When the Going Gets Tough…

From Rev. Phil Schnarr, Assistant to the Pastor
January 29, 2019

People sometimes refer to this time of the year as the “winter doldrums.” Spring is just too far ahead to inspire immediate hope for relief. The cold and the gray skies can send us into a downward spiral. It can be tough going just getting out of bed. So what can be done? There are practical solutions. Vitamin D. Walk every day.  Stay in healthy routines. Just google it and you will find tons of suggestions.

Then also realize that your mind is a spiritual organ that is constantly receiving a life giving force from the Lord. There is great power for help and healing in His Word. Opening our minds to this inner dynamism can be a game changer. Here are but a few connections to our Helper intended to reach us wherever we are in mind or body and dispel the dark clouds blocking His influence.

  • Give ear to my prayers…. You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. Psalm 17: 3
  • In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. Psalm 18:6
  • It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; and sets me upon my high places. Psalm 18:32-33
  • One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. To behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me. He shall set me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:4-5
  • When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me. Psalm 27:10
  • But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children. To such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them. Psalm 103:17-18


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