Heart-To-Heart

Friday, October 28, 2022
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Isaiah 12:2,4 – Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. (ESV)

I have had a tough time lately — full-on aggravation. Prior to the purchase of our puppy, Daisy, our money was waylaid when we were scammed by a fraudulent advertisement. A fine for my speeding resulted in a mistaken 90-month ban from driving, rather than 90 days. The result was a thirteen-week correspondence with the magistrate's court, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and my Member of Parliament in an effort to get the mistake corrected. It fell to my wife Caroline to do all the driving in the summer, and she was not amused. As she felt unable to back up the trailer for passing lorries on the single-lane roads with high hedges where we go, we could not go away in the caravan (recreational vehicle), something that our family looks forward to annually.

Like being slapped in the face several times, I have been shaken by the unrelenting succession of life's little curveballs, and my ego has taken a bit of a knock. It seems that the evil one will do his best to undermine my confidence in God. He seeks to cause the faithful to doubt Jesus' love for us.

In all the turmoil, I recalled the upset from when I was made redundant ten years ago, and I found myself in danger of reliving the POMs (Poor Old Me) that I succumbed to when I left that job.

God has shown His love for us in many ways through this time. However, it seems to have taken a little longer than my faith would like to stretch.

Through it all, God has provided a way. The bank has repaid most of the money taken from us, which enabled us to buy Daisy. The court and DVLA have apologized, my driver's license has been reissued, and I am back on the road again.

My granddaughter, Anastasia, was born in July, and afterwards, we had a short holiday break to a place that was a short walk away from where we usually go — amazing!

Jesus said, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:28-29 ESV)

If you are willing, come with me today to Jesus, kneel at the throne, and lay it all down. Grant Jesus the access that He needs into the downtrodden parts of your being to bring healing.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for waiting for us, who are too focused on doing life to see You as life's answer, the way. We lay down our burdens at Your feet. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Rod Marshall <roderickhenrymarshall@gmail.com>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good reminder, Rod.


    Good one Rod.
    Blessings.


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us! Blessings.


    Problems keep us humble and dependent on the Lord. Our faith grows and this is good.


    Dear Rod,
    Thank you as always for your devotional. It is easy for me to have the POMs. I particularly appreciate your prayer.


    Inspiring teaching Rod. A true test of our faith comes in challenging times!
    Seems you passed!!
    Blessings.


    Our family needed your message at this time. One young man suffering from cancer. Another one tragically killed on an icy highway.
    Thank you, Rod.


    Wow Rod! I could have written this one. Although my circumstances are different everything you have said is similar as well. Life gets hard sometimes that’s for sure! BUT God has always been with us and seen us through our rough patches. Thanks for sharing your story today and God bless you and your family.


    Congratulations on Daisy. We have a beautiful dog, after having no pets for 24 years. After having her 14 months, I can truly say has been a blessing in our golden years.
    Also congrats on the birth of Anastasia!
    I enjoyed your devotion very much. Many more blessings to you,
    (SC, USA)


    Greetings Rod and thank you for your very meaningful devotional today. I realized it has been a while since you have written and now reading what you have been dealing with, explains it. I think sometimes our Lord allows certain things to take place in our lives to give us a “wake up” call and bring us to realize that seeking Him and yielding to His plans for us is much better for us. Blessings for sharing the situation you have been enduring and may our Lord’s loving hand be upon you as you go forward each day.


    Thank you ever so for your good message. Strangely, oddly, I seem to have been there with you in all you mentioned?? Life… God continues to be with me. My dog and now my cat are GREAT company.
    My bank has helped me. I am now VERY careful with phone calls.
    My dog is also a flower, a stray I was given one Nov. Her name is “Poppy” as I decided that Nov.11. Thank you for your good positive message!
    (N.S. Canada)


    Thank you, Rod. I frequently need to “lay it all down”!

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