A Ray of “Sonshine” Can Brighten Any Day

Yesterday just really seemed like “one of those days…” I’m sure you know the kind. You know, one of those days when nothing seems to be going right, everything you try to do seems to be wrong and only leads to more heartache and frustration… You know, one of those days when your head is sore from “banging it against a brick wall,” and you feel like every step you take is like “trying to wade through waist-high molasses…”

Yep…yesterday was one of those days, alright–chuck full of frustration at every turn…

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…a ray of “sonshine” and hope broke through the heavy, dark clouds of despair…

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I had been crying out to God in prayer, “Is anything I’m saying or doing getting through to these kids?!…I don’t know what to do… I’m so exhausted…Please show me the way…”

Then, later on, little Kerry starts crying and fussing at dinner. Sarah pipes up and tells him, “Don’t cry Kerry. The devil wants you to be sad, but don’t let him win!!

“You have been listening to me, Sarah!” I suddenly exclaim.

“Yep. I hear you sometimes,” says Sarah, “…And I even remember it sometimes… & when I was doing my craft earlier, the devil was still trying to make me sad & I just had to tell him again to leave me alone!!”

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–Preach it, my little Sarah Beth, preach it!! James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

I was feeling like nothing I have been saying has been getting through. However, now, I’m reminded of Isaiah 55:10-11, which says, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

I was feeling really defeated, and I wanted to “have a pity party.” I started thinking things like: “I can’t do this,” “I just don’t know what to do,” etc… But you know, someone recently shared the “Handy Little Chart” with me. I call it my “I don’t know if I can, but I know He can” list of Bible verses. Here’s a few I certainly could have applied yesterday:

>You say: “It’s impossible”

>God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

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>You say: “I’m too tired”

>God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

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>You say: “I can’t go on”

>God says: My grace is sufficient (II Cor. 12:9)

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>You say: “I can’t figure things out”

>God says: I will direct your steps (Prov. 3: 5-6)

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>You say: “I can’t manage”

>God says: I will supply your needs (Phil. 4:19)

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>You say: “I can’t do it”

>God says: You can do all things (Phil. 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”)

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You know what? I think we’re all out of excuses and complaints!! I know…I know…life can seem so hard and it can be so tempting to just want to give up… However, Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience (perseverance) the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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