Monday, August 19, 2019 6:14 AM

Day 23: Psalm 13

Monday, August 19, 2019 6:14 AM
Monday, August 19, 2019 6:14 AM

MEET WENDI

Hello! I am Wendi Hicks.  I am married to Rock and we have 7 children; Nora, Hailee, Maura, Caleb, Cohen, Colton, and Brody.  We have five amazing biological children and were blessed with our two great nephews last year. We moved to Texas from Northern Ky about 5yrs ago and have attended Lighthouse all 5 years.  I currently serve as the Children’s Ministry Director, and Rock and I lead a life group. We love our Lighthouse family!

PSALM 13

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+13&version=ESV

MESSAGE

The book of Psalms is one of my favorite books in the Bible because it is so emotionally honest.  For so many of us we feel like we must play the part of the “good Christian,” especially when we are at church or around other Christians.  We put on a big smile and pretend like life is all roses when inside we are dying.  We have unsaved family members and friends, our marriages are falling apart, our jobs are a wreck, our homes are full of turmoil… the list could go on and on. We all face the difficulties of sin on a daily basis. However, it’s how we deal with these difficulties that matters.

Recently, it seems like life has slapped me/my family in the face.  We have faced struggle after struggle.  We have questioned God and wondered how much we can take. We have echoed the cries in Psalm 13: “How long O Lord? How long will you hide your face from me?” We have looked at the situations we have been faced with and we have (at times) allowed those situations to overshadow our thoughts and our trust in Gods sovereignty.

It is how this Psalm ends that makes it a favorite for me.  Psalm 13:5-6 says, “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”  We will all face difficulties and trials. It is ok to take them to a loving God and cry out to him; however, we must make the decision, will we continue to wallow in the pain of our circumstances, or will we trust in the unfailing love and character of God?

I choose to trust in God! While I can make this statement with confidence and joy right now, it is not always easy to say those words. In times of trials it is so vital for us to surround ourselves with and be honest with other believers, people who will point us to Christ and remind us of our identity in Him!

PRAYER

Father God, thank you for your unfailing love and faithfulness.  You are with me always, no matter the trial I face and no matter how difficult the circumstance.  I pray you would reveal yourself to me in the midst of my suffering. Show me how to sing your praises even when I don't feel like it.  I choose to trust in you.  In Jesus' name, amen. 

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Amber Lawrence

Thankful for your words Wendi & the truth of reminding me I have a choice to trust Him. His ways, His plans, His will. You are a blessing to this LCF family!

Posted on Tue, Aug 20, 2019 @ 2:09 PM CST

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