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Some of my stories are published in:
A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Monday, May 7, 2012

God: the Great Comforter

Are you having one of those days where you feel discouraged, misunderstood?
Is there someone in your life who never gives you the affirmation you so crave from him or her?
Are you trying your darndest to do what God has called you to do, but no one seems to understand?

Don't give up.

I'm grateful that I have a loving husband who supplies with me with constant encouragement.
But in spite of his inspiration, he cannot reach to the deepest part of my soul and fix me when my discouragement is pulling me downward like the Titanic.

Only God remembers your earliest hurts.
He knows your personality intimately.
He's the only One besides you, who can travel into your brain, listen to the recordings of the cruel comments, the barbs, the insults that you've received, that you may have forgiven, but somehow can't quite forget.
He knows how the fresh hurts, combined with the old ones, create a dung heap that stinks up your soul.

He knows all this.
Yet, He still calls you to move beyond these wounds.
Yes, cry for a bit. Lick your wounds.
Then stand up and get going again.

Because God's enemy would love to see you get stuck in your hurt and discouragement.

Let God's Holy Spirit develop in you faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness, and love. (2 Pet. 1:5-7)

Pour out your hurt to God
Find scripture that portrays your hurt and read it to God.
Examine your soul. Confess, if needed.
Ask for His comfort.
Ask for His strength and faith.
Worship Him.
Tell Him how you long to please Him in all things.
Thank Him that He will work out even this hurt for blessing and for His perfect will to be accomplished.

If you are the servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, you can pray and be comforted by this scripture:
"I have chosen you and not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Is. 41:9-11 NIV Bible)


  1. Dena,
    TKS immensely for your faithfulness to cut a vein, encourage and inspire--touching us deeply and igniting afresh--"I can do all things through Him...!"

  2. So true, Bobbe. Without Him, I would give up every day. He is so kind and good!