Daily Devotionals

Better Days

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Scripture: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” – Psalm 28:7

This has not been an easy year for my family or me. We have been and continue to go through some tough times. We are blessed beyond measure, but even blessed people have rough waters.

The spring was particularly troublesome, and it’s been like a rollercoaster ride since Easter. These have been some of my most difficult days thus far, but my faith has grown more than I could have imagined.

I’m sure God has felt my wild roller coaster ups and downs with me. I’ve cried out to him, begged, and pleaded, and I even tried a little bargaining too, but I’ve also felt his closeness, been calmed by his Word, and learned from wise people whom he has put along my path. I know that I only have to trust him, and most of the time I do. But I do struggle sometimes with turning everything over.

I’ve learned a lot in the last few months and have become friends with some new people who are on a journey similar to mine. God has provided opportunities for growth for me, and I can now say that I think I’m moving in a forward direction. Baby steps but forward movement nonetheless. The Great Provider has not only been with me himself but has put people on my path that have helped me stay afloat. I hope to be as helpful to others.

The last few days have been better. I am trying to be more in the moment and appreciate all the beautiful little pleasures of life that I am blessed to experience. I have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to. God is my strength and my shield. He does help me. My heart does leap with joy, and I do praise him.

All of us experience rough waters. I don’t think I would appreciate the calm without the comparison. I don’t know how long the rough water will last for me, but I do know that God is with me forever. I do know that even in the darkest moments I am blessed. Thanks be to God!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for all our blessings. Thank you for being with us always, especially during hard times. Thank you for the people you put on our path to guide us and help us through rough waters. May our hearts always trust you. In Jesus’ holy name I pray, Amen.

Submitted by Susan Ratteree