Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Hello!! My name is Maddison. I am 23 and I have been attending Lighthouse for about 5 years. I recently graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Public Relations. I am in the process of applying to get a Master’s degree in psychology to pursue a new dream of being a counselor. A few things I love are being outside, running, reading, painting, writing, sonic Dr pepper and chick fil a :)
My mother directed me to Psalm 91 during a suffering season in my teens. I still have the note tucked into the passage. Her words of encouragement and wisdom have continued to direct me during each suffering season since. “Trust in Him - He will guide you and protect you! He loves you more than you could ever comprehend!”
No one really teaches you how to handle a really tough disappointment. There’s not a 5 step plan or an easy fix to heal the pain, and you never really know this kind of pain, until you’re there.
The only thing I want when I’m chin deep in seemingly hopeless circumstances, is comfort.
I find that comfort in Psalms 91, (1,4,9,11,14,15). My favorite is verse 4. “He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.”
In these ‘tough times’ big or small, I find immense comfort knowing God has got me. He is there, he is holding me. All I have to do is lean in, be comforted and dwell in his protection.
The best thing about the Lord's comfort and protection is it doesn’t only come in suffering, it is ever present and readily available at any time you are willing to accept it.
I’m learning that life is hard, really hard. But I find peace knowing that God knows that, and he has given me everything I need to conquer and preserve through whatever life throws at me, and I only have to look to one place to find it, Him.
Father, thank you for your unconditional love for me that is with me in the good and the bad. Thank you that you don't change, even when my circumstances disappoint and discourage. Thank you for your covering and protection. Teach me how to take refuge in you, to dwell in your presence continually, to seek you always. In Jesus' name, amen.
Published on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 @ 6:55 AM CDT