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Have you ever felt so dark and discouraged that it is physically difficult to move?

Every breath hurts as it exits your soul?

You can’t see God – you could yesterday, but today you can’t see Him because of the pain.

Where is He? WHERE IS HE???

Sweet friend, He is there.

Know that when you can’t feel His hand you can trust His heart.

And … you aren’t alone.

The Bible is full of illustrations of men and women who wrestled with the Enemy.

Yes. The Enemy. Good and evil does exist in our world and his name is Satan.

Wait. Before you walk away thinking I’m fanatical, let me say this…

This enemy wants to drag you down into such bondage that you lose any joy you once had in living. You will find yourself unable to get out of bed, you’ll have no peace in your soul and perhaps (even for a moment) have a desire to permanently check out.

This enemy is evil and does not want you to have a confident witness for Christ. He wants to strip you of any joy you may have and he wants to steal your life away from you and destroy your hope.

But there is good news.

I John 4:4, “Dear young friends, you belong to God and have already won your fight with those who are against Christ because there is someone in your hearts who is stronger than any evil teacher in this wicked world.”

Someone in your hearts”!! As believers, we have everything we need to lead a victorious life if we stop listening to the enemy’s lies.

One way to defeat your darkness is praise. Start praising God in spite of your circumstances. Ruth Meyers, author of 31 Days of Praise says, “In the Bible, praise is closely linked with worship and thanksgiving. It helps me to think of worship as a beautiful crown adorned with two brilliant jewels. One jewel is praise; the other thanksgiving.”

Psalm 95:1-2, “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.”

I have felt darkness. When my son died I felt such a pain in my heart, soul and mind. Of course I was grieving, however, I knew that my child was with our precious Lord. I wasn’t thankful for his death but I was thankful that I have a hope in Christ and thankful for what God was going to do through this situation. I chose to praise Him. I chose to get up every morning and spend time with Him. I chose not to let the enemy try to steal any minute of my day with thoughts of negativity. YES. I grieved, but God gave me a peace that was so amazing and I knew that every circumstance that He brought into my life was first filtered through His loving hands.

If I had remained in my darkness, what would that have translated to my other four children? Many times our children reflect and copy our behaviors and if I can be grateful and thankful for the time I had with my son, then they will pick up on that too. Be assured, though, I didn’t float around with my positive, rosy answers to every situation because I’m still a grieving mother after almost 16 years….but I did make a definite decision to think positive thoughts and know my child was perfect and because of my faith, I will see him again.

So get up. Don’t give the enemy any more power than he has. Remember God is greater than any attack that comes upon you.

Praise Him in the darkness.

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