Romans 8:26-28 (The Message) “Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along.  If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter.  He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” 
Looking back at my 10 year journey from religion to relationship, I see how much God desired for me to turn to Him.  It seems like when I was down in the pit I became disoriented.  I was so busy begging and pleading for some kind of relief from my situation that I didn’t stop to seek God or listen for Him.   Unfortunately, this is the devil’s favorite playground: confusion, pain and suffering.  This is when he will do his best to throw fuel on the fire, so to speak, and if we are not paying attention to him the fire will consume us. It will become so overwhelming that we see no hope.  That is satan’s goal:  to make us feel hopeless and give up.
So many things seemed too big, out of my control and hopeless.  Those were the hardest days of my life.  I felt I had no one who could help my situation and that God had abandoned me.  One of my worst fears was being alone and I truly felt alone.  Why was this happening to me?  What did I do to deserve this?  It was kind of like standing in the middle of a hurricane while everything was spinning around me, life carrying on, but there I stood – it seemed like nobody could hear or see the pain I was in. I could cry out, scream, yell – but nobody noticed.  Time marched on and the hurricane just kept spinning. It is hard to explain, but those of you who have been there might understand what I am speaking of.  My pit was permanent, I was sure of it.  How could I go on?
Although I didn’t see this at the time, I see it now:  The verse above states that God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us and if we don’t know what to pray, it doesn’t matter because His Spirit does it for us.  When I couldn’t pray, when I couldn’t speak, when all I could feel was pain or numbness GOD’S SPIRIT was right beside me…keeping me present before Almighty God.  WHAT A WONDERFUL GIFT!  
My friends, if you are in a pit that seems too big and too deep, please KNOW that God has not abandoned you.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  If you cannot speak, if you cannot pray, if you are paralyzed then just remember that His Spirit is right beside you, hearing your silent groans and taking them to the Father on your behalf.  Don’t let go.  Just hold on! 2 Corinthians 5:7 says: “For we live by faith, not by sight.”  Even when we cannot see we must choose to believe.  I believe this is part of learning what true relationship with God really is.
I am reminded of the lyrics to this wonderful old Hymn “I Don’t Know About Tomorrow” by Ira P. Stanphill.  The chorus especially reminds me that there will be trials on this earth and we will not understand, but we can KNOW WHO holds our hand and Who is standing right beside us!  Also, we have the promise of a home in Heaven where no tear will ever dim the eye!  Praise The Lord for this wonderful provision! 
“I don’t know about tomorrow;
 I just live from day to day.
I don’t borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey.
I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I’ll walk beside Him,
For He knows what lies ahead.
Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.
Every step is getting brighter
As the golden stairs I climb;
Every burden’s getting lighter,
Every cloud is silver-lined.
There the sun is always shining,
There no tear will dim the eye;
At the ending of the rainbow
Where the mountains touch the sky.
I don’t know about tomorrow;
It may bring me poverty.
But the one who feeds the sparrow,
Is the one who stands by me.
And the path that is my portion
May be through the flame or flood;
But His presence goes before me
And I’m covered with His blood.”
I write this today not from the bottom of that pit, but outside of that pit.  Please don’t think that means I have it “all together”…I do not!  I am a work in progress and God’s definitely still working on me!  Memories at the bottom of the pit still remain:  how deep it was, how lonely it was and how scary it was.  BUT, I can tell you with all assurance that God, in His time, will help you out of whatever pit you are in.  He will not abandon you.  My friend, if you are in a pit that seems too deep – there is HOPE.  Run to Jesus and don`t let go!  Trust Him with your life and your deepest, darkest pit!  Thankfully, I emerged from the pit a different person.  If God can do that with me – God can do that for anyone!  I cannot finish this paragraph without giving praise to THE ONE who rescued me by His Amazing Grace.  I am grateful, thankful and blown away by His faithfulness to me.  I do not deserve it, but He gives it freely.  
 If you only know of religion but do not have a relationship with Jesus, now is the time!  He is waiting for you with arms wide open.  He loves you.  IT IS AS EASY AS THIS SIMPLE PRAYER: 1. Confess that you are a sinner and need Jesus.  2. Believe that He died for you to give you eternal life.  3. Repent and turn away from your sinful lifestyle. 4.  Receive Him into your life as Lord and Savior.  
God never promised us that this life would be easy.  He did promise us that He would always be with us every step of the journey!   He is waiting to journey with you…So, until I write again I encourage you to:  Be Strong, Stand Firm and Believe in Miracles!  

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