Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

Heart Whispers from the Old Testament – The Lord Your God is With You

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We gathered around the dining table on Mother’s Day and I felt so grateful. Each person seated at the table puts on the whole armor of Christ each day. They face their struggles with a boldness that comes from knowing He has their backs.

The world is a tricky place and unless you have a holy boldness you’ll be paralyzed with fear and uncertainty.

With that in mind, I wrote a little devotional book with my grandkids in mind. My blog post today is from that book.


Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you, “Be of good courage; do not be afraid nor be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go?”

As a child I memorized this scripture, but the verse took on a special meaning for me when our son was born with severe multiple handicaps. I have claimed this promise on many occasions since that diagnosis over forty years ago.

Our church recently finished a series of messages on Grace and the congregation watched videos of members sharing their grace experiences during difficult times. Their stories reflected the hope found because of the grace of God.

In her journal Mother wrote, “Even in our sorrow and calamity, God can bring great blessings.  Trust God.  He will be with you in the hard times.”

Dear Lord, Thank you for grace that gives us strength to endure.  Please be with those who are today wondering if they can make it.  Help them be of good courage, and know You are always with them. Amen


Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

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