Vertical Worship – “It’s Who You Are” (Devotional)

In the Bible there are stories of weak, outnumbered soldiers of the Lord who fight and defeat strong armies several times their size. David armed with his slingshot, defeated Goliath. Gideon and his three hundred men defeated the Midianites by blowing their trumpets and confusing the enemy. Joshua and the Israelites defeated the city of Jericho by marching around the city wall, playing trumpets and shouting. In countless battles, GodΓÇÖs people seemed weak and limited in weapons while facing savage enemies. These soldiers were not fighting alone. Our strong, limitless, perfect God was on their side.

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Finding Grace in Grief – Sarah Westfall

In my darkest days, I found myself begging God to alleviate the pain. I even had my husband hide the pain killers so I wouldnΓÇÖt be tempted to self-medicate, just to escape the grief for a few hours. Instead, I threw myself at God. Not because I was righteous. Not because I was brave. But because I had no other option. I remember sitting in the hospital, telling God, ΓÇ£You either have to be everything you say you are, or I am done.ΓÇ¥ It was not so much an ultimatum as it was desperation.

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