Strength in Trying Times

Strength in Trying Times

by Shaleen

Originally posted Friday, October 19, 2018 following hurricane Michael


Psalm 55:22:

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.


As Christians, we know and understand that we’ll go through trials in life. We also know that Christ is with us, even when we feel things cannot get better. For some reason, we tend to draw closer to the Lord during times of trouble.

For those who are rebuilding after hurricane Michael, let me assure you that God is with you. He sees every need. He knows your heart is broken. We don’t understand why things like this happen or why people have to suffer. We could say it’s because it’s a part of life. And that’s true. I, for one, have never known the answer to this question.

But for those who are suffering, I want you to know that though the road is long and rough, there is hope. Christ sees your needs and will meet them. In the scripture for today, He tells us to throw our burdens on Him. To throw everything we are concerned about on Him.

The Lord sees the struggle, pain, and suffering. He is saying right now that everything will be all right. If we’ll draw close to Him, He will give us the peace we need to go through the horrific storm of rebuilding towards recovering. He’ll give us the rest we need.

Continue to strive to help each other. Continue to look for wisdom from the Lord. As I try to keep up with the efforts of recovery, I’m amazed at the number of people and organizations who have come to help rebuild. It is my prayer that everything will intensify toward the recovery effort. My prayers are with you.

I hope this will be of comfort to each one who is struggling. God’s power is absolutely amazing. And we haven’t seen even a fraction of His awesome power. May the Lord richly bless you and keep you safe from harm. May He give you the strength, wisdom, patience, and guidance during this trying time. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.


About Shaleen

Shaleen grew up in a small rural town, where she accepted Christ into her heart at the age of nine. With a burning desire to serve the Lord, she began taking piano lessons and became a church pianist at twelve years of age. She continued her piano lessons for seven and a half years.

Over the years, the Lord began preparing her to merge her music and writing as a ministry. She hosts a blog, Heavenly News, and has co-authored a book about the resurrection of Christ, What Binyamin Saw. She currently lives with her cat in her old home town and is hard at work on several more projects, which will be announced soon.

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Author: Lost Pen Magazine

Forde’s love of writing began with an early interest in reading, and she particularly enjoys the classics, science fiction, and fantasy. Her life’s goal was to be an author, a milestone she achieved when she published Rise of the Papilion, an adult fantasy trilogy. Her short stories, flash fiction, poems, articles, interviews, guest posts, and devotionals have appeared in various magazines, blogs, and anthologies. She is the co-host of the Radiant Writers’ Community, a group dedicated to equipping writers passionate about sharing their God-inspired messages. She is the founder of Lost Pen Magazine, a resource established to help Christian creatives reach new audiences for God’s Kingdom. Forde also offers coaching and freelance editing via Focus Writing Services. Besides writing, editing, and publishing, Forde is a social worker, and she spends her free time maintaining her Japanese-language Duolingo streak and watching way too much anime. For information on the Lost Pen Magazine, the Spotlight Blog, submission details, and services offered, visit

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