Deep Waters Devotional 

by Shelia Renee

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

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May 3, 2021

Good Morning Friends, 

I hope this finds you high in spirits and full of joy. These are the things I wish so much for the ones I love and those that I cross paths with daily...like you. I'm so thankful life brought you across my devotional today. I hope something in it is just what you need to hear. 

Life has gotten so busy for my husband and I the last few weeks, with added theater shows and working on a new product line for my Boutique. However, there has been a sadness that has lingered in my soul. So many people think that if you are a Christian and walk with God that you should always be on a natural high of joy and excitement, but in truth being a Christian is not like that at all. Yes, there are times when your heart over flows with joy and contentment because you know how much you are loved and that your life is in His hands...but most days you struggle with all the same emotions the rest of the world is going through. Feelings of doubt and disappointment...or feelings of loss and fear. Fatigue and aches are another stealer of joy and contentment. 

Life is a struggle sometimes and it can be so over whelming.

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The joy of being a Christian is knowing that, although you go through those hard days, you are not alone.

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."

Psalms 147:3

"Do not be anxious (fearful, worrisome) about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:6-7

One of the hardest things for me lately has been dealing with loss. We have lost more people close to us this last year than I feel my entire life. 

It has been so hard dealing with those feelings. I know so many of you have felt that loss as well. There are days I do real good and then there are days I want to cry all day.

In searching for my comfort in these times I have found a strength that has given me peace. I hope it can give that to you as well. 

I remember when my grandpa died many years ago. It hurt so bad I felt like I was drowning...and the only relief I found was knowing that he was back with my grandma. 

Sometimes it's hard for that to sink in. If we believe the Bible. If we believe in Jesus....then we have to believe His word.

 "Every word of God proves true;

He is a shield to those who take refuge in him."

Proverbs 30:5

 

It's never easy to let those go that we love...but we have to remember they are experiencing something right now that the rest of us just dream of. We will be with them again and what a glorious day that will be.

" Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Revelations 21:1-27

Until then, rest assured that they are surrounding us cheering us on.

 "So since we stand surrounded by all those who have gone before, an enormous cloud of witnesses, let us drop every extra weight, every sin that clings to us and slackens our pace, and let us run with endurance the long race set before us."

Hebrews 12:1

We may feel alone, but we aren’t. We are surrounded by an army of witnesses. They have run the race of faith and finished well. It is now our turn.

"Now stay focused on Jesus, who designed and perfected our faith. He endured the cross and ignored the shame of that death because He focused on the joy that was set before Him; and now He is seated beside God on the throne, a place of honor."

Hebrews 12:2

"Stay Focused on Jesus"

There will still be days of sadness. You just have to continue to reassure yourself that God has this and you have more joyous days to come.

 

Whether it's death, divorce, abuse, or some other tragic event that has happened in your life...when life comes tumbling down, it can be challenging to see God’s hand in the middle of it. We think of the rubble as a sign of God not hearing us. We believe the pain we feel is His lack of love for us, but God deeply loves us. Matthew 10:30-31 tells us that the very hairs of our heads are numbered and for us to not fear because God loves us.

We do not have the answers to why things happen but we must trust that God will be there to help us through. 

 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

Isaiah 54:10

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.

 Psalm 34.17-18

 

His promise enables us to move from brokenness into healing. It allows the eyes of our hearts to see Him rebuilding amid the ruin.

As I have prayed and sought comfort in this trying season, this verse

came to mind, which reminds us of this Truth:

 

“The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem; he gathers Israel’s exiled people. He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”

Psalm 147:2-3

“The LORD rebuilds.”  These words have given me hope.

 I have learned that rebuilding takes time, and during rebuilding, we sometimes have difficulty seeing God’s hand. It is not that God is unable to move on our behalf but that we are unable to see it when He does. Psalm 147:2-3 reset my gaze to the kindness and faithfulness of God, how He works in the rubble to rebuild — what a gift.

Our lives will have many troubles. We will encounter circumstances and seasons that will leave us wounded and brokenhearted. But God, in His lovingkindness, mends our hearts even when we cannot see it — rebuilding from the rubble and ruin, piece by piece. The discomfort may run deep, the emotions may be drowning, but God’s comfort runs deeper. We can bring our wounds to Him, and He will tenderly bind them. He is faithful to rebuild.

Your day is coming. He will rebuild. You will make it through this trying painful time.  

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Always remember you are loved &

you are not alone.

from my heart to yours,

Shelia Renee

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