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Daily Doses of Encouragement

A Reader's Responds to Bible Verse of the Day

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Every once in a while a uniquely encouraging email lands in my inbox. Here's one I had to share:

This morning, my 7-year-old was defiant and lolly gagging as I was rushing her to get to school on time. We ended up fighting, her in sobbing tears on the way to school, me in tears on the way to work, both of us late.

I fell into a panic attack, thinking of the Newtown shooting, and all the 'what ifs' that followed, fearful the fight might be the last words we ever spoke. My panic rose to new heights and in the midst, I cried out to God, "Remove my anxiety! Remove my fears! Remove my guilt, and if I have done wrong, please teach me so I never do it again!"

He gave me immediate relief. I felt my tight chest release. The tears stopped. I felt His peace. Then I continued to pray, saying to Him, "I know you have the power and will give what I ask. Please give my daughter a good day at school. Please remove the awful emotions remaining from our morning. Give her a smile and a cheerful heart, erasing this morning from her day. I have full faith in Your almighty power and I know you will do this for me, because I am your child, as is my daughter."

Again, I felt at peace, knowing He was thrilled I thought to ask and that He likely felt privileged to be able to give me what I asked for. I believe God is just the most amazing 'person' who delights when we come to Him.

I then went to my desk, checking my emails. As always, I opened my Bible Verse of the Day and there it was, plain as day, a direct response to me from God himself! The devotion was Day 140 - He Hears Our Prayers - 2 Kings 20:5: "... I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you."

Thank you for unknowingly being my angel messenger from God.

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