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2 Chronicles 20:12

12 O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”

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Carlos_WBSGbioCarlos from the Carlos & Joy Show shares how this verse turned into a prayer for him and his wife.

“I. CAN’T. EVEN.”

If you’ve ever said this phrase, or felt it to be true, you are not alone – And you wouldn’t be entirely incorrect.

It’s no secret that our lives seem to be getting more busy and day after day our world seems to be spinning out of control. Thankfully, as Christians, we know who is ALWAYS in control and we call Him “Father.”

In 2 Chronicles, Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were in a terrible position. They were being attacked by an overwhelming enemy and felt powerless to defend themselves. Does this sound familiar? Being overwhelmed by something and feeling helpless?

I’ve experienced similar situations where I’ve felt that nothing could be done from a human perspective. Just this year, my wife and I have navigated our first year of marriage, leaving family and friends to move across the country to a new community, a new church home, new jobs, and the loss of a new job, as well as the birth of our brand new baby boy.

While most of these events were blessings and we trusted God in them, at times it did feel like it was too much – that we couldn’t stomach one more massive change or another course correction – we were overwhelmed by life. Just like Jehoshaphat, we cried out to God with a simple prayer saying, “LORD, We do not know what to do” (2 Chronicles 20:12).

We believe that our God hears us and we trust that He cares. He is our present help in times of trouble and like Jehoshaphat, we look to God for hope and mercy.

This faith was a picture of the strength that comes from life in Christ and a testimony to our friends, family, and others. This simple prayer of “LORD, we do not know what to do” but trusting that He does, encouraged the people of Judah and our prayers can do the same for the people in our lives.

Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible

When You Feel Overwhelmed – Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were in a terrible position. They were being attacked by an overwhelming enemy and felt powerless to defend themselves. At times, we experience similar situations; we feel that nothing can be done from a human perspective. Jehoshaphat cried out, “We do not know what to do”; but actually he did—he looked to God for hope and mercy. His prayer encouraged his people. Our prayers can do the same.

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Alwright2
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This reminds me that I am not alone is feeling overwhelmed and encourages me to keep praying through troublesome times. Keep talking to God and it will get better.

kendall
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I think it is Romans 8:26 that even if we don’t know what to say when we pray,
that if we pray the Holy Spirit gives our prayer’s straight to GOD. So have faith that GOD hears our cries for help even when we don’t know how to pray.

Kary Blackburn
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He is in control always.

Loran
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I believe God hears me, too. I’ve definitely gone to him when I’ve been beyond overwhelmed! Especially lately!! Thank you for the scripture that supports this. I know I’ve heard the stories from the Bible, but I’m not good at recalling them, and it’s reassuring to have someone point them out.

Jennifer
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I thank God every day for his hope and mercy! I am so glad that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me and is in control!!

Ginger
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This encourages me that when I feel like giving up that I need to keep praying. Thanks for sharing. This group has really helped me and I am so thankful for each one of the messages that have been shared so far.

Tammy
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I feel like that now I’m finishing up my masters in occupational therapy, I am recently divorced raising a 6 year old. Trying to work go to school do my homework and help my son with him has not been a easy task. I seem to
Never find enough hours in the day. But I know God is there for me because without him I would surely drown.

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Tammy, praying for you – that you will find in each day exactly what you need for that day!

sleepydogs
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That’s a perfect post for me today. I am drowning in debt because we made a big move from down south to up North to be closer to our family. The closing costs were way more than they were when we purchased a house down South and the mortgage is double what we were paying. It’s not because we got a house that was twice as expensive, it’s because property taxes up North are over 5 times the amount in the South and car insurance is way higher too. So we had to use credit cards to pay for some… Read more »
Kristy
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Kelly, will be praying for you to receive financial relief soon! I know exactly how you feel being overwhelmed with debt. Have you tried Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University? If not I would like to send it to you, I know the program is expensive. Please let me know how I could contact you by email and I will send you info to have access to taking the class. It really has helped me a lot by showing me how to organize what little I have coming in and not feel as stressed paying my bills.

sleepydogs
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Hi Kristy
thank you so much for your offer to send me the Dave Ramsey course for free. that is so very very kind of you. We actually went through the course several years ago. My husband and i need to go through the principles he taught and get back on track, you’re right. thank you for reminding us that there is a way to make it less stressful. we need to take control of the situation and not let it take control of us.

ChristaCain
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Wow. THis was a perfect post for me too. For the exact same reason as you! I too recently moved to be with family and all my bills are twice as high and we feel drowning in debt. Just know you are not alone. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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Christa, praying for you as well and the financial situation you are in but didn’t expect. Praying for God’s provision and care.

sleepydogs
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Christa, I will pray that the Lord shows you a way through the financial issues.New beginnings can be great. Let’s have faith that the Lord will show us what we need to do to get back on track financially. Thanks for commenting on my post and letting me know I’m not alone in my struggle.

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Kelly, praying for you. Praying that you see and experience the provision of God in just the right ways and at just the right times.

Lisa
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Kelly, I know how overwhelmed you must feel. My husband quit his job almost 2 years ago to start a small towing & repair business, because driving a big truck over the road was becoming too hard and stressful. He wanted to provide a service for our small community where the people would get quality work and not be charged an outrageous amount for that work. Even though we started out ok in the beginning considering we didn’t have any extra money to put into the business and we were already struggling…it became harder and harder as he is very… Read more »
sleepydogs
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thank you for commenting on my post Lisa. Starting a new business is hard, I know. I started a business once and like your husband I was kindhearted and that led to me putting in special orders for customers even though I had to meet minimum purchase requirements for some companies so I ended up buying more than I could sell. It spiraled out of control for me too and i ended up having anxiety attacks. If you and your husband have prayed about it and believe the business is what He wants you to be doing then He will… Read more »
Queenshawn77
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I’m in a similar situation. Debt. I stay at home with our kids and we have no family near. I’m the only one to pick up and drop off my daughter from school. I’m only available weekends. We have to learn to put God first and trust him to make a way.

sleepydogs
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I personally think that in some situations debt is a way for satan to pull us away from God. We stress out about it and worry about how we are going to survive. That’s what satan wants us to do, but God wants us to rely on him and have faith that He will show us a way. Getting into debt in the first place is something God wants us to avoid, I’m sure, however in some situations (starting a new business, moving, losing a job..etc) debt just happens. I wish you the best Shawn and hope that the Lord… Read more »
mbcos
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My husband has had disabiling pain for 5 years. I would like to see him energized and healthy. So I do what I can, pray for him and we pray together. I know God is with us.

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Mary Beth, we will be praying for your husband and a healing that points to God’s goodness.

Sarah
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I have had anxiety since I was 9 years old… I’ve had panic attacks you whole life. And some days are so much more than I can bare… this is true. The bible says God is in Perfect Controll of His power. Therefore we can go to Him and say, I don’t know what to do and He promises to comfort us… Somedays I will have panic attack aftee panic attack feelong helpless, terrified, and with so much worry that I can’t even focus on my job or my daughter, but during those times I can say jesus I don’t… Read more »
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Sarah, we are praying for you. Panic attacks are so physically and emotionally exhausting, we are so sorry. We are praying for your healing from them.

anw3567
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I am definitely at the point where I am so exhausted, mentally and physically that I have given everything over to God. Today is yet another difficult day for me this year: it would have been my Mom and Dad’s thirty-second anniversary, but my Dad passed away in January. Six weeks later my son was diagnosed with brain cancer. Today he is having a follow-up MRI. This has been such a long, hard, year. I am trying very hard to stay focused on being faithful, and allowing God to guide me and comfort me. I am so grateful to have… Read more »
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Amy, thank you for sharing part of your story with us – we are taking it as an invitation to pray for you and your family! We are praying for the grief that comes when a person loved is no longer with us, we are praying for your son and his health and the Doctor’s who are overseeing his treatments. May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you.

Veta Sheridan
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I am praying every day for a miracle. I know GOD works miracles because he threw me my bedroom door during a tornado here in Alabama on April 27, 2011. But right now in the midst of my suffering, I need a big miracle. I pray that GOD grants me my request.

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Veta, praying with and for you!

Diana
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What a good reminder. I know He’s with me. I can see it in the little things if I pause and look. I feel overwhelmed a lot due to cancer care and all these doctors appointments. Yet I know God has it all under control and everything will be OK in the end.
When I feel overwhelmed, it helps just shut out the rest of the world/problems and just spend time alone with God.

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Diana, praying for you as you walk through the treatments for cancer and other things.

Debra
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I love that we can be real with God our Father! He knows anyway, so why not tell Him and trust Him!! Thanks for the message, Carlos.

Westernyankee
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I don’t know how many times I’ve said similar words in the last few months. Only instead of saying, “I don’t know what to do,” I’ve been saying, “I don’t know how much longer I can do this!” Between a demanding full time job and taking full time night classes to get a degree in an entirely new field, sometimes it feels like God is asking entirely too much of me. But maybe that’s just it. He didn’t ask me to do it alone or on my own strength. I think this morning it is time to adopt Jehoshaphat’s prayer… Read more »
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Thanks for sharing Angela, we are glad you are a part of this group!

Jennie
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Thank you for sharing your testimony! IThis message came at just the right time for my son! He is overwhelmed with school work. I will pass today’s reading on to him!

Dkeele
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Enjoyed this and was encouraged.

Tparrott88
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Nearly everyday when I log on to read, it is exactly what I need to hear. My husband and I are going through a couple big “situations” that we really have no control over. As a control freak it’s seemingly more are more difficult for me to handle. I find myself feeling like I can’t even everyday. I find myself saying the same prayer over and over everyday, knowing his is going to take time to work itself out.

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Praying for you to allow God to have control and be in all the details of your situations!

Bernice E. Smith
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Amen. Thank you Carlos. Feeling overwhelmed this morning scrolling down emails and read the first line of what you are saying. Jesus really knows what I need and He is really going through with me. Thanks again!

Floyd
Member

Today’s post means a lot because when there’s no were to go we can always count on God he’s always there to listen and knows everything that happened in our lives back in May of this year I almost committed suicide and it was a miracle but he saved me. So I know it he does answer her cries

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Floyd, we are so glad you didn’t end your life! We praise God that you see your rescue and know he heard your cries for help.

Drea_ja
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Thanks for this message today! God is an on time God and He will lead and answer us if we just cry out to Him!

Lord I don’t know what to do about Nickoy but You do! I cry out to you Lord for I am feeling overwhelmed! Lead me Father, overwhelm me with your mercy and grace! In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!

Lisa_kay777
Member

Amen. Yes, I was in that situation recently. I cried out to God, “Fix this!” He did.

Carol
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It is interesting how so many times (I’d dare say 99% of the time), being human we try to fix situations and dig our own way out of the trenches. I’m doing some self-talk here too—-rather than struggle, worry and be anxious how much simpler to acknowledge “We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help”? This blends in with Betty Rock’s post earlier this week–“We trust God with the big things like our salvation”. How difficult it is to give up control, admit we are 100% totally dependent on His strength, His grace,… Read more »
Asher
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Well said, Carol. It’s always my first instinct to be accomplishing something, so when troubles come, I’m all about fixing (and worrying) about them! Admitting that we don’t know what to do is humbling and helps us see God’s plan.

Debbie
Member

There are days I question my sanity. Thankfully I know God has it all under control. I know I can’t go this life alone, HE is always there with me. Praise God!

Partoftheredeemed
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Thank you for sharing your families struggles Carlos. This morning I’m facing one of my biggest fears. It may not sound like much but I’m going to mediation for custody of my youngest son. The attorneys and everything online says that my son’s father will gain partial custody, maybe even 50/50. I live in Florida. It wouldn’t be a problem but my son’s father has been a drug addiction for 20 years and left him when he was 2 for drugs. He visited him consistentlyrics for 8 months and then just stopped one day. He hasn’t seen him on over… Read more »
Thekingoftoys
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Part of the redeemed

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Christina
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I pray that God gives you the strength and patience that you will need for this time in your life. I have been/am going through a similar situation, and frustration seems to be the tip of the iceberg. I pray that your child gets the help he needs to solve his anger issues as well, whether it’s simply a phase he will outgrow, or if he needs professional help in some capacity. God is with you always, and it can be difficult to understand sometimes, but He has a plan just for you. 😊

Donna
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Partoftheredeemed, I just prayed for you, and will continue to pray. I went through something very similar with my own children and ex-husband. I pray for peace for you, whatever the outcome. Know that God is in control, and whatever happens, it will be okay. Lay all your fears on Him, and trust that is true. If you can rely on God’s perfect control over everything, He will carry you through this. God bless you and your son.

Unathi
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Partoftheredeemed, I’ll pray and trust God for the best outcome. The best outcome may not be what you’re expecting, but God is faithful in ALK things, and He cares for your son as well. You are not alone in this. Trust Him, praise Him.

Unathi
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All, not all. My phone changes it every time. 😉

Unathi
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Except that time. Stupid phone. Haha

Mbamtx
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Praying for you this morning and will keep you in my prayers. I too am facing a custody battle and it’s scary as it’s your child. Keep the faith and put on the “armor of God” this morning; Ephesians. He is with you and holding your hand right beside you. Stay strong. Prayers and God Bless You.

Rsloan
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POTR, I pray that you find peace with God, trust in him with all your heart. He will provide the right path for you and your family. It’s hard, believe me, but we have to press into him. In the name of Jesus, amen!

Asher
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One verse I’ve found encouraging is 2 Sammuel 22:30: “In Your strength I can crush an army, with my God I can scale any wall.” Praying for you, Partoftheredeemed.

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Part of the Redeemed, we are praying for you! We stand with you trusting that God sees and knows what your son needs and that there will be a peace experienced by you that confounds everyone who interacts with you!

Terri
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Praying for you all

Gaary Miller
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tis like every morning or so that GOD lays down on His cloud and looks over the side and says “where is Garry this morning I need a good chuckle”. I am sure I am not the only one GOD likes to mess with. But I say “bring it GOD” cuz I am gonna use “You” the power of the Holy Spirit in me to get through it. So if I am gonna go through this so are You. So I drag GOD through it with me knowing I got better choices His way than mine. I remember a movie… Read more »
Terri
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I love that movie! Thank you for reminding me of it

enorment
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It reminds me that nothing is to big for our God to handle, we just have to call on Him and trust that He hears our prayers.

Veronica
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I feel as of right now my faith n trust in the Lord are not as they should be. I have lost my financial ability to pay my household expenses, my husband pays all his money to the woman he is living with instead of his childsupport. I have done everything that I know that I can through the legal route to get him to do so. Without bills paid my children n I will lose our home and he doesn’t care. I know how I am to trust the Lord, that he will always provide and never give me… Read more »
Thekingoftoys
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Veronica

God always has your back!

Unathi
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I’ll be praying for you, Veronica. God is faithful.

Rsloan
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I completely understand how you feel. I have been going through some major problems that I created in my life. I am reading, and listening to journals, the bible, Christian movies, all to be inspired. I have found that each day you must wake up and thank God for what you have, the health to fight, take action on what you have control over in a Christian way. Pray for everything all the time, but take action on what God tells you to do. In your heart and soul you know what you can and can’t do. For me, that… Read more »
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Veronica, praying for you. A favorite verse of mine is found in Habakkuk 3:19 and in the Amplified Version of the Bible it really is impactful. “The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army]; He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet And makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility].” Praying that you will find the strength to walk on the places of difficulty!

Terri
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Praying for you

mammabug
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I really like this translation of this verse. As a mother if 4, business owner with my husband, groups leader in church, etc, I often feel overwhelmed.
I struggle with alcoholism, and find myself turning there instead if orayer to overcome.

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Mollie, praying for you in your struggle. Praying that you begin to see and believe that you’re an overcomer! (perhaps Mandisa’s song Overcomer would be an encouragement?)

Charcarr
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I have a habit of panicking when something happens that I have no control over. Last friday night my kids and I were on our way home from a church event and my car throws a rod in the engine. We made it home but this took place after losing my aunt to alzheimer’s and a 17 day old cousin within 24 hours of each other and getting the news that one of my compassion sponsored children (whom I’ve had for 5 years) can no longer be in the program due to unrest in India. Basically, my car is undrivable… Read more »
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Charmell

Satan’s attacking because you are on the right track with God. Stay focused on Him.

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Charmell, praying for you! Praying that you see the ways God makes or will make for your car repairs, praying for the grief you are experiencing due to loss of loved ones, praying that you uniquely see God in all the details.

Terri
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praying God will work out your situation in a mighty way and that His name will be glorified

cyndi
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Have been praising Him in the storm and clinging to our faith . The last two years have been one thing after another. First , my husband of 36 years lost his job ( at the age of 61) and has been unable to find work at that level. Did find a low stress job at minimum pay but those hours have now been cut. Our third son had to declare bankruptcy due to a housing situation back in college where the landlords sued the boys when they moved out of an unsafe housing situation. Our Fourth son had a… Read more »
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Cynthia, thank you for sharing part of your story with us – we are praying for you and your family! We are praying that each day you receive encouragement in some way that you know God hears and sees and is with you.

Candace
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Waking up many days to the crushing pressure of anxiety I cry out to God for His hope, His plans, His purpose and His mercy! In my own strength at times I cannot see beyond the fear and doubt that threatens to consume me yet He remains faithful…He lifts my eyes back to His gaze and draws me close…He gives me just what I need to move into the day…one foot in front of the other and I can walk in faith knowing that in Him I can do all things! THANK you for this encouraging study! It has blessed… Read more »
Ms Judi
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Thank you for this message! I so needed to hear it todayto remind me I am not alone. Sometimes in my hectic life I do feel alone but as a Christian I know I am notand never will be again. I just want to say this month you have all been such a blessing for me with the messages you have given each day. It has been something I have needed in my life right now. Thank you!!

Pam
Member

Thank you Carlos for this wonderful message! I am quick to forget that God is stronger and mightier than any problem I may have and I need to turn to him!

Tess6208
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I have cried that cry many times. Especially now … with going through ANOTHER failed marriage!!! Some days I wake up feeling the overwhelming anxiety of “What is in store for me today? What more can happen? What more can I take?”. I know that God hears my cries and sees my broken heart. HE will lead me to where HE wants me to be. I WILL keep my faith focused on HIM. For it’s through HIM that I am saved and through HIM all things are possible.

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Teresa, we are praying for you!

Rick Jones
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“We are looking to God,” what a promise from scripture to me when I face difficult times. I cam remember a season of trial in my life when I felt all the walls closing in on me, and in faith and trust I turned my eyes from my lot in life to the Lord of my life.
Pastor Rick

Kirsten
Member

Very well said. We do know what to do in times of trouble – PRAY. Always the right choice to turn to God and ask for help. He wants us to go to Him with our problems and concerns.

Katie Fountain
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My husband and I recently moved cross country. The situation surrounding our move was very overwhelming, and very stressful. Our apartment raised our rent so that we couldn’t live there anymore, apartments I looked at were either too expensive or they had no availability. Along with packing, getting rid of the majority of our things, the transfer case in our 4-runner was going out and we had no money to fix it, so we traded it in literally the Friday before our move. The most overwhelming part of this whole situation was the day our apartment management,!after telling us that… Read more »
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Katie, praying for you and your husband. We pray that you would find employment soon and that you would see God’s provision in ways you never anticipated!

Stephanie
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Thank you so much for that reminder. I feel so overwhelmed most days with all that life brings. It helps to know I’m not the only one and that God is the solution.

ktekulve1
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🙂 Thank you for writing this Carlos!!

Now I need to win one of those Bibles!!! Lol

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Trusting God is an all day dialog for me. Believing he is in control and wants the best for me is a mind changer.

Kim
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todays reading couldn’t come at a better time . Son has a concussion and just taking care of everything . God is in control .

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Kim, we are praying for your son to fully recover and heal.

Turtlefrog52
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This is very comforting as everything does seem extremely overwhelming currently. Thank you, Carlos, for sharing this. It’s a good reminder to turn over our worries and anxieties to God and let the One who has control be in control.

Leah
Member

Thanks for sharing. I feel overwhelmed a lot.

Unathi
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Many times we forget (or never knew about in the first place) those inspiring gems from the Old Testament. I recopied this portion of scripture with Jehosaphat’s prayer to God when I was going through a very trying time. It was an encouragement then, and has encouraged me at other difficult times as well. God really is bigger and He is stronger than anything we come up against. He does not fail in any way at any time, no matter how we see our circumstances. To top it all off, He loves us with an unfathomable love. It’s not that… Read more »
Terri
Member

Amen! God is with you mighty warrior!

Denice5
Member

I feel overwhelmed with starting cancer treatment today but I’ve got to trust God. I enjoyed the reading today.

Rsloan
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God bless you and with the power only he can provide by the Holy Spirit make your cancer go away! In Jesus name, amen!

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Denice, we are praying for you. We are praying for your Doctor’s to have wisdom and clarity regarding treatment. May God’s peace be a blanket that covers you.

andrew pickett
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Very good testimony of faith. Thank you

Milli
Member

Amen. I know we are safe in Jesus arms. I can’t do it I need your help Lord, I lay it at the foot of the cross.

CharleneTJ
Member

Life does make you feel like some days you are trying to keep your head above water. But thank God he is our strength and will never let us drown. I love you Lord.

sllyjllybean02
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I’m so thankful for this devotion today; it spoke directly to me. My husband and I have also just navigated our first year of marriage, moved to Denver for work, spend waaay too much on rent, experienced illnesses, the loss of jobs, the loss of 2 vehicles, and the loss of our sweet 10.5yr old boxer, all with no family around to lean on. It’s been a challenging year, and we often have cried out to God to help us because we just don’t know what to do. We want to follow His path for us, and we will continue… Read more »
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Thanks for sharing your story with us! We are praying for you and your husband to see God in all the details – especially when it seems He isn’t present.

Kathy
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Fully get this one. Life does get so overwhelming and this past spring & summer it just seemed like it would never let up. Issue after issue, problems in every facet of my life and it just kept raining down. I felt like I was going to break I was pulled in so many directions and as much as I prayed for relief it did not come. I then began to pray that the lesson be learned for what is ahead so that I might be prepared. I truly felt I couldn’t take another thing. Little did I know that… Read more »
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Kathy, wow, thank you for sharing! We are going to be praying for your grandson and the hurts that need to be healed in his life and praying for you and all that you are doing – that you will experience supernatural strength, patience, provision, all that you need.

Unathi
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Kathy, I’m praying for you and your family. Hang in there. God will not let you down.

Terri
Member

It does give us strength to strength as we rely on him. he is our Rock. He is our Strong Tower. be strong and of good courage for the Lord your God is with you wherever you may go.

Cali
Member

My hubby… I am praying that he will see God through me and know that God is the answer. We have been rocked this world with medical issues and we have been praying for God to deliver miracles; he has…. yet my hubby still does not feel the Lord is here. God is good in all things and I will continue to pray even when everything feels sooo hopeless. God is good!

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Cali – we are praying for your husband also!

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