God is Our Refuge and Strength in Times of Trouble

Ellie at sunset

Ellie at sunset

Ellie, our youngest daughter in college called yesterday alarmed and said, “I just heard that our government shut down! Is there any reason to fear?” Reassuringly I said, “No, the Lord will provide and we’ll be fine.”  The future of America and its financial crisis looks disastrous but as long as we keep our selves before the Lord, He will see us through. He truly is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. — We need to remember to always stay in the river of living water and the truth will light our way.

“Meditate on the word of God day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid or dismayed,  for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9

 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling.

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth. He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in fire.

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.” Psalm 46

He knows every sparrow and cares for them.

Sparrows are a common bird on our property and were in Israel at the time Jesus said that not even one of these lowly birds fall to the ground without the Father’s knowledge. (Matthew 10:29) Not one of them is forgotten before Him. (Luke 12:6) Do not fear therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31)


He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.

God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and all the beasts of the field and forest are His. Psalm 50:10-11- These cows were on a hill next to me in ND last week–Can you see the cow looking at me? It was pretty dark outside.



The sunflowers grew over 10 feet tall this year. Our honey bees are busy preparing for winter. They’re tirelessly working to store for  lean times. It reminds me of the verse in Proverbs 31:27 “She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.” We too need to be wise with our resources to prepare for the days ahead like our bees.


The glory of the Lord

“I will fill this place with glory, says the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.” Haggai 2:7-8


  • Joy said:

    Oh Sharon, you must listen to this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcLBdlfkGJs (One of my all time favourite songs. A friend sent it to me at the beginning of my cancer journey. Yes, we can trust Jesus!) Another one is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWrQyJWY7wU Honestly, God speaks to me so often through song and these two are ones that strengthen me continually when the world wants to overwhelm me with fear and worry. (Ellie would really appreciate them too.) God IS in control.

    When I read of Ellie's alarm I wonder again what people do who do not turn to the Lord. I rest in the security that NOTHING will happen outside of God's knowing and allowing.

    You are the 3rd person in a very short period of time to remind me of the truth that God sees the sparrow fall. I love to imagine His hands cradling and carrying the little bird to the ground even as it's falling. I just can't imagine a haphazard falling...if God sees it falling His hands must be just underneath, holding it in the fall until it reaches the earth. He just couldn't see and look away. So thankful that He carries me in any fall too.

    (A little "bee" trivia....I heard a lady speak recently explaining about bees. She was talking about the verse in Scripture that refers to the land "flowing with milk and honey". She said that in order for land to be flowing with honey, it would mean that every bee is working together constantly doing the exact work that it was created to do. She likened it to the body of Christ. For the body of Christ to be effective in ministry we all need to be constantly serving together doing exactly what we were created to do. I want to "bee" obedient to all God is calling me to do.)

    Praying for your country as I lift up ours as well,
    Love and prayers,

    • I can't wait to listen to those songs Joy!! I'll send them to Ellie too!. I love the bee illustration, since we raise honey bees it is a helpful word picture to teach with!!! Yay! Thank you for sharing! Love you!!

  • I live in a heavily affected town when government shuts down & it has become a common reality among us. The greater reality is the sweet dependability of our God.

    • You're right Bobi Ann, and we are the lights to point hopeless people toward His dependability in these days! Love, Sharon

  • Leigh Turner said:

    I happened upon your site recently and I have to say that your faith and encouragement in The Lord is refreshing. I found this blog at just the right time in my life. Thank you for being obedient to God's Holy Spirit, and being His vessel to bring encouragement to many during these last days.

    Leigh Turner

    • Thank you Leigh! I'm glad it has been encouragement to you, that means everything to me. May the Lord bless you in great and mighty ways today and in the coming days. Love, Sharon

  • Joanne Peterson said:

    Hi Sharon,

    Psalm 33:18-22 and Psalm 37:18-19 also have spoken to me. We have two grown children. When we two and a half years ago were not even remotely looking to adopt, we were asked to adopt sibling boys when we are just shy of 50 and in our 50's. We asked for confirmation twice asking to make it so clear that it would be like handwriting on the wall and talking to the Lord on the telephone and received it. Even after the confirmations the Lord assured me He would give us everything we need to raise these boys clear as day at the altar for prayer. I know He is not confined by our circumstances and surroundings. We've seen this over and over and we have a quite a few years before these boys will be grown. I choose to trust Him because He has shown Himself faithful over if I just look back at the markers.

    Thank you for this encouragement!



    • Wow Joanne, you are setting the bar high for us all! I'm 50 and I can't imagine--but if God said do it, I would. Oh my! He really does provide everything we need at the exact time we need it. May the Lord give you added youth and supernatural provisions of every kind! Love and hugs!

      • Joanne Peterson said:

        Hi Sharon,

        Thank you for your encouragement Sharon. We all have things Jesus calls us to do; that He wants each of US to do, that only we are supposed to do for the situation/life. Many of you have things I CAN'T imagine doing, but you are each called to do. Mine just happens to be looking like our two and three year old's boys grandparents, (which we are) and we just happen to be their parents. :)

        I had said I would never adopt again, (never say you won't do something, it invariably comes back to bite you in the nose) and guess what? we were instructed to do that very thing. But, I know there is a purpose.

        I know I go crazy, and I know I am being asked to stretch. I did grieve the loss of my former life where I had freedom, and having to adjust to children who did not know me and yet still having to love them and adjust to the two boys grieving the loss of their mother giving them up for adoption. I grieved the loss of what I had envisioned for my daughter and the choices she has made. I also grieved the loss of what I thought the Lord had told me was going to happen in my life after my son graduated from high school and my life turned out very different.

        I can honestly speak into a young mom's life as well as those who have teens. I can speak into a mom's life who has a child who has run away from Jesus and she is grieving and speak to the mom whose daughter got pregnant outside of marriage multiple times and is also grieving. And you know what? Another mom who has a child who is running away from Jesus can speak into my life. The mom whose daughter gets pregnant speaks into my life. I am every time reminded and encouraged by the mile markers the Lord has imprinted in my life and in theirs too. Everyone is used!

        I can't really offer the gift of understanding someone's heart cry and speak into someone's life if I have not walked where they have to offer them hope in their life and that they do have hope.

        But, each of you women have experiences I have not had. You each have people where you can uniquely serve and speak where I can't because of where I am in my life, or where I don't really understand. We each though can give the gift of compassion.

        Sharon, I am encouraged by your writing and your prayer life and your closeness to our Jesus, it makes me long for more and that it can happen with little kids. You had five kids.



        • Joanne Peterson said:

          I meant to add that the young mom speaks into my life too. One young mom gave me a call the other night and it so touched me. I know I have a lot to learn and learn a different way, or relearn.

  • Kim Johnston said:

    What an encouragement your words were to my soul. I also loved the beautiful pictures that you added to your post..thank you for the reminder that our trust and hope is in Him not what is happening in the world around us!!