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Peace in the Unexpected

“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” – Psalm 29:11

When Arielle noticed her normally active toddler beginning to sleep for long stretches of time and seemed slow to heal, she took her to the doctor. The pediatrician checked the girl’s vitals, then sent the mother and daughter to the emergency room.

In a white room, a physician entered and smiled kindly at Arielle. “We don’t know anything yet and we’re hopeful that she has a minor illness. But we need to run more tests tomorrow to make sure she’s not seriously ill.”

Arielle quickly messaged her friends and family. Many of them promised to meet up at the hospital the next day so they could support her.

But that night, a local specialist arrived and wanted to do the testing as soon as possible. Arielle watched as they whisked her little girl off to her surgery and she suddenly felt more alone than she had in her entire life.

To keep herself from imagining the worst, she started praying. As she did, she felt a reassuring presence. “I knew whatever happened, God was with me in that tiny room and that peace was indescribable.”

The specialist brought Arielle’s daughter back a few hours later. He explained that the little girl didn’t have cancer like he’d fear. She had an infection and would need to stay for a couple of days but she’d make a full recovery.


Lord, please help when I’m feeling blindsided by life. Remind me again that I’m never alone because You are with me. Right here. Right now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 19 Devotional

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