It’s been one of those days.  You know the kind.  They’re a bit hard, and uncomfortable and you spend most of the day just wishing things were better.

I think a big part of it for me was finding out this morning that Michael wasn’t doing well.  He’s had quite a few tough days now, and as I’ve shared and as we all know, when someone that we love and care about is struggling, it’s just hard.

Sally shared that Michael has been neurostorming quite a lot today.  When this happens, it just makes things so uncomfortable for him.  And of course, this also makes it so hard for his family as they watch him struggle.

Prayers are needed for these days.  Michael’s fluid levels have not been consistent and this is the cause of much of his discomfort and storming.  His doctors and nurses are working hard trying to figure out what will be best.  So Sally just asked that we could pray for wisdom and for clarity for them as they work for Michael’s best interest.

I have to admit, it’s a bit of a scary time.  So I searched for the kinds of verses that I need when my heart is afraid.  And I found one in Exodus that was perfect.


 Fear not-  I’ve heard it said it’s one of the most frequent commandments in the Bible.  There are some 365 variations of it they say, which is kind of fitting that there would be one for each day of the year.  Maybe because it’s something that we need to hear, over and over again.  Or maybe because God just knows that life can be scary at times.  It’s probably a combination of them both.

Stand firm- Why is it, that when life is hard, I just want to fall and crumble down into a heap on the ground?  Especially when what I need to do is exactly the opposite.  No matter how hard things are, with God’s strength, instead of falling, we can stand strong and stand firm.

And finally…

See the Salvation of the Lord-  It’s right in front of us.  If we look it’s not hard to see God’s salvation, to see the many, many ways that He’s saved us.  It’s the best thing to focus on when life is hard and the best gift that we could ever hope to have.

It was a hard day.  So I’ll hold close to these truths and keep praying and trusting that God will work, in my life, in the life of our friend Michael, and in all of our lives.

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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