On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Psalm 62:7-8 ESV

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the limitations chronic illness places on my life, and I realize that everyone around me faces some type of difficulty.

A close friend tries to accept the devastating news of her mother’s dementia.

A coworker fights to save her marriage.

My neighbors file bankruptcy and put their home up for sale.

Life can be frightening indeed, but scripture, particularly the Psalms, can minister to our souls whenever we’re troubled. If we become weary or discouraged, this verse reassures us that we can unload every care onto the Lord’s shoulders (Matthew 11:28-30; I Peter 5:7).

God replace our worries with His peace (Philippians 4:6-7).

God can handle any of the struggles or doubts that I bring to Him.

He never condemns me when my emotions are involved. He allows me to unburden my soul to Him.

And then, He gently restores me, allowing the Word to minister to me and to comfort me.It is during uncertain times I have learned to rely on God’s power, because when I am at my lowest, He has never failed to be my refuge and my source of strength.

Prayer for today: Heavenly Father, please help us remember You care about everything that happens to us.

Teach us how to surrender all of our cares to You. Be our shelter and our place of safety.

Guest devotion by Dorothea Love. Dorothea lives in Los Angeles with her husband and family. She enjoys writing and speaking about God’s mercy and strength, which have helped her endure more than thirty years of chronic pain and illness. You may read some of her other work on her blog: www.dorothealove.wordpress.com. Learn how you can become a guest writer.