As I faced doctors’ appointments and surgery earlier this year, I heard comments of people worried that I was alone. Being single, I don’t have a spouse to go with me or support me through a health journey. While the support of a spouse is comforting, God sent me comfort other ways. I had a friend who drove me to 3 appointments and spoke up during some overwhelming times. I had friends praying for me, sending me cards and text messages, giving me hugs at church. I had the help of my parents at surgery time.
While I went to my second opinion appointments without another person, I know God was with me. He has been with me for many years through both good times and bad. God doesn’t leave just because I hear a diagnosis that I don’t like. God’s faithfulness becomes more precious through health issues.
God promises so many times in His word that He will never leave us. He is close, so I am never alone.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for being close no matter what is going on in my life. Thank You that I don’t ever have to be alone, no matter who in this life is beside me.
The Psalms are filled with praise and encouragement. This one starts with praising God and recognizing that He is worthy of worship. Then we are reminded that God is the one Who hears prayer. For Almighty God to be willing to listen to us is an amazing thing. God is in charge of the universe, but He still wants us to come to Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that I can come to You and bring my requests. Thank You for your leading in my prayers. I ask that You would be at work in hearts so more would cling to You and bring their requests to You. Thank You that You listen to all who come to You.
I know many who have shed tears in recent times. There are all kinds of reasons for those tears. The Psalmist had many trials and difficulties. He took them to the Lord to find the help he needed. We don’t know when we will have the shouts of joy – sowing tears can seem like a long process.
I know that God always does what He promises. While the tears are heavy and the suffering can seem long, I know that we will reap with shouts of joy!
Dear Heavenly Father, please help those who are shedding tears while sowing for You. Please strengthen them. Help them to remember they will reap with shouts of joy.
I have often caught myself spending more time in prayer asking God for things than thanking Him. I also know how easy it can be to complain instead of praise. God tells us multiple times in His Word to be thankful and give praise to Him. I appreciate verses like Psalm 100:4-5 that not only remind us to praise, but also give us an easy reason to give praise. God’s steadfast love (Hebrew word hesed) and faithfulness are readily evident (when we are paying attention).
I need to pay attention for the many ways to thank and praise God, but I know when I get stuck that God’s Word will give me the help to get started.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your steadfast love. You are unchanging and Your love is always available to me. I praise Your faithfulness. I am in awe of the endurance Your love and faithfulness has. You are worthy of praise and honor and glory.