Today’s Truth

And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast

1 Peter 5:10

Friend to Friend

The sounds of voices in the distance crept through my drug-induced fog. People talking, hospital beds clanking – the sounds of the recovery room all slowly but surely helping me wake from surgery.

I had separated my shoulder. The orthopedic surgeon explained that he not only needed to get my collar bone back in the right place, but that I had torn muscles, tendons, and nerves that needed to be repaired. In other words, surgery was my only option unless I wanted to live with excruciating pain and have a crooked collarbone for the rest of my life. When I asked the surgeon why he couldn’t just pop it back into place like they do in the movies, he burst out laughing. Final answer? Surgery.

“Mary, can you wake up for me?” The fog slowly lifted, and I saw my smiling husband standing over me. Then I heard his voice. “Honey, the surgery went great. The doctor said there was more damage than he anticipated, but that he was able to repair all of the muscles, tendons, and nerves and move your collar bone back into place.”

Great news!

I tried to move the wounded arm – my right arm – and yes, I am right-handed. Nope! I could not move it. My shoulder and arm were tightly strapped to my body. The nurse saw me trying to move and warned, “Mary, don’t move that arm – not for six weeks. You will be in this immobilizer sling to help prevent you from moving – not to mention the pain you will feel if you try.” Now there was some good news.

The more I woke up, the more I did not like the immobilizer sling. It was not only a normal sling, but it was also attached to a foam bump firmly planted between the sling and my body. “Why is this big foam thing necessary?” I asked. The nurse smiled and said, “Your arm has to stay in a certain position in order for it to heal correctly.”

At that precise moment, the profound truth of the nurse’s words did not register with me. Oh, they got through physically – but the deeper truth did not hit me for a couple of weeks.

We have to stay in a certain position before God in order for our heart and soul and mind to heal correctly.

Pain and trials are a certainty of life. We will all be broken and wounded at some point. Your job is eliminated. Your husband is having an affair, or your teenage daughter is pregnant. Financial pressure suffocates dreams, or the betrayal of a trusted friend inflicts a wound so deep and painful that you long for that valley of death. Each day is thick with fear, and your heart is filled with disbelief. The valley may suddenly be before you in a time of loneliness or in the shock of a dire medical diagnosis.

While valleys may come in all shapes and sizes, one thing is certain—valleys will come. That being said, we must ask and answer the question, “How can we deal with the valleys in life?” We must respond with faith.

Don’t let that word – faith – frighten you. You have faith. You walk into a dark room and flip a switch, knowing that the light will come on. You sit in a chair, knowing it will support your weight. You buy a ticket and board a plane, trusting that aircraft to get you to your desired destination. Yes, you have faith. It is just a matter of where you place that faith that makes all the difference in the world. When you place your faith in God, a world of possibilities and impossibilities opens up.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Are you discouraged…afraid…desperately trying to find enough energy to simply breathe? God knows. He sees you. The perfect place for you to find healing is in His arms. Be at rest. Be held.

Let’s Pray

Father, I want to thank You for being my Shepherd. Please teach me how to rest in Your care and trust You no matter how high the mountains or how deep the valleys in my life may be.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Read Proverbs 3:5-6. What are the steps listed in this passage that – when taken – will help you rest in Him and walk by faith?

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13 Responses to “Be Held”

  1. Pam says:

    I have been reading Gitlfriends in God devoyionals for several years now and I have been moved to comment. I feel like I have been in a season of “no” as I tried yo find employment. As soon as the enemy tries to get me down and have me lose faith, the Lord’s message comes through in many ways: an uplifting text, a devotional, scripture, a phone call. After getting another rejection after an interview, I needed something uplifting. Thank you for sharing your testimonies.

    • I know it must be so hard to keep going after receiving rejections. I believe God is preparing you for just the right spot and preparing that spot for you. Don’t give up! Stand firm in your faith, friend. BLessings!

  2. Tonia says:

    Good morning Mary! Great illustrated on life’s ups and downs. I felt like this passage was truly speaking to me right now.

  3. julia says:

    thank you for this. was going through some “valleys” lately, BUT i know through Gods good grace and FAITH that everything will work out in His timing not our own an just have to put my FAITH and TRUST in Him. also LOVE proverbs 3:5-6 one of my favorite verses in the bible. God bless all of you

    • Julia, I know what you mean about Proverbs 3:5-6. The first two verses I ever memorized. They have brought me such comfort and increased my faith over the years. Remember every valley has a Shepherd. He is with you! Blessings!

  4. Sharon morgan says:

    Thank you so much for this word! I received it with great joy and hope. I have had serious chronic illnesses for 43 yrs and 35 surgeries so far. I am greatful in that I have gained so much more in Him than I have lost in my body. Of course I would not have chosen this path and I live every day receiving all He has for me, but I no longer live to be completely healed. I’m so aware that my body is temporary but my spirit will live forever. He has kept me alive for 70 years…42 have been with Him. I chuckled at the “suffering a little while” part, but quickly reminded myself that Gods view of time is not ours. Because of who He is I declare I am strong, firm and steadfast in Jesus’ mighty name. God bless you Mary and all who read this.

    • What a warrior of faith! Thank you for sharing your life journey and encouraging us all to stand firm in our faith. Won’t it be awesome to step into heaven with a new body!!!! God bless you, friend.

  5. Donna says:

    Thank you for the reminder! One of my favorite scriptures. Good analogy of faith and what and in whom we put our trust. I thank God for his faithfulness.

  6. Sharon says:

    Amen I just had surgery also though not as severe as yours. God is good!

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