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Psalm 121

1 I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!

3 He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.

5 The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.

7 The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.

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WBSGbio_BekahToday, Bekah from The Wally Show writes from the heart about walking with her husband Joey through suffering this year. 

Back in April, my husband became unexpectedly ill. He went from needing a routine procedure to clear a gallstone, to a terrible case of pancreatitis, to sepsis, to the beginning stages of organ failure—all in the matter of a few hours. Meanwhile, I was half a world away in Rwanda with a poor internet connection. Every spotty update was more bad news, and suddenly life hit me hard in the face and presented me with the fear of becoming a widow at the age of 25.

The next few weeks were especially rough. When I finally arrived, he was in the ICU and in an immense amount of pain. For the next 16 days, we faced sleepless nights, setbacks, and uncertainty as doctors tried to figure out what was going on with his body.

But there was something surprising in those 2 weeks that I never saw coming: an immense amount of peace. I know there were dozens of people praying for him, and I felt it every day in that hospital room. Life had thrown us the worst curveball, but I knew that my God was bigger than all of it: no matter what the outcome may be.

These verses in Psalm 121 ran through my head during those long days in the hospital. Knowing there’s a God that provides help and rest and peace in my worst moments allowed me to exhale all of the anxiety and stress I was holding in.

Not every moment since has been perfect peace. There are so many times where I get re-absorbed in the drama of life: whether it’s illness, or insomnia, or broken windshields….

But something incredible still happens when I take just a moment to pause and remember where my help comes from and the God who watches over me even as I sleep. He’s the same God who saw me through the absolute worst days of my life and continues to watch over me without ever taking a break.

 

Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible

God’s Watchful Care – As valuable as spouses, parents, friends, and pastors are in the lives of those faced with disability and suffering, none can compare with God, who watches over and cares for us day and night. He never slumbers or sleeps! No matter your condition—even when unconscious due to seizures, surgeries, or much-needed medications—the Maker of heaven and earth “stands beside you as your protective shade” (121:5). You can sing with the psalmist, “My help comes from the Lord” (121:2).

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Gary
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God is always with us. There was a time in my life when I was lost doing drugs, drinking and living a full blown life of sin. God was with me still then, even before I started walking with Him. He is always faithful, that is why today I am not dead or in jail somewhere. He has taken all that stuff out of my life and has blessed me beyond measure.

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That’s awesome. Such a testament to God’s incredible grace. Reminds me of Romans 5:8. “God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ did for us.” Thanks for sharing, both you and Bekah.

Unathi
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Bekah, I’ve prayed for you and your husband over these past few months. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have the possibility of widowhood hanging over my head. Your testimony is encouraging, even though you are still experiencing these trials. God has been faithful and will continue to be faithful. That peace that defies understanding is amazing, isn’t it? When you don’t know what the outcome will be but you’re confident that God remains who He is: faithful, loving, protective, a Healer, Deliverer, a perfect Father… You know that the outcome may not be the most desirable,… Read more »
Roberta
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Bekah, you are Joey have been lifted up in prayer constantly. And I know sometimes it is uncomfortable to ‘live life on the radio’, but that is what I appreciate about Way-FM…. All of you are REAL. And those of us on the other side of the speakers can sense this and know that your struggles are the same as ours. You are all blessings to us and our prayers are with you always.

Brooke
Member

Thank you for sharing!

Bernice E. Smith
Member

Amen

CHERYLHOP27
Member

Inspiring and chilling thank you for sharing!

Charcarr
Member
In July my, then 14 yr old, daughter had a seizure. For a brief second, even though it felt like minutes, I was transported back to when she was 11 mos old lying next to me in bed having a seizure. Then they were called febrile seizures (associated with fevers) and she outgrew them. But the remnants stayed with her in her development and inability to learn with her chronological age. I knew of the possibility of epilepsy later in life but chose to ignore it and give her as normal a life as possible. This summer, as we were… Read more »
Nicole C
Member

Thank you for your testimony! This is my favorite scripture, because God spoke to me through this verse, several years back and its a reminder of where our help comes from!! God Bless

Jenny Mulliins
Guest

Thank you for sharing. Praying for your family.

Scottc
Member
Its beautiful how Jesus gives us the ability to be purified during suffering. Although suffering was never designed to be a part of this world in the original plan God has used the suffering we all indure to allow us to be sanctified. If we unite to the suffering of the Cross and do it with out complaint we allow God to fortify our souls and in a sence purify us in his sight. As it says in Colossians 1:24 “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of… Read more »
Adrienne
Member

Thank you for sharing. The verses you shared touched my heart and soul just where it was needed. Thank you.

STBROWNING
Member

God’s peace is amazing! I remember battling breast cancer and would have moments of despair, crying out to God, and just feeling His presence, spoke peace to my heart that He was going to see me through every step of the way!

scrow
Member

Amen Thank you for sharing

M.Mouse
Member

AMEN !!!!

tcreech
Member

AMEN and well said. Thank you for sharing.

Kari
Member

Thanks for sharing!

Member

Breathtaking and beautiful! I needed this today! God bless everyone!

Chip
Member

Bekah I know you are going threw a lot of trials right now. Just know you are showing what a Godly woman truly is. Your faith, devotion & over whelming love for Joey shows everyday.
Whether you know it or not you are a Godly role model & a great example of one. I know right now things seem dark but once it is over you & Joey will be stronger for it. I just want you to know that you have church family out there praying for you both. P.S. massive prayers & love from C P Dickson.

Joni
Member

Thank you! I love that scripture! It’s amazing how God brings such encouragement, strength and peace in our hard times by speaking to us through scripture. What an awesome God we serve!

Debbie
Member

powerful reminder …Psalm 121 is one I pray over each morning before writing in my prayer journal…sometime I tell people who are struggling that if you just can’t believe it, then read it over and over again until it becomes a part or you and you can believe God’s words

Esteban Pedroza
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Hermoso simplemente hermoso, disculpen que escriba en español, pero no soy bueno escrbiendo en Ingles, se que halguien lo va a traducir, QUIERO FELICITAR A TODOS LOS DE LA RADIO, HACEN UN TRABAJO HERMOSO PARA EL SEÑOR, DIOS LOS VA A SEGUIR BENDICIENDO!

Translation:

Beautiful! Just beautiful! Sorry to write in Spanish, but I’m not good at writing in English. I know that someone will translate it. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL THE RADIO – YOU ARE MAKING A BEAUTIFUL WORK FOR THE LORD! GOD WILL BE BLESSING!

JennyChestnut
Member

My help comes from the Lord! Hallelujah!!!

Penny.Bullard
Member

Amen!!!!

damarysv
Member

He is always with us. This psalm was my grandmothers favorite. Thank you Father for been there for us all the time even when we don’t feel like you are.

aarussell
Member

I think it is beautiful that an ancient psalmist was blessing present people with a word from God. “He will not let YOU stumble”, “The Lord himself watches over YOU!”, and “The Lord keeps watch over YOU as YOU come and go,
both now and forever”. The writer is telling me that God is watching over me and will not rest in that. I find it very calming and peaceful. Thank you for sharing this with us today!

carto877
Member

Thank you for sharing your story.

Lisa Ladd
Guest
I can totally relate to your story. My husband and I were married a little over 2 years ago. His Step dad passed away from cancer, 6 months after we were married, my husband wanted to move out of state(where I’ve lived my whole life) for a new job career as a tree climber/trimmer and that was a year into our marriage. Then 6 months after we moved, he fell 51 feet to crushing his back in 4 places, 4-5 rib fractures, sternum fracture, head fracture, and a collapsed lung. Not knowing very many people at all. It has been… Read more »
Stephannie
Member

Thanks Bekah! Your strength is evident even over the radio! I truly believe Gods mercies are new every morning, and He really does provide exactly what we need if we put our trust in Him. Your an inspiration to me! God bless!

Kearstin
Member

This is completely relatable. I recently lost someone very close to me and it felt like everything was falling apart, then there was a sense of peace that I felt when I realized the Lord is working. He is always with us and He will always be watching over us and never gives us something we cannot handle. The sense of peace, for me, came from knowing that He is in control. Thank you for sharing.

nick.wellenbrock@gmail.com
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nick.wellenbrock@gmail.com

I have to admit reading the verse at first all I could think is Bekah doing her impersonation. Listening to the Wally show it is always great to see the family they have together but also the strength they get from the Lord.

Lysa
Member

My husband fell ill 3 years ago, and until the doctors could figure out what was wrong it was so stressful. It was just before our 22nd anniversary and I posted on facebook that what we were experiencing was what vows are all about. Taking the bad with the good and getting through it…but, if not for God, I wouldn’t have thought that way, in that or any other situation!

Ashley
Member

God is with us through thick and thin. He is always there. He has been with me through some touch times and will be her for me and everyone through the storms that are happening now. As well he will be here after. He will NEVER LEAVE us!!!

amanda
Member

Thank you Bekah. Even when things are going wrong, I know he is watching me. Great word!

Cody D
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Today’s reading really spoke to me. Back in the summer of ’09 I went through a Spinal Fusion surgery to correct my scoliosis, or crooked spine. In this surgery, the doctors opened up my back and inserted stainless steel rods along both sides of my spine. Needless to say, it was an intense surgery; it lasted 12 hours. When I woke up I was in pretty severe pain. I was in the hospital for about 2 weeks recovering from this surgery. I wouldn’t have been in the hospital as long as I was if the doctor hadn’t bumped the nerve… Read more »
Jcollier22
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Thank you for sharing this with us. I too have been down that road. God was totally with me and my husband during his time of illness. God along with a faithful church members praying for us and surrounding us with God’s love brought us through. We are living proof of God’s never ending love. Thank you God for your plan for our lives.

Big Country
Member
Thanks for the reminder. Your situation is much different and worse but it reminded me of my mom this past spring. She left to go to Walmart and was fine and an hour later was in the hospital in tons of pain. She had pancreatitis really bad due to gall stones and a bad gall bladder that needed to be removed. But they had to get her healthy before the surgery. We thought at one point we were going to lose her. She was in the hospital for over 40 days and came home not well. From April to July… Read more »
Vickid
Member

The sataion has been such a source of great comfort and strength over the last month. I couldn’t believe it when I read Bekahs story. My husband got sick right after Labor Day and it was found that he had Gall bladder CA we are now waiting to have a liver resection this next Tuesday. I too have found peace and calm inybreaching out to God! In the worst moments he has walked with me.

Asher
Member

Bekah, your story reminds me of 2 Corinthians 4:8-9:
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (NIV)
Thank you for being so honest about your story. It really shows that God is strong when we are weak!

pmccoy68
Member

I lost my mom to cancer at age 50, 16 years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t think about her. Sitting with her those last few weeks in the hospital were extremely hard but I could feel the presence of God with us and knew he was providing that peace and comfort that passes all understanding. Praying for you and your husband for a complete and full recovery.

Robbie
Guest

The peace that comes from The Sweet Holy Spirit is indescribable, but only can be explained as Him.

Coachklos
Member

I know God is always with me. I face a medical procedure in the next week and know He will be there every step of the way. God is Good, always!

DG
Member

Last year, my wife lost her 4 year fight with cancer. During the battle, she had surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible. while she was getting ready to go to the hospital, I read Psalm 121 over and over. Our pastor came to the hospital before the surgery and he read Psalm 121 over her before the operation. In the last 15 months since she went home, God has used it over and over to remind me that I am not alone (v5).

Becky
Member

I spent most of this year in and out of the hospital with my husband. MRSA took his leg below the knee. I really felt the weight of all this and had to keep saying to myself that I cannot control what was happening. But God can… One way or the other there was and still is an outcome…a plan..his..not mine.

Andy
Member

Prayers for continuing health as you both walk in the light. God Bleas you and your family!

Samantha
Member
I heard Casting Crowns’ “Praise You In This Storm” for the first time five and a half years ago. I had suffered a great tragedy nearly a year earlier and had turned away from God and any belief He existed at all. I was scrolling through the radio while driving one day and came across this song on KLOVE (because WAY-FM doesn’t have a station where I was living at the time), and I began to cry so hard that I had to pull over. I had been so lost in the storm and pain of the previous year’s events.… Read more »
Kimberly
Member
Your testimony really got to me and I pray for your family each time I can. What got to me most is the verse that you quoted. I remember you using this verse when imitating Sofia Vergada on the For King and Country intro to “Shoulders” and it made me emotional that this verse would be there for you in the most scariest times. Just like many, your testimony brought me back 4 years when my mother was in a near death motorcycle accident leaving her paralyzed from the waste down. She was in another country when it happened so… Read more »
Sherry
Member

Awesome testimony! It’s so easy to get distracted with everyday life and remember to just stop and breath to remember God is in control and everything will work out for his greater purpose. Thank you for sharing.

tpugh
Member

Bekah, sorry this is late, I live in Jacksonville and are just coming back to work from hurricain Matthew. I am a loyal poddy. I pray for you and Joey often. I am so thankful for your testimony. Can I say one thing funny, I can not read Psalm 121 without hearing your Sofia Vergara impression in my head. lol. Peace, love, and healing are being prayed over you guys.

Raylene Paddock
Member

Just knowing that God is always watching over us is peace in itself.

Megan Starr
Member
This one I have been reading for the past couple days because I was the husband 3 years ago. I got sick landed in the hospital found out I had sepsis and they all told me to plan my death as I have young children to think about. Those 5 months were the hardest. The pain is unlike any other pain. Trying to plan leaving my children and I was not ready to leave them. During that time the hardest was all my family and all my local friends turned their backs on us. My two children were in the… Read more »
mandymiller82
Member

Wow what a powerful testimony! Thanks for sharing!!

Susan
Member

Pause & remember…my focus on God brings peace rather than my focus on circumstances bringing chaos or fear

stephaniewalters
Member

I look up to the mountain- does my strength come from the mountains? No My Strength comes from God! God is our helping hand, our hope and peace is suffering times. If you are going through this Daily Devotion, Listen to the Song Shoulders by King and Country. I heard it on WayFm and this song goes right along to this Devotion. God Bless you!

Missy P
Member

Bekah, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and I wish your husband a speedy recovery. God bless you for the work that you do for him, and believe me, you have favor in his sight. God Bless

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