Words of Encouragement

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TAKE YOUR CHANCES

Cyndi den Otter

My work is in a medical setting so I often see people in their worst situations; when they are ill, worried, and when they are in crisis.  What amazes me though are the ones who are cheerful, smiling, and full of joy in spite of some difficult life circumstances. They stand out. What makes them tick?  What hope do they hold on to in spite of their challenges that allows them this attitude?

We live in a world that demands quick fixes for everything.  When we are in pain we just want the pain to be gone whether it is physical or emotional.  I get that.  I often see commercials that advertise medications that fix whatever your medical problem is, except for the fact that they may also cause

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That does not make me feel very confident.  Is the cure worth taking a chance on or should I just stick with the original illness?  Even though I poke fun, I want to clarify that I have much gratitude for all of the meds that help us with our medical issues but there is not a pill that will fix the plethora of awfuls that consume us in our everyday life.

When Jeff and I were dating, I gave him a silver anchor pendant which he has worn for the entire 32 years that I have known him.  We made the decision together that Jesus would be our anchor throughout our married life.  We were very young but old enough to know that trust in God would be a choice.   We tested it time after time, sometimes with shaking quavering faith, when life dealt us tough blows.  God has never let us down. Now when life gets rocky, we have proof of His faithfulness all through the years to fall back on.  At times of grief, illness, and fear He has held us up.  Last year when Jeff had a heart attack, a nurse in the ER unfastened the anchor pendant from his neck and handed it to me for safe keeping.  Never did I imagine that I would be holding it under these circumstances.  I am grateful for the life saving medications that were given to him at that time, but the confidence and peace that my anchor was in Jesus was even better.

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33  NLT

God is in control of all things.  He has overcome the world.  Do I believe that?  Do you?  I can easily say yes now but when we have to surrender what is most dear to our hearts do we still trust?  Can God be trusted with what we treasure most?  Is it worth taking a chance? God says we will have many trials and sorrows but take heart.  I think He knows that we are anxious little beings and that is why the scriptures are full of reassurance over and over again.  I think He is saying that He knows we will be afraid at times but that He has our back.  Hang on.  It’s going to be okay.  God’s promises are solid, unlike some of the earthly guarantees which have a lot of clauses and loopholes and nasty side effects.  Take your chances with Jesus.  He is safe.  Claim His many promises.  His cure has the side effects of

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This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.  Hebrews 6:19  NLT

By Cyndi den Otter (C)

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