Today’s Truth

Fear not … I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you (Isaiah 43:1-2 NIV).



Friend to Friend

While walking into the opening session of a conference, my husband’s cell phone rang. He answered the call, then as the emcee welcomed us to the weekend, Brad leaned over and whispered in my ear. “Preston fell on a rock at camp. They’re taking him to urgent care to get stitches in his chin.”

Deep breath in.

Less than an hour later, Brad’s phone rang again. “The doctor said Preston actually broke his jaw. They need us to pick him up and take him to Charlotte. He might need surgery.”    

Gripped by his words, I struggled to think clearly … A broken jaw? Surgery? It was supposed to be just a few stitches! Bags were packed quickly and by the time darkness fell, Charlotte was on the horizon.    

The next several hours were a blur of doctors, x-rays, CAT scans, and surgery plans. Bad went to worse as we learned that Preston didn’t just break his jaw … he broke it in three places.     

Surgery began and the wait was on… and on… and on. 

The heart-distance between the operating room and the waiting room was a thousand miles. It killed me to not hold Preston’s hand while his jaw was reconstructed for seven and a half hours.    

In the wee hours of the morning, surgery was completed. When Preston was wheeled to his room, Brad and I rushed to his side, and though he was heavily sedated, I reached for his hand to assure him he wasn’t alone. 

“Preston, I’m right here! I’m right beside you, buddy. We love you and are with you.”     

His eyes flickered open for a split second as if to let us know that he heard our love. Then he drifted back into post-surgical sleep. 

Several times an hour the nurses came in to check his vitals. I hadn’t slept in nearly a day and was thoroughly exhausted, but each time a nurse entered the room I leaped to Preston’s side and whispered, “I’m right here, Preston! I’m right here. You’re not alone.”    

After the third or fourth time of reassuring Preston of my presence, I laid back down and whispered to God through oceans of tears, “Lord, please heal my son! Please heal him.” And in the still of the night, in the quietness of my heart, my soul sensed Him whispering right back to me, “I’m right here, Gwen. I’m right here. For him. For you. You’re not alone.”    


My soul heard the voice of Peace speak His presence tenderly to my pain. He heard me. He knew of Preston’s plight. He knew I needed a word of encouragement. Not an audible word – just a heart whisper. He was right by my side. I knew it as I remembered His Word…

“Fear not … I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you” (Isaiah 43:1-2).


There are times when our heart-burdens cry so loudly that we struggle to hear the voice of Peace. There are times we struggle to remember and recognize the unsearchable, inescapable presence of God. Times when prayers seem to go unanswered, and broken situations seem unfixable and painful. Are you there now?

We all know ache. 

We can’t get through this life without knowing ache. Thankfully, we’re also invited to know the Healer and the holy Healer knows all about your heavy heart burdens. 

The Bible says not a tear falls that isn’t known to the Lord. (Psalm 56:8)

Hear His whisper now. Whispers from His Word … from His heart: I will never leave you or forsake you. I know your name and have engraved it on the palm of My hand. I hold your tears in a bottle and ache with you. My grace is sufficient, and I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. I’m right here (Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 49:16, Psalm 139, Psalm 56:8, 2 Corinthians 12:9, John 14:27, John 16:33).


Let’s Pray 

Dear Lord, Thank You for always being with me and for hearing my prayers. Please help me to know deeper levels of peace today as I soak in the wonder of Your compassionate and constant presence.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Let’s Keep in Touch

June 30, 2023, Girlfriends in God is coming to a close. Thank you for linking arms with us in ministry for the past 17 years. We still want to share life with you! Click here to continue receiving devotions from Sharon Jaynes on Tuesdays. Click here to continue receiving devotions from Mary Southerland on Wednesdays. Click here to continue receiving devotions from Gwen Smith on Thursdays.


Now It’s Your Turn  

How would your worries look different if you took God at His word and allowed His presence to inform your fears today?

Read Isaiah 43:1-3,5a. Identify the promises found in this passage. Do you believe that this is the heart of God for all His children, including you? If so, leave a comment and say, “I do!”


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16 Responses to “You’re Not Alone”

  1. Avatar photo patti says:

    I DO AMEN!

  2. Avatar photo Carolyn says:

    Thank you for writing this devotional, a reminder that we all experience an ache in our hearts, no matter how different our circumstances may be. The ache is so tangible for me right now. I’ve been asking God for children for so many years, and now that I’m 47, I’m realizing that I probably have to let this prayer go, and I just don’t want to. I really thought that God was walking me through believing and trusting Him for children. When the doctors told me this would only be possible with fertility treatments I was crushed, and I felt Jesus whispering, ‘What’s changed?’ Because His Word and promises did not change. I know it sounds crazy at my age, but my heart isn’t listening to that.
    Thank you for the reminder that we all have an ache in our hearts for loved ones and friends, and Jesus sees every tear, and He is Always…Right Here

  3. Girl friends in God
    I really needed you all today…I needed you your remembers of His love a assurance thank you. Sorry this is your last month i have been apart of your devotion for only a year and have been blessed. Thank you so much

  4. Avatar photo Robin says:

    I do! Thank you Lord Jesus!

  5. Avatar photo Susan says:

    I do!!

  6. Avatar photo Lynn says:

    I do.

  7. Avatar photo Carol says:

    I do! (Dan. 3:25-27) “There’s another in the fire” (Hillsong United) Thank you , Lord for Your faithfulness.

  8. Avatar photo Deborah Bright says:

    I do

  9. Avatar photo Anissa says:

    I do! Thank You Father!

  10. Avatar photo Cathy says:

    I absolutely do!

  11. Avatar photo Mardiece says:

    I do have to believe that He will bring my children back from wherever they have strayed. It might not happen soon, or even in my lifetime, but I can only feel peace because I do believe that He will. God bless you.

  12. Avatar photo Debra says:

    Please don’t discontinue GIG!

  13. Avatar photo Patricia says:

    “I do!” “I certainly do!” I’ve been walking with the Lord for 45 years. I was 32 years old when I came to know, Jesus as my savior and Lord. He has brought me up to mountain tops to see the grandeur of his creation, and I’ve been in valleys so low, but he has never left my side. Great is his faithfulness to his children. I love Psalm 27:10, “ Though my father and mother, forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” My mother at the age of 82 disowned three children, because I shared the love of Christ with her. But God! He never left my side during that tumultuous time. I will forever praise His name! For God is faithful and true to His Word. GLORY AND PRAISE TO HIS NAME FOREVER!

  14. Avatar photo zidane says:

    thank you for the article

  15. Avatar photo Monique JB says:

    I do. Hallelujah. Thanks for the mich needed encouragement in my time of valley. I am sorry that GiG will stop, but thankful that we can continue to enjoy your encouragements otherwise. Blessings

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