Today's reading

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. –Psalm 34:18 NIV

July 23, 2023

Don't Give Up

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. –Psalm 34:18 NIV

Life is filled with unforeseen circumstances that can, at times, be traumatic. The death of a loved one, financial uncertainty, the loss of a romantic relationship, and other unexpected changes may derail us along our path. These situations can result in severe emotional distress as our broken hearts beat with anguish and the loss of hope. In one moment, the brightness of a day flowing with fun-filled memories can quickly fade as the sun is shadowed behind the clouds. But we must remember that with the Lord, there is no pain without a purpose. Times of adversity can build a tenacious character within each of us that can renew our souls. The Lord will instill peace and comfort within. God’s encouragement in Jeremiah 29:11 is meant for each of us: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Don’t give up; listen to this whisper of faith and hope. Poet and philosopher Khalil Gibran once wrote, “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Through our relationship with God, we can rise up in strength that we didn’t know we had—His strength.

prayer focuses

Lord, renew my spirit and revitalize my soul with peace, energy, and joy.

Jesus, give me the strength and understanding to change my mindset toward personal struggles.


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Lauren Caso

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York, and currently reside in Parrish. Since I was a child, I have always loved writing poetry. My hobbies include abstract, painting, yoga, HIIT workouts, and just enjoying each day being a new beginning.