“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~Isaiah 41:10
We are encouraged by these words and our fears are lessened, especially if a storm or some type of trial is in our midst. Israel was in captivity and God spoke these words through Isaiah so the people would know that He was with them and knew exactly what they were enduring. At times, we may feel all alone and wonder if anyone really cares. The pressures of life are overwhelming and whether it is a financial, physical, spiritual, family, or any type of circumstance or affliction, God wants to lift our fears and discouragement and help us. His hand is strong, willing, and able to see us through any ordeal or threat from the evil one. God’s will is that His people do not live in fear, but in victorious faith and trust in Him. We should be dependent on God’s presence to be with us in the best of times, and in the worst of times. His tenderness and compassion is available when we admit that we no longer can conquer the battle ourselves, but are ready for His help. In humility, we must cry out to Him for forgiveness, and then receive His counsel and comfort. God’s hand is strong and His love is everlasting.
Dear Heavenly Father: I praise and thank You for Your willingness to provide strength when I am weak and comfort when I am in the midst of a storm. Help me Lord to trust You more and to reach for Your strong hand when I feel like I am falling. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Do not fear or be dismayed for I am here with you.
Look to Me for strength and help in everything you do.
SHREDDED CREAMY CHICKEN
2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
2 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese
2 (1-ounce) packets dry Ranch seasoning
8 ounces bacon, cooked crisply and crumbled
In slow cooker combine chicken, cream cheese, and Ranch seasoning. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 4 hours, until chicken shreds easily. Once shredded, add all ingredients and mix. Stir in crumbled bacon. Serve warm on buns. Serves 6.