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Here we are in a new year! For our family, the end of 2019 meant being faced with difficult times. Our youngest daughter, Amanda, had not been feeling well. She went to the doctor and they did blood work. She then had to wait for the results. Any waiting time can cause you to worry. Also, our children shared with us about different friends and situations. They asked us to pray with them. Then, on Dec. 24, I had a very precious aunt who died, and soon Aiden, our grandson who has no spleen, went into the hospital with breathing issues because of a cold. Many burdens can weigh a person down, even a Christian.

My heart and soul are thrilled when our children come to us or to each other for prayer support. We pray together on the phone. We pray together on Facetime. It is a blessing to see our children huddled together, praying. This is an incredible blessing to me. Luke 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” We have taught our children that God is the answer for every situation. But we need to show that and live it out every day. It is a joy to laugh together as a family, and it is a deeper joy to bear each other’s burdens and to cry together as a family. We praise the Lord for the greatest blessing of His Son! Jesus came to the earth as a baby – precious, innocent, pure, and holy. He came to give us hope, joy, peace, and everlasting life with Him. Jesus is our daily strength for any situation. “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD; he is their strength in the time of trouble” (Psalm 37:39). “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry” (Psalm 34:15). Yes, we serve a living God who sees and hears and is our strength. Run to Him in 2020 and allow Him to calm the storms and give you strength for each day.

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