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Today’s Truth

You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.

Psalms 139:5

Friend to Friend

Have you ever tugged firmly on a thread hanging from the edge of your garment, in hopes of breaking it, only to have it unravel further? Yeah, me, too.

Life can, at times, behave like that garment. What we thought was held together securely can unexpectedly begin to unravel. Sometimes the unraveling happens suddenly—a late night phone call, an unwanted discovery, a disappointing lab test result—or it can happen gradually over time, like the slow fade of a dear friendship or the foundation of your marriage.

While our external circumstances can unravel, would you agree that it is most disturbing when it feels as if WE are unraveling? In those times, not only do we doubt our capacity to handle what’s going on in our lives, due to our “frayed state,” but we seriously wonder if there will be anything left of us once the “entire thread of our sound mind has been pulled loose.”

In my book, Overcoming Overeating, I offer a journal-based navigation tool designed to help readers identify, process through, and heal from the emotions which keep them locked in the chains of food addiction. On a number of occasions I have heard from honest readers who admit to me that they are fearful to embark on this reflective, memory journey. One reader said it like this: “I am afraid that if I start crying, I will never stop.”

The first time I heard this persuasive lie—sent straight from the Enemy, I felt compelled to counter with the Truth.

Our main scripture today tells us the LORD has us hemmed in—behind and before. The purpose of the hemlines in our clothing is to keep the fabric from unraveling. Such is the promise of GOD’s careful “stitch work:” His unwavering presence in our lives keeps US from unraveling!

If you are being fed a similar lie—that you won’t be able to hold it all together, that you’re sure to lose your mind, break down, crumble—allow me to feed you some nourishing truth directly from Scripture.

2 Timothy 1:7For God has not given us a spirit of fear,

but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (NKJV)

You were outfitted with a sound mind…and no one, and no circumstance, no matter how trying, can take away what God has gifted you.

Psalm 62:2 “He alone is my protector and deliverer.

He is my refuge; I will not be upended.” (NET)

You may be “knocked into” and some of your emotional strength may be “spilled,” but you will never be completely upended (turned over and drained).

Isaiah 33:6aHe is your constant source of stability” (NET)

You can stand firm, because He holds you firmly.

Friend, you are stronger than you think, because He is stronger than you know. And unlike the thread in your skirt that occasional breaks and unwinds, God’s hems hold fast forever!

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, thank you that you not only knit us together in our beginning, but that you have also promised to hold “our stitching” together ‘til the end. You are strong and mighty. Let us never forget that you go before us and you are our rear guard, too. We commit our fragile selves to you.

In the steadfast Name of Jesus Christ we pray,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn: Give yourself a history lesson. Review in your mind the times when you felt the hand of the Lord holding you firmly, even though your world was rocking. Denounce the lies of the Evil One who would try to convince you that you are poised to unravel. In faith, claim that same stability of mind, body, and soul for today’s trial.

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16 Responses to “Hemmed In”

  1. Stable In Him says:

    Lisa, You wrote this devotional specifically for me though you do not know me. Thank you! I have experienced slow unraveling and sudden unraveling to the point I questioned whether I could remain the strong sane person God has enabled me to be for 50+ years. Thankfully, His Word has sustained me, but this morning I gained greater insight through the Scripture cited, 2 Timothy 1:7. God has given me a mind that can reason and rightly perceive spiritual truths, but more so, He’s given me a healthy physical mind. I am sane and will always be sane because of Jesus for the glory of His Name!

    “You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    I will not be unraveled!

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Amen! Isn’t it beautiful that Scripture is alive and breathes new life into our souls…sometimes when we least expect it, but always when we need it most.

  2. Cristy says:

    Every day I read these devotionals and every day they fit exactly what I am going through. I am tired and worn, I have felt the sudden and unexpected unraveling of my life for almost a year. We became homeless a month ago, not even a thought it would happen, a week after we found an old camper so we at least had shelter, my husband lost his job. We live without utilities, about to lose our truck, and have had CPS called on us because we live in a camper.
    I pray daily for more faith and strength. My human mind is getting lied to by the devil, but I fight to hold onto what God says, because HE has us in the palm of His hand, He already knows what tomorrow brings. For those reading, please pray for us, pray financial blessings to pour down on us just enough that we can survive the winter. Our marriage is in turmoil and we need support, prayer, and encouragement.
    Thank you for these devotionals…they bless me every day!

    • Stable In Him says:

      Christy, I am saddened to hear of all the troubles and turmoil you’ve experienced and are experiencing. I will pray for you and your marriage. Hold on the Scriptures Lisa cited in this devotional. In Jesus, we will not be unraveled!

      Yesterday morning, once again, I cried out desperately to the Lord. After all my calling out to Him, the Lord brought peace and reminded me: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”” Psalm‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬. Afterwards, my own version of the chorus of a well known song sprung from within:

      Because He lives I can be successful
      Because He lives I can overcome
      Because I know, He holds me tightly
      My life is worth the living just because Christ lives!

      and then

      Because He lives I am not alone
      Because He lives I won’t loose my sanity
      Because I know, He holds me tightly
      My life is worth the living just because Christ lives!

      Jesus loves you!

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Cristy–thank you for sharing your life with us. Many, including myself, have lifted your family’s hardships before the Lord. In all this remember, your husband is not the enemy and CPS is not the enemy, The Enemy is the enemy and he prowls around looking for someone to devour. Fight to stay a close knit family unit. Just like in nature, we are most vulnerable to attack when we are off on our own.

  3. Rebecca says:

    I do love this analogy. I thinkg we have all felt life unraveling, this is a great verse to counter that.

  4. Jackline says:

    This particular message was done for me and thank you for the wisdom in it. I lost my job on may and it has been tough trying to cope up with the situation. I got a loan to pay, a house rent to pay, fees for any child and upkeep,zingine and looking at all these responsibilities, I wonder how I will get out of this situation​.
    I feel distabilized and unraveling slowly by slowly.I thank you for reminding me that in him all things hold together irrigardress of the situation you are in. He never leave us nor forsake us.

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Jackline, I pray that the Lord will lead you with great clarity as you seek to regain your financial footing–and you will! He is your Father, nothing is too difficult for Him when we submit ourselves to His authority!

      • Jackline says:

        Thank you Lisa. You are such a blessing to women. Am from Kenya and am an adent reader of GIG daily devotions. May the good Lord continue increasing you in every good way.He who waters others will be watered also.

  5. Jane says:

    Glory to God for this devotional this morning…thank you sister Lisa for sharing this.

    Just like sister Christy ( I prayed for you Sister), I am also facing uncertainties in my life now that I really don’t know what to do and where to go. I am used to doing things to solve my problems but now God just taught me to keep still and wait on Him, which is just so hard for me and I feel like giving up.

    I am now on the verge of losing a high-pay job and a promising career. With mountainous debts to pay off and three little kids to raise, I feel like losing control and drained. But I trust that God is still in control of everything and He holds my future. Thank you for reminding me that God hemmed me in and that He has given me sound mind during these times.

    Thank you also for these words ‘You can stand firm, because He holds you firmly.
    Friend, you are stronger than you think, because He is stronger than you know.’

    Please pray for us as we are also waiting on God’s calling for us to go out to the mission field and do pioneering work to spread the saving love of our Lord Jesus Christ. My husband who is a Pastor has been desiring to start our missionary journey here in the Philippines.

    Thank you so much for reading and praying..glory to God!

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Jane, Bible teacher, Beth Moore, said something once that rings through my mind on a regular basis: “God is not only a God of TIME, but He is also the God of TIMING”. Praying through the “Our Father” we must be willing to live according to the premise, “…not my will, but yours be done.” I pray that you would submit to His leading re. the timing of your missionary work, and not run ahead (or lag behind) what His intentions are for your family.

      • Jane says:

        Thank so much Lisa for the kind response which put a smile on my face now…thank you for confirming God’s message to me now which is ‘WAIT ON THE LORD’ as He leads us for His will and purpose in our lives.

        You are a blessing and praise God for sharing to us God’s amazing words. God bless you more!

  6. ForMe says:

    Thank you for your message. I literally was in the middle of unraveling, grasping at straws, anything that would reassure me that I will be ok, my kids would be ok, my marriage would be ok. I admit as I type, I’m feeling that panic and anxiety come back up. I know God has me, God has a plan, that this recent news and this awful long season is all part of that plan. Lord, please feel me holding tight to Your hand, turn my strife, my worries, my marriage, my dear son over to you. You know what’s in my heart and in my thoughts as a prayer to you.

  7. Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

    A picture came to my mind as I read your comment–of a father holding his little girl in his arms as he wades through a somewhat treacherous patch of terrain. The girl is looking down at it, and in her fright, clutches even more tightly to his neck. Yet all the while, it is not HER grip that assures her safety, by rather HER FATHER’S, who has her held securely. And so it is for you. You are held.

  8. Not Unraveled says:

    Lisa, I have repeatedly returned and held on to July 7th’s Truth. My Lord hems me in behind and before and He places His Hand upon me. Am in the midst of 3 very trying circumstances involving parents, personal life, and the workplace. It’s tough, but I believe God’s Truth. I will not be unraveled.

    Thanks for sharing God’s Truths!

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