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Finding Gratitude in the Midst of a Struggle

I will put my hope in God!

“Why am I so discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember your kindness...” Psalm 42:5-6

God, I feel like my feet are in the fire. It seems like all is lost—all I’ve hoped for, all I’ve prayed for, everything I have clung to You in faith and believed for. I am so very discouraged and my heart is grieved...

But—I believe You are faithful. I declare You are my Savior and my God. In the midst of this fiery struggle, I fight against the tendency to let my soul sink in despair.

I speak to my soul and I say, “Put your hope in God. Look up to Him and praise Him! Remember the kindness of the Lord. Remember, oh my soul, all the many times He has poured out His love on you.”

God, you have never failed me nor forsaken me. Come once again, oh Lᴏʀᴅ.

I thank You for Your goodness. I thank You that You see all and Your understanding is infinite. You know the depth of what I’m experiencing at this very moment.

I praise You even when everything seems to be falling apart around me. I’m grateful for Your constant care for me—and I trust You. I put my complete and entire hope in You.

Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will praise You and thank You again and again for who You are to me. I trust that even though I may not see all that You are doing, You are at work in this situation. You are watching over Your good and true and perfect word to perform it in my life.

You care for my soul. What matters to me also matters to You. I praise You for Your unfailing love and I thank You through this struggle. I am grateful for Your hand upon my life.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Laura Woodworth

Laura Woodworth