This past week started out with several disappointing situations which still have not been resolved; however, by Friday, I felt nothing but serenity and gratitude.
I woke up on Monday morning with my regular "life is good" attitude until I opened an e-mail that pulled the rug out from under me. I switched over to Facebook for a temporary distraction only to find a derogatory post from a family member that was unwarranted and cruel. I was disappointed, hurt and angry ... overcome with a strong desire for retaliation. Satan had found a way to push buttons in his continuing quest to weaken my faith ... but he lost. Although I had an angry discussion with God and wallowed in self-pity for a while, faith prevailed, thanks to so many loving and compassionate people in my life.
To quote Roy Lessin in his devotional, God Cares for You:
"There are times when God expresses His care for us through others. It can be through someone's smile or touch ... through a timely word that is spoken, or a loving deed that is expressed ... through a burden that is shared, or a prayer that is prayed on your behalf. In big ways and in little ways, God has so many wonderful ways of caring for you."
I am so very blessed.
Thus we may say with confidence:
“The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?