Surviving Trouble


A few years ago my family was going through an extended crisis.

My sister wrote the following letter to me on one of her handmade paper cards. I have kept it as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and care. I ran across it again this past week and wanted to share it with all of you that find yourselves in discouraging and/or impossible circumstances.  Now, a few words from my sister, Nancy.

“Dear Karen,

I’m writing to tell you that I am praying for the safety and well-being of you and your family. Today I was reading I Kings 18 & 19. Elijah had just defeated the 450 false prophets by calling down fire on his sacrifice. But then he got scared off by Jezebel and “ran for his life.” He was in the wilderness asking God to let him die. Did God give him a sermon? No. He sent an angel with fresh hot bread and a jar of water, and gave him a good sleep. Then the angel came a second time with food and drink. After that Elijah was able to go on in strength for 40 days and nights.

Karen, I am praying for those 40 days and nights for you.

Love, Nancy”

My family and I survived the crisis. It wasn’t easy, but as I look back the only explanation was that God helped us. God didn’t just give us strength for 40 days and nights, but God gave us strength for months that turned to years. He can do the same in your life.

Whatever circumstance you find yourself in today. God sees and hears you. I pray you would receive the supernatural help you need each day you walk this path.

“’Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.

You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.

For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”

Isaiah 41:10-13(NASB)

5 thoughts on “Surviving Trouble

  1. Karen, I was supposed to read this. While washing some dishes, tonight, I sang a few lines from a hymn: Fear not I am with you/ Oh be not dismayed/ for I am your God/ And will still give you aid/… Your post and your sister’s letter blessed me as I wait and hope a situation I’m aware of doesn’t take a turn for worse. I’ll keep singing that hymn.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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  2. You are two of my favourite bloggers, and I am glad to find you again, Karen (I had to refollow everyone after my computer crashed). I am pleased to read the exchanges between you both. Each of you, and both of you, are an inspiration to those of us who strive to grow and deepen our faith. Grace and peace to you.

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    • Sorry to hear about your computer troubles. Mine is on its last legs and thinking I should buy a new one before I loose everything. Glad my blog is an encouragement to you. I always look forward to reading your blog as well. Your posts are true to life and real.

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