From a Journal

From Dawn's Journal...

Week 1

                                                      God Can Carry It All
Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don't depend on your own understanding
       Proverbs 3:5
Tragedy strikes. Someone in your family is diagnosed with cancer. Your son loses his job, floods devastate people's live, fire ravages homes, a virus appears. So you pray. That's a good thing. You keep praying. That's even better. After a while, especially if the situation doesn't improve, you may begin to feel weighed down, depressed. You can feel personally responsible for fixing the problem.
There's only one Saviour of the world and it isn't you. God loves those you are praying for more than you ever could. He also sees a much bigger picture. His answers to your prayers may not always be what you are expecting.
Allow God to be God. When you pray, give Him more than your requests. Hand over the entire burden of what you feel responsible to help carry. It is too heavy for you. You can trust God to do the right thing, even if you don't always understand what that is.

Week 2

Fear Factors
This is what the Lord says to you : 'do not be afraid or discouraged. For the battle is not yours, but God's'. 2 Chronicles 20: 15

What are you afraid of? Everyone has their own unique list. Spiders, heights, enclosed spaces. Then we all have more personal fears. Will I have enough money to last the month, am I really saved (and perhaps at the moment we could add when & how is all this going to end. )
Fear can stop even a bold, confident person in their tracks. When you come face-to-face with something you fear, remember that you never face your fears alone. God is with you, like a valiant warrior. He fights for and protects you. He wants to replace your fears with His peace.
When your heart begins to race, turn to God. Ask Him to help you sift what is rational from what is irrational. If there's real need for caution, He can provide the wisdom you need to know what you should do.
Take courage knowing God is near and can give you the strength you need to face whatever comes your way.
Lord my greatest fear now is ..............

Week 3

When Teardrops Fall

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.   Revelation 21:4

They show up when you are joyful. They flow when you hear bad news. They can appear when you are angry, when you pray, when you watch the news, or sometimes, for what seems like absolutely no reason at all. Tears can be a nuisance. But no matter how hard you try, it's tough to keep them inside when they are crying to get out.
It can feel uncomfortable to cry, especially in front of others, because it's such an intimate act. It reveals there's something going on inside that runs deeper than words can express. The bible says that God keeps every one of our tears in a bottle. He knows when and why each one falls. He doesn't consider crying weak or unnecessary. After all, Jesus wept when His friend Lazarus died, even though He was about to raise him from the dead.
God promises that one day, tears will be a thing of the past. Until then, picture Him drying your tears. What breaks your heart breaks His.

God, when I am broken-hearted, help me remember..........


Week 4

The Little Things

In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.  Jonah 2:2

In hospital rooms, on battlefields, when faced with tragedy, trauma or some kind of dire dilemma, people cry out to God. Even those who don't believe God's there instinctively turn to prayer in times of need. But when times are good, the exact opposite often occurs. We depend less on God and more on our own abilities to handle everyday concerns.

God isn't a backup plan when life goes awry. He's a parent who loves you. Like a father who wants to hear all about his child's day. God cares about the tiniest details of your life. But He'll never meddle. He waits for you to come to him.

Turning to God isn't a sign of weakness; it's a sign of wisdom. God's in control. Not you. The more frequently you turn to Him, the more you realise you need Him - and the more your love for Him continues to grow.

Father I invite You into every part of my day, including......."...


Week 5

                                Holding On to Hope

 We have (God’s) hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19

 As a child you may have looked up at the night sky and fervently wished upon a star. Now, as an adult, hope may feel like a grown up form of a wish. You hope you get promotion. You hope the test results from the doctor are favourable.  You hope your family will stay well. But what exactly, are you placing your hope in?

Placing your hope in God is not a grown up version of wishing upon a star. It isn’t expecting God to grant your every wish. It’s resting in the fact that since God’s character is good, trustworthy, powerful, wise, just, merciful and generous (to mention just a few of God’s amazing attributes), you can confidently hope for God’s best in every area of your life.

Regardless of the difficulties you may be facing today, don’t lose heart - or hope. God is a miracle- worker and a loving Father. Hold your head high and hope in the One who holds your past, present and future in His alMighty hands.


God, I will place my Hope in You for ...........


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