“O LORD, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my KING and my GOD, for I pray to no one but You. Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to You and wait expectantly. But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread Your protection over them, that all who love Your Name may be filled with Joy. For You bless the godly, O LORD; You surround them with Your Shield of Love.” – Psalms 5:1‭-‬3‭, ‬11‭-‬12 (

Thinking about all of the people in my family this morning who are in need of prayer. I know our GOD doesn’t allow us to have any more than we can handle AS LONG AS WE RELY ON HIM. We sometimes joke as a family (well, okay, I sometimes joke) that our family is the “odds” family. By that, I mean that if there is a 1 in a million chance of having a specific medical issue (type of cancer, disease, etc), my immediate family seems to hit it. It can be hard to take. We are currently dealing with several different types of diseases and cancers and illnesses that are either extremely rare or at least unusual, as well as joblessness and other stresses. I CAN’T handle any of it on my own. I have to rely on God and give Him praise and Glory for the blessings that are in my life instead of focusing on the negative. Life is, indeed, hard. Life with Jesus is still hard, but when He through the Holy Spirit is carrying the load, at least we can step forward, even if it is one baby steps at a time. I have many friends who are also struggling.  

With Jesus, and lots of prayer and meditation, life is GOOD. As Elizabeth Elliott said:

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