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If you’ve read my about page, The Truth about Eliza Grace, you know that I struggle with both anxiety and depression. These emotions come and go, seemingly out of nowhere. Sometimes specific circumstances bring about these trials. We know from God’s Word that we should turn to Him in every difficulty. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Only Christ can truly give us rest during difficult times. He has provided us with guidance through other Christians, churches, pastors, and ultimately through His Word, to help us to endure hardship. Sometimes, God also helps us through other reading and devotional material, provided that it aligns with God’s Word.
A Support in Times of Depression
This year, I have been going through a devotional called Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman. This book, with beautiful, hardcover binding and a ribbon to keep your place, focuses on passages and inspirational messages for the brokenhearted, the discouraged, and the depressed. Every morning, I look forward to reading more from this lovely book, gaining so much encouragement for the day as it reminds me of specific verses in God’s Word. These verses promise guidance and love from God. The book highlights such verses as Psalm 138:7: “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me…” Then the rest of the short message for the day connects back to that verse.
Inspirational Stories, Poems, and Quotes
Along with verses each day, the devotional provides short stories, poems, and quotes of inspiration, all relating to God’s Word and His promises to us. A recent entry from April 29 exhibited these comforting words:
Let sight give as discouraging reports as it may, but pay no attention to these. The living God is still in the heavens and even to delay is part of His goodness. ~ Arthur T. Pierson
How powerful and comforting! Sometimes the circumstances that we see around us do not match up with what is actually happening spiritually. No matter what, we must remember that God remains on the throne. He loves unconditionally, He guides wisely, and His timing is always right.
Allow Me to Share This Comforting Devotional with You
I certainly encourage you to obtain your own copy of this lovely devotion, Streams in the Desert. It has brought so much comfort to my heart as I pair it with my regular Bible reading. If you know a loved one who has been going through difficult times of late, this book would also make a great gift of encouragement.