…do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; Do not be afraid, for I am with you… Isaiah 43:1-3, 5
Happy Friday! We made it through another work week. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot to be thankful for. Sure, each day is filled with difficulty. I wake up to the reality that my daughter is gone and then have to figure out how to live despite that reality. But God is so good and faithful to walk with me in my grief.
This Bible verse from Isaiah encourages me that no matter how difficult life is, I can always count on God. I know that promise intimately. When you’re tempted to be discouraged or be afraid, remember this verse from Joshua 1:9:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
My prayer for you today is that God will strengthen you and fill you with courage. May His comfort surround you, especially those struggling with chronic illnesses, grief, or facing family crisis. May you sense His presence in all that you do.
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For twenty-five years, Nancy Alexander battled a mysterious illness without a diagnosis. Despite spells of total debilitation and hospitalizations with no answers, she managed to fight through and raise two sons and create a successful business. Like many marriages where chronic illnesses are at the forefront, Nancy’s suffered. This is her story of fighting the medical system to receive a diagnosis and to not only save her marriage to Steve but restore it to a place of joy. Years of rumors from doctors and friends, the ravages on her body from disease, and the rescue in the form of a doctor and nutritionist culminated into a place of wellness that Nancy now shares with her readers. Though she didn’t always know it during her journey, God’s hand guided and protected her and Steve. Nancy’s story will uplift and encourage those with chronic illness that answers are worth fighting for, and God’s strength is sufficient on even the worse days. (Available for purchase on Amazon.com.)