Can that be your motto as well? I hope you can truly say, as the would-be-king David said: "I'd rather scrub floors in the house of my God than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin" (Psalm 84:10b, the Message) If your desire is to please Him, He will pour it on…in due time.

Here are some principles to keep in mind as you go through this "dark" time of feeling forgotten.

• Realize that God sees it all. Nothing slips past Him. Scripture says "For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him" (2 Chronicles 16:9). 

• Rejoice -- even when there doesn't seem to be a reason.  This gets God's attention. Second Thessalonians 5:18 says "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." There is no better way to show God a surrendered heart than to be thankful, even when life isn't going well.

• Remember that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).  We need God's grace when we look around and see people who aren't living right and seem to have everything they need. God's grace will help us say "They may have everything, but they don't have You, Lord, and You are my greatest treasure."

As you go through difficult times and trust God in spite of it all, my prayer is that you will be able to say what David said, as he saw God's protection and provision:  "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless" (Psalms 84:11).

March 4, 2010

Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and the author of several books, including ‘Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs' and ‘When Women Walk Alone: A 31-Day Devotional Companion,'  from which this article was adapted.  For more on her ministry, see