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“Though the mountains be shaken
    and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
    nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” – Isaiah 54:10

I woke up this morning to what feels like a world on the brink of turmoil… the Coronavirus is spreading faster than we can imagine, and the stock market reflects the fear it’s causing. Plus, the oil market crashed over the weekend – with Saudi Arabia and Russia going head-to-head in an oil battle that will, no doubt, negatively affect jobs here in Texas – including my husband’s… With news that South By Southwest and other major conventions being cancelled and tourists being quarantined in the country they visited or worse – on a cruise ship in the ocean, it feels like we’re watching a bad movie, but it’s real!

My initial reaction was fear, whether I liked it or not. I could feel my breathing getting a bit more shallow, and my heart rate increase. Then, it went to prayer – the only thing I can do to fight any sort of battle of this proportion… While praying this morning, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and heard these words in my heart,

“My promises do not go on pause.”

The words permeated my body – my lungs were able to breathe deeper again, and the worry washed away. Does this mean that the world isn’t scary anymore? Absolutely not. It’s about as scary a place as can be, but it means that His peace does surpass all understanding and that it can be ours to hold. His promises are still true.

Here are some of those promises, in case you need a reminder:

-His plans are to prosper us and not to harm us. They are to give us hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
-When we trust in Him, we have access to a supernatural peace that surpasses all human understanding, and a strength that we cannot explain. (Isaiah 41:10)
-His love for us never ends – it’s not affected by anything happening in this world or by anything we do. (Romans 8:38-39)
-He is always with us. We are never alone or forsaken.  (Isaiah 43:2) (Deuteronomy 31:8)
-He listens to our prayers… no matter how small they seem. And He always meets our needs, whether or not those prayers are answered in the specific ways we petitioned them. (Mark 11:24) (Philippians 4:19)

And so today’s devotional is short and sweet because God’s promises are enough – they don’t need extra words. They are true and steadfast…

… and they do not go on pause.

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