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Reaching Out

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January 21, 2023 7:00 pm

Reaching Out

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January 21, 2023 7:00 pm

In a recent post, blogger Bonnie Gray recounted the moment when overwhelming sadness began to creep into her heart. “Out of the blue,” she stated, “during the happiest chapter in my life, . . . I suddenly started experiencing panic attacks and depression.” Gray tried to find different ways to address her pain, but she soon realized that she wasn’t strong enough to handle it alone. “I hadn’t wanted anyone to question my faith, so I kept quiet and prayed that my depression would go away. But God wants to heal us, not shame us or make us hide from our pain.” Gray found healing in the solace of His presence; He was her anchor amid the waves that threatened to overwhelm her.

When we’re in a low place and filled with despair, God is there and will sustain us too. In Psalm 18, David praised God for delivering him from the low place he was in after nearly being defeated by his enemies. He proclaimed, “[God] reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters” (v. 16). Even in moments when despair seems to consume us like crashing waves in an ocean, God loves us so much that He’ll reach out to us and help us, bringing us into a “spacious place” of peace and security (v. 19). Let’s look to Him as our refuge when we feel overwhelmed by the challenges of life. 

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Welcome to another Daily Encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Our reading was written by Kimya Loader, and she titled it Reaching Out. In a recent post, blogger Bonnie Gray recounted the moment when overwhelming sadness began to creep into her heart. Out of the blue, she stated, during the happiest chapter of my life, I suddenly started experiencing panic attacks and depression. Gray tried to find different ways to address her pain, but she soon realized that she wasn't strong enough to handle it alone. I hadn't wanted anyone to question my faith, so I kept quiet and prayed that my depression would go away. But God wants to heal us, not shame us or make us hide from our pain. Gray found healing in the solace of His presence.

He was her anchor amid the waves that threatened to overwhelm her. When we're in a low place and filled with despair, God is there and will sustain us too. In Psalm 18, David praised God for delivering him from the low place he was in after nearly being defeated by his enemies. He proclaimed, God reached down from on high and took hold of me.

He drew me out of deep waters. Even in moments when despair seems to consume us like crashing waves in the ocean, God loves us so much. He'll reach out to us and help us, bringing us into a spacious place of peace and security. Let's look to Him as our refuge when we feel overwhelmed by the challenges of life.

Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Psalm 18, verses 16-19. He reached down from on high and took hold of me. He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place.

He rescued me because He delighted in me. Let's pray. Heavenly Father, there are times when our burdens become too much to carry. Thank You for continuously reaching out to us, sustaining us, and granting us Your peace, strength, and wisdom. It's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is Alisha Reisinger, and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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