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Barb Roose is a speaker and author who is passionate about teaching women to live beautifully strong and courageous so that they experience God’s great adventure of faith and purpose for their lives. She’s the proud empty-nest mom of three and whenever possible, Barb prefers to eat dessert first.

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  1. Somehow these promises seem so much more poignant and precious because you have set the stage for the context in which they were given. We have not been abandoned! Thank you for drawing aside the curtain on that heartbreaking season in your own life as an encouragement to readers on this day.

    • Hi Michele, thank you! Those tough seasons are so tough, but I am grateful for how faithful God is all of the time. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Barb,
    So true that the gift we receive in the midst of our heartaches and trials is the Prince of Peace Himself. I can honestly say that I don’t believe I would have the close relationship with my Lord had I not gone through all the trials I’ve been through. It’s hard to “count it all as joy” when you are in the crucible, but Jesus calls us not to worry, not to try to control, not to go into self sufficiency mode, but to utterly and totally lean into and depend upon Him. He has been more than faithful, not only to show up in the valleys, but to carry me through to the other side (no matter how long and deep the valleys are). Thank you for the reminder that the Lord’s gift to us is not a carefree life; His gift is His presence, strength, grace, and love.
    Bev xx

    • Amen! Bev I really like that ‘Gods gift is not to give us a carefree life but his gift is his presence’

  3. Thank you for sharing this time in your life with us all and a direct reminder that Jesus our Lord provides peace that is eternal. It is hard not to worry and to completely give all our uncertainty and anxieties to God without still worrying! It is a lesson I am still learning but to feel God’s peace blanket over my own anxieties is like no other, we are so lucky and blessed to have Him to talk to, to pray to and to have Him by our side x

    • Jas, we are lucky that we can talk to God when we’re stressed, aren’t we! Thank you for what you’ve shared. Learning to trust God and surrender our worry is part of our life journey – and it’s a blessing that we can all learn how to do it together!

  4. I have learned that the greater faith and trust I place in Him no matter the circumstance is where I find His peace and that His peace truly is beyond our understanding and is a beautiful gift to help us through the challenges. It is our enemy that wants us consumed with worry and doubt. It is God who asks us to trust and believe He will meet our every need.

  5. Love this Barb. THanks for sharing. Being a “Chicken LIttle” descendant, I always need these reminders of His precious promises.

  6. I am in a cold, dark, fearful season. Daily the ‘what ifs’ bombard me like bombs dropped from a war plane. Thank you for the reminder that God is faithful and He is my protector from the onslaught of the enemy. Please pray for me and my family as we weather this terrible season knowing that God is able.

    • J,
      I’m sorry that you are in a dark, troubled place, but please know that I’m praying that God’s light will shine down on you and brighten your day(s).
      Blessings to you,

    • J,
      May our great, strong God of mercy and love draw you closer in this season, and may you feel his peace-giving presence in tangible ways. For every fear-based what-if there’s a corresponding what-about God, a truth or truths anchored solidly in his Word, a rock to cling to. For example, “What if our needs aren’t met today?” becomes “God has his eye on me always. He knows my every need and he is faithful.” Keep preaching truth to your what-ifs and know that there IS a season of restoration ahead!

    • J, thank you for what you’ve shared. My heart goes out to you and your family during this hard season. Thank you for telling us how we can pray for you.

  7. Barb,
    Worrying can be part of human nature, but no matter the storm, releasing it to God is what’s calmed me, and brought the beautiful gift of peace thereafter. Thankful for this and your lovelywords this morning.
    Have a blessed day all,

    • Hi Penny, you are so right! Surrender is the path to peace. It’s so hard to do, but God does bless us when we let go of our fears and give our worries to Him.

  8. So spot on! This situation sounds all to familiar to me. I am slowly learning to let myself to allow God’s peace to transcend all understanding.

  9. Thank You for sharing Father’s Truth. You have no idea how much this means to me today…Father God’s Timing right :). Without going into details … Please keep me in and uplift in Prayer. God Bless You for Loving like Jesus!

    • Oh Lisa, praise God! I’m so glad that God knew what you needed to hear and when you needed to hear it. Praying and trusting God’s best for you and those that you love.

  10. Isn’t it strange? We know those verses and do it anyway. And it doesn’t change a thing.

    • Rebecca, it’s crazy, isn’t it? Aren’t we so glad that God is gracious? He lets us drive ourselves up a wall with worry until we’re ready to stop and surrender to Him. I’m so grateful that God’s word doesn’t change and He gives us time to get ourselves in step with Him!

  11. Surrender IS a learned behavior–continually turning the worries and what-ifs over to Jesus, continually affirming trust in Him. Thank you for sharing your story, Barb, illustrating the power of prayer to access His peace. So encouraging!

  12. Barb,

    God said there will be trials & tribulations in this world. But take heart for I have overcome the world. Everyone will go through a rough season. It is through those trials/rough patches that we grow closer to God. We learn to lean on Him & the Holy Spirit for strength. The devil would have us worry, fret & wonder what if. He likes to see us upset & depressed. I hit rough patches in 2016 & 2017. My solution the second time around was to listen to Stephen C. Chapman praise music & sing to God. It calmed me down & put me at ease. It was my way of turning it over to God. I am actually happy now for those times. They have grown me spiritually. I now have more faith in God than ever before. He allowed me to witness a miracle then & just this year.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Hi Beth, I love your testimony to how God gets us through these tough seasons in our lives – especially since we all go through them. I love how you shared one of my favorite tools – music – to soothe our souls and help us remember that God is with us. Praise God for how you’ve seen those miracles take place and how you’ve given God glory for them!