WISDOM
Formula For Tough Times
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10/27/2014

“God do it again—Bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
So those who planted their crops in despair
will shout hurrahs at the harvest,
So those who went off with heavy hearts
will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.”
The Message: Psalm 126: 4-5

 

Reflection by Ron Buford

How are you today? You may be worried about a job, a relationship, illness, fears about aging, trouble with kids, aging parents, an old hurt, or just “the blues.” Life sometimes knocks us down.  It happens to everyone.  The key is to get back up and keep moving. The psalmist offers a simple formula for getting through tough times:

First, remember ways God has brought you through past tough times.

Second, ask God to do it again. God specializes in restoring life’s greatest fortunes—love, joy, peace, and more.

Third, show that you believe by moving forward before there is tangible or visible reason to do so—even while weeping, sow seeds for the future you envision though the path may be uncertain and you may just not feel like it.

Prayer: Gracious God, I need your help right now. Please restore my life to better times.  Forgive me for the way I tend to forget the ways you have been with me in the past.  For the faith I lack as I say these words, please help my unbelief and send your Holy Spirit to pray for me when I doubt and forget.  Guide me.  Teach me.  I’m getting up and out . . .today, thanking and praising you now.  Amen.

From: Stillspeaking Devotional

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