When King David was at a point of despair in his life, he gave himself a pep talk and penned these words:

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Ps. 27:13-14

During this challenging time, we too look to the Lord for His faithful presence in our life and seek His Word for guidance. If you are frustrated and discouraged – but hanging on – don’t despair! Heed David’s words, “be strong and let your heart take courage.”Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. (Eph. 6:10) Count your blessings, give thanks for the mountains He is moving that you don’t see. Reach out to others. There is far greater blessing in giving,

“for with the measure you give, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

When you are blessed and give thanks and when you bless others, you are rewarded with a fresh new perspective of optimism, comfort and peace.

On the other hand, if you have reached your limit and cannot hang on any longer, the answer remains the same – don’t despair! He will provide for you the strong shoulder of a loving Father. He does not say to you, “be strong.” He says,

 “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Ps. 46:10)

God knows that your strength is depleted and instead He just asks you to lie still and trust in Him to carry you through this time of trouble.

In both circumstances the Lord pours the living water of His grace and peace into our lives. Today, whether you are a lion or a lamb, whether you are strong or still, remember, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be discouraged.” —Deuteronomy 31:8

Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5

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