Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9. (CSB)
Sometimes I feel as though everything is against me. There have been times I feel God has forgotten me. Then I get back in the Word and I am renewed.
In 1985, my father had a brain tumor removed and spent three months in the hospital before he died. That was a hard time watching him have good days and more bad days. To add to my hardships, I was stationed at Fort Hood, TX and traveled back and forth every other weekend. After his death I felt all the pressure lifted off my heart because I knew he was better off and with the Lord. God also reminded me that he was with me.
Ten years later I lost my mother to cancer. This time I was stronger in my faith and it was easier to see God working in me. My brothers were a different story. They were Christians but not attending church. They turned to alcohol to ease their pain but that didn’t work. It’s not easy to lose someone if you try to do it on your own. ‘But not with God; for all things are possible with God’ Matthew 19:26. We can’t go through these times alone. Since then I have lost both of my brothers. One to alcohol and the other to cancer. It’s never easy unless you turn it over to God.
Written by Marshall