Refuge & Strength…

Recently, I had the honor of writing my first inspirational/devotional book with Lisa Bull, one of those people that you meet and know, instantly, that you were probably best buddies growing up as a toddler but moved away before you had a chance to really get to know each other. In fact, I have a photo of me when I lived in Pennsylvania, my funny little brown pixie haircut, sitting in a red wagon with a cheesy grin on my face. Next to me is a pretty little blond girl. No one remembers who the girl is…but I KNOW that it must be Lisa from when she lived in Pennsylvania!

Pink Umbrellas Devotional

Anyway, yesterday I was reading Day 6 of Pink Umbrellas: The 12 Days of Devotion to my daughter, Cat. It was about her and a big, brown, icky thing on her arm. At first, she was horrified…as only 11-year-olds can be…at the thought of having a story about her in this book. Then, when I read it to her, she laughed so hard that she had tears in her eyes.

(I never considered myself a humorous writer so I’ll chalk it up to her laughing at herself.)

And then, she hugged me.

One never knows what type of reaction will be displayed by an 11-year-old girl.  😉  Needless to say, I was very happy with her hug and enjoyed that tender moment.

Isn’t that a lot like our relationship with God? When we might otherwise be angry or man, if we turn to Him and hug Him, share a laugh instead of a tear, isn’t our life that much richer?  If we turn our problems over to God, we are not admitting defeat in handling them but we are admitting our faith in God to help us through those troubled times.

He is, after all, our refuge and strength.

Today I challenge you to laugh at problems and turn them over to God. Let Him guide you through troubled times. The holidays can be especially stressful for a variety of reasons: financial, emotional, physical, spiritual. Rather than despair, seek comfort in knowing that God will never desert you. He is there for you…all you have to do is seek refuge in your faith…

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And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
Luke 8:49