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A Firm Place to Stand

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. – Psalm 40:1-2, NIV

“It’s over,” The two words from her husband changed everything for Elizabeth. She tried to save her marriage and begged her husband to reconsider. She sought advice from older women in her church who were married. And she read marriage books by the dozens.

Elizabeth prayed for her husband, spending hours in her closet. As a child of a broken home, the one thing she had never wanted was a divorce.

But despite her prayers and her pleading, the divorce went through. It was finalized just four years after they had been married. Elizabeth felt like a failure. She was heartbroken.

Sometimes, you can do everything right. You can read the right books, attend the best seminars, and pray for miracles. Still, you may have to watch in agony as a loved one walks away from you.

When you’re grappling with loss, God can lift you out of the mire. It may take time before you feel like you’re back on solid ground. Rest assured, you are held in His perfect embrace.


Lord, help me in the middle of loss to look to You. Pull me out of this darkness and set me back on solid ground. Hold onto me in the moments when I feel like everything’s falling apart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 18 Devotional

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