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11/18/2008 / Devotionals

Psalm 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

These are without a doubt, some of the most comforting words from Scripture I know by heart. Through all situations I have only to rest on in Him for my strength.

With my husbands employment, we move frequently, and when our children were little, I dreaded those times. We often spent weeks in temporary accommodation waiting on housing and our personal belongings to arrive. During those transition times, it was characteristic of the department of defence to send Norm away on a course.

During one of these relocations, that was a few hundred kilometres from our nearest family; our son became constantly ill with serious allergies. Three weeks into the hotel stay, I had to ask the staff not to use their chemicals when cleaning and reduced room cleans from once a day to once a week so I could plan time to have the room aired afterwards. Ken was just over eighteen months old at the time and his sister Cyline, was three and a half. Their ages alone meant around the clock care but Ken never slept, except for about two hours after his midday meal. Cyline was usually worn out by then too, so I used this time to catch up on my own sleep.

New states, new towns and new experiences were always daunting and to settle into a new normal day to day life in these situations proved to be stressful and lonely. But I remember these verses were my source of comfort. I dont believe it was coincidence that these verses from the Psalms appeared so often during my daily devotions.

Psalm 46:1-3 became my key verses and since that particular relocation, they have become part of me through many situations over the years. We all need words of comfort at one time or other and we can be assured that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble. Beautiful words of comfort in any situation.

Thank you, Lord, for your comfort in every situation. Help us to know that you are our refuge and strength and guide us through difficult times, fear and loneliness. Whatever we face in our day to day lives, teach us to lean on you for all our needs. Amen

Chrissy Siggee

Scripture Verses used are from the King James Version of the Bible

Chrissy Siggee is the author of 'Glimpses of His Glory', a collection of her poetry, devotions, pencil illustrations and nature photos. - SORRY - SOLD OUT!
Chrissy is also the author of the teen novel 'Out of the Shadows - Jenna's Secret.'

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