Read Psalm 61:1-8 - Assurance of God's Protection
But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. Psalm 3:3 (NRSV)
Mark A. Carter is from Oregon. Mark and his wife were both suffering from extended illnesses that had exhausted them physically and financially, with seemingly no end in sight. Struggling constantly to make ends meet, they grew angry and frustrated. But they still read daily the biblical stories of faith, particularly the story of David. He too had suffered much in life, but he never gave up hope in God. They vowed that they wouldn't either.
They made a "Blessings List" and put it on their refrigerator. On it they wrote down every good thing they had in their lives, no matter how small it might seem. and as they made the list, they began to realize that God had indeed blessed them. They had much to be grateful for; if only they looked at what they had instead of focusing on what they did not have.
They still suffer hardships in their lives; no doubt they always will. But Mark and his wife keep their blessings list on the refrigerator and update it every day. They have found that in a world with a lot of sickness, gratitude is good medicine.
Prayer: Our heavenly Father, may we never forget that when so much in life goes wrong, you are always here to redeem our lives and make us truly whole, in Jesus' name. Amen.