking about that makes my heart hurt for others.

Let's all keep our eyes open for someone buying some may be their last. God can use us to invest in others this Christmas season!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

THANKFUL everything - give thanks!

I know that we have already passed the Thanksgiving season and we are sitting right on top of celebrating Christmas, but for some reason my heart is reflecting on giving thanks during this festive season.

Sometimes, we forget as we get busy in the hustle and bustle of the holiday. The shopping. The parties. The concerts at school. The baking. The Christmas Cards. The decorating. Some more shopping and then there is all of that wrapping to do...we forget to sit back and give God thanks for all that He has blessed us with.

This year has been tight for us financially and we are not able to give like we have given in past years to friends and family. I know alot of people who are in the same boat as us, and in fact, presents under their tree are going to be very, very slim. But that's ok. God said to give thanks in EVERYTHING and even when we can't give monetarily, we can always give from our heart - and that is definitely something I am thankful for!

1 THESSALONIANS 5:18 "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

This Christmas season, whether you have extra money or not, remember to give from your heart! This week, Iris is hosting THANKFUL THURSDAY, click HERE to link up your post!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

WEDNESDAY WEEKLY WORD...there's no place like home!

There’s no place like home for the holidays.
That is, unless Christmas finds you home alone. Every year more and more seniors and young adults find themselves spending the holidays alone. At a time when families come together to catch up on the latest news, create lasting memories, and just enjoy each other’s company, untold numbers of singles (whether by divorce, death of a spouse or unmarried) will spend the holidays alone.

In last weeks YOUR OPINION MATTERS POLL, I polled the readers the following question, "Who will you be spending the holidays with this year?" The top 3 responses were:

1. 50% said that they will spend it with their children.
2. Another 50% responded and said they will spend it with their in-laws.
3. 33% voted and said their spouse.

The percentage that concerned me most was the 16% that voted and said that they will spend it alone. Does that not just grip your heart? It does mine. I can understand the longing that one feels to be with their family on the holidays. We live hundreds of miles from any of our extended family and it has been years since we have gathered with our parents and siblings for the holidays. There is always a sadness in my heart on Christmas Day to not be able to spend time with them.

But for others, this kind of sadness is much more than just one day a year, it is a daily struggle because circumstances have found them to be alone. The holidays only intensify this lonely, isolated feeling for them. This year God has placed a couple of ladies in my church on my heart that have recently lost their husbands, I know that this first Christmas without them will be so difficult. I asked God what can I do to reach out to them?

In my soul searching effort to create love and joy for someone alone, I came up with this top ten list of ways we can reach out to someone spending the holiday alone...

TOP TEN LIST: "Putting MERRY back into someones Christmas!"

10. Be willing to listen and to give hugs.
9. Sit with someone who is alone during Christmas church services.
8. Invite them to go shopping with you.
7. Bake a plate of cookies and go visit them.
6. Offer to help them decorate their house or tree.
5. Invite them to help you with Christmas baking.
4. Invite them along with your family to look at Christmas lights.
3. Invite them to Christmas Day dinner at your house.
2. Don't wait until the last minute to invite them.
1. Pray for them!

There's no place like home for the holidays...
open your home and your heart to someone who doesn't have a place to go. After all, isn't that what God did for us? He has prepared a place for us to live forever. A place that will have no sickness, no sadness, only joy and love. Let's share some of His joy and love this Christmas Season!

John 14:1-3 (1) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me. (2) My Father’s house has plenty of room; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

Monday, December 13, 2010

Simplicity of the stable!

The birth of Jesus and the surroundings reminds me of the mere simplicity of Christ.
We often times make living for Him harder than it really is. Jesus said it is simple to follow Him, all we have to do is Admit, Believe and Confess...the abc's of Christianity. But we try to throw in some d's, f's and g's along the way, making it difficult to follow His lead.

As I read the Christmas Story in the book of Luke, I am reminded of just how simple that very first Christmas was:

LUKE 2:4 "Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David."

The Jews were expecting the King of Kings to come and no doubt some of them believed that His arrival would be in such a grand way in which a King should be ushered into the world. With great excitement, with all party favors brought out.

Certainly, His birth would be at one of the most elegant, grand temples or religious buildings that could be found. Certainly, the finest linens and silks would be brought out in honor and celebration of the new King! ...Most certainly...

LUKE 2:7 "And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

...But instead of a grand entrance and fine linens and silk, God chose a humble village instead of Jerusalem for baby Jesus to be born, and instead of fine silks to be wrapped in, God had Jesus wrapped in swaddling cloths and he was laid in a manger. A manger was simply a animal feeding trough. Nothing shiny, nothing made of gold, no trumpets blaring, just a simple entrance.

But this is our King, why would God choose for His birth to be done in such a simplified way? Look at the people that God chose to use...a carpenter and his pregnant wife, some anonymous shepherds and an unsuspecting inn keeper. All of them just simple people, living simple lives.

As we read the Christmas Story again this year, may we all be reminded that God uses simple people. People like Mary and Joseph and people like you and me. He is looking for ordinary people to do extraordinary things for Him!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Finding worth in our treasure!

Recently I read about a man who found an old blue and white vase while he was cleaning out his attic. Not thinking it was worth too much, he took it to an auction to sell it. He was hoping to get $30 for it, to his amazement, the vase sold for $324,000! It turned out that the old vase that lay in his attic was actually an original fifteenth-century Chinese vase from the Ming dynasty.

Reading this story reminded me about how often people don't see, I just don't see, the value we have in our world. Often times I wonder, "Am I making any kind of a difference teaching this Sunday School class?", or say to myself, "Mary is so much more gifted in that area, I don't need to get involved with that, what could I offer that compares to her great talent?" Truth be told, while we are still laying around in the attic, God already sees the fine and rare qualities in us and He knows exactly the vast worth we have!

In 1 Samuel 30, we can read about the story of David and his soldiers who were returning home from a successful battle. The soldiers were met at the gate by those who had remained to guard the camp and the supplies. Some of the soldiers, carrying some of the goods that they had acquired in the battle, announced that they were not going to give any of the wealth to those who stayed behind.

I love David's response:

"As his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies, they shall share alike." (1 Samuel 30:24)

It doesn't matter if you are the preacher or worship leader out front on stage every Sunday or if you are the one who arrives early and turns on the lights and stocks the toilet paper in the bathroom .... each part is important and everyone has a job to do.

Maybe you feel like what you have to offer is not valuable to the Kingdom of God, but I assure you that when you get to heaven, some of us will surprised to see exactly the impact we have had on others here on earth.

1 CORINTHIANS 3:8 "He who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor."

What may not seem valuable now will later.
 Until then, we must all remain faithful with what God has given us to do!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

THANKFUL THURSDAY...when praise becomes sacrifice

This past week my heart was broken when I sat and talked with an elderly man in my church.
Last year he lost his lovely wife to cancer, and as we spoke about the Christmas season, his eyes welled up with tears and he said to me, "I am so home sick!, I just want to see Jesus and my Ruby!"

I always stand in awe when I talk with this wonderful man of God, even though his heart is hurting, he ALWAYS has a praise on his lips for His God. I need to become more like him, because sometimes it is a real sacrifice for me to praise God. Sometimes, I am tired and feeling down and when things are going haywire in my life, it is difficult to give praise and glory for my gloom, doom and despair.

But the Bible is filled with scriptures that encourage us to give glory and thanks and praise to God! One of my favorite ones is this one:

PSALM 106:1 "Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His  mercy endures forever."

This verse does not say to give thanks to God when we feel good, rather, it says to give thanks because He is good! My attitude and circumstances do not dictate my praise...He is worthy of praise no matter what state I am in!

I read in the gospel of Luke this week about the ten men who were miraculously touched by Jesus. These men were inflicted with leprosy, so they were outcasts from society, but, Jesus went out of His way to touch them and heal them. All ten were healed, however only one returned to give thanks and praise to God. Jesus asked this, "Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" (Luke 17:18)

In many ways, I think He is still asking that same question today.

Today, on Thankful Thursday, I choose to give Him praise! I do not want to be like the other 9 lepers who walked away with an ungrateful heart. What are you thankful for today? Go ahead, stop what you are doing right now and give Him praise for it!

Iris is hosting TT this up HERE!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

WEDNESDAY WEEKLY WORD...the best Christmas gift!

It is Christmastime!
Everyone is rushing around, trying to get the decorations up, go to concerts and parties and wrap all of those gifts!

In last week's YOUR OPINION MATTERS POLL, I polled the readers the following question, "What is your favorite thing about the Christmas season?" The top 3 responses were:

1. 50% voted and said it was remembering the greatest gift of all - Jesus!
2. Another 50% responded and said it was gathering with family.
3. 33% voted that buying gifts was their favorite.

I also love buying gifts at Christmas, but one of the most dreaded things in the world to me this time of year is having to buy someone a gift and I have NO idea what to get. I will wander from store to store until I find that "perfect" gift!

What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received?

As a child, was it a doll or an action figure? As an adult, was it something homemade or something that cost alot of money?

Getting presents is good, but I LOVE to give gifts.
What is the best Christmas present that you have ever given?

Most likely it was something that was given from your heart. Did you know that the best Christmas gift ever given was one given from the heart? It wasn't a toy, it wasn't a board game or even clothing. It was the greatest gift ever given and its the kind of gift that just keeps giving and giving!

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."

On the very first Christmas morning, many centuries ago, God gave from His heart, He gave you and He gave me a gift that cost more than anything in the whole wide world. He could have wrapped up the stars and the planets and dropped them on our doorstep, He could have swept up all of the diamonds and gold and dropped them in our front yard, but He wanted to give His very, very best .... so He gave us His Son!

Now that is the best Christmas gift anyone could receive...and what can we give Him back? Our heart, our love, our thanks, our worship, our faithfulness...our life!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Piece of My Heart...a bus driver, a pastor and a dose of integrity!

This week I read a story about a young pastor who boarded a bus early one Monday morning. As he took his seat, after paying his bus fare, he realized that the driver had given him too much change back. Some people would ignore the oversight or just slip the extra change in their pocket and considered it a blessing. But this young pastor knew that would be wrong.

At the next stop, the pastor walked to the front of the bus  and said to the driver, "Excuse me sir, but I believe you gave me too much change and I wanted to return it to you."

The driver looked up and said, "Pastor, I did not make a mistake. I was at your church last night and I heard your sermon on honesty. I wanted to see if you practice what you preach!"

People are watching us as Christians.

"Live in such a way that you won't mind selling your pet parrot to the town gossip." - Will Rogers
Will Rogers captures what having integrity means, we need to have nothing in our lives that we are ashamed of or have to cover up. Personal integrity is something that we develop on a daily basis, it starts with each thought and action we take. Is what we say and what we do building character or tearing it down?

It is my prayer that the "private" me matches up with the "public" me! I want to be able to pass with flying colors when an unbeliever puts me to the test.... about you, what would you have done on that bus?

1 Kings 9:4 "Walk before Me integrity of heart and in uprightness."

Monday, December 6, 2010

Seeing is believing!

Has anyone ever told you something so incredible and unbelievable that your only response was, "I have to see it to believe it!" Many of us choose to not believe in things that we just cannot see.

Seeing something makes it alot easier to believe.

Recently, I was at Walmart and as I turned down the cereal aisle, I couldn't believe what I saw! or I should say, who I saw! Right there in the middle of the aisle stood an old friend that had moved away a couple of years ago. I was completely amazed to see my old friend in a place that I least expected it!

The amazement that overwhelmed me must have been what it was like for the Shepherds on the day an angel appeared before them. Afterall, who would have thought that right in the middle of the field, an angel would appear? Their amazement and curiosity must have been what caused them to hurry up to Bethlehem.

LUKE 2:15-17 "So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, 'Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.' (16) And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. (17) Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child."

It was easy for the Shepherds to believe, because they saw with their own eyes. They saw the angel. They saw the star. The saw the stable. The saw Mary and Joseph. The saw Baby Jesus. But what about those that the shepherds went to tell about what they saw ... they did not see with their own eyes.

How much more difficult was it for them to believe?

Most likely the people gathered around and began to chatter among themselves. Whispering things to one another about the shepherds and what they were saying. The crowd probably separated into two different groups... the ones who believed and those that did not believe.

Isn't that just like our world?

We have believers and unbelievers. For those of us that believe, it is because we have seen the hand of God; His love, His grace and His forgiveness. Those that doubt and don't believe just haven't opened their eyes and their hearts to see what is clearly right before their eyes... The Hope of Salvation!

The angels asked the shepherds to follow them to see something amazing...I wonder, would you follow someone who you physically could not see, but yet promised to lead you to something amazing?

That is exactly what having faith in Jesus Christ is like.

Seeing is indeed believing!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

THANKFUL THURSDAY...Are you hungry?

Have you ever noticed what we say when we are really hungry?
"I'm starving to death!"  I doubt that we are THAT hungry, but the truth is most of us get to looking for something to eat as soon as we feel a tinge of hunger pains. In fact, I have noticed that the more I eat, the hungrier I get! It doesn't matter how much food I pile on my plate at a local buffet, I can walk out stuffed but it won't be long until I am starving once again.

If you have ever been this kind of hungry or thirsty, you know exactly what Jesus is speaking of in Matthew:

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6)

This is a clear picture of someone who is hungry and thirsty for God Himself. Someone who hungers and thirsts for righteousness. Someone with such a hunger that it cannot be satisfied with just one trip, the more you seek; the more you will thirst for more!

The Psalmist said, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God." (Psalm 42:1) This is exactly the kind of spiritual hunger that I desire. Today on THANKFUL THURSDAY, I am thankful that when my soul thirsts, His Word and His Spirit satisfies!

What are you hungry for today?
IRIS is hosting THANKFUL THURSDAY for the month of December...please visit her and link up your post! HAPPY TT!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

WEDNESDAY WEEKLY WORD...His goodness is pursuing us!

If there was ever a man who needed safety and security, it was David!
During his youth he was hated, persecuted, and at times even hunted by Saul, the king of Israel. Then later in his life, Davd was targeted again by his own son, Absalom and the entire nation of Israel. Yet even in the midst of turmoil and betrayal, David always found refuge in God.

PSALM 23:6 "Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

The very first word in this scripture is "Surely", which in hebrew means "Indeed, certain, without a doubt." David is so sure of his security, that he is trying to convey to us his confidence of knowing that God will indeed take care of him.

In last weeks Your Opinion Matters Poll, I polled the readers the following question, "What is one that makes you feel secure?" The top 3 responses were:

1. 81% of those voting said they feel secure having God's peace.
2. 63% voted and said that having someone love them makes them feel secure.
3. 9% responded and said they find security in having money.

No doubt, we all chase after security in some form. But what chases after us?

Did you know that the cheetah is the fastest animal on land and can run up to 70 miles per hour? It is twice as fast as a greyhound or a horse. But what really interests me is the fact that the cheetah will fix its attention on its preys neck when it chases it. He doesn't move his eyes off of the target, nothing will distract a cheetah's focus once it commits to the pursuit.

This is exactly what David is saying in Psalms...just like a cheetah commits and chases after its prey, without a doubt, God's goodness pursues us! This doesn't mean that every thing that happens to us is "good". God is not the source of calamity, hardship and suffering. The truth is that bad things happen to good people, and bad things will happen to God's people. Nowhere in scripture does it say that believers will be exempt from struggles of life.

But the good news is that when we do struggle or fall onto bad times, God's goodness will pursue us! No matter how bad our situation is, God will always bring something good out of it.

God did it for David and He will do it for you too!