We’ve all been there.
We all hate it.
And, I am here in it now.
In the thick of it. I’m in the midst of a family crisis.
And, I can’t even share it with you. Why?
Because it’s not my story to tell.
Have you been there? In the middle of the yuck but it’s not your yuck but you’re in the yuck?
I’m a casualty of the yuck.
I’m in the yuck zone.
I feel yucky. Oh, so yucky. (I’m not feeling very pretty right now, West Side Story fans.)
Yuck. Yuck bo buck…
Okaaaayyyyy…enough of that. Never start the “banana fana” song with a a word that rhymes with CHUCK! (I’m sorry if that offended you. I am in an unnavigated emotional place right now and my mind was trying to find something else to say about yuck. Sorry.)
Let’s get into the Word.
The Bible says when you two or three are gathered together he is there (Matthew 18:20). Here. Right here with us. So let’s do this!
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.Psalm 147:3 (NIV)
God never promises that we will not have troubles. He speaks a lot about giving us peace.
If we didn’t need peace, He wouldn’t have to tell us He’d give it.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears (Psalm 34:4).
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
Jesus has overcome the world. And, through Jesus, we will overcome our fears, our tribulations.
And, we will have the hope and faith to endure.
With him–and only with him–will I endure.
I’m leaving you with a very special scripture. God gave it to me today. And, I so desperately needed it. It’s Psalm 18: 1-20. I pray you read it with me and pray for my family. And, if you are in the middle of the yuck, let me know. I’ll pray for you too. 💖
Psalm 18: 1-20:
To the music director. A psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who sang the
words of this song to the Lord on the day when the Lord saved him from all his
enemies, and from Saul. He sang:
1 I love you, Lord. You are my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior. He is my God, my rock who
protects me. He shields me from harm, his power protects me, he keeps me safe.
3 I call for help from the Lord who should be praised, and he saves me from those who hate me.
4 Ropes of death encircled me, surging waters of destruction flooded over me;
5 The grave wound its ropes around me; death set snares for me.
6 In my despair I called on the Lord—I cried out to my God for help. He heard
my voice from his Temple—my cry for help reached his ears.
7 The earth shook to and fro; the foundations of the mountains trembled,
shaking because of his anger.
8 Smoke came out of his nostrils, and fire came from his mouth; burning coals
blazed before him.
9 He parted the heavens and came down, with dark clouds beneath his feet.
10 Riding on an angel he flew, swooping on the wings of the wind.
11 He hid himself in darkness, covering himself with black thunderclouds.
12 Hailstones and burning coals flew out from his brightness, passing through
his thick clouds.
13 The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High sounded among
the hailstones and burning coals.
14 He fired his arrows, scattering his enemies; he routed them with his lightning bolts.
15 You roared, Lord, and by the wind from the breath of your nostrils the valleys
of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth were uncovered.
16 He reached down his hand from above and grabbed hold of me. He pulled me
out of the deep water.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and
who were much stronger than me.
18 They came at me at my worst possible moment, but the Lord supported me.
19 He set me free, he rescued me because he’s my friend.
20 The Lord rewarded me because I do what’s right; he repaid me because I am
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