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Thought and Prayer for Saturday, December 21, 2019

Saturday, December 21, 2019

December 21, 2019 WHEN HARD TIMES STRIKE

We have all had hard times. We have lost loved ones. We have had difficult situations with finances or health. We have struggled not knowing what the end result was going to be. However, when tragedy happens, we can still be good stewards for God. We can have faith in God knowing if we continue to live for Him and obey Him through the hard times, good will come from the tragic situation. God is faithful and promises to do good to those who love and obey Him.

SCRIPTURE:
Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what about some hard times you have had.
2. List what you did to get through them.
3. Know God wants you to put your trust in Him.
4. Remember to continue to be obedient to Him in all you do.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we know hard times come to us all. We have to deal with disappointment, disaster and tragedy. However, we can hold on to Your promises in everything we have to deal with. We know You promise that no matter what happens to us in this world, You will always be with us, in us and for us. Remind us daily, in good times and bad, that Your promises will be with us forever and we can always depend on You for protection, direction and love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We need to remember God promises joy to those who live for Him even during the hard times.

Psalm 126:5-6 “Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.” (NLT)

We should never grow weary of doing the right thing. Even when times are hard, we need to do what is right trusting in God to help us.

Galatians 6:9 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (NLT)

We are to be courageous and confident in God – even in the hard times.

FOCUS:
Hebrews 3:6b “And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.” (NLT)
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