“When Satan tempts me to despair, and tells me of the guilt within, upward I look and see Him there, who made an end to all my sin.”
“Before the Throne of God Above”
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Nine Days of Survival || Day Eight

It’s Not the Worst it Could Be
“When Satan tempts me to despair, and tells me of the guilt within, upward I look and see Him there, who made an end to all my sin.”
“Before the Throne of God Above”
Gosh that sounds so awful, doesn’t it? But I promise you I don’t mean to sound all doom and gloom and Eeyore when I say that another huge aspect of surviving well during a very hard time is considering that things aren’t as bad as they possibly could be. I say that covered with a glimmer of hope and encouragement, not a dark gray raincloud. Please know that.
No matter what your situation is, I think you can agree there are degrees that could be added to your suffering that would make it far more unbearable. And it is in those things that we can find ourselves giving thanks to God for what He is giving to us despite what we are going through. My guess is that even in the midst of your deep sorrow you have a person to be thankful for, an unexpected blessing to remember, a song from Sunday worship that you just can’t get out of your head. Those are gifts, those are things to be thankful for if you would only pause to see.
D.L. Moody tells a story of a friend who had broken his back as a young man. This man was paralyzed and bedridden. D.L. Moody asked him, “Doesn’t Satan ever tempt you to doubt God, and to think that He is a hard Master?”
The man replied, “Oh yes, Satan does try to tempt me ... He whispers: if God loved you, couldn’t He have kept you from breaking your back?”
When D.L. Moody asked the man his strategy for combating these whispers from the enemy, he replied, “Ah, I just take [Satan] to Calvary, and I show him Christ, and I show him the wounds in His hands and His side and say, ‘See, doesn’t He love me?’ ...”
Scripture says that once you have received Christ as Savior nothing can take that away from you. Even if you truly had nothing to be thankful for, you would still have the assurance of salvation and the promise of eternity with the Lord – that undeserved gift that is yours because of His love for you and nothing you have done.
I think when life gets hard I start to resent God and feel as if He owes good things to me. I feel like I deserve to bypass the way of suffering because well, I’m good enough, right? But the answer is absolutely not. I am unclean and have been bought at a price. And if in the end of this life all I have to be thankful for is a perfect eternity with the Father, that should be enough for a wretched soul like mine.
I realize how hard it is. Shortly after I lost Evie I honestly felt like my situation could not be any worse. There were times when I truly couldn’t see past my own hurt and pain and grief. But I think that’s why I am offering this perspective – in case you can’t see. Because I am here to tell you that even when a situation threatens to be your undoing, God is still giving you grace and much more than you ever deserve.
Father thank you for giving your only Son as reconciliation for my sin. Forgive me when I feel entitled to a pleasant, comfortable life and help me to know that, in Christ, I already have far above and beyond what I deserve. Thank you for that gift that no man can ever take away from me. In Your Name, Amen.
If you are uncertain of your salvation or where you would spend eternity, if you are unsure if you actually have been given this underserved gift, would you email me? I would love nothing more than to walk you through to receive this gift and receive Christ as your Savior.  If that is your story I will be praying for you and hope we can talk soon <3


Nine Days of Survival:
Day One: The Next Right Thing
Day Two: Right Now Everything Is Ok
Day Three: Taking Every Thought Captive
Day Four: Thanking God for His Plan
Day Five: Turning Everything Back to Praise
Day Six: Protecting My Spirit
Day Seven: Sing Praises
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