Despite the Circumstances

Because He Lives

O, dear heavenly Father,
We come boldly to Your throne,
Through the blood of Jesus
By nothing of our own.

For Jesus opened heaven’s door
When He died on the cross,
And three days later rose again
So none need to be lost.

 How blessed we are…He bridged the gap
Left open by man’s sin.
How blessed we are…because of Him
That we can enter in.


Read Psalm 23

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

It’s easy to believe in God when life is going well, but when we are confronted with challenging circumstances, the sincerity of our faith is tested.

Raising five boys, all born within six years, was an eye-opening challenge for me, to say the least! The teenage years especially were a blur of activity—many good times, but many difficult times as well. I often felt overwhelmed and wondered, How will I be able to handle my God-given responsibilities without caving in? But I never gave up. Despite those trying years, with the Lord’s help, I survived and so did my boys.

My hard times were nothing compared to the trials Jesus faced when He headed to the cross. Despite His anguish, He never took His eyes off the reason He came. Instead He prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done” (Matthew 26:42).

Because Jesus endured death on the cross and rose again, we can live forever too. Believing that His sacrifice cleanses our sins and restores our relationship with the Father is our guarantee. That confidence can keep our faith strong in all circumstances.

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How do you react in trying circumstances?

by Frances Pasch

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Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener–two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women’s Christian writers’ group for the past 25 years. You can read some of her writing on her newly updated website: Also, check out her new Community Page, and follow her on Twitter @Frances Pasch.

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Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions ( and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.