pressed, but not crushed.
There's a devotional book I read every morning called
. I'm always amazed at the timing. Like whatever I happen to be facing, it seems like the reading for that day is exactly what I need. And I know many others have said the same. Today was no different. It was a good reminder that though in this world we will have trouble (John 16:33), God's presence is enough to get us through. It's been a rough week with trouble abounding. But I have been so blessed by God's love poured out by others.
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Sometimes I get discouraged. Sometimes I feel like more of a burden than a blessing to those around me. So I have to fight. I fight the lies and search for truth. I won't be defined by my troubles, I will rise above them. I may be hard pressed, but I'm not crushed. I may be perplexed, but I won't despair. I can't lose heart. These are just light and momentary troubles in the grand scheme of things. What really matters is my character and how I respond to the trouble. There may be a lot of things that are uncertain, but one thing I know: my Redeemer lives. His love is so amazing. And he takes
good care of us. I don't like needing help, but it seems those who have come alongside really don't mind, and may even be happy to offer their time and assistance. I am blessed indeed.