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Years ago when I first started going through my divorce a sweet lady gave me a card filled with one of the best gifts I had ever received. It was not only a card full of comforting words, but a card that told me of wonderful Bible verses:

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

I love this verse because I found out later just how true it is. I did find a new strength. My weariness wore off and God gave me the strength to carry on at full speed.

I read on and came to the next verse she had written:

What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.
Genesis 28:15

I felt comfort in this verse, knowing that God will protect me. That He would watch over me when I was in court. That He would watch over me when I parent.

She wasn’t done with the letter; she told me of one more verse that would help me get through my times of pain and suffering:

No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.
Joshua 1:5

I can tell you now that it has been years since my own divorce and God never left me. He never failed or abandoned me. He was there the entire time and made the walk with me. He gave me money when I had none. He gave me friends when I was feeling alone. He gave me peace when I was most angry. He gave me happiness when I was sad. All these are gifts from God and I can’t thank him enough for the life He has given me.

Lastly, she wrote,

“when I get discouraged, read the book of Philippians as it has been comforting and uplifting to her.”

Over the last decade of helping others through their divorce recoveries, I have told them the words of the good Lord are what will get you through the tough times. We must count on the Lord as He is where we can find love, hope, friendship, companionship, meaning to our life and the wonderful life God wants us to live.

May God Bless you,

Mary Jo Thorson Signature