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Sep
01

A Lifeline for the Drowning

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Takiela Bynum - Hope for Young WomenHave you ever been in a place, mentally, where darkness consumed you? Has it ever seemed as though the sole purpose of darkness was to completely annihilate or utterly destroy you?moonlit night

There have been times in my life that I thought darkness would literally kill me. It was as though my resistance strengthened its resentment. I felt like I was drowning. My screams and cries had gone unheard. No matter how hard I tried, my attempts went unnoticed. I began to lose the will to fight. Ultimately, I gave up on life.

Some of us will have times when we feel like giving up. In those moments, the only glimmer of hope I can offer you is Christ. When life became too hard for me Jesus had to become my lifeline. He became the lifesaver that kept me afloat in a sea of darkness. When I started to sink it was His word that I desperately clung to for life.

The Scripture 2 Corinthians 12:9,10 (NIV) became one of my favorites. I memorized it and when I felt weak, I’d whisper it…repeatedly.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I concentrated on the fact that God’s power is perfect in my weakness. It gave me hope. It strengthened my soul.

When darkness tried to swallow me up, I’d close my eyes and imagine grace covering me instead. Weakness fled when I focused on the perfect strength of my God. In all actuality I am weak, but in God I’m strengthened. If I stay in God, darkness cannot overtake me. Although it will threaten and defy me, I must hold on to His word – it (He) is my lifeline.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace. Thank you for your strength. I need your help today. Darkness is closing in on me, I’m screaming for help but no one can hear. In spite of what I feel, I know you hear my cries. Help me to see your strength when I feel like giving up. You are my lifeline, please rescue me. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Takiela Bynum is a speaker and author who has lived through unimaginable abuse, growing up in a single parent home, and becoming a teen mother. In God’s good and pefect ways, Takiela has the experience necessary to connect with youth on a deeper level. The Lord exchanged the ashes of her life for His beauty, indeed. You can find more info about Takiela on her site, TakielaBynum.com.

Comments

  1. Janice says:

    Right now I’m in a dark place, don’t know what is that God wants me to do, don’t know what to do in life, have ideas, but fear I guess is stopping me. Overwhelm by how family have infereed in my marriage and basically has destroyed it. Living with a husband that I am madly in love with, but he doesn’t feel the same, overwhelm with debt, and it seems the more I scream and voice my thoughts, it falls on deaf ears. I’m in the wrong, for wanting to be loved, for just wanting to have a normal life. I’m darkness, with no light to guide me, drowning in sea of murky waters. Thats what I feel right now, lost with out guidence and see this article was such a big help, to know that I’m not alone and not the only person that is feeling the way I do. Thank you, for this article

  2. Hi Janice, I apologize for not responding to you sooner.
    I want you to know that I’m praying for you. I want you to find a Scripture that speaks to your current situation. Post that Scripture where you’ll see it often, as a reminder for you. Speak the words of that Scripture out loud, whisper them in your prayers, and think about them when thoughts try to defeat you. If you’d feel comfortable with sharing the Scripture with me, I will also speak that Scripture over your life as I pray for you. I only ask that you do one thing, when the Lord turns things around for you please share the good news! 🙂 Thank you for reaching out my sister in Christ. God loves you unconditionally. Many blessings to you.

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