Watch Brant’s Video for Day 13 of Forgiveness

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Psalm 13

1 O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?
How long will you look the other way?

2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

3 Turn and answer me, O Lord my God!
Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.

4 Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!”
Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.

5 But I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.

6 I will sing to the Lord
because he is good to me.

Go Deep

Is what you know in your head about God not quite resonating in your heart? Laura Story gets it. When the words “brain tumor” entered her marriage, she had to re-learn how to trust God’s promises. The Psalms showed her some hugely important lessons from David during that time. She shares them in today’s inspiring video.

Watch Brant’s Video for Day 13 of Forgiveness

 

Laura tells her story, then unpacks this passage: “I love this passage because David is HONEST. He doesn’t sugar coat it… I love that this gives me permission to say those kind of things to God in prayer…

And he ends with HOPE… Maybe it might not look the way I want. Maybe it might not be on my timeframe… It’s believing that God’s track record of faithfulness in my life is so sure that I’m gonna praise him now – believing that He is a good and faithful God and I will see goodness in the midst of my hard time.”

Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible

How Long? – When Jesus cried out “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Mark 15:34), all creation bent low to hear God’s precious Son express the fullness of human suffering with an agonizing question. In Jesus’ prayer the night before, our Savior modeled the best posture for responding to doubts and questions—“Yet I want your will to be done, not mine” (Mark 14:36). By surrendering his will to the Father, Jesus left us with the correct response to all of our questions: trust.

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Missy P
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Laura, I am so glad that God has an open door policy. He is available 24/7 and we do not have to go out of our way to reach him. What a blessing. Another good thing is we can tell God exactly how we feel and he won’t turn us away. In fact, God knows our heart better than anyone, he sees our pain, and he hears our cry. This Psalms 139 is a good reminder of this. Bless

Unathi
Member
I love the Psalms for the rawness of the emotion we find there, the total openness. This particular passage is a favorite for precisely the reasons you gave, Laura; knowing we can be honest to God about how we feel and expressing hope in His faithfulness. Another verse that I treasure when it looks like everything is going to hell in a handbasket is Habakkuk 3:17-18: Even though the fig tree doesn’t Blossom, and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen… Read more »
Stephanie H
Member

That is so true. I spend my time hoping for my circumstances to change instead of placing my hope in Him. I feel like God has forgotten me or He is too busy to be with me. I need to remember that God is always with me and God knows everything before it happens.

MTeague
Member

I’ve felt like God has forgotten about my baby brother. I know God can change his situation. I prayed and prayed but nothing. I finally realized. God’s timing is perfect. We just have to trust in Him. I know God is with my brother during these storms.

Robdrussell
Member

I can relate, my brother is making a lot of unwise choices, and I desire so badly for him to change, but it’s all in His timing.

vsroberts41
Member

Thank you for sharing

Charcarr
Member

Thank you Laura for reminding me that all God wants from me is my heart…pure and honest.

Mr.Danni
Member

In Jesus we won’t be shaken!

Big Country
Member

Today’s study was just great! It is relearning about God. It is so true about putting our hope and trust in Christ. These are some of the things I’ve had to learn and continue to do so.

Kimberly A. Boger
Guest

Thank you for all of these scriptures.
They have restored my hope.
As I struggle at this time in my life I haven’t lost my faith. I know that God loves me and He is always with me no matter what.
I lost my job, been denied disability and food card. I never knew at this age that I would be without a job. I feel so helpless.
I will continue to trust and believe in my Heavenly Father in all things no matter what.
Please pray for me.
Love in Yahshua
Kimberly

Terri
Member

Praying for you. John 16:33. 1John4:4. Judges 6:12. God is with you, Mighty warrior!

Patti
Member

This is one of the most powerful messages yet! Praise God!

Pauline
Member

There have been times I have asked How long oh Lord. When our country is hurting when I see the pain in a our children or even when I feel I have gone beyond my limit. Then I remind myself He is on throne and His plans are greater. Thank you for Laura for sharing

Jonna
Member

I to have felt many times as David has. Wondering if God is hearing my cries. I know down deep that my crises at that time is only a crises to me on earth and by turning my eyes to him that the calmness will return and he had already brought me thru it or gives me the strength to let it go.

Cody D
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I have prayed like David does in Psalm 13. Having Muscular Dystrophy(MD), I face struggles that most people don’t. This terrible disease makes all your muscles weak, and prevents your body from making muscles. I can no longer walk and my arms are very weak, so I depend on my parents, my aide and other people for help with many things. It can get frustrating and discouraging, and at times I have yelled at God, saying things like,”Lord, how long will you ignore my prayers to be cured of MD?” Even when I face bad and seemingly hopeless situations, I… Read more »
Terri
Member

God is with you, Mighty warrior!
Praying for you, Cody.

Bernice E. Smith
Member

God is good!

Nanakaty58
Member

Thank you Laura and God Bless you and your husband. Talking and praying to God in our times of suffering always helps us get through them because we know he wil get us through even though it may not be when or how we want it but he is faithful🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Rowemax3657
Member

It’s encouraging to learn, after reading the scripture modeled by David, that we can poor out our hurt feelings to the Lord; no need to wear a mask. Ultimately, we can trust him. I am encouraging anyone who’s going through a rough patch in life right now to listen to the song, “thy will be done”‘ by Hillary Scott. It’s helps me transition into prayer when I am unable to do it freely.

Leanne
Member

Great message

Sharonp
Member

Thanks for sharing. I have also asked how long oh Lord after several years of ER visits and no diagnosis for my child. I leaned on Him through this storm and still today. I can now see answered prayers. And I praise Him for answers and always being there for me through bad times and good times.

Tammy coates
Guest
Laura, I can relate to dreams being completely altered by a physical disability. Since my husband was shot in the face almost 14 years ago as a police officer, our lives have never been the same. As I reflect back on my normal uneventful life before this happened, I can actually thank God for it all. Doesn’t seem possible from an outsiders perspective I’m sure. The opportunities to share with others and minister to people that I would never been able to without this trial is overwhelming . I bet you have touched people around you many times and not… Read more »
chauser
Member

This is SO good!!! Thank you for sharing this with all of us…a great reminder of God’s faithfulness!

cfowler
Member

wonderful teaching

Member

Love this passage! Thank you Jesus for enduring my suffering so that I can find peace, love, and compassion in any circumstances! In Your Precious Name, Amen!

Robbie
Guest

Joy that surpasses all understanding.

Ashley
Member

Thank you for sharing. I needed to hear that passage.

Cali
Member

My husband was diagnosed with brain cancer Feb 1, 2016. I am … is the word fighting?… yes, I think it is… fighting with God to understand. I am working to look for hope and trust in His word. I struggle daily. I know I fall short of his grace everyday and I pray that I am a willing soul to continue to look for God and his miracles.

Terri
Member

Praying for you! God loves you and He is with you.

carto877
Member

That is awesome reminder to keep our faith and hope in Christ Jesus. Thank you for sharing your story

Member

Great testimony!!!

Jeff PLOETZ
Guest

Laura, I’m so happy that Our Lord’s Saviour brought me to your page today!
I will be reading and praying with those who battle this beast Brain Cancer, especially for you 💕🙏🏻

Becky
Member

I love this one the best so far. Exactly how I have been feeling..saying…living for a while. It gives me hope.

Larry Crenshaw
Member

I like how she mentions, not just hoping that our prayers be answered, but placing our hope in Him as our Lord and savor.

Brian
Member

Thank you for sharing this video

prairie
Member

Thanks for sharing Laura! You are an encouragement to so many! Psalm 96:1-2 “Oh sing to the Lord a new song;sing to the Lord,all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.”

JennyChestnut
Member

“…because I trust in Your unfailing love…” I do trust that Jesus has a plan for my life and this season of unrest is going to end and I will be able to look back on it and know that God had a perfectly good reason for closing doors and not opening the ones that I thought needed opened. I trust in His unfailing love!

Nancy
Member

Thank you

Susan
Member

Honesty with God is so sweet! He already knows our heart cries. Thank you for sharing from the heart.

Erin Matheny
Guest

Laura, 2 days after my 30th birthday my husband was diagnosed with a stage 4 brain tumor. It shocked us to the core. We are still adjusting to the new norm, as it was only June of this year. It sounds like you know the feeling all too well. We have been reminded often we are not alone in this struggle, but know God has a plan in all of this.

Julies
Member

I needed this,thank you!

bridget0394
Member

I trust in the Lord, that He will restore my relationship with my daughter, who is angry and rebellious. Thank you Lord for giving us the opportunity to forgive (and be reunited- I have faith that it will happen) so that we may receive forgiveness.

gentlespirit512
Member

I often find myself feeling forgotten about God, but that’s usually when I’ve either forgotten about Him or moved away from him. I usually feel better when I center myself in His peace through prayer and music.

Michele
Member

Thank you so much for sharing that., Laura.
I had originally posted because my son has been incarcerated and it has broken my heart.
I started chemotherapy 2 days ago and was feeling “forgotton” too.
I love that song that says, “I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You.”
Working on it. Hoping for continued strength and healing for you & your family.

Yolander Jackson
Guest

Hard sometimes to trust and believe when things are going wrong.He will bring you thru in his time.Amen1

Betty-Ann
Guest

I like that this is letting us know that we can & should talk to God just as we would any other friend. Hold nothing back, He can handle all our issues. Only through Him will we find love, hope, comfort & peace.

Terri
Member

Psalm 145:18. God listens and answers the prayers of those who call on Him in truth.
You are right on; God already knows how you feel so we might as well bare our hearts to Him. As we do He will, as only He can, work things out and you will know how Glorious He is.

Member

Thank you for sharing your story! Prayers for your husband that God will heal him! 🙏🏼🙏🏼

Kathy Kauffman
Member
What if God isn’t who I thought he was? Maybe he’s bigger. If he’s bigger than what I thought then I’ve been all wrong! My mother died from a brain tumor. At that time, I was going through a mental illness. I still struggle today. But why me? Then God says, “why not you?” Never did I think my life would be this way at all. I have often said,”I hate myself!” I don’t even know who I am, but, yes, in Christ I do know. I have an identity, but it hurts because the expectations are higher! And, maybe… Read more »
Debbie Swanson
Member
When we remember that it is not about our “feelings” but about our trust. We may FEEL that God has abandoned us, but the TRUST is He has not. We need to trust that no matter what our feelings tell us, we can’t bank on them. We need to remember that God is a faithful God, who does not negate His promises EVER! If He says, Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the ages – you can be sure He is walking with you through the pain and the sadness. You are NOT alone.
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