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1 Chronicles 28:20

20Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly…”

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Today, Britt Nicole shares the story of her parents’ divorce and what it taught her about going through suffering.

She says, “I ended up writing a song about this experience called, “All This Time.” That song talks about how God has been with me since the very beginning… I remember running to my room as my family was going through this and feeling the presence of God come into the room. And I felt like God said, “Britt, I’m right here with you. I will never leave you…”

You might look at your circumstance and say, “This is it. I’m gonna be here forever… There’s no way I can come out of this…” God is gonna use you and he’s gonna use your story and it’s gonna be beautiful.”

Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible

Be Strong and Courageous – David encouraged his son Solomon with the same words that God used to encourage Joshua after the death of Moses (Josh 1:6). In both cases, a younger man faced a daunting task left unfinished by the great leader who preceded him. In our lives, we often struggle with tasks that seem too great for us to accomplish on our own. In these times, we should remember to be “strong and courageous.” Our God is with us even as he was with Joshua and Solomon.

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angelfish316
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This has really hit home. I recently separated from my husband of 30 years. I thought our marriage would never end since we came so far. There were times when I couldn’t feel God, but now I feel so much closer to Him. This is a journey that I wish I didn’t have to take, but I’m comforted by the fact that God is always with me.

Terri
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I never dreamed I’m in the same boat and never dreamed I would be in this place. However the Lord has been with me every step of the way and he will continue to be with me. He has opened doors that were closed and giving me opportunities to serve. He has not yet revealed what I am to do next but He will in His time. Praying for you

Julie Delk
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I too am going thru this horrible trial….But I also realize my Almighty God is DO much bigger than this …praise his HOLY NAME ♡♡♡

ljduggins
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Amen!!! I am on this same journey and I have never felt God more present in my life than right now and I am just waiting for his guidance. My husband is jealous of the peace I have right now in my life with being able to handle this huge life event. I keep telling him that without the love and grace from our Lord and Savior I would not be able to get through it either. I pray for his eyes to be open to see the truth in the God’s love and that he is right there with… Read more »
Melinda
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I am also separated after being with my husband for 30 years. It has been the most painful experience I have ever been through. I too feel so much closer to God. I know that I have made it this far because he is with me, guiding me through this ugly journey. I know I must trust him and his timing. You are in my prayers.

Unathi
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The past two years of my life have been one storm after another, one trial following another. I have often felt discouraged, I admit. But, I haven’t lost sight of the fact that God is helping me. He is rescuing me, even if from behind the scenes. I think if we will look beyond the problems to focus on God, we will see His salvation, His protection, His provision, His guidance. When I’ve been discouraged, I remind myself that God is faithful. I know that, not just because His word says it, but because I look back on all I’ve… Read more »
ShreRnae
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God is with you and I’m praying for peace in your life

Jennifer Boyd
Member

The last two years have been one struggle after another for me as well but like you I too can see how God has been working these things together for my good.. Some days are so hard but knowing He never leaves or forsakes me gets me through even the toughest days!!

Terri
Member

Amen

Siobhan
Member

Thank you. I really needed to hear that, now. Bless you.

Heidi W.
Member

These words are so powerful and touched my heart: You might look at your circumstance and say, “This is it. I’m gonna be here forever… There’s no way I can come out of this…” God is gonna use you….

So often I’m so hard on myself and get stuck in the suffering and my own failures that I feel I can never be good in God’s eyes. This reminds me he’s always with me.

Karenwhite717
Member

The truth that He is with me is what keeps me going when I don’t know what to do next. I can’t imagine walking through life’s difficulties alone….now THAT would be scary!

Chip
Member
I am going threw a divorce right now. on Friday my wife of 15 years gave me Divorce papers. I have been fight just to do the day to day thing. I feel like just curling up into a ball & die. I have tried marriage counseling, changing everything she said was a problem in our relationship but it never seemed enough. She always on Facebook looking a her friends highlight reals i call them & wishing that was her. I know God has a plan for me & it will come in his time but I just feel so… Read more »
Crystal Morris
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Chip, I saw your post and was drawn to it. I will pray for you during this time. I can’t image how difficult things must be. But know this, you are loved and God is going to be with you through out all of this. At our church, we have been studying the book of James for several months and appropriately enough, the day we started the study, I had a HUGE blow up with my family-which ended up changing the course of my family’s plan of moving. In the moment I felt so deserted but someone reminded me that… Read more »
Chip
Member

Thank you for you kind words & prayers.

Terri
Member
Chip, Crystal is right. We don’t know why things happen but God does. It has been 2 years since our divorce and I can see God working in my ex husband that would never have happened. He was not a believer but was searching in all the wrong places. He is going to church now and staying for Sunday school. I was a stumbling block for Him. I wanted to fix him and lead him to Jesus. As much as I hate divorce if that is what it took to open his eyes to Jesus then it is worth it.… Read more »
Chip
Member

Teepee thank you. I can see you are a very kind & thoughtful woman. I hope one day i will be able to use my story to help others like you are.

dadof34Christ
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Chip, I am praying for you and her. I have been living your story since the first of the year. I understand the pain and brokenness your are experiencing. Keep your eyes focused on God. He is there and He is already working for you. The hardest for me was remembering that God was working for good during my emptiness and loneliness. I had to remember that it was on God’s time and not mine. I’m still a work in progress but I have hope in Christ. Your story is not over and Christ is there to help you. Stay… Read more »
Chip
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I also have been dealing with this since January 2. We are having to still live together until the sell of our home. I keep hoping that she will see how much i truly love here but all she want is to get a divorce. It is easy for her i will be her 2nd. I pray everyday that God will soften her heart & mend your marriage But i am coming to the realization that this might not be his plan. Thank you for sharing your story & letting me know i am not alone that there are others… Read more »
sasunday
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I am right there with you. My husband is forcing a divorce on me that I do not want and do not agree with. It’s an ugly ugly thing. I am struggling greatly with seeing how this could possibly end up good in any way. Something that God hates and does not want yet, my supposedly Godly husband is forcing it on me. How can He use this ugliness for good? I know He will, somehow, because that’s Hiso promise but, it’s impossible to see.
I pray for your comfort and peace.

Terri
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My divorce was also forced on me. It was definitely something I did not want but for our good, God did. It was difficult for me to accept because “God hates divorce” so I was so confused. I lamented and prayed, attempted counseling (he quit coming). God led me to several scriptures,Is 54:4-7, being one of the most profound. My husband wasn’t dead but our marriage was. The covenant was broken. He didn’t love me and I had lost respect for him. After crying over thsee verses I met with my pastor and his wife. I asked how could God… Read more »
Chip
Member
I feel for you! It is so hard to hear them say they have prayed & God has lead them to Divorce. I have told my wife over & over that i meant every word of my vows to her Good times & Bad. God gives use trial to go threw to strengthen our relationships with him & each other. But to many people now want to try starting over like marriage is a video game & they get a new life. The only thing is there life is still there, the problems are still there & you are just… Read more »
Terri
Member

Chip,keeping your eyes on Jesus is what will get you through this. Don’t know what I would do without Him. Praying for you.

Shelly
Member
Chip I know your pain. I was the one who filed divorce from my husband after 19 years. We tried counseling off and on 3 times. I felt so much guilt and shame for the failing marriage. My pastor told me…in the bible God recognizes divorce when one leaves the other. Although I didn’t know for certain there was another woman I did know he left our family…emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. I had to do what God showed me was what my boys and myself needed. It’s been 5 years and it’s still hard. I’m struggling to raise 3… Read more »
vsroberts41
Member

Thank you for sharing.

Faith Barnett
Guest

We are expecting hurricane Matthew sometime today. My strength and courage comes from knowing that God is with me, with us! Praying for peace in knowing that my/our Mighty God is in control and with us every step of the storm. Amen

Ann
Member

Praying for your safety.

Ann
Member

This speaks to me. The last 5 years have been one long storm. I went from an abusive marriage to an abusive relationship then most recently leaving a relationship with an alcoholic. So much toxicity I’ve put in my life though I did leave them all. I know God is with me and I am broken and worn. I feel like I’m drowning and struggling to catch my breath. I am trusting God to get me through this and praying for healing.

harlenshack
Member

This revelation of putting your trust in God is the best thing you could have done. There are so many storms in our lives, and sometimes it feels like the boat is ready to capsize. It’s during these times we need God most. Surround yourself with people that too put their trust into God. I’m sure that having this type of support will be so powerful for you! I will pray for you, Ann!

Lindsay
Member

My parents divorced when I was 8, so this message really hits home. For years I struggled with a lot of painew and feeling unacceptable. By God’s grace, He surrounded me with some wonderful people that showed me God’s love. Now I have a testimony that He has allowed me to help others in suffering
Thanks for sharing.

Bernice E. Smith
Member

Wow! My daughter is going through something right now. She tried to take her life. Praise Jesus she did not succeed. I gonna share this story with her. Even though my husband and I are not divorced I just thought of my daughter when I heard you speak. Thank you Britt! ❤️️

MishiBrozen
Member

It is always so important to remember and be reminded that God is always with you. He NEVER leaves us and has been with us since our very beginning. Even when we are at our lowest and feel the most alone he is here.

Regina
Member

Great video.

Kari
Member

He has called us to be strong and to be courageous … even when I don’t feel like I am very strong or courageous. It is these moments of weakness that I can feel God’s strength and He never lets go – so neither will I. Sometimes it truly takes my knees buckling to remind me just whose strength I truly need – it is truly all God.

M.Mouse
Member

I really needed to hear that today. I’ve been really overwhelemed with things in my life. Sometimes you just need to hear God’s in control & He is the one who carries us in the times of struggle. Thank You !!

JennyChestnut
Member

My parents divorced when I was 10 and it really destroyed my life for a long, long time; however, Jesus never left my side. I never stopped loving Him, I just stopped listening to Him for awhile. 34 years later, He is my #1 fan and I am His #1 follower!!

Brittliz001
Member

The trials that I’ve gone through seems small compared to others, but still I find myself in a situation that it seems isn’t going to change any time soon. I love your song because when I look back at my life all I see is Jesus. He stayed with me even when I felt I was far from him. Even when I was angry with myself and with him his love continued to surround me. I haven’t always seen it in the moment but looking back that is all I see.

Katie
Member

My parents have been divorced 12 years and God has never been more present than in this past decade or so. He has changed my life around because I was so depressed I never thought I would climb out of that hole of loneliness but he picked me up and put me in a new state and a new church knowing exactly at that time I needed these amazing new people in my life! Praise God

Member

So needed to hear this today. I’m struggling with Chronic pain from 17 surgeries and Fibromyalgia. I am facing a decision to make on whether or not to get a spinal cord stimulator implant. It may/may not work and will be another surgery. I’m only 44 and exhausted. I am afraid I’ll be in this pain forever and I can’t do it. I am praying ferverently for God to guide me and my family through this decision and the reality, that if this doesn’t help, I will have to be in severe pain for the rest of my life.

Crystal Morris
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Carrie Ann I am praying for you. A few Sunday’s back, our pastor preached out of Romans 8:18; Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. I am praying that during this extremely difficult and painful time you are going through that God will give you the peace you need. I pray that you are comforted in the thought that this that you are going through here on earth can’t compare to the glory you will receive later. They will not compare. I pray that God gives you the direction of which… Read more »
Terri
Member

CarrieAnn, I am praying for you. That the Lord will give you wisdom in making your decisions, strength to follow through, and peace on whichever way He leads you. I pray Jehovah Rapha will make you whole in mind, body, and soul. 1 Thes 5:23-24. He is faithful and He will do it.

Cody D
Member

I’ll be praying for you also.

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Carrie, thank you for sharing your story with us. We pray for listeners at our weekly staff meetings and we have added you to our prayer list. Trusting God along with you for clarity regarding your health.

Ashley
Member

CarrieAnn, I am praying for you. The lord is our rock, he helps us with stability, guidelines and strength. As Brittany said in her video “This is it. I’m gonna be here forever… There’s no way I can come out of this…” Just remember he will never leave your side.

Debbie
Member

Be strong in the Lord…it is so important that we continue to read His word over and over in these times when we are weak, afraid and lonely. When you can’t seem to believe them, read them over and over until they fill you

Sherry
Member

I really like this verse because it reminds us that we are not alone in any decision we make for ourselves or when a decision that has been made affects you without your input. I continue to struggle with trying to control things in my life and have only found anxiety and depression. I’m learning to let go and let God but it is a slow process for me. My husband is the opposite, when my daughter falls down he says, “get up, walk it off,” me I still want to run and help her up.

Cody D
Member

That is a struggle I deal with too.
I’ll be praying for you.

harlenshack
Member
The earliest and most vivid memory I have of my childhood is of my parents arguing and shoving each other. It’s something I don’t offer up all of the time, but I felt like, given the topic today, I’d speak on it briefly. I was too young at the time to understand much about religion, and even who God was. I didn’t know that the divorce that would ultimately follow would split my parents up for the rest of my life. But after that, I lived with my mother, and she was a God-fearing woman. From as early as I… Read more »
Cody D
Member

That was such a touching story; it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.

cameran_smith
Member

That was awesome.
Thank you for sharing.

Terri
Member

Thank you! God is so good.

Cody D
Member
In my senior year of high school, when I was in a deep depression, I remember thinking something like, “This is it. I’m gonna be here forever… There’s no way I can come out of this…” I felt hopeless and helpless, and nothing could bring me comfort, not even God because I was not listening for Him; I forgot about God and the comfort He brings. Thankfully, I got through this hard time with help from my counselor and from God. On the other side of this dark time I learned an important lesson: never turn away from God, never… Read more »
Larry Crenshaw
Member

This is what I needed today ….. thank you.

Stephannie
Member

Amen! Wonder why it is that fear is the biggest thing in y life that I struggle with and yet God constantly reminds us that we should not fear BECAUSE He is with us! I wish that it didn’t have such power over me. I wish I didn’t worry so much about what others think! One day it will sink in…

Susan
Member

Sometimes it is hard to look up & see that God is right there with open arms. It is easy to turn inward & focus on self, but a change of focus to Him puts everything in perspective and we can rest in Him.

cameran_smith
Member

After watching my parents suffer from miscommunication, a lack of understanding, and an almost hopeless attitude, I’ve felt much the same: wondering what’s going to happen, if there will be redemption from the hurt, and when will there be peace? It’s made me near cynical about marriage and the idea of spending your life with someone. Yet, there has been an odd contentment surrounding me as I have watched everything unfold. It’s a contentment that could only come from the presence of God….He’s meeting me, like He met Britt.

MISSBee
Member

Divorce is always so hard on everyone. Praise the Lord for words of wisdom and encouragement!

damarysv
Member

This hit home. I got divorced when my daughter was 10 years old and my son 16 and it was very difficult for both of them but mostly for my girl. God has been with us but it had been very challenging times. Thank you for sharing your powerful testimony. My daughter is 19 and still struggles, specially with relationships b

Joni
Member

God is always with us. What a comfort to know! I can see how His hand was upon me all of my life, as well.

Gary
Member

Amen

Big Country
Member
This was a great reminder and took me back through what God has been doing through me. Being a young person with a broken body, I wondered, how God could use a cripple (sort of. Bad back causes me to have to watch what I’m doing and how long even with walking there is a limit and it varies day to day). I didn’t think I could serve him because of my pain and my condition, but just like Paul in 2 Corinthians God uses us best when we are weak. I could only see what I couldn’t do, but… Read more »
Becky
Member

I am guilty of thinking my sitiation will never end. I know God is with me… I feel his presence but I pray his will be done even though I may not like it.

Brooke
Member
Divorce is not something I wanted, but like many of you, it was forced on me. I have been divorced since 2012. My husband left shortly before our son was diagnosed with autism. He blamed me for it. I am still going through the courts and dealing with visitation and custody issues. It has been a very difficult time for both myself and my son. But I now can say that God has used this experience in my life to push me out of my comfort zone and and given me the strength to be an advocate for my son… Read more »
Jenny Mulliins
Guest

Love this song!Thanks for sharing.

Batje
Member

Thank you for sharing. yes He will never leave us nor forsake us! I love this song ….

carto877
Member
I really wish more people would speak about how hard divorce was as a child and all they had to over come. I hear all the time that kids will get over and they will bounce back. But in truth, it is very hard for many children to get past their parents divorce. Some even get mad at God and blame Him because He didn’t fix them. Some children even take the blame on themselves. They take this blame all the way into adult hood and it affect their relationship. Now that I said that I am really glad God… Read more »
Lysa
Member

Sometimes it is difficult for our children when we are going through horrible times to cope with the situation and not blame themselves:(

pmccoy68
Member

I am a divorcee and that period of my life was filled with fear, depression and discouragement. It was also at that time that I let God be my guide and these verses are very comforting when discouragement sets in.

Missy P
Member

I have been through a divorce. It felt like a death. I had to go through the stages of grief to get through it. What I have found is if you do not get to the acceptance level, issues with self-worth, anger and hate can consume you. I had to make a conscious effort to forgive. God bless

kolleen
Member

I’m going throe this trial and i know the lord is with me.

kolleen
Member

I’m 7 and my parents are divorcing and i know the lord is with me.

kolleen
Member

Tears are streaming down my face. This was written by my seven year old son. I showed him Britt’s video thinking that he could relate to her story and he asked me if he could write a response. It is so true that I have become so much closer to God through this horrible time but it’s my two boys (6 & 7) that I worry about. I do believe, however, that God will use this time to touch all of our lives. He’s already working in my 7 year old’s life!

robingerke
Member

He KNOWS me. An amazing concept.

bridget0394
Member

I divorced about 2 years ago after 10 years together. It has been rough, even though I was able to move on and remarry. Lately I have been thinking that I was never able to grieve the loss of my marriage as I should have. Struggling, but I know that God has a plan for me. I can’t wait to see where it takes me..

Myfaithwillstand1622
Member
I am in a situation where divorce was never in my thoughts until now. My husband just can’t lay down the drugs. He is my first and only love. But after all these years together I feel that something has to change because of our son. I want more for him and I want his daddy to get better, but we can’t live in that. I am scared to leave and what our future holds. I hope he realizes and comes to a place where he can lay the drugs down for his family. Addiction has really affected our life… Read more »
Yolander Jackson
Guest

Yes,he is with us all the time.During a struggle it is easy to forget that.Remember he is here and keep praying.

Wen
Member

Thank you for reminding me that whatever the struggle I am going through God is with me and will use me.
I have been in a struggle for a few weeks now and don’t understand it. I don’t need to at this point. God will show me what it was all for and I will be able,to,help someone else.

Kmarket
Member

Amen. Thanks Britt for sharing

Kathy Kauffman
Member
Going from job to job, one employer to the next, and not finding anywhere for any kind of stability, I look to today’s verse to take courage and do the work. I don’t understand how the Israelites could have been so faithful in having to make sacrifice after sacrifice, and to do the work that they had to do. I could have never kept up with anyone. I am looking toward a new job. One of the questions in an interview was how to deal with a person that is not working as fast or effectively as I am. Well,… Read more »
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