Category: sadness

A refuge is a place where you run and hide when troubles get to be too much.  Like a cleft in the rock, it covers and protects us.  We need that when the storms of life come.  But notice:  God does not provide a refuge for us; He is our refuge.  If the enemy of our souls is distracting you, tempting you, discouraging you, look to God to shelter you with His wings. Do you need someone to protect and hold you close at this moment in your life?  He is there right when you need Him. You are safe with Him. Do not fear! But the Lord will be a refuge for His people…Joel 3:16

Prayer: God, You said You’d be my refuge!” I thank You for being there for me. I have no one else to turn to. I know You are my very present help in time of need. I trust in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Psalm 56:8

What are you worried about? God knows about it, your sleepless nights, your sighing, your tears. He has kept it in a bottle and it’s before Him. He doesn’t let your tears fall to the ground. They’re too precious to Him. He knows how to bring you out at the right time. Keep on trusting Him to act in your situation. He can be trusted and you can place your hope in Him!
PRAYER: Lord, I know my tears are not hidden from You, help me not to allow discouragement to undermine my confidence in You. Instead, I will live with an expectation that You will act on my behalf. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

When King Hezekiah became deathly ill, he turned to the Lord and wept bitterly. The Lord heard his cry and sent a word through prophet Isaiah. ‘This is what the LORD says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.” 2 Kings 20:5
There is an aspect of our lives that God sees- the tears we have cried. Perhaps you’ve been shedding tears of grief, hopelessness and despondency. But the Lord will come, in His own gentle way, to lift you up and restore you. Weeping may last for the night, but He brings joy in the morning.
PRAYER: Lord, You know the tears I have cried and the burdens I have carried. I know that You will come and bring healing and restoration to every area over which I have been so concerned. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Genesis 43:29
Joseph looked up and saw his brother Benjamin. Then he declared, ‘May God be gracious to you, my son.’
Have you ever wished that someone would just look up and see what you are facing? The Lord wants to bring people into your life who will lift the load and help you.
The Lord will bring those into your life who will speak blessing over you, who will help you. I speak blessing over you: ‘May God be gracious to you, my friend.’

PRAYER: Lord, I receive Your blessing and favour spoken over my life. Thank You that You will bring the right people into my life who will help, guide and stand by me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Have you made a mess of your life? Do you wish you could start over again? If that’s the way you feel, I have good news for you: God wants to make your life over anew, and He can do it today if you’ll let Him.
“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand” says the LORD. Jeremiah 18:6, God can take you right now where you are and make out of your life another vessel. God can mend a broken life if you give Him all the pieces. Just turn it over to Him and say, “Here it is, Lord.” God wants to give you a second chance. If there is something that the Lord is asking you to do, do it. Don’t be stubborn. The Lord, longs to be gracious to you. Surrender every area of your life to Him and see Him work wonders on your behalf.

Here’s hope from God’s Word, if you find yourself discouraged, struggling, or weary:
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalm 121:1-3 When we look around we get anxious and fearful, but when we lift our eyes to the Maker, He won’t allow us to fall. We may find ourselves on slippery slopes, but the God who knows all, knows our way. And even when we stumble, He will keep our footsteps firm. For if He made all of heaven and earth, surely He has an incredible plan, for you and for me.

Verse: 2 Timothy 4:17
‘The Lord stood with me and gave me strength…’
What an awesome picture of the Lord standing with us and giving us strength. HE is standing with you today – you are not alone. HE is closer than you could ever think or imagine. HE is more interested in you than you realise, and He will give you the strength you need.
PRAYER: Lord, may Your abiding presence be a living reality in my life today. May I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that You are with me and that You are making all things possible! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Judges 6:12 ‘The Angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon and said, ‘The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.’
What the Lord says about us, is more important than what we think of ourselves. In fact, God doesn’t see us as man does. When Gideon was at his lowest, God called him a MIGHTY WARRIOR. Today, you may be at your lowest, but the Lord is with you and calls you a mighty warrior. He is not finished with you yet. He is with you to accomplish great things through you. You have nothing to fear.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You that You are with me. I believe what You say about me, and I know that You have great plans for my life. Amen.

Judges 6:12 ‘The Angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon and said, ‘The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.’
What the Lord says about us, is more important than what we think of ourselves. In fact, God doesn’t see us as man does. When Gideon was at his lowest, God called him a MIGHTY WARRIOR. Today, you may be at your lowest, but the Lord is with you and calls you a mighty warrior. He is not finished with you yet. He is with you to accomplish great things through you. You have nothing to fear.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You that You are with me. I believe what You say about me, and I know that You have great plans for my life. Amen.

We all go through seasons of sadness, depression, fear and doubt. Many great men of God in the Bible, like Moses, Job, Elijah went through overwhelming valleys of doubts and fears. Elijah wanted God to take his life. Moses ran away in fear, Job cursed the day he was born. King David cried out in sadness many times through the psalms. Paul wrote, “God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus” (2 Corinthians 7:6), certainly knew seasons of darkness and despair. So if you find yourself under the heavy weight of depression today, you’re not alone in your struggle. God knows your suffering. Your dark circumstances are not beyond His power to heal, restore and redeem. God will give you a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness. Isaiah 61:3