God Helps Us During Difficult Times

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We all go through difficult times. It’s part of being human. Sometimes they can feel like too much to handle. I understand, because I’ve been going through some testing to be considered for a lung transplant. I feel so blessed and honored to be going through this process. It is also difficult and stressful.

I’ve been hanging onto Isaiah 41:13 as I go through this process.

For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

What does this mean?

I talked with my husband Dave, who has a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies about this verse. What he explained made this verse even richer and more meaningful to me, and I thought it might help you too. Dave studies the Bible in the original languages, and doing so provides so much more information.

When God says He takes hold of your right hand, it means He takes hold of your hand in such a way that makes you a stronger person. This helps us have confidence in what we are going through because we are connected to Him. As He holds our hand He provides warmth, guidance, strength and protection.

God says, Do not fear; I will help you. Being connected to Him helps lessen my fear. It is God’s character to be there for us when we need help. This is who He is and how He operates.

Notice that God doesn’t say do not be afraid because I’ll take your problem away. Life is full of problems, and He is here to help us. Gods part is to take our right hand and help us. Our part is to offer our hand to Him.

Turning to God

I am offering God my hand through this privileged, yet difficult time. How about you? Will you join me in offering your hand to God for support, comfort and guidance?

Part of taking care of myself is spending more time with God and giving myself time to rest and recuperate from all the doctor visits and tests. If there is anything else wrong with me, besides my lungs, they’ll find it!

I’ve decided to take a break from my blog and social media posts for the next 2 months until I get through all this. It doesn’t mean anything is wrong, it just means I’m lowering my stress level and giving myself time to rest.

I’d appreciate your prayers my friends. You take good care of yourself too!

I’d love to hear from you!

What impacted you from this post? What would it be like to offer your right hand to God for support, comfort and guidance? How is God helping you through a difficult time?

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19 thoughts on “God Helps Us During Difficult Times

  1. That is a very comforting verse…thank you for sharing it and encouraging us thru it! My family is also going thru a difficult time right now and I’m so glad I read your blog this morning! Thank you Kim! Enjoy your break…you well deserve it!

    1. Dear Trinity,
      So nice to hear from you. I’m so glad the verse is comforting to you. So sorry you and your family are going through a difficult time right now. I know God will hold your hand throughout. Blessings to you…

  2. Dear Kim thank you for sharing this post thank you for your wisdom and your bravery. Even rough the darkness you’re sharing your heart and hope to those of us that walk our own broken road.
    Since this is holy week I’ve been taking a lot of extra time reflecting on God‘s goodness and his promises. When I do that my spirit is encouraged and the trials of this life don’t seem as overwhelming.
    I am praying the spirit encourages and strengthens you during this challenging time .
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband .
    Love y our precious heart always ❤️
    Fonda

    1. Dear Fonda,
      Thanks for your encouraging words. How wonderful you are taking extra time reflecting on God’s goodness and promises this week. It sure does help, huh? So appreciate your prayers.

  3. Thank you for your insight and Dave’s wisdom. My rest is usually my morning quiet time and then I’m off to the races for the rest of the day. In fact on few occasions when I take a day to myself I feel guilty. I know this isn’t healthy mentally or physically. You saying you were taking months off was so impressive to me. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me,all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. Jesus calls us to rest. Thank you for this reminder. May your time off bring you peace and comfort. Love to you and Dave.

  4. Thank you Kim for sharing this blog post…..I felt the Holy Spirit highlight your example of self-care to me: “Part of taking care of myself is spending more time with God and giving myself time to rest and recuperate from________________, my fill in the blank is different but the Spirit of God used your words to covey what I need to do to take good care of myself today as well. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to your return….May God bless and keep you in His tender care today and as you journey forward holding His mighty right hand…blessings, Mary Ann

  5. Very wise decision, Kim! Thank you again for teaching by example what trusting Jesus and caring for oneself looks like. I will be praying. I love the way God promises to hold our right hand and also to secure our footing. (Psalms) Peace to you, dear one.

  6. What a beautiful and encouraging post. You have been so pivotal in the lives and walk of those who are blessed by your blog. I believe that I can speak for all of us in saying that we appreciate your ministry and we will remember it as we cover you in prayer as you move toward your transplant.
    I will miss your blog, but I am so thankful that you follow your own wisdom in choosing to take care of yourself. That gives me joy!
    Love to you and Dave.

  7. Wow, Kim, awesome blog post! The part that touched me is:
    “When God says He takes hold of your right hand, it means He takes hold of your hand in such a way that makes you a stronger person. This helps us have confidence in what we are going through because we are connected to Him.” So often it seems we humans “forget” that we have the power of the Holy Spirit in us, just waiting for us to reach out for help, comfort, wisdom & support.
    I also think it’s TERRIFIC that you’ll be reducing your stress by taking a hiatus from your blog while going through the lung transplant testing process. Bless you for modeling how we are to be as gentle & compassionate with ourselves as we would be to a treasured friend.
    May God continue to shine His face on you & your family as we proceed through this Holy Week & celebrate Christ’s resurrection on Easter. Love & hugs from Lynda

    1. Dear Lynda,
      So glad Dave and my sharing about this verse is an encouragement to you. Thanks for welcoming my time off from the blog to rest up. God continues to bless me by everyone’s kindness to me — including YOU!

  8. Thank you, Kim, for giving insights into the comforting verse Isaiah 43:13. I go to God for comfort and love, sometimes just to be in His presence. I didn’t think of giving Him my hand so that He could give me His warmth, guidance, strength, and protection. Also, that connection to Him lessens my fears. Moreover, helping is who He is.
    I pray that the tests for getting a transplant goes well. I’m glad you will take care of yourself and lessen stress by a break from blogging.

    1. Dear Emily,
      Good to hear from you! So glad the verse was helpful, and that you are seeking God for comfort and help. Thanks so much for your prayers and kind wishes for my time off 🙂

  9. Many thanks Kim! You have been such a bright light and encourager. So glad you are taking a break and taking care of you.
    It was so good to see you recently :).
    Praying for good reports for you!
    Have a blessed break.

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