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The Drug for Hopelessness

Glory of the Lord over our Barn

Glory of the Lord over our Barn!

If you are visiting from Proverbs 31 devotions welcome!

Hopelessness knocks on every door, even spiritual giants. If we

succumb to the temptation to believe there is no hope- hopelessness is

given permission to rule us.

Hopelessness tempted me at a young age, but God graciously showed

me the way of escape. To this day when hopeless thoughts attempt to rule me–

I remember what I learned that day.

I had come home from school and found my mom lying on her bed in

convulsions. I called 911. On the way to the hospital I prayed that God

would save her life. Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given unto you…”

repeated in my thoughts. The rescue crew worked feverishly to get her

heart to beat. When we got to the hospital they put me in a little room

off the big waiting room. The doctor came in and told me my mom had

died on the way to the hospital.

My faith didn’t fail at this point.

The doctor took me back to see my mom. As I put my hand on her

foot, the flat line on the monitor showed a heart beat, then two. . .

She was put into intensive care, unconscious. My sisters, brother, and

I went to my dad’s house (who didn’t live with us).

I waited till everyone was asleep. I opened my Bible to II Chronicles

20. A vast battle was coming against the Southern Kingdom in Israel,

Judah. The battle was so over-powering that it would be impossible to

win. When Jehoshaphat heard of the battle- the Scripture says he

feared and sought God. He also proclaimed a fast in all of Judah.

Then, he gathered all of the people together and then started to praise

God for all He had done for them. Soon after, a prophet stood up in

the audience and said that the battle would not be their’s- but God’s.

A strategy came from heaven… The next day they put worshippers in

the front of the battle line, singing,

“Praise the Lord,

For His mercy endures forever.”

As soon as the worship started, the battle was won. Even as

a child, this charged my spirit. I read the same chapter over and over

all night, without going to sleep! I wept over this chapter, praying that

I would have the ability to live it, myself.

That morning, I got on a school bus exhausted from no sleep. I felt

hopelessness closing in on me. I didn’t know if my mom made it

through the night. What would happen to us? I thought how can I be

so hopeless when I was in His presence- ALL night??

My faith started to fail. The Lord whispered to my heart, “Will you

live it?” I prayed, “JESUS, this is too hard! I saw You do a miracle

yesterday and here I am today in total despair.”

Nothing in me wanted to worship. Absolutely nothing. I felt no

strength or power in my spirit. I was a goner. Have you ever been

there? A lifeless goner?

I stood up on the bus. I knew that in II Chronicles

20 they won the battle when they started to worship. I couldn’t sing a

lick and didn’t even know one worship song’s words! But, I was desperate to win the battle– so I started to

sing Amazing Grace (off key) and missing half the words. I noticed

that when I started to worship- the darkness lifted off. . . 

There’s a lot more to the story…

My mom lived and I learned a powerful truth. Psalm 34:17-20 “When

the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all

their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the

crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the

Lord delivers him out of them all.”

Mom and me at lunch this past week- Thank You Lord

Mom and me at lunch this past week- Thank You Lord

To this day when hopelessness knocks on my door (and yes

unfortunately as long as we live in these flesh bodies we will have occasional hopeless

thoughts)- I remember what He calls me to do and do it!

1. Cry out to Him!

2. Worship Him!

3. Believe His Word and live it!

Hopelessness knocks on every door- even spiritual giants (Elijah, Job,

Moses, Peter…) If we succumb to the temptation of believing there is

no hope, then hopelessness is given permission to rule us. We

cannot allow hopelessness to rule- we have the key to

overcome it!

God graciously saves the crushed spirit- but we have a part to play.

We must do our part.

Are you in a battle? Is your faith being tested? Do you feel like a

“goner?” You’re in the perfect place for God to deliver you! Cry out to

Him. Worship Him. Believe His Word and LIVE IT!

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Comments

  1. Angela says:

    Sharon God bless you and your Precious Mom!! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing this with me. I lost my Precious Mom January 2013. IT was so bittersweet. I miss her so so much. She was our Prayer Warrior. I miss you Mom. Sharon can I please ask you to pray for my husband he is in prison and I long and desire and want him to come home soon I have been praying my mom prayed all our family are praying our attorney is praying for God to open up the prison doors for my husband. I do at times have to fight my my thoughts and emotions to not give up to keep pressing into God but then I long for him to be released my heart aches for him. Tomorrow is his birthday and I do miss him so much. I have fasted prayed and cried my heart out to God and I m trying not to become consumed by it because I have to stay strong so I can be there for him. I dont know what will be and I want to believe God is working behind the scenes on his behalf but I sometimes get worn out from waiting. Sharon I feel so desperate. I want to Give our Heavenly Father praise and thanks for all He has done and still doing for our family to get us through every moment of each day.
    Thanks so much. Blessings to you.

    • Patricia says:

      Prayed for you!

    • Good morning Angela! I’m praying for you today!! The word that keeps coming to my mind for you is, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18, ESV). Our great King Jesus is EVER so near to you throughout these hard times. I pray that His comfort would flow over you right now and that His peace would strengthen You. More than anything, keep crying out to Him and setting your HOPE in Him. He does NOT fail us!! Love, Sharon

  2. Amen, the best Drug for Hopelessness is the HOLY BIBLE and the HOLY GHOST ( HOLY SPIRIT )!!

    Please PRAY for our Judeo-Christian Nation USA and Israel-Yisrael Everyday Everyone!!

    Love Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/

    Kristi

  3. Debbie says:

    Praying for my son to return to the Lord with a surrendered heart and live for him.

    • Praying for your son right now Debbie! Father, in Jesus’ almighty name, I ask that YOU would bring Debbie’s son into right and vibrant relationship with You. I pray that He would come to know You not only as Savior but as King and friend. Give him a whole heart to serve you! Amen.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This has so blessed my heart and my spirit! Everyone has left us – because we have chosen to walk the VERY narrow with Jesus. We feel very alone so your words are a great comfort. What an amazing miracle! I treasure every blog you post. Many, many blessings to you and your family!!!

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I pray that our loving Father- Jesus would surround you with new friends and a community of people who are also seeking first His Kingdom. I pray that the miracle of community would happen quickly for you- no matter where in the world that you may be. With love, Sharon

      • Please pray for my hope, faith in Jesus our Lord to heal my son-in-law that has cancer and my daughter who loves him so much and may they both put their hope and faith and strength in Gods hand for the storm that they are going through.

        • Thank You Lord Jesus that YOU ARE the Healer. You ARE our Great Physician. I ask that you would bring healing to Janet’s son-in-law from all cancer… and give strength and perseverance to Janet’s daughter. I pray for total salvation for them. In Jesus’ name, amen!

      • Please pray for my daughter and son-in-law to have hope, faith and strength to carry out in their time of need. They have a long storm to deal with because they are a young couple in love and only been married two years, they were starting a family and now my so-in-law Tony has cancer and is getting chemo, please pray in Jesus our Lord to heal my son-in-law that has cancer .

  5. You have truly blessed my heart and my spirit! Our family is feeling very alone as we walk this VERY narrow road with Jesus. We have no-one in our lives who understand – they just criticise. I love all your blogs! I pray great blessings upon you. What an amazing miracle of your mum!! Praise Jesus!!!

  6. Over and over God continues to promised to heal me. This has been a long 10 years of believing Him and trusting Him and His Word. Some days I grow weary of the constant pain I live in. On the days that I feel hopeless, He always reminds me that He is faithful to His Word. Thank you for this blog. It is one I needed to read to keep me going.

    • Good morning Julie,
      I’m coming into agreement with you for your healing! We know that healing is part of Jesus’ very nature- just like provisions. He IS our healer, our provider, our peace, etc. I pray for a miracle to happen swiftly for you! Yet we KNOW that He is constant through all of our trials. I am grateful that He would encourage you today. Keep fighting the good fight dear friend!

  7. Miranda miller says:

    I’m new to your blog. I read your devotion from Proverbs 31 and came to visit your blog. I love your story and boy I love your three steps to overcome hopelessness. My family and I definitely need prayers. My three yr old (then two) got hurt in the no no area and I took her to the hospital where she had injuries consistent with sexual assault. They took her and five yr old (now six) out of my husbands and I care and placed in CPS. Praise to the Lord that my aunt is a foster care parent and they were placed with her and my uncle for four months. Well, since then I now have them in my care with my parents help, but their dad is being accused of doing this to my daughter. The only way I am getting through all this is with Gods help. Without Him, I do not where I would be. I do exactly what you said cry out to him, worship him, and live in the Word. Anyone who reads this, will you please pray for me and my family, we definitely need the prayers. Before this, I was a Christian, but not an active one. This has made me turn my life back to Him fully.

    • Good morning Miranda, I am certainly praying for you today!
      Dear Heavenly Father, I ask that YOUR comfort and peace would flow through and touch Miranda’s life and all of her precious family. I pray that the wrong things would be made right. I pray for your daughter, that she would be kept safe and be placed in the care that she needs. Bring full emotional healing to each member of this family. Help Miranda to keep pressing into your truth, Spirit, and love. In Jesus’ name, amen!

  8. Trudy Payne says:

    Dear Sweet Sharon,
    Each time I receive and read your website, I get an uplift in my spirit. At times I feel lonely and down in the dumps. I feel I have to try to keep a postive attitude since my loved one has Alz. Each day I read devotions and pray for God to give me the ability to do His will with His help.
    Thank you for being an encourager.
    I love you,
    Aunt Trudy

    • Thank you Aunt Trudy! I’m praying for a fresh sense of hope to rise up for you today. Keep worshipping our King Jesus! He will lift us up!

  9. Heidi King says:

    Wow what an amazing story. It is just what i needed today. I am praying for the restoration of my marriage and the return of my husband to his family and home.

    • Praying for you and your husband Heidi! Father, in Jesus’ name, I ask that YOU would mightily bring Heidi’s husband back to You and then back to her family and home. I pray that Your glory would fill him and bring him into right relationship on every level! Bless him, Heidi, and their family! With love, in Jesus’ name, amen.

      • Heidi King says:

        Thank you so much! I know God brought me to your blog at a time i needed it most.

  10. Right now I’m really battling a lot of fear. My husband and I have been letting his 25 y/o cousin stay with us, because his parents are living in another state, and he literally has no where else to go. He dinks and works at a bar, so we really have hoped that being in a home with positive influences would help him. It’s been challenging, mostly for me, to say the least. We’ve set ground rules and he’s done well at keeping to them. The hardest part has been waking up in the middle of the night when he comes home. I’ve had a panic/anxiety disorder for many years, but by the grace of God it’s been under control the last year or so. Last night I woke up to our dog barking, my husband got right up out of bed, I assumed his cousin had just got home and he was letting him in the house. But when he didn’t come right back to bed I got up, too. Apparently his cousin got a ride from the bar from friends and once he was in our driveway, said friend started a fight with him right outside our door. He even said this friend who was drunk had a gun, though no threats were made. I’m just terrified that this violence has come so close to the one place I’ve come to feel safe. This Monday my husband leaves for five days for training for work. I’m so scared of another situation, or maybe worse. I’m seeking the Lord for guidance, but I don’t have any clarification as of yet. I’m so torn between being the hands and feet of Jesus and getting some level of safety and security back into my home. We also have a 12 y/o daughter, just increasing my anxiety and worry. My husband doesn’t seem too terribly concerned and I’m at a loss. Any and all prayers would be much appreciated.

    • Micah,
      That sounds like a tough situation! I pray for you and your husband to have wisdom about what to do. Lord Jesus, I ask that You would speak clearly to Micah and her husband about the best solution in this. I pray that mountains would be moved right now so that Micah’s home can be a place of peace, rest, and safety! I pray for wisdom for her cousin-in-law to know the steps he needs to take in his life for positive changes to come. I pray for a fast breakthrough- in Jesus’ mighty name, amen!

  11. Karen says:

    I have two sons living with hopeless thoughts, one 13 and one just 8. They have been raised to know God to the best of my ability and need God’s hope to permeate their hearts and minds. Thank you for you prayers.

    • I pray for HOPE to rise up right now for your sons, Karen! I pray for a mighty, mighty sense of HOPE, faith, and love to arise in them and for them to begin to know You in a new way. YOU designed them to know fullness. Bless them Lord Jesus today! Amen.

  12. My family of 4 (my husband, my two teen daughters and I) we have enemies (Christ-haters) who are trying to destroy us with LIES. It breaks our hearts—the depths that people go to scheme and plot against us and carry out evil actions against us. My family has received threats. Our enemies mock us for being Christians. Please pray for us.

    Just last week I felt like I was “goner” in the middle of very difficult circumstances—I even began to fall into despair as the Enemy camp shot out fiery darts. But I cried out to God and He began to immediately and personally encourage me/my family with promises from His Word (and signs as well) that He is with me and with my sweet lil family because we love and fear Him. He has shown us and continues to show us that He is already taking action to defend and deliver us from evil! I praise Him for His FAITHFULNESS! Even in moments when my faith is weak, He is faithful, kind and loving to show me that when I am weak, then I am made strong. I shall keep looking to Him in prayer and praise and thanksgiving in my family’s circumstances. The battle belongs to the Lord. He will deliver me and my family from evil and out of all our troubles! Thanks Sharon for your encouraging post which God has used to give me more strength to face the days ahead with HOPE! God bless you and your mom with many, many more wonderful years! Love, Joy

    • Thank you for sharing Joy! You sound like you’re being persecuted for righteousness sake and thus have reason to rejoice! I do pray for mighty protection and safety over you and your family. I pray that ALL of the enemies schemes would be broken and that he would flee seven ways! In Jesus’ name, amen!

  13. Stacey Z says:

    I am battling self doubt and overwhelming circumstances. Two months ago I came home from a work trip to a letter from my boyfriend who was staying at my house while I was gone because he was watching my dog. The letter said he was leaving me and was dating someone new. I was crushed. He completely broke off contact with me and I haven’t heard from him since. The past two months have been a struggle. I’ve been having performance issues at work. My boss has called me aside multiple times to tell me I’m not making the cut. I received a poor performance review which goes in my permanent file. I’ve been drawing close to God, praying, reading the Bible and going to church despite the world wind of events that seem dismal. There are days I’m very lonely and where I wonder if I’ll ever meet a man to marry. I’m 30 and single and living on the West Coast 2,000 miles from my family and friends where I grew up. I long for a husband, kids and Godly friends. I also want to be successful in my job and perform up to par. There’s days I’m so overwhelmed I don’t even know where to start and so I sit there numb which is why my work performance has fumbled. I’m trusting God with all my heart to see me through this storm. He is bigger than my problems and I am putting my faith in Him and Him alone. I pray for His power and strength to overcome my shortcomings. He will provide. I have faith. Jesus is my healer and deliverer. I receive it in Jesus name.

    • Jesus is your healer and deliverer! And I am standing with you today in agreement for HIS power and strength to overcome all of your fears.

      2 Samuel 22: 17-20 tells us,

      “He sent from on high, he took me;
      he drew me out of many waters.
      18He rescued me from my strong enemy,
      from those who hated me,
      for they were too mighty for me.
      19They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
      but the LORD was my support.
      20He brought me out into a broad place;
      he rescued me, because he delighted in me.

      Jesus wants to remind you that NOTHING can separate you from His love. NOTHING can separate you from His mighty plans for your life. I pray that you would see very clearly the steps he has for you to take and that you would be blessed as you keep choosing to trust Him- no matter what things may look like on the outside. He LOVES you and CARES! (I recommend meditating on the whole chapter of 2 Samuel 22, by the way.)

      With love,

      Sharon

  14. Anonymous says:

    Dear Sharon,

    Thank you for this. It is just what I need for what I’m facing in my life right now and like Peter, satan is sifting me too. My faith is really tried in the most painful ways and especially with the people I love most, mainly my husband and daughter. But I’ve been working through it as the Encouragement Today devotions of this past week have been just the tools God used to help me through some situations and I’m still learning and growing through them. My mind and heart are a constant battlefield, sometimes every few minutes or every half an hour or when things are really peaceful and I don’t know what hit me to make everything go haywire again. The hopelessness does drain me.

    Thank you also for the three points. My mother taught me those when she was alive, its a good reminder. She passed away in July 2013 from ovarian cancer and I miss her immensely. She was my prayer warrior and up lifter in life. You are blessed to still have yours.
    My main battle right now is with my insecurity, my marriage and my motherhood.

    God bless you. You are such a blessing and example to follow. Your daughters are so blessed. I pray I will be able to raise mine just as well, with the Lord’s guidance and wisdom.

    • Thank you! I’m praying today for you! I pray that every valley would be raised up and every mountain made low. I pray that you would know that you ALWAYS have the great intercessor contending on your behalf before the Throne of Grace- Jesus HIMSELF. I pray for all the encouragement that is needed for you in your marriage and motherhood! In Christ, you CAN do ALL things. With love, Sharon

  15. Judy S. says:

    Dear Sharon,

    Thank you for this. It has come just when I needed it. The hopelessness is driving me mad and my mind and heart are a constant battlefield as I’m being sifted moment by moment, situation by situation like Peter. The daily devotions from Encouragement Today through this past week have been a kind of guidance and strength to me at the right time on each day though plus what was shared on each speakers blog. God bless you Proverbs 31.

    The main areas of concern are my insecurity, my marriage and my motherhood. Satan is causing situations with my husband and daughter from time to time that is tearing me apart. My most earnest prayer for today is a breakthrough with my husband.

    Thank you for the three points. My mother taught me that a long time ago and this was a good reminder. She passed away in 2013 from ovarian cancer and I miss her immensely. She was my prayer warrior and biggest fan. You are blessed to still have yours.

    You have been an encouragement and example to me and I pray that I too can raise my daughter that well and leave a legacy for her to follow. God bless you.

  16. Merica says:

    I needed to read this today and I will be sharing it with my friend this morning at work. She and I were just discussing this very issue yesterday and she is in need of encouragement. Thank you! ??

    • Blessings to you Merica and your friend! I pray that all hopelessness and hope-deferred would leave and that real hope would rise up, now in Jesus’ almighty name!

  17. Caroline says:

    This was exactly what I needed right now. My family has been in the USA since 2001, bar a year and a half that we had to leave because of expired visas. We are desperately trying to get a greencard but have come across so many obstacles. My children have grown up here and my daughter is now married and has her greencard, praise Jesus. I am a teacher and fall in love with my students every year. We are facing having to leave again and that feeling of hopelessness is creeping in. However, you have reminded me of God’s faithfulness and I look back to all the miracles over the years, and the way He has delivered us. I will stand and worship Him, believing that He has got this battle for our family. Please believe with me 🙂

  18. Lynda jones says:

    I have been awake all night. Satan is trying to shake and rob.me of my peace. After 18 years of divorce my ex husband is taking me back to court to try and get the judgement against him reversed. I am unable to work because of health issues and it would be very difficult on me if I loose that alimony. I know God is in control but fear is hard to over come plus the fact I don’t have the money for an attorney. I appreciate so much this ministry and how at the right time God speaks to me through it. Thank you and please pray for me and that I practice this daily.

    • Praying right now for you Lynda! I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that His perfect peace that passes all knowledge and understanding would fill your life and situation. I pray for health and wholeness for your body, mind, and spirit. I pray for total protection and safety over your life!! I feel the Lord would have me share with you from Psalm 18:1-3.

      “I love you, O LORD, my strength.
      2The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
      my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
      my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
      3I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
      and I am saved from my enemies.

      He will save us from ALL of life’s enemies. I pray for confidence and hope for you in this! Amen!

  19. Thank you, Sharon, for your timely words. For about a year I’ve been job searching. I’ve tried to have faith and trust God’s plan during this time. I’ve had good and bad days. As the circumstances become more dire, I fear the small bit of faith I had to begin with will slip away. At this point I need a glorious miracle from God because I see no other possibilities. My only option is God. I pray that in the midst of the hopelessness, I will obey and honor Him and praise Him even when I don’t feel like it. And my faith will be made stronger.

    • Good morning Hope!

      Jesus gave you a great name, didn’t he?! I pray for a reminder of every word that He has spoken to your heart. I pray for clear guidance and direction for you right now. I pray that clarity would come fully and that you would be able to hear His voice leading you. He IS your shepherd dear Hope. Father, in Jesus’ name, I thank You that You have allowed Hope to be in the position of having no where to go- but to You. I thank You that in these dark and challenging times, You DO show Yourself faithful and true to her. I thank You that Your word is truth- and the words from Your mouth are Spirit and life. Fill her with Your Spirit and life in a fresh way today! Let her be empowered by who You are and begin to run with You like never before. In Jesus’ name, amen!

  20. Liz Lynn says:

    This is very timely for me as I am dealing with both health issues and financial issues. I have diabetes which is not well controlled, bad fibromyalgia, and arthritis. I have severe pain in my feet to the point that I can barely walk at times. This has been very hard to deal with. Also, my adult children have turned away from God, especially my daughter. Through all of this God has been teaching me to pray, not so much for myself, but for others. Still, at times, all this is very hard to deal with. God is teaching me to accept His will and praise Him in spite of my circumstances.

    • Oh Lord Jesus, pour out the fullness of YOUR salvation to Liz today! You said in Your word that you came to seek and to save that which was lost; her health, her children, and every unspoken thing!

      In Luke 19:10 (KJV), Jesus tells Zacchaeus, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

      I pray that you would encounter His heart for you in a fresh and mighty way today! With love, Sharon

  21. I needed this today. I’m in a battle and was starting to lose my peace.
    Prayers for finances and a house to sell fast.

  22. Monica says:

    Dear Sharon,

    I have been a christian since a very young age and through the years have experienced many moments of hopelessness. Hopelessness in the midst of family crisis, hopelessness in the midst of loneliness, hopelessness in the hard times of motherhood, hopelessness in financial difficulty, but one truth remains – Jesus is always present! Sustaining, uplifting, embracing, comforting and interceding. Truly when we draw near to Him e draws near to us. When we worship him the chains of hopelessness and fear are broken. Our strength is renewed and we see His deliverence.
    Thank you for such amazing words and sharing your experience. Continue always to be a blessing and be blessed.

    • Thank you for testifying of the faithfulness of our Great King, Monica! You have been through the fire- and Jesus has been right there with you! You have a mighty word to share with the people around you and the world. Keep trusting Him and believing Him for every breath! He loves to breath fresh life into you.

      Grace and peace in abundance, sister!

      Sharon

  23. It has been a long year, but as I read your blog I a n reminded that God is with us every step of the way! Miracles do happen and God is working . I know this but it does my heart good to be refreshed and hear another testimony.
    Please pray with us as we have been transitioning off the mission field of Spain. We just moved back to the USA last June after 14 years in that amazing country. Needless to say, my husband has been looking for jobs, questioning God’s call, and our family has had so many ups and downs. One constant has been our boys are adjusting well in a wonderful Christian school. We are so thankful that they could go there this year, but if my husband and I don’t get a full time teaching position at the school then we can’t keep the boys there.
    There are days I feel my faith waver. so thank you for this beautiful reminder.

    • Isaiah 40:25-31 is for you and your family right now! I’m praying for quick breakthroughs for you and your family Dani! With love, Sharon.

      “To whom then will you compare me,
      that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
      26Lift up your eyes on high and see:
      who created these?
      He who brings out their host by number,
      calling them all by name,
      by the greatness of his might,
      and because he is strong in power
      not one is missing.

      27Why do you say, O Jacob,
      and speak, O Israel,
      “My way is hidden from the LORD,
      and my right is disregarded by my God”?
      28Have you not known? Have you not heard?
      The LORD is the everlasting God,
      the Creator of the ends of the earth.
      He does not faint or grow weary;
      his understanding is unsearchable.
      29He gives power to the faint,
      and to him who has no might he increases strength.
      30Even youths shall faint and be weary,
      and young men shall fall exhausted;
      31but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
      they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
      they shall run and not be weary;
      they shall walk and not faint.”

  24. Sharon, thank you for today’s devotion. My faith is being sifted in many ways and I am thankful for the lesson you brought today. May God bless you and your family.

    • Thank you Mary Jane! I’m praying that a new gift of faith, hope, and love would come from Heaven for you today! Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith- and Satan can not touch us because we are God’s children! Isaiah 54:16-17 is one of the most important truths that we have to remember in times of sifting,

      “Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals And brings out a weapon for its work; And I have created the destroyer to ruin. 17″No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.”

      Grace and peace to you! Sharon

  25. Cindy says:

    My heart goes out to each lady who is in this place of hopelessness as I have been there too. Yet Christ has set me free and delivered me from the chains of negative thinking and helps me to hold my thoughts captive and to rely on His power to redeem my thoughts and make them His. Oh, the sweet love of God to give us His Spirit which enables us to live in and through dark days. Be blessed, ladies, as we dwell in His great love and grace each day-and remember that nothing is impossible with Christ. He is for us.

    • Thank you Cindy for sharing! Your testimony of victory is exactly what we need to be reminded of! Jesus is God and He IS victorious in ALL things. Bless His glorious name!

  26. Carolyn says:

    This message is coming at a time of great financial struggle for my family. And money, for me, is a battle that rocks me to my core. Few other things can send me into the panic and anxiety of not having enough to pay the bills.
    Satan has been dogging me for the past few months and has loaded me down with so many issues that I have been feeling so hopeless and desperate. I have lost friends and feel so isolated. It is as if Satan is luring me away from the herd so that he can pounce and kill.
    Thank you for giving me place to go in the Bible for strength and for telling your stories that show me that I am not alone in this struggle and that others have faced hardships like mine and been victorious.

    • Hi Carolyn,
      I’m praying for you today! I pray for a deep, deep sense of the peace of Jesus to fill you today and take away ALL anxiety! He IS IN CHARGE and cares for you to the very end of your days. No day will go by without Him or His ability to show Himself strong on your behalf. Call out to Him every second. I also pray for you to have restored relationships in the body of Christ. It is not His will for you to be alone or isolated. Thank Jesus that He’s giving you the discernment to know that this is definitely a scheme of the enemy. Resist it and the devil will flee! I pray great victories for you in Jesus almighty name! Amen!

  27. I woke up this morning with hopelessness.I suffer from bipolar disorder and the peaks and valleys are torturous.I don’t usually read daily encouragement on proverbs31.I usually delete them.But something told me to read today’s.Praise God I did! Thank you so much.You have given me back my hope to face another uncertain day.Bless you.I would like you to pray for all who suffer from mental health issues.Stop the Stigma! Thank you!

    • Praying for healing for you Maggie! I’m SO glad that Jesus brought encouragement to your heart today. Father, in Jesus’ mighty name, I ask that You would continue to bring encouragement and waves upon waves of healing and peace to her mind, heart, and spirit. YOU are our HEALER and we stand together in faith today. I pray for more hope to spring up- from the deep well of Your Holy Spirit living inside of her. Bring glory to Your name in how You move in her life! In Jesus’ name, amen! With love, Sharon

  28. Haley says:

    What an incredible story! My heart aches that you had to deal with that as a child, but I am in awe of your faith, even as a child. God provision is amazing!

    • Thank you Haley. The beauty of it all is that Jesus revealed Himself to me THROUGH each trial. He drew me closer and closer and this is my testimony. I praise Him for always being faithful- in every situation! Blessings to you!! Sharon

  29. Sarah says:

    Horrible depression over finances and feeling overwhelmed. Your story really touched me. I’ve had so many thoughts of giving up and then the old temptations arise which are exciting but empty.
    Thank you for your story, the timing was perfect.

    • Praying for you Sarah! I’m reminded OVER and OVER through this of what happened in Mark chapter 4:35-41. Jesus met His disciples and they were confounded as He spoke to the wind and the waves and calmed the storm! May He do this today for you in your finances and life! Amen!

      “On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

  30. Shonna says:

    Thank you for these words of faith and encouragement today. My mom lives with me she is 85 and has dementia. It is very challenging and I feel as though I fail with each challenge. I have faith I know The Lord loves me and forgives but I do condemn myself for each failure. This spoke to my heart today and I am reminded it is a spiritual battle and I must continue to fight the fight of faith and press ever forward. Praising him and praying for strength to persevere.

    • Praying for you Shonna!! Jesus DOES love you and does forgive you and He is greater than your heart. And guess what? He NEVER has condemned you! I’m going to give you the scripture that proves it. 🙂 You are MORE than a conquerer because He has first loved you! Let’s rejoice that He did all the work and we now learn obedience because of His work in us! Halleluyah!

      1 John 3 tell us (verses 19-22), “By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

  31. Erica says:

    My struggle is to turn the “everyday” things to God. You better believe in the big events (sickness, job loss, relationship stress…), I am armed with my Bible and pray the whole way thru it. But I need to work on the small things….he has a plan for every challenge, every celebration. Turn it all to him and walk in his plan EVERYDAY – that is my hope and my challenge. Thank you for sharing your story – what a blessing to know others face the same things we do and stand tall in their faith.

    • We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony Erica! I pray for great blessings over you today- to first testify of His grace in your life and then watch as He increases His strength through you. He makes us brave and more than overcomes. Give all those little things over to Him. He’s got those too! Halleluyah! Love, Sharon

  32. When I am fighting that hopeless feeling, I have the hardest time with faith & belief. I realize that this is the period when I need to cry out to god, worship him & believe that he is active in my life then live it. This is when I really have to work on giving the hopeless feeling to God. I open the Bible and read Job, the greatest example for faith & belief because Job lost everything & never lost faith then was rewarded with more than he started with. Praise God!

    • Kay,
      You’re so right about Job! He is SUCH an encouragement- in spite of the horrendous things he went through! And because he never cursed God- but believed- his life was restored 100 fold. May this be the case for each of us! May we keep blessing the Lord and believing the Lord- even through all of the fiery trials we are destined to go through! Big blessings to you today! Sharon

  33. paige says:

    Lots of financial distress, of my own making, and teaching my kids to be grateful not greedy. Way more to those stories, of course, but that’s the meat of it!

    • Abba in Heaven, bless Paige as she gives you her financial worries and troubles! Strengthen her to hand it all over to YOU and believe YOUR mighty hand for total victory and provision. You ARE our provider! Go before her in every aspect of her life and let her know that 1. you CARE, 2. you are PRESENT, and 3. You will keep making the path straight!
      With love, Sharon

  34. Shirley Smedley-Theiss says:

    This is a powerful lesson! I am going to share it with two friends that are in a fierce battle with cancer. I pray that many people will be lifted up today by reading your words…actually HIS WORDS that He WILL take care of us. Fall on Jesus!
    Thank you again, Sharon, and God bless YOU today!

  35. Traci says:

    Thank you for this post that God placed on your heart to share with us. I am currently struggling myself and I feel for everyone else who has posted. I have been dealing with high anxiety issues and a lung infection and then my boyfriend and I, whom I loved very much, parted ways due to differing views of our futures. Mainly I wanted marriage and he didn’t. So, I have some depression now as well. My doctor tried to help with antidepressants but I had side effects with anything I tried and so they have no idea what to do. Now I’m struggling with another unknown infection and bronchitis and I feel sometimes as if I’m drowning. The post today reminded me where I need to keep my thoughts and I appreciate it immensely. God bless.

    • Traci,
      It sounds like you are going through the FIRE. My goodness- I can for sure tell you that EVERYTHING that the enemy has sought to steal from you will be restored to you 100 fold! Jesus doesn’t let anything get taken away from His Beloved ones, but that He restores in every way- and better! He never promises us when He will do those things- but we KNOW we can trust that He certainly will move on our behalf! I pray for your healing today. I pray that all depression, anxiety, lung infection, and bronchitis would be fully removed at this very moment! I pray for a total miracle for your body. I thank You Jesus that Your blood IS all we need!

      Isaiah 53:5 tells us, “But he was pierced for our transgressions;
      he was crushed for our iniquities;
      upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
      and with his wounds we are healed.”

      I pray that His Holy Spirit would empower you in a mighty and fresh way today. I pray for victory in EVERY part of your life. In Jesus’ name, amen!
      Blessings and love, Sharon

  36. Carolyn Rogers says:

    Wow, thank you, Sharon. I will sit and ponder this for a while. God bless you and your family.

  37. Denise says:

    Prayers for my life to be motivated by grace rather than fear or anxiety.

    • Amen Denise!! 1 John 4:18 tells us, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” I pray for His perfect and all consuming Love to fill you and drive out all fear and anxiety today!! In Jesus’ name!

  38. Patricia says:

    Thank you for this! It is exactly the encouragement I needed. It’s hard to describe this to people and when I read your experiences, I finally felt like someone was “hearing” me. I cry out and praise but sometimes I still have to go through the process again – perhaps because there is a small part of me that hangs onto fear/ doubt too perhaps. Besides being married to a military spouse for 23 years and the fact that our son, who is wonderful; however tests our patience as he struggles to find his way and walk with the Lord in a secular school and work environment – lots of parental prayer time! Besides this, I am dealing with long term treatment of a brain tumour! In Oct 2013 I endured an urgent 15 hour operation. (I was misdiagnosed with another condition for 15 years and I almost died from brain stem compression – usually these things are found and it doesn’t come to this!) I was told at several emergency room visits that I was having panic attacks – even 2 weeks from my proper diagnosis! A few months after surgery, I discovered they were only able to remove half; mainly because it’s tough and fibrous. Also my vitals we’re going down and they had to stop. I was so weak and took 9 months to recover- it was a horrible experience with meds etc. This past January, I had radiation for the residual tumour. I was thankful because it was only God’s sovereign hand healing me enough to qualify! Everything went well until after the sessions were complete. Although greatful for many blessings, my hope dwindled as I deal with ongoing side affects and wondering if this is going to work. I have fear that it isn’t sand I will have to face another 15 hour surgery. Please pray this treatment works – it can take months for it to show it has – presently the radiation has caused swelling of the tumour and I’m stuck on the couch and unable to drive or do much physical activity- sonecdays I can’t go for a walk – I stagger! I’ll be 46 in June, my body has aged 10 years through this ordeal and some days I don’t know if I can handle it. Our loving God has shown His hand and presence through out, I have no reason to doubt, but I have days when I’m scared. I must sound like I’m complaining! I even ask God to forgive me for my lack of faith. Your article helped me to see that I must persevere! I have to focus on what I’ve gained and not what I lost – although that’s a hard one to do! I have learned countless lessons throughout the process. I must admit, lessons I never would have learned without the trial. I thank you for letting me unload and share my story. Bless you all! Bless your ministries- these teachings couldn’t have come at a better time! Thank you Jesus and thank you Holy Spirit!

    • Thank You Jesus for SURE! It sounds like you’ve bee going through some serious fire for a long time Patricia! My heart breaks for all that you’ve had to go through! I am standing in agreement for your total healing to be released by the Holy Spirit. I am coming into agreement with King Jesus for ALL of your cares to be lifted and a new gift of faith, hope, and love to be imparted to you. I pray for a GREAT exchange of all of these anxieties, for His perfect peace. I pray for your family to be brought into Jesus’ fullness! 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us that Jesus’ grace IS sufficient in ALL things! Oh how HE SO LOVES YOU through it ALL!

      “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV)

      Love,
      Sharon

  39. Amy Jobe-Frahm says:

    I stood sobbing and crying out to God in the shower, keening and wailing over the horrible agony and loss of my son, Cole, who took his own life at age 33 last July (2014). He had suffered from chronic depression most of his life, and we as his family of believers prayed for him during those years as well. Cole was a believer, but his illness hampered and foreshadowed his thoughts so much that he was hopeless things would ever get better for him. During those first days of acute grief and shock, I cried out “Lord, why? We have prayed for YEARS for you to heal Cole….why?” – I felt God say to me: “But child, I did. He is healed and is here with Me…” – With a SUPREME effort, I immediately turned my thoughts to praise and that day and every day since, with God-given effort, grace, and mercy, I have praised God for healing my son, for saving my son, that he is no longer suffering in this world. That he is at peace and with his true Father.

    God asked me: “Would you rather have your son back but still suffering with his depressive illness, or would you rather your son be here with Me, healed, safe, and at peace?” And as Cole’s mother, of course I knew I had to step out of my own way and choose the latter.

    For anyone who is reading this, I am here to tell you that worship and praise with thanksgiving is vital to navigating through grief and tragedy. I am here to tell you that worship and praise with thanksgiving is the key to healing. I am here to tell each and every one of you that worship and praise with thanksgiving is the pathway to peace, supernatural peace. God-given, God-breathed strength, courage, and peace. Praise God!

    • Amy,
      I was reading the comment sections of the blog and your heartfelt, honest words have ministered to me today. You, were an answer to prayer. We lost our beautiful, 25 year old son, four weeks ago to suicide. We are crushed and devastated, clinging to our faith, and feeling hopeless. I didn’t know the heart could physically hurt like this. We are seeking counseling and realize the journey of true healing will be complete when we see him again in heaven. I, like Sharon, feel the enemy is sifting us like wheat, wanting to render us completely useless for the Kingdom of God. From one grieving mother to another, may the God of all comfort touch our hearts and broken lives.

      • Amy Jobe-Frahm says:

        I just read your note, with my hand clapped over my mouth, instant tears, goose-bumps, a mother’s heart filled with pain, with YOUR pain, because I know how much it hurts. It IS a physical ache as well; I have told my friends and family that it literally feels that part of my heart has been hacked off. And it has. And so has yours. Something that helped me in the early days, the days that you are currently in, “S”, and I didn’t see how I could survive this much pain, but what helped me was my sister who is a Christian counselor would email me affirmations: “You WILL get through this.”. The next day…”This WILL be the hardest year of your life.” “Stand on God’s TRUTHS and don’t let Satan steal your peace…” – she even sent me index cards with different scriptures, quotes, websites, books, etc., and I have so many books I read, so many articles that helped me…..would you allow me to help you? Grief shared is grief halved. Because we were rendered ‘helpless’ by our sons’ choices, (or as the enemy would have us believe), we can honor our little boys/young men (are they not one and the same?) by believing our God, trusting Him, standing on His promises, knowing we will see our boys again, and helping someone who unfortunately will follow this path after us. Please call me anytime, email, text – I am here for you. You and your family WILL get through this. You WILL be triumphant. You are more than a conqueror. Your son is safe in Jesus’s arms.
        Amy Frahm afrahm57@reagan.com 563.271.1712

    • Amy,

      I just want to offer my condolences to you and your family and let you know that I am grieved that you have had to endure such a tragedy! Jesus alone is the answer of all of our “whys…” And I’m thankful that He spoke to your heart to comfort you! He is ALWAYS our comforter!

      I pray that He strengthens you as you continue to lean into His love and receive His deep peace. He will keep bringing healing to your hearts.

      With love and prayers,

      Sharon

      • Amy Jobe-Frahm says:

        Thank you, Sharon! I have Proverbs 31 daily email daily devotions come to my inbox every day, since I work from home and on the computer all day long, but yours spoke especially to my heart today. When God impresses upon my heart to type and share, well, as you probably know, He does not let up, He can be rather insistent and, as Beth Moore says, “kinda bossy at times…” – I just received a heart-rendering reply from a woman who just lost her 25-year-old son to suicide 4 weeks ago. She said MY words were an answer to her prayers?!!! Oh, my mother’s heart aches for her….and at the same time, I marvel incredulously at our God with His divine orchestrations and His Wisdom and His Love….I am sitting here crying because it is too huge for words for me right now….I cannot even articulate what I am trying to say other than He meets us where we are, if we keep our eyes on Him, he will bring us through the fire and the pain, impart His supernatural peace, and uphold us in his righteous right hand. Thank you for allowing me to share on your website/blog, and keep being real with your words.

  40. Courtney says:

    This came at a time when I have been on my knees crying out to God. My significant other, who has become a father to my son, and I decided to take the next step in our relationship. He had been offered a huge promotion in his career that required a move 300 miles away. We weren’t sure when exactly I would follow, but knew it was something we both wanted. Not too long after that I was told my position with the company I have worked for for almost 10 years would be surplussed. We knew this was God saying it is time. I began to look for a career in the new city, excited about what God was doing in our lives. In the meantime we found a place to live and signed the lease. As soon as he moved in he was hit with a severe depression and as soon as I found a new company to work for he said he will not be there and will be staying with a friend because he can’t be in a relationship right now. His family is hurting by this decision because they can’t understand it any more than I do. My son is scared that he is going to leave like his dad did. Needless to say our world has been completely shaken and we are on our knees. Doubt fear and worry have stormed in. While so many things have fallen into place through what I am positive is by God’s hand, this turn of events has thrown me into a complete tailspin. When everything says you are on God’s path, something so painful that it is ripping your heart from your soul is hard to understand.

    • Amy Jobe-Frahm says:

      Absolutely, everything you are feeling is normal!! It DOES leave a person flummoxed and bewildered when everything seemingly points to a path God wanted you to take. But rest assured, you WILL look back at this time in your life and see where God was working. Free yourself up from trying to understand and place every iota of doubt, fear, uncertainty, etc., in God’s hands; there is a certain amount of freedom in doing so. And peace follows. I, for one, have no doubt that God is working in your lives as I type this, for the better!!!

    • Courtney!! My heart broke in half to read what you have been going through. I can not imagine how tough this has all been for you and for your son. I am praying for total restoration of mind, heart, soul, and spirit for your husband. I pray that healing would come FAST and that Holy angels would be sent to deliver him from any demonic oppression. I pray for your son to have a precious gift of faith given to him- so that he may be able to feel how close that Jesus is to him as his Daddy-God. I pray for your heart to be given strength, peace, and total restoration as well. I feel that you should read Psalm 10:12-18… Verse 14b says, “to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.” Jesus IS our helper- no matter what! With love, Sharon

  41. Miranda says:

    I commented on this last night, but I don’t know what happened to it. I am new to your blog. I read your devotion on the Proverbs 31 website. Your words completely spoke to me. My family and I are going through a very difficult period in our lives. To make a long story short, my daughter got hurt and they blamed my husband who is her father of hurting her. So now my kids can’t see him and we have CPS involved in our lives. There are days I feel like I can’t continue like this and then God reminds me he has it all under control. I do exactly what you said, I cry out to Him, worship Him, and live in His Word. Without all of those things, I don’t know where I would be. I am definitely going to go read the story of Peter now.

    • Miranda, I’m praying big prayers for you right now dear sister! I pray for everything that the enemy has tried to stead from you and your family to be restored 100 fold. I pray for victory to come in a powerful and mighty way- and that truth and righteousness would overcome everything. I pray for Jesus’ heart of compassion and mercy to flow into your household right now and that every thing that you and your children, and your husband need would be poured out, abundantly. With love and prayers, Sharon

  42. Dona Haggerty says:

    Our 21 year old son is about to take a study-abroad trip with his college, to Prague. I am very concerned for his finances….that he will have the money to do this….and for his safety.
    He was a strong believer growing up…but in high school somehow lost his faith. His father and I are not certain where he is spiritually. We pray for him to return to his Heavenly Father.

    • Dear Dona, I’m agreeing with you today for your son’s safety, provision, and full-turning to Jesus! I pray for a greater gift of faith to fill him than you or your family ever imagined possible. I pray for him to fall head over heels in love with Jesus in this season and that every one of his needs would be supplied! In Jesus’ name, amen!
      Sharon

  43. Robin says:

    Thank you, thank you! Going through a rough time with my teenage daughter and this was a great reminder of what I know to be true – – God sees and cares. I have been crying out to Him – on her behalf and for myself, but the worship has been a bit mechanical and, if I’m honest, I have not been living my faith authentically. I know God is sifting us both through this season and I am committed to holding fast to Him and calling on (and allowing) Him to take this from me. His mercy indeed endures forever and I will praise Him for that!

    • Hi Robin! I am praying for you and your daughter! I pray right now that our King Jesus would touch your life and prayers in a fresh way. I pray that He would bring you to a much deeper place of confidence and trust in Him for her. I pray for a vibrant joy and abundance in the Spirit to fill you right now! Blessings to you as you seek first Jesus’ Kingdom and His righteousness! Grace, peace, and love- Sharon

  44. My husband lost his job last August & we are struggling financially. Thank you for this devotion & for your prayers!

    • Father in Heaven, I pray for Rita’s husband to have a big open door financially. I pray that Your Kingdom would come into their finances in a powerful way and that You would show Yourself strong on their behalf! I thank you ahead of time for moving every mountain and bringing victory! In Jesus’ name, amen.

  45. I am amazed how God can speak to me. My husband’s job is very overwhelming and stressful. He is being attacked on all sides and since I am his secretary there is a good chance we both could lose our jobs in the very near future. We have been trying to seek God’s will and know He will get us through but often satan can through in those doubtful thoughts. But I will continue to use your 3 steps.

    • Yes! Janine, remember that our Heavenly Father will NEVER forsake us or leave us begging for bread. He WILL always come through and open up a door for us when we are “seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness.” (Matthew 6:33, Paraphrased)
      I pray that He would strengthen you in the process as you wait on Him. With love, Sharon

  46. Nicole says:

    we are in the midst of financial issues & just a lot of family stuff. I am a,lowing the urgent to crowd out what really matters!

    • Hi Nicole! I totally understand what you mean by the “urgent” seeking to “crowd out what really matters”! It is a challenge for sure to make sure that we set aside time to JUST be with Jesus. I pray for each of us (including myself) that we would be able to be diligent with our time and make room for the one who loves us most! He is SO worthy of our time! And as we spend it with Him- the things He does in our hearts are hard to believe with the natural mind! Grace, grace, grace to you! With love, Sharon

  47. jackie says:

    I’m struggling with what to do about my jobs. I work 2 jobs and had an offer to go full time on one of them and it was withdrawn on Wednesday. Just not sure what is best for my family and our financial wellbeing since we will have 2 in college next year.

    • Lord Jesus, I thank You that You see Jackie and her family’s financial needs. I thank You that You are on the throne and that YOU will show her exactly what to do. I pray for a clear directive from Heaven for her and that she would know because of Your peace that goes before her. I pray for her and each of her children to be fully provided for. In Jesus’ name, amen!!

  48. Patricia says:

    Prayed for every single person who posted.

  49. Debra says:

    Thank the Lord for leading your spirit to write this. And God please be with all those women whose struggles are written above.
    Mine feels almost too small to write now. But I have never turned away from the opportunity to be prayed for because it does help soooo much. I have four kids. Three of which are my husband’s that I adopted. They all call me mom. The oldest has ADD, has struggled in school, held on to the pain/confusion/anger of his parents divorce/then his mom’s death, and is transferring to yet another school in the hopes of not failing out. Long story short he’s coming home to stay after attending a Christian boarding school. We butt heads constantly. He’s a teenager. He wavers on what he thinks about God. Okay I admit I need help trusting that God will help me as a mom. So often I feel like I am failing(so humbling to write in a public forum). Failing with the upkeep of my house too. Failing at feeding my family healthy food. Oof the sifting. Thank you! Thanks be to God for His Love!!!

    • Oh Debra… Jesus SO loves you and your whole family!! I pray that He would help you in every way that you feel like you’re failing. I pray that He would strengthen you to overcome every challenge of mothering this teenager and that He would help your heart to have clear perception and discernment into his situation. I pray for a great sense of wholeness and peace to fill the gates of your home! In Jesus’ almighty name, amen! With love, Sharon

  50. Rosemary says:

    I struggle every day with health issues and loneliness. I pray that
    God will give me clarity of mind, heart, and soul.

    • Rosemary, now is the time to press into the fullness of Jesus’ heart for you! Now is the time to press in harder than you ever have before- through worship and prayer. I just pray that Jesus would sweetly and powerfully minister to you, even as you read this. I pray that He would give you clarity of mind, heart, and soul. I pray for your heart to be ministered to by Him in a great way in this season. He SO loves and cares for you, daughter of the King! -With love, Sharon

  51. Shelley L says:

    God is SO good always – even timely words !!
    Thank you for listening to God and encouraging all with his wisdom in the moment. I was in need of just the way you expressed Sharon. I am humbled by Gods ways at work in our lives as my understanding grows . To his Glory.
    Please encouraged back at ya !!
    God Bless You
    Shelley

    • Thank you Shelley! I’m so grateful that Jesus would use my words to minister to you! It’s all from Him and because of Him! Big blessings to you too! -Sharon

  52. Cindy says:

    My Mom is 77yo. She was diagnosed with a bulging disc in her lower back and is in constant pain. The Drs say it could be 2 years until she can go in for surgery. I can’t imagine being in so much pain for so long. I dont understand why God would allow this to happen to one of his senior children. It breaks my heart. She’s on so many drugs and we are concerned she won’t last much longer.
    Please pray for my Mom …and me.
    Thank you,
    Cindy

    • Melinda says:

      Cindy, I prayed for your mom. I had a bulging disc three years ago and after two cortisone shots I got a smidgen of relief, enough to allow me to do deep water aerobics at the local pool. They use floaty belts so you are weightless and supported. Does your community have a pool program like this? If you haven’t I encourage you to ask a physical therapist about if it would be something your mom could do. It allowed my back to become pain-free. God bless.

      • Cindy says:

        Hi Melinda,

        Thanks so much for the prayers.

        She can’t have injections because of the other meds she’s on. Did you ever have surgery? I’ll check to see if we can get her into a program like that. It sounds hopeful.

        Cheers!
        Cindy

        • Melinda says:

          Cindy,
          My heart just goes out to your mama. I was in terrible pain for nine months while dumb doctors diagnosed and I waited to get a shot. Couldn’t sit, murder to lay down so sleep was a nightmare. Physical therapist recommended the pool. I didn’t have surgery. They said stretching and exercise are the key. That’s why I suggest a deep pool. Some swim centers even have special warm deep pools for seniors. Just the weightlessness was heaven, but gentle movement did the trick. Her doctor and/or physical therapist should be able to advise her better as I’m not a doctor…I am just thankful that nightmare is over.
          Now I have a new one – had foot surgery 6 mos ago and now there’s a complication: the toe next to the surgery toe hurts because of pressure being transferred there. Since two weeks ago I went from a slow but steady healing to barely being able to walk, being in nearly constant pain and experiencing severe depression. I have stopped going to work. I’m scared to death that I won’t get well (this has been almost 4 1/2 years of having chronic pain about 80% of the time – first my back, then bunion surgery, then hammertoe surgery and now complications). I’m extremely depressed but am taking action each day, fighting and clawing to advocate for my health. I’m single and live alone so there’s just me to take care of things although I have family near and they are supportive. They can’t do everything, though. I appreciate any prayers. I need hope. My church family is praying. This is the most severe trial I’ve ever had and I’m praying that God will deliver me…I hope for complete healing and to be able to walk with no pain.

          • Oh Melinda. What an incredible journey to be on. I don’t live near my Mom unfortunately, but you have given me hope that the pool therapy might just help her out a lot. I’m praying for you. I pray we will both come to understand why these extremely difficult things happen in our lives. Maybe together God will show us. I will continue to pray for you. Let’s not lose hope to dispare and depression. Let’s push on with God’s grace and strength. Know that I am thinking of you and hope you find relief and peace. In Jesus name.
            Blessings to you,
            Cindy

    • Hi Cindy!

      I’m praying for your precious Mom right now. I pray first of all that our Great God would comfort you and her in a mighty way. I pray that He would bring a total healing to her back- speedily. I pray for 100 % victory and healing. Lord Jesus, I ask that You would flood Cindy’s heart with peace in this time. I pray that her Mom would be given this perfect peace that passes all knowledge and understanding. I pray for Your faith to be strengthened instead of weathered or stolen.

      Jesus is standing with you in the fire of this testing!! Draw close to Him and listen to His voice to answer every question.
      With love dear sister, Sharon

  53. Kristi M. says:

    My marriage. Thank you.

    • Dear Heavenly Father, I ask that You would touch Kristi’s marriage! Come and bless her and her husband in a deep way. I pray that they would be strengthen as individuals in You and that You would give them a great unity and love for you- like never before! In Jesus’ mighty name, amen!

  54. Dear Sharon,

    Thank you for this, our God is gracious and merciful and we do forget when we are in distress and feeling hopeless. Watching my dear husband struggle with being misunderstood and subsequently ‘bullied’ by other believers has made me feel hopeless and struggling with remembering that even those who are doing the ‘bullying’ live in bodies that are fallen, it just all takes so much energy , so I will ask God to help me rejoice in even this really overwhelming challenge. Thank you for your prayers. God bless you.

    • Hi Ruth, I pray that the victory of King Jesus would fully be won in and around your husband. I pray for the victory of King Jesus over the people who are bullying your husband- that each of them would have Jesus’ heart and His will made manifest. I pray for all the wrong things to be made right and that grace and forgiveness would be extended to the offenders. I pray for your heart to be encouraged and that hope would keep rising up- every, single day! Jesus so loves you and your husband, Ruth! He is ever living to intercede. We can rejoice in Him and trust Him- no matter what comes. With love, Sharon

  55. Carol B says:

    Such a beautiful story of a child’s faith and what it can do. I have battled hopelessness for several years now. This past year my Mom was diagnosed with cancer. She is doing fairly well but it is a struggle a for me. I live a couple of hours away from her, I’m single and feel like I have to keep my home, job and everything else going. I want to be there for her and my family even more and would like to see them all come to know the Lord as their Savior. It is a very difficult environment but I will continue to walk boldly with Jesus into these dark places, hoping that it will shine an eternal light that everyone will want to have for themselves.

    • Carol, Jesus will continue to be glorified through you dear sister! Keep setting your eyes on Him and the light of His eyes. I stand with you for the full salvation of all of your family members and that He would protect you from all evil around. I pray for Holy Spirit to lift your head and give you, your mom, and all family members peace in the midst of this cancer battle. I pray for total healing for your dear Mom. I pray that a mighty miracle from Heaven would flow- and that no matter what- Jesus would receive ALL the glory. We will believe Him to have His way! Jesus IS faithful to you and your family. With love, Sharon

  56. Dear Sharon,
    Bless and thank you so very much for this message and reminder! This is something that I so needed to be reminded of. I am so glad you have your mother! What a wonderful story to share, and I can imagine how scared you were! It’s amazing to me that as a young child you knew where to look in the bible for wisdom. I pray that I will be able to do this soon as well.
    I lost my mother to cancer. It will be 3 years already on the 17th of May. Not a day goes by that I do not miss her, but I know for sure that she is in Heaven. My mother never lost her faith during her illness. This illness is awful, and the suffering she went through was terrible, but she never lost her faith. In Romans 8:28 we are reminded that all things work for good for those who love and called for His purpose. The only good thing that came out of her illness was the reinstallation of my faith. It is always with me now. However, my life is in turmoil. Between my husband’s drinking and his addiction to prescription pain pills, (which he has stopped the pills now for 8 weeks) his lack of paying his/our taxes and mortgage I am so sick inside with fear! We are about to lose our home. How have I gone through 15 + years of marriage and not know who my husband is? My husband isn’t a believer (yet.) I pray for that. I am not sure which way to turn. You are so very right in reminding us that no matter what, Jesus is always with us. Again, I thank you for this blessing of a message!

    • Dear Janis, you have such a powerful testimony of faith that has been refined as pure gold! Your Mother’s example was the kind that we all need to live by! You are so right about Romans 8:28! I encourage you to cling ever the more to this scripture in the midst of everything with your husband and finances.

      Dear Lord Jesus, I thank YOU for your faithfulness to your daughter Janis. I thank You that You care for her and her life. I ask that You would save her husband- right now. I thank You that You SO love him that You gave your life on the cross. I ask that every stronghold would be pulled down and utterly destroyed and that he would be filled with your Holy Spirit and empowered to live FULLY DRUG FREE! I pray for strength and endurance for Janis. Father, we entrust this whole situation to You and believe You for great things to come to pass! In Jesus’ name- amen!

  57. Samantha says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement! Please pray for my husband who is a pastor. He is also blind but that doesn’t stop him from praising God ad leading his people. At times in the church we face many trials but when the pastor is blind those trials can seem like mountains. So I am always trying to encourage him but it’s nice to have encouragement for myself sometimes too. May God bless you in all you do!

    • Bless you Samantha! I pray that great levels of encouragement would flow into your lives- starting now. I pray that Jesus would surround your congregation with His angels and many people who can volunteer and help make everything flow as it should. I pray for each member of this congregation and ask that they would each be strengthened to come into their calling from Heaven. I pray that as it says in Ephesians 4:12, the saints would be mightily equipped to take their unique roles in the world of the ministry. Mostly Lord Jesus, we ask that You would bless this Pastor in his ministry and that the greatest, unimaginably good things would take place there! Let every mountain become a plain. In Jesus’ name, amen!

  58. What an amazing testimony! I was thinking abiut the guts it took for an exhausted and vulnerable kid to stand up on a school bus and risk ridicule. Wow! Being an encourager, it throws me when things hit me and knock my faith out if me. Its not so much that I don’t have faith, but I’ve been in a family situation with a family member who is miserable and passive aggressive. I told a friend that I feel like I’ve been sucked into a cortex if oppression, so yes, my faith has been shaken. I seem to be stuck here and that’s not like me. I live to and love to encourage and walk purposefully joyful in life and to be an example to others. I know there is a battle going on. I guess I didn’t realize it was about being sifted(your mist recent blog led me here). Blessings!

    • Thank you Mary! Glory to Jesus!

      I hear the Lord wants to encourage you that you ARE already more than a conqueror of this trial! I pray that your family member would have conviction of 1. righteousness, 2. sin. and 3. judgement (John 16:8 reference). I pray that all things that are wrong would be made right and that you would no longer be oppressed by their ways. In Jesus’ almighty name, amen! I’m asking Him to fully restore your faith and give you a greater hope, faith, and love than ever before!!

      1 Peter 1:7-9 tells us, “So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

  59. Janice says:

    Sharon,
    Thank you for your devotion today. It encouraged my heart so much. I would like prayer for my son who has gone through a divorce which put him into deep depression and has walked away from attending church. My heart aches for his deep hurt.

    • Oh Janice, I’m praying!! Lord Jesus, I ask that You would stretch out Your hand right now and minister to Janice and her son. I pray for her son to be fully healed of this deep heart-ache and emotional pain. I ask that all the things that are keeping him from knowing you- and every hindrance, would be totally broken. I pray that You would soften his heart to know that You still love him, have a plan of glory for him, and want to heal his heart- fully. Jesus, come and make all things new for him! Amen!

  60. What an amazing story. I was in a period of hopelessness for several years but through a lot of prayer and trusting in the Lord I pulled thru it. Thank you for allowing me to see that we all go thru the struggle.

    • So glad to hear that Jesus has pulled you out of that dark time Renee! You can now testify more about His faithfulness to carry You to a new place of joy and victory. Halleluayh!

  61. Christy says:

    Thank you for this message! This came at the exact time I needed to hear it, I can relate to the miracle you experienced and somehow fear and hopelessness still find a way to creep in to our hearts and minds. After heart surgery my daughter who was 2 at the time had many complications and we weren’t sure if she would survive? With much prayer not only did she survive but she is thriving!! I struggle with doubts and fears and it’s just as you said then I feel guilty and ashamed ~ this is just the perspective I needed to help me battle through this trial.
    Thank you for being faithful to God’s plan for your life He is using your story to speak to many hearts today.
    Please pray with me that I will be faithful to His plan for my life even though I’m not sure what that is yet?

    • Halleluyah Christy! Keep remembering the work of Jesus in your family. Psalm 77:11-14 tells us,

      “I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
      yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
      I will ponder all your work,
      and meditate on your mighty deeds.
      Your way, O God, is holy.
      What god is great like our God?
      You are the God who works wonders;
      you have made known your might among the peoples.”

      I encourage you to read all of Psalm 77! As we remember the works that Jesus has done in our lives in the past, we are encouraged and able to trust Him for all of the future. He is SO good and so near to us- though every season we find ourselves in! Let’s keep Him first and ever so close! With love, Sharon

  62. Sharon, Thank you for your story on hopelessness. I’m getting sifted like I’ve never experienced and am not sure I can keep on doing this. My husband lost his job last July, I have a job, but it doesn’t come close to paying all the bills. My daughter just finished her freshman year in college, my son is in 8th grade, but will need to go to college too. Tried calling mortgage and credit companies, they’re not being responsive to helping us. I read 3 email devotions every morning, including Proverbs 31 and pray…my interaction with God has increased greatly over these last 9 months, I’m thinking this happened for that purpose, but I also struggle with the thought that we’re being punished for not handling our money the correct way. We were woefully unprepared for a situation like this and I feel it’s our own fault. We need to sell our house, but it needs repairs before we can do that, problem is we don’t have the money to take care of all of those things to put it on the market. I’m having a very difficult time sticking with this, having faith and trusting Him that it’ll be okay. I am surrounded by people who keep praying for us and I’m trying so hard not to get down and into negative thinking, but it’s so difficult. Sometimes I have my life and can’t believe I’m feeling this bad. Prayers are welcome! Thanks for listening.

    • Jewell Evans says:

      Karen,
      I am so sorry life has come at you like this. I soooo feel you. We are in the same boat, I’m the only one workin my husband now has no income coming in the household. We are repairing the house now to sell to downgrade. One in tenth grade trying to prepare for collage with two right behind in 8th grade. You feel. So alone when all this happens and embarrassed. However I think a lot of people are struggling and try to paint a picture to others as if fine. I hope things turn around for you soon and I well keep you in my prayers. ( one good thing that happened is I’m learning how to cook well I was terrible and we ate out all the time unhealth fast food so maybe now my kids will get health meals ????????)

    • Hi Karen! I’m praying for mighty, mighty levels of wisdom and breakthrough for you and your family! Father God, in Jesus’ almighty name, I ask that You would send Your Holy angels to help her and her family. I ask that You would make a way where there seems to be no way. I pray that she would be able to know that to matter what is going on- You are the ONE THING that remains constant, unfailing, never ending. I pray for open doors for financial provision and that no matter what mistakes or oversights they may have made- YOU ARE their loving Father, who promises us to deliver us from ALL of our troubles. Let every need be supplied, amen!

  63. Sharon- Thank you for your words on Proverbs 31 and on this blog. Sometimes I feel so weak, unworthy of Jesus’s love, but today, I know better that when times get tough, I must humble myself to the Lord and turn the challenge over to Him then follow His guidance. I have known I should to do this for a very long time; today I feel that I can do this going forward with my life. Thank you.

  64. Anonymous says:

    Wow! your story is so uplifting. I do feel like I’m being sifted right now as well. My mother-in-law had a major stroke last year and we are taking care of her and my father-in-law, who has Alzheimers. My daughter found out her husband had an affair and we are trying to help support her in restoring her marriage and helping with their child. My other daughter is back living at home now getting her Masters degree and having boyfriend issues, and my other daughter recently got married and I’m struggling with not being able to see her. I’m also having issues with my own parents and we are struggling financially. Not only am I trying to keep it together, but I want to be the example for my daughters. God has been with me through all this and I still have faith, even though I don’t quite understand everything right now. Thank you for your encouraging story today Sharon.

    • Praying for mighty waves of peace, strength, hope, faith, and love to ALL rise up over you! Jesus is your anchor in the storms and I pray that He supports you and your loved ones as only He can. I pray for healing over their hearts, healthy relationships, and open doors for you financially! In Jesus’ name, amen! With Love, Sharon

  65. Thank you so much for sharing your life experience . Sometimes its not easy to have a feeling of hopelessness . Same time that you felt doubts and unbelief if God still hear your prayers. Only His Word the reminds me that He will never leave or forsake me . And He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

  66. Jewell Evans says:

    Thank you very much for your encouraging words that reminds me of Gods great love. It is so easy to forget and feel so alone in this battle we have here on earth. I have keep the struggles of my husbands depression quiet and to my self for years but unfortunately this evil illness has developed in my 13 yr old sons life. I have prayed for years for my husband and thought it was ok to handle on my own ( just God and I with out support of others ) but I’m finding with my son ( Nolan ) this is so much harder and painful to me. So im calling on the troops of prayer warriors to stomp out and conquer this illness of depression and help him learn how to handle his social anxiety with the Lord beside him daily. Thank you in advance for all your prayers. In christian love Jewell

    • Amen Jewell! I’m standing with you, IN Jesus’ almighty name! I pray for ALL depression to leave your household- now. I pray for waves of refreshing, hope, peace, and love to wash over your husband and son. I pray for Holy angels to be sent to break every demonic oppression. I thank You Jesus for victory in Your name! I thank You and praise You ahead of time for showing yourself strong on our behalf. Bless Jewell as she waits and trusts You to move the mountains. In Jesus’ name, amen!

  67. Thank you for this!!! So sad! Depressed frustrated with life! Medical issues, family, etc. thank you for your godly reminders

    • Praying for you right now Perri! Father in Heaven, I ask that depression would be broken and that all grief and sadness in his heart would be ministered to. I pray that peace, life, joy, and HOPE would flood his life- right now. In Jesus’ name, amen!

  68. I am trying to be encouragement to my daughter who is dealing with infertility while my heart is breaking over wanting to be a grandmother to a child of hers.

    • Dear Mona,
      This must be so hard on you! I pray that your heart would be lifted right now into the peace and rest of Christ. I pray for your daughter as well- that Jesus would help her to trust Him, even when she can’t see what He’s doing in her life. We believe that HE is working ALL things together for each of your good. Amen!

  69. Just what I needed! I am reading in 2 Samuel and 1 Çron now. Looking forward to II Chron. now.

    My request: Currently I am caring for aging parents (my mother has alzheimers) while working full time. Not much support from siblings. I am thankful to care for them but find bitterness creeps in often. Needing strength & rest (just being real here).

    Again, thank you for the prayers!

    • Hi Kay! I pray for strength and endurance for you! Remember that in ALL we do- we should do, not for man, but for the glory and praise of God. He will reward you as you serve Him in this way! Blessings to your heart! In Jesus’ name, amen!

  70. Christi says:

    Please pray for my family. We are battling a test of our faith and God’s truth. I know that God’s truth and plans will shine through. Please pray we hold on.

    • Christi, I’m praying for you all right now! Father, in Jesus’ almighty name, You know the battle and the struggle that she finds herself in. You KNOW what her family are dealing with. I pray that truth and righteousness would prevail. I pray for a deep anchoring of their souls in Your Holy Word and that they would gather together and seek You. I pray that order would come in a fresh and powerful way. In Jesus’ name, amen! With love, Sharon

  71. Leigh Ellen says:

    This devotion was straight from God through you, Sharon, to me. I am in what feels like a nearly impossible situation, and just yesterday I said to a friend, “I feel like I have no more hope.” I need prayer – oh, how I need prayer. I have poured over this situation since January and with the only changes being that things have gotten worse. It involves my ministry. My heart is such a mess. I can hardly lay this situation down, it fills my thoughts nearly every waking moment. My family is suffering as I am only present physically when I am with them. I am a wreck and don’t know which way to go or what to do next. Thank You, Sharon.

    • Praying for you big time, Leigh! Father, in Jesus’ almighty name, I pray that the battle Leigh finds herself in would be calmed. I pray for a peace to fill the storm right now. I pray that only Your perfect will would be done. Give hope, help, strength, and wisdom. Amen!

  72. Stacy Fortenberry says:

    Thank you for this precious word! I am so hanging on to this : knowing God will settle me! I am weary of trying to do and do. I appreciate your prayers; I need wisdom to “settle ” . Thank you!!!
    Stacy

    • Bless you Stacy! No matter where we are or what we have to go through- at least we can be convinced of Jesus’ great love for us! I pray that he would bring a great settling to your life, very, very soon! With love, Sharon

      Romans 8:37-39, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  73. In 2 short years I have lost everything that defined who I thought I was. My stepson and only child died of a heroin addiction, so no longer a mother. My husband went completely downhill, addictions and all, and became so crazed that it went from restraining order to criminal protective order, so soon when divorce is complete I’ll no longer be a wife. During this time was diagnosed with herniated discs and degenerative back disease, every day filled with pain sometimes unbearable, so no longer the healthy, active person I was. The health situation has required reasonable accommodation at work, with a new manager who has no compassion, my 35 year career of being a superior employee feels as if it is all for naught, as i no longer feel like a valued and respected employee and Project Manager. My beloved grandmother just passed and was my last grandparent, so no longer a granddaughter. I just lost my precious cat who has provided so much comfort to an illness that came on so quickly, at 10 I thought she had more time. I am blessed that I do have my immediate family but they have their lives. I am blessed that i have my other pets who provide some comfort although they don’t cuddle, they can make me laugh. I am blessed with a roof over my head and food in my pantry. I am so torn between knowing i am blessed and just wanting something more in my life than all these losses including losing myself and who i was. Please pray for me. I pick myself up each day and remind myself I am the daughter of a king, my Lord and savior. But living in this world I need hope. And although my hope is in the Lord, I need hope that things will get better or I’ll be better able to deal. God Bless. Laura

    • HOPE, HOPE, HOPE in Jesus!! Dear Laura, I am praying right now for FULL restoration of your mind, soul, body, and spirit! I pray for every bit of encouragement from Heaven to fill your life today. Jesus SO loves you- in the midst of the great losses and pains! I pray right now for your faith to be strengthened, as He is refining it as pure gold- through the fire. I pray that a new sense of Jesus’ nearness would surround you and that you would know how deeply that He cares and desires to restore you with only good things! Father, let it be, in Jesus’ name! With love and prayers, Sharon

  74. Stephanie Rudash says:

    I am battling doubt

    • Stephanie,

      I’m praying right now for a clear revelation of Jesus’ truth and real devotion for you. I pray for all doubt to be removed and replaced with strong levels of faith, hope, and mostly with LOVE. I pray that as you seek Him, He would draw very close to you and help you see Him like never before. He so loves you and wants you to believe it! In Jesus’ name, amen!

  75. Leslie says:

    I am battling unemployment. I have applied for so many jobs and nothing! I know God is faithful and He has provided what I absolutely need, it’s just so disheartening to have nothing pan out

    • I’m praying for big breakthroughs for you- right now Leslie! I pray for a mighty open door for you to walk through. I pray for strength as you wait and trust in the Lord- and lean not on your own understanding! He will show Himself strong on behalf of those who trust Him. Keep trusting Him, dear sister! With love, Sharon

  76. Someone says:

    I am sad because, I do not see a Christian companion, or husband, and were I to have one of these, I suppose it would have to be that specific kind. How boring, all this being patient. Then, I know that I have some things to work on but don’t really have anyone to speak with, since ,- well, people are random, I guess. But companions should not be random, that’s odd.

    • Praying for you that hope would rise up in your heart! I’m praying that Jesus would help you to enjoy His presence with total joy and delight- because He is the fullness of all joy and pleasure. I pray for Him to help you as you wait. Let Him minister to your heart and every need you have. He so loves you and wants you to rest in His perfect peace. Blessings and love! Sharon

  77. This was much needed. Please pray for my family to have strength, we’ve been struggling with so much on our plate lately.

    • Praying for you and your family right now! Father in Jesus’ Holy name, I pray that strength would rise up from their inner-beings and that You would come and let your shekinah glory knock out all the enemies of their souls. I pray that every need; emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual would be met! I pray for Your great love to permeate their beings and let them choose to give You all the glory, honor, and praise. In Jesus’ name, amen!

  78. Marisha ***** says:

    Thank you so much for the encouragement Sharon! And for the practical application steps. This shall be my homework 🙂
    My biggest two in this season of my life are my work (not sure what is my purpose there but it doesnt look that God wants me to move on) and my personal life ( having to be away from my significant other for several months is much harder than anticipated). I guess i better hit the floor and start praising the Lord!!

    • Yes Marisha!! Praise, praise, praise the King on the Throne! He inhabits the praises of His people and when we praise Him- all darkness must flee! I pray that you would soon have understanding of your purpose in the work place. I pray for total freedom and breakthrough for you to share the gospel and love the people around you. I pray that everything else in your life would be in alignment with God’s Holy Word and that life and freedom (in truth) would reign! In Jesus’ name, amen.

  79. Kari W says:

    My husband and I are in the process of adjusting to our empty nest, and we are struggling to let go of our adult children. Thanks for your encouraging words today.

    • Praying for you and your husband, Kari! I pray that your hearts would be mended from the grief of letting children be grown-ups- and seeing them fly away from the nest. I pray for fresh vision and direction for your hearts. I pray that King Jesus would bring you into a sweet place of fellowship and ministry together. Blessings to you Kari!

  80. Carol says:

    Physical, mental & relational healing for my daughter.

  81. I appreciate your blog post and it’s wonderful that God answered your prayers as you worshipped him. I lost my mom when I was sixteen. I came to know Jesus as my Savior when I was 24. It was hard being sixteen without a mom. Hard for all five of us. And one loss followed another. Our family of seven is now two. Still, God has comforted us as one by one we said goodbye to family members. My sister who was murdered we didn’t get to say goodbye to, but God still gave us comfort when we had a memorial. God is good and has always been faithful. Thanks for your post.

    • Oh Anne! My heart breaks for all that you’ve had to go through! I am comforted to know that no matter what we have to go through- Jesus is with us and still good to us. He shows Himself faithful through every dark battle and storm! Lord Jesus, I pray for total comfort and blessings over my sister, Anne. I pray for her testimony to be shared with many of your healing power and intense comfort from Your Holy Spirit. I thank You, that through all of these tragedies, You have been faithful to love and care for her. I thank You, that even though we can’t understand the reasons for the tragedies- that You will never waste our pain. I pray that every tear that has been poured into the bottles in heaven, would be poured out as a sweet offering for your people. Bless her mightily, in Jesus’ name- amen!

  82. Thank you for sharing this, Sharon, so timely for me! What a miracle your Mom is! I was so touched by this!
    Blessings,
    Sue

  83. Latrelle says:

    Thank you for your encouragement. Thru a series of events, I have been dealing with discouragement. Please pray for me.

    • Father in Heaven, I lift up Latrelle to You. I pray for encouragement in every area of discouragement. I pray that You would lift all heaviness and give garments of praise! Help Latrelle to put ON the garments of praise and believe You for all the rest. In Jesus’ name, amen!

  84. Oh how well I understand battling against hopelessness and dark thoughts. They seem to attack me again and again. You are so right in the fact that when we praise God the darkness lifts. We must do our part in crying out to God, praying with thanksgiving as Paul says and God will indeed give us peace to walk through the storm and come out shining for Him. Praise be to God! Thank you for sharing Sharon. I hope you have much more time to enjoy your mom. Mine is celebrating with God for the past 10 years almost. I miss her, but I know we will be together one day!

    • Praise the Lord that she’s with Jesus, Mary! What a glorious hope that we have in Christ. I pray that you have a hope-filled day and that King Jesus continues to bless you with victory in all things! With love, Sharon

  85. First and foremost, thank you so much for your transparency. I think the people of GOD so desparately need this so much. Sometimes you feel so alone, or that you are not spiritually mature or either have digressed from that maturity and you feel so guilty when you go through, or you experience that moment of hopelessness. So, again thank you so much for sharing. GOD is so AWESOME, because for over a month I have been wearing a mink coat of heaviness. Lodebar wasn’t low enough for me. Not only was I heavy, hopeless, and faithless. I was carrying guilt and condemnation in my front and back pocket as well. This past week of struggles, and a praying mother has had me to lift up my head a little bit, and I’m encouraged that soon my head will be lifted all the way up. The devil had come to sift me like wheat and I was on the machine while it was rolling but GOD threw me a lifeline. I am standing in prayer for RESTORATION!! Restoration of my family, which includes my husband, my adult children, and my sister in law. My husband and I are trying to come back from infidelity (on his part), and it seems like every time we get on the right path something happens. I have adult children who are spoiled and selfish and didn’t want their mother to have a life of her own, although my husband (at that time boyfriend) was nice to them from the point of inception. My sister in law, because my husband thinks that she disclosed to me information about his infidelity in which she did no such thing…I found out on my own, including stuff that he did…..So, I was feeling bad about that….Just feeling bad….bad…bad…just awful……All I want is my Family Back Together Again……Tell Your Moms “hello” and GOD BLESS!!!

    • Jay,
      Blessings to you, abundantly! I pray that even now- Jesus would come and make ALL things NEW (Revelation 21:5) in your life and family. I pray for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done with them. I pray that you would have a new hope and strength to abide in the vine and let Jesus keep filling your cup to overflowing. How he SO loves you and your family! With love, Sharon

  86. Christina says:

    WOW!!! This devotional could not have come at a more appropriate season of my life. I just recently quit a job that I have been doing for at least 22 years. Seven of those last 22 years were spent coaching 5 men’s competitive gymnastics teams. I loved those boys with my whole heart and I shared with them everyday my LOVE for the Lord. Whether I prayed through a hard skill with them or whispered words of His Live to them I loved and lived my life to honor my Father and his word.
    The work environment got the best of me. I was feeling defeated and hopeless. Hopeless to the point I didn’t care if I woke up the next day.
    Hopelessness steals your JOY and your CONFIDENCE. You do lose Faith in everything.
    I had to do a lot of soul searching to find my Heavenly Father. I thought He left me, but in all reality I had turned my back on him…I had lost my FAITH!!! I didn’t feel him I couldn’t hear him!
    Since I don’t have a job I have been spending a lot of time in Gods Word!! Oh how I LOVE JESUS!!

    • I pray that Jesus completely refreshes and restores your soul in this season! I pray that He would give you a new vision and show you exactly where He wants you to pour out. It’s not the end for you Christina! It’s a new beginning! Stay in the Word and keep praising Him… Jesus will show you what’s next. With love and prayers, Sharon

  87. Thank you so much for this message. I sit here in tears that have been coming on way too much and way to easily for months. I love The LORD so much. I pray for the day that I get to go live with Him for eternity. I will be writing Psalm 34 out (again!) and pray on it with all my heart, mind, soul and strength.

    • Psalm 34:8-10, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
      Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
      Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
      There is no want to those who fear Him.
      The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
      But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”

      AMEN and AMEN! Let’s keep mediating on that one! How we all need it!
      With love, Sharon

  88. Sharon, it’s amazing how God gives you exactly what you need at the perfect time. I found your blog while browsing through Facebook. Your post about hopelessness was just what I needed to hear. A week ago, I felt hopelessly trapped in what I consider a loveless marriage. I divorced my husband after 26 years, stayed divorced for 3 and re- married him. We’ve been back together for 9 years and it has been rough. Won’t go into details, but he is not a Christian and has a completely different idea about marriage than I do. We live very seperate lives. Can you imagine living with someone and feeling so alone? Just when I contemplated leaving again, God sent my best friend to visit for four days while my husband is out of town. We talked until the wee hours of the night and the Lord lifted me out of despair and hopelessness. I feel revived and fortified. I know that he wants me to persevere and to trust him. I will be reading about Peter’s struggle and would love to continue to gain insight from God’s word and from you as well. Keep up the great work. There are many hurting women out there that need this kind of encouragement. Love in Christ, Sandra

    • Praying for your husband’s salvation, Sandra! I pray that our Great King Jesus continues to lift you out of all despair and hopelessness! No matter where we find ourselves in life, Jesus is with us IN THE FIRE. Isaiah 43:2-4 gives us this promise from God,

      “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
      and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
      when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
      and the flame shall not consume you.
      For I am the LORD your God,
      the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
      I give Egypt as your ransom,
      Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
      Because you are precious in my eyes,
      and honored, and I love you,
      I give men in return for you,
      peoples in exchange for your life.”

      I encourage you to read the rest of the chapter! It’s SO good and I believe it will refresh your heart even more. Blessings of grace and peace to you! Love, Sharon

  89. Tami Ross says:

    Thank you for praying for me. There have been many times I have felt hopeless. But God always sees me through the storm. He is my One.

    • Jesus knows all the answers for you Tami! I pray that He mightily strengthens you with HOPE, faith, and mostly with LOVE today! He loves you always! Sharon

  90. Janet Dougherty says:

    I am struggling with the difference in life as I knew it and my life as it is now. I always considered myself a strong independent woman who could, with God’s help, get through anything. I never imagined my life ever being so upside down. I have dealt with some really crazy things. My Dad was killed in a car crash when I was 11 years old, I was molested by a deacon in our church 6 months after that and I was so ashamed that I did not tell anyone about it until after I turned 18 years old. My maternal grandmother died when I was 13 from bone cancer that developed after being diagnosed with breast cancer. I had to have surgery on my left knee at 17 because my kneecap would pop out of place and stay that way for a week or better. My maternal grandfather died when I was 19 while I was in the hospital having the pin taken out of my knee. My life has had many ups and downs and periods of happiness along with periods of despair. I am now 58 years old and 3 years ago I had to have surgery on my lower back to relieve the pain in my back and the nerve was being compressed causing horrific pain with every step I took. I went from being an independent woman to someone who could no longer do the things I had always enjoyed and taken for granted. I can no longer work because of the back pain and numbness in my feet especially my right foot making it dangerous for me to try to drive. I am afraid to leave the house except for doctor’s appointments and occasionally to attend a family gathering. Even sitting in different chairs can cause more pain than I want, so I try to make sure I sit in the chairs I can be comfortable in. I use a cane when I walk outside because my balance is not what it used to be and I have fallen several times inside the house. I have to use a step stool to get into the passenger seat of our truck because I can’t lift my feet high enough to get in the way I used to. I have always had to deal with depression and there are days that are good and days that seem completely hopeless. I am lucky to have grown up in a Christian home where I learned how important it is to keep God in the center of everything. I was not always good at this, but I know that even though I may not have been paying attention to God’s word, God never let go of me. God let me run until I hit a brick wall and when I needed help getting up, He was waiting for me with his hands out to help me get up, dust myself off and bring my thinking back to keeping Him first in my life. I am living proof that God will never let go of those who are saved through Jesus Christ sacrifice for us on the cross.

    • Dear Janet,

      I’m praying right now for Holy Spirit to flood your heart in a fresh way and encourage your soul. I pray for every wound to be healed; emotional, mental, and physical. I pray for perfect peace over you and great testimonies to come. Thank you Jesus that you will NEVER waste Janet’s pain. Thank You that You DO care for ALL of her needs. I thank You that YOU are with her- even now. I pray that her spirit would be encouraged and blessed in a new way. Give her HOPE like never before! Let her KNOW how deeply that You love her. In Jesus’ almighty name, AMEN!

  91. Marie says:

    Sharon thank you for sharing, you’ve blessed me. Right now we are going through a financial hardship. My husband and I are both volunteers for a ministry, he is full time and I am part time. It’s getting harder and harder financially. The senior pastor keeps saying there’s no money to pay you. My husband felt led to work at the ministry.We took a giant step of faith to leave our home and job. We are getting more and more in debt. We both didn’t have any debt before we moved to the ministry. We are putting our living expenses on credit cards. I do not like it and I know the Lord doesn’t want us to be in debt. I don’t understand why our needs are not met if we are in his will. Please pray for a financial breakthrough. Amen!

    • Praying for wisdom for you both, Marie! I pray that our Heavenly Shepherd would lead you and your husband in a way that is CLEAR. I pray for swift resources to flow and that Jesus’ perfect will would be accomplished. Grace and peace to you! Sharon

  92. Wow. I didn’t expect such a powerful, miraculous account. When I was a young teen, my parents and I rushed to my sister’s side who was near death in a hospital bed. If she pulled through, she could expect a life very different than the one she lived as a college student with an independent lifestyle. She likely wouldn’t walk or have a normal life. I think the power of prayers of our church and multitudes of people of faith helped her to recuperate. She walks. She is 60 years old, and she’s had some problems lately with mobility but she’s walked on her own for nearly 40 years. She finished a graduate degree, got married, had a child and a loves Jesus. oh yes. The doctors said she couldn’t bear children. She still works full-time and she is one of my favorite joy-filled people to be around. Never, ever give up on God or the people that God has promised to bless in our lives.

    • Amen Laurie! What a POWERFUL testimony of God’s power defying the odds! Hallelujah! That just makes me want to praise Him all the more.

  93. Charlotte Askew says:

    Sharon, my battles abound every day, but thank God, I have and really use the weapons God provided me. Not to say I don’t struggle, because I do.

    I wanted to share with you a battle that God won for me, just as He says that He will. My son and I were estranged for years (over 11 years), through no choice of mine but through another woman in his life. GOD changed the very heart and mind of this person and on April 10th, 2015, I was able to hold and love my son in the flesh. ONLY GOD, only He could have orchestrated this reunion. To Him goes all the glory forever. Trust, believe and obey and watch Him take complete years of hopelessness and turn that into sheer happiness.

    • Charlotte,

      I’m praising God that He gave you this reunion with your son! I pray for hope to keep rising up and that ALL of His peace and love would abound- more and more to you! Keep putting on those garments of praise!! Victory after victory in Jesus Christ. Amen! With love, Sharon

  94. Wendy Faundez says:

    Hello! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of faith. I was also very blessed by your Proverbs 31 story about being sifted like wheat. It’s not easy to admit when we are in this place. The planner and doer in us wants to keep pressing on. But when our faith starts failing it’s hard to see the HOPE. Our family would like to as for your prayers. We are pastors for The Salvation Army awaiting a phone call that will tell us where we will move to next. We have lived in our current location for lonely 2 years so moving a family with 4 young children is difficult on all of us.

    But, the devotional today breathed new life into my desperate soul. I am reminded to not loose HOPE but to worship. God has blessed our family with music and the ability to sing and play instruments. We need to use these gifts on a daily basis to continue to praise Him through this time of sifting. And then….we will be stronger and we will be ready to strengthen our brethren!

    • Yes Wendy,

      Keep worshipping and praising throughout the whole process! Lord Jesus, I lift up Wendy and her family to you. I pray that You would give them every bit of strength and power inside of their inner beings throughout this time. I pray that You would help them, emotionally, mentally, physically, and mostly- spiritually! I pray for joy and peace to abound that no matter where You take them- they would be burning and shining lights in You! Give them oil in their lamps and help them in ways that only You can! In Jesus’ almighty name, amen!

  95. My 10 year old grandson lost his hearing in his right ear when he was 3. Now he is rapidly losing the hearing in his left ear. We have been blessed in the fact that the specialist will be able to do a hearing aid and cochlear implant. The finances are a great concern. The insurance co won’t cover his hearing aid. The process will start to see if they will cover the implant. The biggest concern is his emotional well being through this big change in his life. He is so concern about standing out and being different. This year has been hard for him in school. He has been bullied so much. His parents and I have gone to the school trying to get this stopped. My heart breaks for him. I can see his struggles accepting the changes. He told me he cries because he doesn’t want to be different. Please pray for Jordan that God will give him comfort and peace in his life and with the bullies at school.

    • Lord Jesus, we come BOLDLY before Your throne of Grace and ask You for healing over Jordan’s ears. We pray that You would stretch out Your hand and do a great miracle! Father, we trust that You are working ALL of this out for his good. We pray for the bullying to stop and that he would be perfectly accepted, for who he is. Let love surround him and give him joy and gladness! Bless him in every way. In Jesus’ almighty name, amen!

  96. Karla says:

    Things continue to come…my whole life. Currently I am going though a divorce and just this past week our staffing got to a certain level that I now need to step down from my position to again do the job that those I managed do. What it means isn’t just pride but most of all a financial issue. Less pay and fewer hours. That doesnt mix well whem going through a divorce and trying to survive with a young child. Lately I wonder where I’ll end up living and if I’ll find a different or better job. Its a job I enjoyed. Funny though…ive been through the 2008 downsizing too. I grieved that job. So many other events in my life have assisted me in coping with ths time however my job put everything at a new level. I have been trusting in the Lord but its being tested even more.

    • Praying for breakthroughs for you Karla! Lord Jesus, I pray for Your glorious will to be done with my sister. I pray that You would help her financially, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I pray that You would help her to believe You in a new way- that You are ABLE to do exceedingly and abundantly MORE than she could ask, wish, hope, or imagine (Ephesians 3:20, paraphrase). Lord Jesus, give her peace and strength in this time of testing. Help her faith not fail, but rather come out as pure gold- refined by the fire!

      Luke 22:31-32, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you,d that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

      Jesus is WITH you Karla! He’s praying for you 24/7! With love, Sharon

  97. Susan Gruener says:

    Such encouragement in this! I need this today. I love Psalm 34!
    Thanks for building up my faith today!
    Blessings!

  98. Karen says:

    God spoke through your message. I have a huge struggle right now with hope and faith And I am not sure how I feel. Like hiding in a hole. The thought came today this may be satan attacking me, my marriage, my family. I asked God if is this me that’s the problem or is satan harassing me and my family. Please tell me which. and your message was in my mail.

    • Dear Karen,
      I pray that our loving Heavenly Father strengthens you with His grace and peace! I pray for any oppression to be broken and that righteousness, joy, and peace would FILL your heart and home. I pray for a fresh sense of the Holy Spirit and protection over your life from any schemes of the enemy! In Jesus’ name, amen!

  99. Larissa says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. This blessed me so much. We have been dealing with multiple deaths in the family and an injury/disability with my husband. Between the deaths and the injury, I have been so overwhelmed. We also have a newborn but she’s been such a joy during this time, along with our older daughter. I’ve been trying to stay focused on the Word and focused on the fact that there is purpose in all of this. I’m also reminded constantly, by many different avenues such as this devotion, that He sees, cares, and is using this all for His glory. Thank you for sharing your story. Blessings!

    • Praying for you and your family Larissa! Heavenly Father, I pray that You would minister to Larissa and her family right now. I ask that Your love, grace, and joy would arise and that HOPE would ALL be restored. I pray for ministering angels to be sent to them- to carry their extra burdens. I ask that garments of praise would be upon them- instead of any heaviness or hopelessness. Bless them, Father, in Jesus’ name- amen!

  100. I’m really struggling in my relationship with my oldest daughter. She’s eleven and we’ve had issues for eight years now. I’m not her bio-mom, but I’ve raised her like my own since just before her fourth birthday. I know I can’t change her heart, but it hurts so much. I’m asking for a peaceful relationship with her and praying for God to help me accept that she doesn’t see me as a mom in her life.

    • I’m standing with you in prayer for this Tasha! I pray that your relationship with your daughter would be healed and that all offense that she may be carrying would fall down. I pray that the gentleness of our Heavenly Father would cover you and her heart. I pray for deep, deep healing over her. Lord Jesus, bless this relationship! Amen!

  101. Suzette Buffa says:

    I’m battling healing secret sin. I’m in the healing process, but it hurts…

    • Praying for you Suzette! Remember to confess your sins to at least one other person… Jesus never wants us to have to bear our own burdens alone. I pray for the deep, deep healing to flow from His Throne of Grace! He SO loves you!

      James 5:16 tells us, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

  102. I went through a divorce when my daughter was 6 months. I am a single mother with sole custody. I have struggled for 5 years now to regain my financial footing and everytime I am close the enemy comes to steal and destroy. Her father stopped paying and the court process is so slow that I struggled more. My faith has gotten stronger with every test but today I woke up and have never felt such a crushing oppression with a new letter from the IRS. I just haven’t hit a low like this.

    • Aww Tracy! My heart goes out to you sister! I will pray for you right now.
      Heavenly Father, I ask that You would comfort Tracy and open up WIDE doors for her financially. I pray that victory would come in this season. I ask that EVERY need would be supplied according to YOUR riches and GLORY. I ask that her faith in You would be protected, no matter what the outward circumstances look like. I pray that You would help her to worship you THROUGH the storms. I pray that You would anchor her heart and emotions and let her sense Your strength- upholding her. Draw her ever the more close to You, Lord Jesus! Amen.

  103. A loving mother says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. I have been feeling hopeless about knowing how to help my oldest daughter. I am fearful that she is going down a path toward alcohol abuse and feel as though she has been putting distance between us because she knows the truth and I am a reminder of that truth. I have been at a loss about how or what to do. I have been relying upon faith and asking God for guidance for myself and for her – but today I just felt so hopeless. I will continue to pray and build on my faith.

    • Praying for your daughter today! Abba Father, In Jesus’ name, I ask that this Momma’s daughter would not fall into alcoholism. I pray that this stronghold would be destroyed before it may even begin. I pray for protection over her- that You would let her heart be softened and brought into real, vibrant relationship with You! I thank You for the great plans that YOU have for her. I pray that YOUR will and YOUR plans would be accomplished for her- starting now. I pray for encouragement over this Momma’s heart. I pray that You would keep leading her into a deeper place of trusting You with her daughter. I bless her in Jesus’ name! Amen!

  104. Hi, am new here, and am really bad at writing my feelings down, but i have this deep urge to say what i am battling with and that is the issue of delay in having children. I hate the word infertility, and i know i am not barren, because my God has said that none shall be barren in the land, but this delay is crushing. I have been married for 4yrs, some may say its short, but to me its like been married for a very long time. I see people around me, friends and family all giving birth without much effort and i weep within me asking God where i had gone wrong, if there was something i could have done differently, and my faith is been sooo tested because i got married as a born again christian, a virgin, so naturally, i expected that even if i have challenges in marriage, it shouldnt be in the area of childbearing. Yes, God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts for me are sooo good, but this delay is killing and it is difficult waking up everyday seeing people around you getting married and immediately getting pregnant and people are wondering about you, with some even bold enough to ask what i am waiting for. My younger sister got married some years after me, she has a son who is 1yr plus already.
    So today-pleaseeeee i need prayers to keep holding on, to remain joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. Thank you so much. God bless you.

    • Lois,

      Your faith is being tested in this… but I KNOW that our Great God- Jesus Christ is able and faithful to help you get through it! I pray that your perseverance to trust Him would produce a great testimony to all the people around you! I pray that His Holy Spirit would fill you afresh today and encourage your heart. I pray for that life, joy, and peace that only our Father in Heaven can give! I pray that you would know- deep down that you are not forgotten. But that all things are working together for your good!

      With love and prayers, Sharon

  105. Rachael L. says:

    That was beautiful, praying for you !!!!

    God bless

  106. Candy says:

    I too struggle. I am a single mother of two teenage boys. I pray daily they do not repeat the same sins of their father.

    • Candy,

      I stand in faith with you- believing for righteousness in your sons. I pray for the blood of Jesus to cover them and that they would have a real and lasting relationship with God. I pray that they would be surrounded by godly men who can mentor them and keep them accountable in their lives. Bless them, Abba… in Jesus’ name, amen!

  107. Thank you! I don’t make enough time for God. We spent the weekend at the hospital. My son fractured his skull and had a hematoma. Luckily, he was released after two days and is fine. Praise God! I told my son, God has a purpose for you! I pray God will show him His purpose for Him. I praise God, my son’s injury was not any worse. I love God. He has a plan for each of us. It reminds that I need to continually reach out to God and make time for Him.

    • Thank you for sharing, Karen! I’m praying for total healing over your son from this injury! I pray that this injury would draw him into the Heavenly Father and His Comforter. I pray for testimonies of how God spared his life from this. I pray for this young man to be raised up as a leader among his peers. I pray that YOU would give him vision for his life and that he would choose to run after You with everything inside of him. Bless him, Father, in Jesus’ name! Amen!

  108. amy hammerhuber says:

    THank you fro those wise words Sharon. I have been feeling SOOOOO hopeless! My marriage has been struggling for so long, I don’t see change that lasts, and I am starting to feel like I don’t even want to try any more. I feel like I don’t even LIKE this man anymore with the way he treats my kids and me. I’m trying not to feel hopeless. I’m trying not to lose my faith. Thank you so much for praying for me and for sharing your wisdom.

  109. Ginger M. says:

    I feel this so often with taking care of parents to just getting the family ready for church. It is so true.

  110. Kellie says:

    I read this when you first posted it but reread it today because I sooooo need it! The enemy has my family in such a battle I feel I’m drowning! I know God wins and I know God is in control! I need to be able to breathe I need to be able to pull my head up above the current. Thank for reminding me to speak the blessings I have right here right now.

  111. Sharon,

    I just read this entry today for the first time…and it spoke directly to me. Thank you. Will you please pray for my family…many things are going on but specifically we are burdened with some things that have been revealed in my one of my daughters life and my husband is facing several difficult decisions regarding his work, our finances and our living situation. I was feeling hopeless and like God was not hearing me or helping us but I know better…I was just letting Satan win with his crazy lies!!!

  112. Suzanne says:

    Please pray for me as I feel all is hopeless for me.

  113. From the time I set my heart to obeying God’s calling for me to write, it seems my life has gotten more difficult with each passing season. I have a website that originally started on BlogSpot and now I have the content on a website I own. I have 24 published blog posts but I have 374 pieces of writing in draft form. These range from titles and ideas in the beginning form to fully developed posts ready to publish.

    I’m starting to feel a bit crazy. I have worked so hard behind the scenes and God is the only one who sees my effort. I write about topics that can be emotionally charging and sometimes I just want to quit. I should know better after all God has pulled me through, not to doubt. I’ve had to give up a lot of time and energy to pursue writing. I am a member of compel but have been falling behind.

    Lately, my husband has been in the refiners fire and he has been responding to the intense pressure but actually turning away from God. It’s hard to wrap my mind around how God could call me and not bring my husband alongside. Our finances have been getting tighter and my family is grumbling about the strain.

    Above all I want to obey God. Please pray for me to not get discouraged because surely I can trust God. Pray that I will remember my work is not in vain and that I will be rewarded at the proper time. Pray my faith will not fail and that my endurance will be strengthened. Pray my heart towards my husband will be soft and that I will pray for him as he wrestles with God. Pray that God will give me a renewed vision. I know that if people could see what God has brought me through they would feel encouraged for their own lives. I just didn’t expect so much resistance when it came to telling my story.

    Thank you for offering praying. I know that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective and am reminded nothing is impossible with God. Pray mostly that I stay connected to the Lord Jesus Christ my strength.

    Your blog posts have often encouraged me. Thank You!

    • Patricia says:

      Dear Allison,
      Praying for you and your whole family! Remember that you can’t rely on your feelings, especially when your under the fire. God doesn’t change and He is faithful even when we’ve slid backwards or have gotten stuck in our journey. Regardless of how things appear, He’s on it – He knows your heart 🙂 Our family had recently been through numerous trials as well – remember the enemy certainly doesn’t want you to encourage others and he would be happy to year our families apart. God on the other hand, is into restoring and building His children up – remember that – remember you and your husband are a team – a united front, be encouraged to persevere no matter what! Make a promise to each other no matter what, we will endure and God is totally for keeping families together and He will help! It’s not easy! My husband and I were just there! The last thing we wanted were pep talks – we had to get into the Word and hear from people who have been there. We preferred people who didn’t give us fluff. We read and listen to a couple of radio pastors who have been there and it was a huge help to us. At the end of the day, though, we had to ask and keep asking God for His help and direction.
      Also, I was called to writing years ago but only recently given the green light to go – I have found that some times I have to take a small break to refresh myself or even to work on my own spiritual journey. I was scared to do so at first but the Lord showed me that taking a break to refresh on focus more on Him and praising Him and feeding myself with Truth helped me out tremendously. It helped me put things into perspective, cleared my mind and the focus was there again. It gave me more time to spend with my family as well – I guess He was reaching me to find that balance between writing and family. Not sure if that is the case here but the time praising the Lord was refreshing. He spoke to me in my quietness. Also remember this may be a time you see how the Lord can and will provide for your needs.
      Phil 4:19 Psalm 34:17-18 James 1:12 These Bible verses helped me.
      You are not alone 🙂 Will pray!

  114. Patricia says:

    But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.
    2 Thessalonians 3:3 NLT

  115. Apri Brown says:

    Thank you for telling us your personal stories of struggle, and how God wins through us when we obey and fix our eyes on Him!

  116. Laura Green says:

    Thank you Sharon for that encouragement. My sister, Melinda DeRieux, sent this to me after a particularly arduous day, yesterday. I am a single parent of 4 teen/adultish children. I left an abusive marriage with all 4, after being a stay at home mom and homeschooler. My path has been very tough. Trying to get back into the workforce and not finding permanent employment has been an incredible challenge, as I continue to battle poverty. My children, have departed from the Lord, and the 3 oldest have chosen something from the enemy’s banquet table of every deviant lifestyle choice. My heart is broken over the choices they are making and the blame that is shifted upon me, rather than the one who has caused us to be in this position. They don’t believe in the goodness of the Lord, because we continue to struggle financially and they only see the lack. My ex husband was financially abusive, and so I started over again, with nothing but the ability to live in my house, until my youngest turns 18. AND praise the Lord THAT was a miracle. I’m trying to find a career path where I am employed and have benefits and can plan for my future. It’s been very difficult to find a permanent position. I certainly know what it feels like to be a “goner”. I will choose to praise, pray and fast for a breakthrough as you described. thank you for the reminder to do just that. Thank you for your prayers for me and my children. Blessings…Laura

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