Lessons Learned

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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Psalm 63:8 – My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (NIV)

I was asked to write about the lessons that I learned while I was living with a broken arm. Here is one prayer that I prayed in various ways through my trauma, based on today's verse:

    Lord, I grasp for You now … where before I only reached. Now, I grip feebly the hand that You so freely offer … because You welcome me, clinging to You! I cling to You; Your right hand upholds me.

You see, my right arm was broken, and God offered me His. My clinging did not depend on the strength that I had but on the strength that He is! My clinging did not depend on my arm but on my clinging. While clinging means to hold onto something with arms or hands, it also means:

  • to adhere to something by sticking to it or staying very close to it;
  • to refuse to give up a belief or tradition that one has grown fond of or used to;
  • to have a strong emotional attachment to somebody.

And so, I clung. I pray that You cling to Him, too, no matter your weakness … for He is our strength.

Isaiah 40:29 – He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (NIV)

Prayer: Lord, we cling, we cling, and we cling some more. Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Brenda!

    Good advice, Brenda.

    A serious amen to that.

    Thanks, Brenda. This is one of my favorite verses. I’ve underlined many references to God’s right hand.

    Hi Brenda
    So sorry to read that you broke your arm.

    Hi Brenda,
    Thank you so much for this lovely devotional!

    Oh Brenda, praying for you. Thank you for sharing your prayer and lessons learned. You’re a blessing. Blessings.

    Brenda, thank you for your devotionals. They lift me up and cause me to see beyond the present into the wonder of God’s love.

    Good message, but it’s the clinging to God that I still find difficult. I guess I have not yet accepted that His answer to all our prayers was not the one we expected.

    Good morning,
    This is short and to the point. Even when we don’t have a broken right arm, we need to cling to God and our relationship with him.

    How I enjoyed reading this! I appreciate the power in the simplicity. I am travelling at the moment. Nice to have a voice from home with my morning coffee. With the time change, I’m up before you arrive in my mailbox! Thank you.

    Thank you, Brenda, for the past few years, I am doing a lot of clinging. Thank you for this devotional reassuring us that we have someone worth clinging to. Without Him I would have given up a long time ago. God Bless You.

    Hi Brenda,
    I remember when you broke your arm though probably not as well as you for you had to live through it. Isn’t God’s healing power marvelous?! Your devotional of clinging to God is exceptional. Thanks for writing.

    Beautiful, Brenda. I remember when you broke your arm… when we were planning a trip. Things just didn’t seem to “gel” for that trip. God knows best. Good to read today’s offering.
    Be well and God continue to bless.

    I pray that God will be your great Physician as you recover from your broken arm.
    I broke my shoulder in the dark at night.
    After months of persistent therapy, it is almost back to normal.
    God bless you for your attitude of trust in our Lord.

    Hello Brenda
    Thank you and so encouraging. I had a total knee replacement and oh how I cling to Him for strength. He is the only way to get to where we have to get to.
    Thank you again. I pray your arm is as good as new and you continue to cling to Him.
    God bless.

    A simple concept, but oh how comforting.

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