March 3, 2009
Goodness Under Pressure
“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.”
Psalm 23:6 (NIV)
I didn’t know it then, but before my husband’s accident, God already had a plan to care for me. I was far along into my pregnancy with my first child when my dad approached Porter and me with a heartfelt concern. With a new baby on the way, Dad advised us to invest in life insurance. It was a great idea, but we just couldn’t afford it. Under the circumstances, Dad felt compelled to pay the premium until we could pay it ourselves. Porter accepted. Little did we know what the future held. Just two short weeks later, Porter tragically died. What would my son and I do now that our sole provision for food, shelter, and clothing was gone? The pressure was on as I tried to make sense of it all.
Dear Lord, sometimes my stress feels so heavy I think I can’t go on. I have no breath or life left in me. But Your Word says that You make me lie down in green pastures. And Your goodness and love will follow after me. Oh, how Your Word refreshes my soul and renews my spirit. Be my strength; be my rest; be my ever-present help under pressure. With You, I can make it through. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
by Micca Campbell
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Recall each and every time God has shown goodness to you under pressure. Thank Him by writing out a prayer, song or poem. Keep it so that the next time you find yourself under stress, you can trust and watch for a sign of goodness.
What causes you the most stress: home, job, raising kids, etc.?
How do you lean on God’s mercy during times of pressure?
How can trusting God with your stress bring peace to your life?
Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” (NIV)
Psalm 23:2, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,” (NIV)
Psalm 23:3, “He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” (NIV)
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