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What to Expect When You Are NOT Expecting

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Gwen Smith

February 21, 2014

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Isaiah 26.3 perfect peace

I was not expecting to hear what I heard. “You have a polyp on your right vocal cord and a nodule on your left vocal cord. In addition to that, Mrs. Smith, your esophagus is yellow and inflamed because of acid reflux. I know you sing and speak professionally, so I’m placing you on mandatory vocal rest for 4-6 weeks. You cannot talk at all. You will also need to adjust your diet and take medication in order to calm the acid reflux. If your condition doesn’t get better with rest, medication and dietary changes, you may need to have vocal cord surgery.”

He was not expecting to hear what he heard. “The biopsy and ultra sounds of your mass indicate that it is highly probable you have papillary thyroid cancer, Mr. Smith. We will need to schedule surgery to have it removed and if the final pathology reports are conclusive for cancer, as we strongly suspect, you will need to have a radioactive iodine treatment to ensure that all of the remaining cancerous cells are destroyed.”

Both of these conversations took place over the past several months. Neither my husband nor I were expecting to hear what we heard. And we were not expecting to go through what we are now going through.

“You cannot speak for 4-6 weeks.” “You have cancer.” “I want a divorce.” “Your position has been terminated.” “Your electricity has been shut off until you make a payment on your bill.” “You have not been accepted into our program.” “I’m sorry, there has been an accident…” Sometimes we come face to face with complicated matters that we simply are not expecting. Life can turn us upside down in a moment’s notice and leave us gasping for breath, grasping for strength, and searching for answers.

Have you been there? Are you or is someone you love there now?

Through the trials that both my husband and I are going through, the LORD has been teaching us lesson after lesson. So we thank Him for the treasures found in the darkness of this season. The Word of God is rich with treasures because it connects our hearts to God’s hope. (TWEET this!)

When we find ourselves with challenges that we were not expecting, there are a few things that we all can expect.

The Bible tells us that God will never leave us nor forsake us. But this does not mean that bad things won’t happen. And it also does not mean that we will never experience pain, disappointment, or devastation. It means that no matter what we face, God – Emmanuel – is always with us and His peace is always available… whether He chooses to deliver us from the trial, through the trial, or in the trial. (Another TWEETABLE!)

Here are a few truths and action points to cling to in difficult times:

GOD IS NEAR: “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:5b-7)

GOD HEARS YOUR CRIES: “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:17-18)

GOD IS WITH YOU and FOR YOU: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:1-3)

Yes; pain will sting you, bad things will happen, people will hurt you, and your heart will sometimes be burdened with heavy loads. BUT GOD offers to meet you in the messy thick of it. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

How will you respond to His invitation? When you call on Jesus, you can expect to experience God’s peace even in the times you face challenges that you were not expecting.

Dear Lord, I admit that I sometimes fear the unexpected and do not fully trust in your perfect will. I know that you see the end from the beginning and that your thoughts are not my thoughts (Is. 55:8-9). Forgive me for my lack of faith and please teach me to trust in you so that when the unexpected storms of life come, I will expect peace in the midst of those storms (Mark 4:37-40), knowing that you are near, you hear my cries, and you are with me and for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
 

FOR YOUR REFLECTION and RESPONSE: Read the following verse: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

According to this verse, “perfect peace” comes from focusing our minds upon the Lord. What a promise that is! Find some verses about God’s nature and His promises to you and write them in a journal or a special place where you can refer to them when life hits you with the unexpected. Use these verses to meditate on God through your trials to experience His peace!

Let’s pray for one another today.

POST a prayer need as a comment below… or simply say, “I’m expecting God’s peace!”

 

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About Gwen Smith


Gwen Smith

I am an unashamed, imperfect worshiper of Jesus Christ. I cling to His goodness to cover my mess and purpose my days to live out the hope of the Gospel. It is my joy and passion to inspire women to live fully in grace and truth. I write books, devotions and songs. I speak. I sing. I worship. I post, pin and tweet. I am intensely in love with the Word of God and believe, wholeheartedly, that the Bible is divinely inspired truth.

 

78 responses to “What to Expect When You Are NOT Expecting”

  1. Omo says:

    I am expecting Gods peace! I found out my husband has been having an affair while I’m embroiled in the midst of my med school exams. The hurt and pain I feel can’t be quantified and it has been so hard to focus on school and I have these exams coming up. This came at me out of left field. Been praying for grace to forgive and let go. And still do well on my exams

  2. Marie Bride says:

    Oh Gwen,
    I wish I did not understand or relate to what you are referring to in the unexpected.
    My dad was diagnosed with shingles two weeks ago this Friday. He had the vaccination to prevent it with the understand that he could not get it. Well that was not true. I had been sicker than I can remember in a long time with the flu for three weeks before I took him to the hospital two weeks ago. I had him at the hospital and mom at the clinic on the same day last week. I feel like a sick yo-yo and a bit scared to be sitting in these plays where God only knows what we are being exposed to?
    So yes, I will be saying a prayer for you!
    I would also appreciate you sending up one for me and my situation,

    Blessings on Your people Lord!!!

  3. John Chon says:

    Hello

    Every article you have written inspired me very much, as I coincide many of your thoughts as a missionary to North Korean refugees. One day the perfect peace that we never have experienced will come to us, and for some people that would be eternally fatal, but for others will be experiencing the most perfect peace in the presence of God. Until then, we can move a mountain or two and bring a person or many to the truth.

    Thank you
    Missionary John Chon

  4. Maribel - from muerto Rico says:

    I’m expecting God’s peace!!!!!!

  5. Juliana says:

    Hi Gwen, thank you for sharing your life on GiG and walking out even the tough moments so authentically. Your devotionals and testimonies accompanied me in my dark times last year. Your family is in my prayers and I know that God is with you, watching you every moment, holding your hand. He already knew what was to come and I will press on in faith for His hand of healing and comfort upon you . Praise Him for the total healing for your husband! GiG – God is Good! May this journey be yet another testimony of His faithfulness, goodness, power and strength for you. Shalom, Juliana

  6. This is the love of my life Jennifer. I have know her for the past 11 years. God has told me she is the one. But because of mistakes made and whatnot we are now not together. She has moved on. But I hear the voice of GOD telling me to not give up! That HE can put this right and bring her back to me. NOT by might, nor by power, but by MY HOLY SPIRIT! say the LORD! She is the most amazing woman I have ever met and my heart is filled with so much love for her that I know it’s DADDY in me loving her. Even through all the mean things done to me, I still think the best of her. Help me believe what GOD is speaking to my heart, and that if I just believe and trust HIM even though what I see and hear in the natural suggests otherwise that HE will make my greatest dream come true and bring Jennifer and me back together and be the center of our relationship and live happily serving JESUS and being a light and testimony to GOD’S faithfulness and goodness in our lives. My heart is so broken and I get so mad. Please pray for me and help me fight the dark depression that stops me dead with fear and condemnation. You can email me @ briankgarnes@hotmail.com or even text me @ 2082069760. Love and Blessings! I also have a facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/briankgarnes

  7. C says:

    I pray for both you and your husband for healing!
    Please pray for my husband. He is out of work and we desperately need a job. He is our only income. He had an interview this past week and will know in a couple weeks if he makes it to the next round. We also just sold our home and now don’t know what we are going to do. Thank you for your prayers! I so enjoy getting you emails with Proverbs 31 ministries. Thank you again!

  8. Pam says:

    Gwen, your story touches my heart and is exactly what my doctor told me except I’m on crutches and told no walking for 12 wks! I am a runner and was told I have Avascular Necrosis of hips and my bone is dying in both hips. We are trying crutches in hopes to prevent any surgery. I am 29 yrs old and worst case scenario could be a hip replacement. I can understand how life can feel like it’s been put on hold for us. Thank you for this post. I pray we both get through this and God lay his healing hand upon us both. I’m expecting God’s peace!

  9. Jean says:

    Dear Gwen, your post was balm to my soul. I recently had a thyroidectomy for medullary thyroid cancer. After battling fear for several weeks, I prayed and received supernatural peace. The surgery was successful and I am cancer free! God used this circumstance to draw me closer to him. One unexpected side effect from the surgery is vocal hoarseness. It’s been 3 months now. Your post resonated with me. I needed that encouragement. Thanks for reminding me to expect God’s peace.

  10. Heather Bruce Kalk says:

    I will be praying for you and your husband’s struggles with health problems at this time. You have such a strong faith, and you’re such a role model for the rest of us. My prayer request is that God helps me to keep a leash on my tongue and encourage others with my words instead of criticizing them. I also need help with my anger problems.

  11. Tina Watson says:

    In 2008, my husband went to the eye doctor for what he thought was allergies…it was springtime in Georgia! The doctor referred him to a specialist the next day. This began a 13 month journey which ultimately left him blind. We did everything medically possible but nothing worked. At 49, he was totally in the dark. This was NOT in our plans! We planned to retire at 50 and do short-term missionary work. But God had a different plan. Fast forward to today…he is still blind in the natural, but he ‘sees’ much more into the sprit realm than ever before. He has drawn closer to God and God has fine-tuned his prophetic gifting. He is doing things in the Kingdom that he would have never pursued. He is a deacon, the Ministry Leader of the Deliverance Ministry, counselor, and leads a weekly prayer meeting. He has never let the situation dictate how he addresses life. We believe that God WILL totally heal him in His timing, but until then, we are enjoying life. What the enemy intended for evil, God will use for His good.
    I know that in your situation, that there are dark days, but God is refining things within you and Brad that could only be accomplished through this journey.

  12. Karen says:

    Great peace have they who love Your law, nothing shall make them stumble. Ps 119:65….. I claim this peace for my life

  13. Portia says:

    I’m expecting God’s peace!!

  14. Diana Lanier says:

    I’m expecting God’s peace!

  15. Delores Luckett says:

    Hi Gwen,
    Please be assured that I’m praying for you and your husband’s total healing. Jehovah RAPHA The Lord God your Healer is able and willing to heal you. Be encouraged and thank you so much for sharing those encouraging words with me and so many others. I am expecting God’s Peace today and everyday. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  16. Kelly says:

    “I’m expecting God’s peace”- These past 2 days I have felt unsettled and insecure. During most of my marriage, my husband has not had sexual integrity. Just recently God has intervened and my husband is striving and loving Christ. Satan knows where to attack me in my weaknesses, and my ability to “trust” in my husband is weak. I struggle with this.

  17. Jean inNH says:

    Gwen, I will be praying for you and your hubby, trusting God for your situation, and to guide you and give you what you need each day. I am expecting God’s peace and needing it. My granddaughter who is 7 was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her lung 4 1/2 weeks ago.. She is starting chemo and God is doing some amazing things. At times it can be a roller coaster ride, but God is faithful through it all. And in the midst of this, financial struggles are happening. Trusting God for each day. Thank you for your ministry you have blessed me so many time, thru music and your talks. We love you Gwen.

  18. Found out that I am 6 weeks pregnant and have a polyp on my cervix which is making me bleed.Ultrasound is on 3/6 and praying that the baby is fine and that everything is going well. We have had major complications in the past with former pregnancies and my husband and I are scared.We have been disappointed and hurt in the past and were struggling. WE both love the Lord and still are scared. Please pray for everything to be well and the baby to be fine.

  19. Mary says:

    I’m Expecting God’s Peace.

  20. chocolatelatte says:

    I’m expecting God’s peace Amen

  21. Angela Young says:

    Feeling down past few days, im expecting God’s peace

  22. Carol Mundy says:

    I will be praying for you and your husband as you navigate these troubling waters. Just sitting here crying and praying and having church at my desk at work. God is so very faithful and good and how quickly we forget that a lot of times! Just sharing with a friend what a blessing that verse has been to me lately! and then there it is at the end of the devotional I was just telling her about you! Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusts in Thee! Isaiah 26:3! I could not believe it and then, I was reminded that this had to be a God thing! Only God could coordinate stuff like that! Too much and yet just right, just we always need and He is always ON TIME! Carol Mundy, one of your fans and GIG! Love all those devotions too!

  23. Vitamins says:

    Gwen I met you in AZ in December, knew that you are special and anointed! Your words of comfort and wisdom ring very true, whether in the throes of tragedy, of physical/emotional pain, or just everyday life, we serve a God Who is able to dry our tears and comfort us, no matter what, in His own way! We all have our “crosses” to bear…I will be in prayer for you and hubby!! Love!

  24. Michelle says:

    I’m expecting God’s peace.

  25. Star Justice says:

    I am expecting God*s Peace!

  26. struggling says:

    I am struggling with enormous stress and my hurtful attitude towards those I love because I am so stressed out. I want to be gentler and more loving in how I treat my family.

  27. Guest says:

    Please pray for me and my marriage. Dealing with my husbands infidelity and determined to see God restore my marriage!

  28. Eileen Hunt says:

    Just found out yesterday that my brother-in-law has brain cancer,out of the blue,with almost no chance of living too much longer.Please pray for him (Roy) and his family as they go thru this and God willing ,let there be some kind of treatment for it.I know God doesn’t need me to tell Him what to do so please join me in prayer and thanksgiving for what He is about to do.Thank you,Eileen

  29. Luana says:

    I am expecting God’s peace!

    Growing up my father was a good provider but because of his past he always was a very bitter and angry man. They lived in a tri-level house. My mother had some physical health problems due to a vehicle accident and was/is in constant pain & crawling up and down stairs at times to do household chores. I convinced my father that if I sold my home and they sold theirs we could buy a large ranch style home together to make things easier for my mom. We did it. A 3000 square foot home. Not even a year into the home he started dictating and bullying. Basically letting me know I have no rights to the house. I invested 100, 000.00 from the sale of my home into the new house. Ten years later I am now hurt, broken and homeless because I truly trusted my family. My previous home would now have been paid off because I often paid more into the principle only balance. Now I bounce back & forth from staying at friends homes & my daughter’s apartment. I cannot even put a lean on the house for what I put into it because he refinanced it so much that there is no equity left. The pain of family becoming selfish, greedy and taking advantage because a person out of the goodness of their heart was trying to help, is unbearable. This form is betrayal is the absolute worst.

    I need prayer for peace of mind. Healing of my broken heart. A better job so I can get back on my feet and start all over again and through God only, maybe the possibility of having or owning my own home again.

    • Zelma says:

      I am expecting God’s peace !!
      Dear Luana, I read your words and its sounds like me. So I wanted to write you and say; I am praying for you and me. For me I know being a Christian seems like God has abandoned me at times but His love is there, we just have to have faith. Its hard knowing you were doing the right things but the people you love the most turn on you. I was going through a 5 year divorce and my father passed in the middle of it and my step-mother took everything, I was grieving over my father and grieving over the loss of my life at the same time.. I have a small cattle ranch and work also 4days a week. Oklahoma is experiencing a server drought. I’ve ask why so many times. I have always felt God has a greater purpose for me so I’d move on and forgive. Lately I’m confused and feeling alone and wondering where is God and that peace. I hunger for it and read my bible and pray and talk to God but still no peace. I know one day it will happen, but I feel my faith slipping. I know I wont or hopefully, do something stupid. I have been alone for 14 years now and it would be so nice to have a God loving companion to share the good and hard times with. There are so many men out there but a God fearing one, well that’s like a needle in a hay stack.. 🙂

      I know Luana that, that peace of mind is worth more than anything, when a mind won’t shut down its so devastating, worry is a real killer of the mind, and I know God does not want you to live that way. I know that time can heal a lot of wounds but that doesn’t get you through the present. And that is where you live is in the present.

      Dear Heavenly Father watch over Luana and give her peace, open up very opportunity for her, show her that God is greater than any loss she has gone through and that a home and job will be waiting on her this next week. You Father are the giver of hope and love, show love where there has been no love. Dear Father, we honor You by being Your daughters and as loving daughters help our actions show we love You by what others see in us. Help us to be steadfast in our faith, give us straight to weather the storms of life and the peace of Christ Jesus love, that joy knowing we will one day inherit a place with You. Dear Father watch over all who are hurting and needing Your love, keep us safe, and heal our hearts, in Jesus name, amen.

      Know Luana you are not alone and that as my sister in Christ I am here for you. Zelma

  30. Karen C says:

    I’m expecting God’s peace in my situation (financial provision and a job).

  31. Catherine says:

    The joy of the Lord is our strength. Your words echo my heart sentiments over the past few months. So many things in my mind that I have not had the time to really put them on paper or in words. Thank you for your faithfulness to ministers out of your needs and hurts.

  32. Laura says:

    Praise God He’s with me. I’m finding myself not relying on God’s peace and strength again. Some things happening at my job have me completely stressed and worried. I know God is with me and I know for a fact he’s got the best in mind. Pray for strength and peace, and a renewed focus of knowing how to do the job to the best of my ability and leave the rest in God’s hand. He’s been with me through several other trials and He’ll not forsake me now. I choose to rest in His peace.

  33. Marilyn says:

    “I’m expecting God’s peace!”
    unemployed, homeless (God is so good as shelter with a friend), husband disabled and the list goes on. One day at a time He supplies our needs. Be still…Psalm 46:10

    • Debbie Learn says:

      Isaiah 32:18; My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes in undisturbed places of rest. I am a recent cancer survivor and I am paying for a room at a friend’s house. I need to move out of this house ! Even with a miracle healing from GOD, I can still forgot that GOD will supply all my needs and start with anxiety and stress. I am so thankful for 1 Peter 5:7; Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. He will not leave us, nor forsake us. Thank You Heavenly Father.

  34. Heidi says:

    Our family life has changed, lost our farm and am trying a new business to keep family members employed. It is tough but we see God’s blessings He is good. Still have extreme moments of fear and anxiety. I pray God will continue to bless you and your family and all those who worry.

  35. Michele says:

    Gwen- love that you shared this testimony and I followed you through it and prayed for you during those times. God is AMAZING in how He answers prayers. I was not feeling well last summer into fall, chalked it up to “old(er) lady woes (lol?) – no energy and breathing not well. Finally one day ZAP what is going on so again I went the to the doctor, he ran more tests saying it was anxiety. I went home and raked leaves ONE BAG and was spent – called again, he said let’s do another test of your lungs. Sure enough there it was a DVT linked to taking HRT’s the past 4 years, hospital stay and meds were next. PRAISE God for sending messages and preserving my health until the medical resolve could take place. Now 3 months later am doing well and back on track. Again, thank you for your wonderful ministry and music. Blessings to you and yours and (hugs) for all that is behind you 🙂

  36. Ginny says:

    I had a somewhat restless night. I need God’s peace in the midst of some major struggles that a couple of my family members are facing right now. Thank you so much for the verses that you shared.
    I pray the Lord’s blessing on you and your husband.

  37. Ivy says:

    I thank the Lord our God for your work in ministering to us in our time of need. May the Lord richly bless you and your family. I am expecting God’s peace

  38. Louise says:

    Thank you Gwen, you certainly are touching many of us through God and I pray for His peace and blessings on you and yours. My husband and I have gone through a season of difficulty also and if I had not had God to cry out to I am not sure what I would have done. My husband was a career K-9 policeman and contracted Hep C. He cannot work in this area anymore, as his immune system has been compromised. We are fairly young, (53) and had no intention of him retiring yet. He is majorly depressed and most days just sits. I too, am asking for prayers to be the wife God intends me to be for/to him, and to be released from the feelings of being ‘robbed” of the man in my life. God is good!

  39. Bernadette Burgess says:

    I am expecting peace today feeling a bit down.

    • Tammy Dyer says:

      So sorry you are down and extremely grateful that you could send me blessings for my trials when you yourself are feeling blue. Thank you and prayers and blessings back at you!! Someone recently told me that when someone gives you blessings that blessings come right back to them and I believe this while heartily. So bless you and I hope you find that peace:)

  40. Rebecca says:

    I’m not currently going through any big stuff, but two years ago, my mother carried my brother to full term, but something went wrong at the very end, and he died four days after birth. As my parents and 8 siblings and I grieved, God was so near that it overshadowed all the pain I was feeling. I’m not saying that the pain went away though, but he was so close, and that’s what brought us through and made us closer as a family. I’m praying that you feel His presence like I did.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Yes, Rebecca. God has been hovering close and holding us in compelling ways. So sorry about your brother! Totally agree that though our pain is real, our GOD is able. Hugs and blessings, Gwen

  41. Blessed1 says:

    I’m expecting God’s peace in the midst of the storms that are raging in my families life!!

  42. Jenn says:

    I’m Expecting God’s Peace! Thank you, Gwen…..God’s work through you is amazing….once again, God and Gwen team up to do it again!

  43. Nancy says:

    God’s peace carries me through it!

  44. Mary says:

    I needed this this morning, my job is threatened daily. I know God is working all things for my good, but I want to have that peace. I am always worried about the future.

  45. Joyce and Dave says:

    In June our 47 yr. old son Mike’s heart stopped and he died. He was healthy training for a triathalon. He left behind 2 kids 18 & 17 and a wife who loved him dearly. We are all devastated and still grieving. Losing a child is beyond explanation. Please pray for peace for our family. My husband and I have been having a really hard time. We are doing all the things we always did but it all seems so empty and while I pray I feel blank and not connected to The Lord.

  46. Maureen says:

    Gwen, thank you for sharing your trials. I pray God’s perfect peace on you and your husband, for doctors wisdom and for healing.

  47. winkcindy says:

    My position was terminated on January 21st, after being a paralegal for over 12 years. I have been putting Jesus Christ as the center of my focus and I’M EXPECTING GOD’S PEACE.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Hate to hear of your job loss… love to hear of your faith! LORD, please continue to provide for this woman as she places You in the center of her life. Help her to trust You in everything – even when the future is uncertain – knowing that You are always good, always able, always strong and always faithful. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  48. Susie L says:

    I have said a prayer for you and your husband. Words of hope: I had thyroid papillary carcinoma 30 years ago. I went into surgery with the understanding that my ENT surgeon would remove one lobe, but that he would take the second lobe if it looked suspect. He took both and pathology showed well encapsulated cancer in both. As a precautionary measure, I had the radioactive iodine ablation as well. God surrounded me with caring doctors, family and friends. It was a bittersweet time as I dealt with the fear and basked in the support of the people around me. Now it is a distant memory as 30 years cancer-free is a long time.

    You already know god is with you. I pray that you both are also surrounded by “God with skin on” people for support and comfort and, of course, also for rapid and complete healing.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Thank you, Susie! God has brought complete healing to Brad! The vocal rest and dietary changes I implemented warranted wonderful results – but, ultimately, the LORD stepped in to heal and we are so grateful. Blessings! Gwen

  49. Cathy Cho says:

    Thank you for your devotional today. It was in perfect timing but again, that’s how God works. Thank you for reminding us that we can have peace during these hard times bc God cares for us and loves us. He has not forsaken us. I would like to request a prayer for my brother and sister in law. They just found out that they are pregnant with twins but the dr thinks they are in one sac and will find out on monday if that is the case. They had a miscarriage last year and they are very anxious and worried. Please pray they will have peace during this time and also that they would grow in faith together. Thank you so much

  50. Beckey says:

    Come what may… I am expecting God’s peace!

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  51. Kathy says:

    My son has turned away from his family. He walked away from his wife and children and now has stopped speaking to us, his parents. He has totally lost the path God has laid out for him. Please pray our family and our broken hearts can be restored. Seeking God’s will and his forgiving grace for my son

  52. Gillette Gal says:

    God is good. I have never blogged, lol, but today I would like to request prayer, & I don’t know where to begin. I am speaking to a ladies group tonight & sharing mytestimony. the last 6 months of 2013, I felt like Job. My son attempted suicide, my mother passed away & I was extremely ill for the entire month of December. so I can say your devotional scripture from today in Isaiah 26:3 spoke volumes to me. Every devotional I turn to is about the fact that in this world we have trouble, but Praise God…He is faithful to be with us thru it all, if wr will just look up for our redemption draws nigh!! Hallelujah!! Please pray that my testimony will speak to someone tonight!! Thank you.

  53. Tammy Dyer says:

    My prayers are with you and your husband Gwen. My boyfriend and I are going thru this type of unexpected trials as well…but nothing as devastating as you and your husband. We have been supporting each other in faith and reading the word to gain better understanding and this has kept us in His peaceful presence just as you say. It’s not an easy thing and it’s taken us years to be able to find that calm in times of trails…but in God it is truly possible. We’ve been hit with those unexpected times off and on for a year now and have found angel after angel looking out for us and have been able to keep our peace and have grown tremendously in our faith, which is God’s intention. To remind us to depend on him and He’ll bring us thru. To live humbly and look for these small miracles and blessings each day. Again…you are both in my prayers and God bless you.

  54. Liz says:

    I am expecting God’s peace!

  55. Iwaldoda says:

    I am thankful for,the assurance and strength that comes through just reading these scriptures. Mary Southerland says memorize the scripture and I believe these are good starters. I have been face to face with doctor’s who have no hope to give and lost hope in the process. But now my hope rests solely in The Lord Jesus and His Word. His plan is what I want. Not sure if the storm is passing yet but God’s Word here brings hope.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      That heart attitude will get you everywhere, friend! God is surely on the throne and reigning. When we want what HE wants, we win and peace dominates. Praying for you now, friend. Blessings in Christ, Gwen

  56. Deborah Jackson says:

    I am experiencing God’s peace. My husband is on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. We were so sure the truth would come out that we were shocked at the verdict, but God is sustaining us through this trial & we are closer now than we ever were before.

  57. Rahab Gideon Blue says:

    I was expecting to have a baby in August but i had my third miscarriage yesterday instead and passed out twice from the lack of blood. I prayed that the baby would be healed but did not know the healing would be the ultimate healing in the form of a trip to heaven for my baby where she will never feel pain sorrow or fear. I am thankful to have my husband two healthy sons friends and family. Also i start a new job on Monday after having been unemployed. God is still good. – Rahab Gideon Blue

    • Karen Morris says:

      Dear Rahab,
      As a mom of 6 children ,3 here on earth and 3 in Heaven, I am praying for your momma’s heart and for healing. I know that pain and sorrow that you are going through, I also know the feeling, what if I….., what did I…., did I do ……….I pray for God’s hand on you and your husband as you go through this time in your life.
      Karen Morris

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Oh, friend! As a momma with two babies in heaven, I grieve with you!!! I’m sincerely sorry to hear about your loss. Miscarriages are SO difficult. I am praying for you now and trusting that the LORD will meet you in the thick of your sorrow in beautiful, strengthening ways. In Christ, Gwen.

  58. Laurel says:

    I am expecting Gods peace today!

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