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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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It began with the news of death around the corner from where I live.  It was a young family with three children between the ages of six and six months.  Mark, the husband, was diagnosed with cancer.  In less than six months he died in their home, in Beth’s arms.  Next Beth lost her job.  Then a tornado came that almost flattened their house. To top it all off, one of the children was diagnosed with an illness that required constant care. What an impossible situation.

Today Beth is remarried to a godly man who is a wonderful husband and father and they all are living happily together in a new home.

While I love happy endings, it’s not the Beth’s new life or new husband that has me gaining strength from Beth’s experience. It is her unwavering confidence in God through both the good and the bad times.  Not once during the tough times did I ever hear her question life, or give up, or complain.  Through it all, she always knew that she would rise again, if I can say it that way, and that the bad times were only a temporary setback.

“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again” (Prov. 24:16, NIV).  Take heart.  That’s not just a nice-sounding proverb.  It is the truth, tried and tested by thousands who have experienced the worst of life on earth.

“Dear Lord, You are the God of Abraham.  You guided him through tough times.  You are the God of Moses and the children of Israel and guided them through tough times again and again.  Please guide my life.  Give me the courage that I need.  Help me to look to the promises You made.  I know You keep Your word.  Give me the courage I need to go through the bad times and the faith to live in the good times.  Amen.”  

Fylvia Fowler Kline
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Hope Channel, Inc.