Have you ever experienced times that leave you hanging between a rock and a hard place: times of confusion, fear, sorrow, loneliness? Relationships may fail; precious dreams die. Winters appear bleak; answers won't come. Our circumstances vary, but we ...

12 Things to Remember When You’re Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Have you ever experienced times that leave you hanging between a rock and a hard place: times of confusion, fear, sorrow, loneliness? Relationships may fail; precious dreams die. Winters appear bleak; answers won't come.Here are 12 things I can remember that keep me from being discouraged.

Have you ever experienced times that leave you hanging between a rock and a hard place: times of confusion, fear, sorrow, loneliness? Relationships may fail; precious dreams die. Winters appear bleak; answers won’t come. Our circumstances vary, but we all go through them.

Jesus’s Help in Hard Times

In those times I’ve learned to rehearse some things about God, times when Jesus has walked with me, held my hand, and brought me through the hard places. These are 12 things I can remember that keep me from being discouraged. And this list is only a small portion of what I’ve recorded in my memory bank from Jesus’s track record of faithfulness. Jesus’s help in hard times is readily available. (Be sure and enter the book/drawing/giveaway today by following the instructions below.)

“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:1-3, MSG).

 

With a track record record like that, why would I ever doubt Jesus’s faithfulness?

My Personal Prayer for You

Lord Jesus, thank You for being with us in the hard places of our lives. For all the times You’ve rescued us, held us, loved us, and filled us with your hope and peace, we are so grateful. When we’re in over our heads, You’re there. When we feel like we’re going down for the last time, You pull us up. Teach us to trust You more and more and to run from discouragement when we’re between a rock and a hard place. With You, there are no dead ends–only endless grace and possibilities. Thank You, Jesus!

Day-votedly Yours,

Rebecca

It’s Your Turn

What about you? What things about Jesus/God do you remember that get you through a hard place in life?

DEVOTIONAL BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

Anyone who would like to find at least five Bible verses/promises for each of the 12 things to remember that I’ve listed above will be entered into a drawing for my newest Easter devotional booklet: Celebrate Easter: Meditations for Lent and Easter.  When you find them, list them in the comments section below to count for the booklet giveaway! (And then print them out and put in your Bible to remember!) You’re welcome to find twelve verses, too–one for each thing to remember! Start digging!

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Do You Want This Kind of Love?

God's a good, good, Father, and He loves you more than you know. Do you want this kind of love?

 

Whether you’re single or married, you are not alone in your desire to be loved.

Valentine’s Day can bring a smile to the faces of those who feel loved, or a deep longing in the hearts of those who don’t.

The truth is, people spend a majority of their lives searching for love that won’t fail, but many never find it.

Do you want this kind of love? It’s the kind of love that will always be there for you.

It’s the Valentine God sends to your heart every day, every year, all of your life. God’s love is the kind that never fails.

What is it like?

Is it too good to be true?

Is it so hard to believe that you are loved, really loved by Him?

Read the short poem below.

Then listen to the powerful words of the song following the poem.

Will you embrace His love?

 

The Love That Will Always Be There

by

Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Do you question the one

who gave His own Son

To die, out of love for you?

Is it hard to believe,

hard to conceive–

something too good to be true?

You don’t understand–

it was always God’s plan;

He’s a good, good Father who knows

all you have done, and

all that you are,

Still, He’s waiting to draw you close.

You are loved; you are cherished,

a child fully blessed,

and His love can never compare.

So cry out to Jesus;

embrace Him today,

and His love that will always be there.

God’s Love Is Simple and Pure

Such a simple poem, but God’s love is such a simple, pure love–so simple even children can grasp it. HOUSEFIRES 11 recorded a song about this truth called, “Good, Good Father.” I hope you will take the time to listen to the words of this precious song. It has become one of my favorites. Truly, God’s love is amazing.

God’s Love in 1 John 3

I love this verse from 1 John 3:1 that sounds like that song, “Good, Good Father”:

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it–we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are (1 John 3:1 MSG).

A Personal Prayer for You

Lord, You are indeed a good, good Father. Thank You that you love me with such a pure, unfailing love. Teach me how to love You and others more. I want Your kind of love–not just at Valentine’s Day, but forever!

Day-votedly Yours,

Rebecca

It’s Your Turn

What about you? How has God been a good, good Father to you? How has His love changed you? Please share your comments below. You might encourage someone today.

* I’ve updated and repeated this blog from a couple of years ago, because the truth of God’s love is so powerful.

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When You Need God’s Strength

Who doesn’t need God’s strength? If you’re feeling weak and in need of a divine touch, here’s something for you to remember:

When God gives you a task, He will always see you through. God's strength is all you need.

When You Need God’s Strength

By

Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Tired of carrying burdens God never intended?

Weary from the effort to keep your heart mended?

The One who loves you most is the one who loves you best.

He promises His strength and offers you His rest.

Too weak to make the effort? Stretch out your hand and see

if the God who formed the world and created you and me,

Who shut the mouths of lions, and Who calmed the raging seas;

Who healed the sick and raised the dead, Who gave us all His peace,

is big enough, is strong enough; His grace is all you need–

and His faithfulness surrounds you as you truly let Him lead.

Lift your head and eyes toward Him; go in the strength you have,

ignoring those who say you can’t, who shake their heads and laugh.

The God who loves you as His child will never, ever, fail.

In light of Him, the Great I am, all others surely pale.

His strength is there; and everywhere you go He’s there to guide you.

His power hides your weakness; He’a always there beside you.

So when you’re feeling weak, just ask; His promises are true.

When He calls you to a task, God will always see you through.

Promises for God’s Strength

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak (Isaiah 40:29, NIV).

The Lord is my strength and my shield (Psalm 28:7, NIV).

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26, NIV).

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me (2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT).

 

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What about you? Why do you need God’s strength? When has He been your strength in weakness?  Please add your comments below.

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The God Who Will Never Let Go

He's the God who will never let go.

The God Who Will Never Let Go

by

Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Someone cut the power, unplugged your hope,

short-circuited your expectations, and left you wandering in the dark.

And questions rise like ghosts in the night:

Is anyone there? Does anyone care?

How long will you stumble against concrete walls,

bleeding from sharp corners that lead nowhere?

No escape to the right, no turn to the left;

No shadows dispelling your fear.

Defying the dark, bruised and broken,

you reach through the rubble,

only to fall again…and again…and again.

You crawl to your knees. Won’t someone please

answer?

The silence is a tomb.

Then with head and heart bowed, pride stripped away,

A crack appears in the seams.

It’s still dark, but you see.

How can that be?

You hear a faint whisper, see a candle unlit,

Taunting, or taking control?

Then you know…you KNOW

He was there all along!

For to Him light and dark are the same.

He’s the One who threw stars into blankets of night,

Whose Son blinded the day!

No need to run now–not ever again.

He’s the God who will never let go.

God’s Faithfulness

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you (Psalm 139:7-12, NIV).

My Personal Prayer for You

Lord, only You know the ones walking in darkness, whose hopes beg for restoration. Speak peace and light and joy once again where memories need jogging to remember Who You really are, that You are still in control, and that You will never let one of Your loved ones go. And to those who have never seen the Light, who run hard from Your presence, Oh, God! Remove the blinders, crack open the heart too crusted over with pain and darkness. Let them see You, know You, love You! Praise God, we can never escape Your right hand of mercy, grace, and love. You are faithful–always!

Day-votedly Yours,

Rebecca

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What Is Your New Year Prayer?

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New Year Prayer

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you a suggested New Year prayer. Some of you have commented in the past, but this is a new year, and I’d like to hear more from you and from others. What new things are you asking God to do through your life this year? What is your New Year prayer? What meaningful activities, attitudes, or actions do you want to include in your New Year? Help me write this blog. What Bible verse will you make your new prayer of action or attitude this year? 

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? (Isaiah 43:19, NLT)

 

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What about you?  Please answer one or more of the questions above and leave your comments below.

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