extend grace [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen my soul gets weary and my outlook is bleak, I have a choice to seek refuge in God, my flesh, or The Wicked One.  These rough patches usually bring out the best or the worst side of me.  From experience, I've found that I can't get out of a rough patch alone; I need God's strength to pull me out of the mess I'm in.

Kathy Howard has written a devotional that has is extremely helpful for the rough patches in life.  It's called God is My Refuge and it is twelve weeks of devotions and scripture memory for troubled times.  I think Kathy covers all of the topics that I typically feel when I'm down and out from loneliness, fear, weariness, uncertainty, worry, and grief to trouble, need, illness, broken relationships, temptation and discontentment.


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Kathy shares a short story each day and offers scripture to read and a weekly memory verse.  Many of the verses she uses were verses that helped me while my girls were in the NICU.  I like how she has one verse to memorize each week so readers can repeat and meditate on those specific words each day out of the week.  She also offers prayer prompts and questions to help the reader grip with that week's topic better.

When I'm in a rough patch, I like to focus on just reading devotions and the Bible.  Frankly, I don't have time to read a book but a devotion gives me just enough fuel to remember during the dark hours of the day.  Kathy has done a great job of picking scripture from the Bible that intertwines beautifully with her daily devotions.

God is My Refuge is a tool that encourages and equips me to seek God instead of my flesh or The Wicked One's lies.  It helps me put on the armor of God to face my day; no matter how dark or dreary it might be.  This is a great devotion to pull out and read or to give to a friend during a particularly hard season of life.

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

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