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This past week my quiet times brought some old songs to mind. It’s interesting how songs and lyrics stay in the quiet halls of our memories …


In 2 Corinthians 12:6-10 we read about Paul’s thorn in the flesh.

Scripture doesn’t tell us what Paul’s thorn was, although it has been inferred it was an eye ailment.

Whatever it was, it kept Paul reminded of his weakness, of his need to depend on God.

The things that slow us down each day – the responsibilities, the bumps in the road, the problems, the sicknesses, the troubles, the losses – they are here to remind us that He is God and we are not.

He is strong in all things, and we are weak.

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” (verse 9, NASB)

These things are in our lives to constantly remind us of our great need for God, every single day.

What is your “thorn” at this time?

Lord, we need You. Thank You for being all that we need and whatever we may need in this day. Amen.


The story of Hannah is found in 1 Samuel 1:1-20. She was one of the two wives of Elkanah.

Peninnah had children, and Hannah was childless. Peninnah was irritating, provoking and flat out mean to Hannah. She rubbed it in her face that she had bore their husband children. Hannah was broken and inconsolable, even though her husband loved her deeply.

When Eli finds her in the temple, praying and addresses her, her response is interesting to me. She says:

“… but I have poured out my soul before the Lord” (verse 15, NASB).

Hannah knew where to pour out her heart.

I was reminded of Psalm 62:8:

“Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.”

Hannah, such an example.

As I kept reading and re-reading, I realized we must trust God before we will pour out our hearts to Him. We must pray, trusting and waiting, for God to respond in His time, as He wills, for He truly knows best.

We can pour out our hearts to Him. He hears, He cares, He remembers, and He will answer.

Do you struggle to trust God? To pour out your heart to Him? To wait for Him to answer? How do you handle this?


A single verse from a most familiar psalm, separated from the rest of the psalm (they were printed on a page) caused the verse to fall a bit differently.

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24, NASB)

As I sat just looking at the words on the page, it hit me deeply that my anxious thoughts can be offensive to God. He is always faithful, always with me, always providing, always protecting, always leading, always doing something in my life.

And yet … I experience times of worry.

The words of these two verses were such a beautiful reminder to my heart and soul – I need not worry. We say it so casually at times, and I don’t want to overlook the truth of this.

God is a covenant making, covenant keeping God. He is committed to our lives because He keeps His Word.

So today, let’s bring any anxious thought to Him. Let’s remember He will be with us in ALL things. He will be faithful to us.


As we pour out our hearts to Him,
we discover He is all we need and
will be faithful in all things.


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