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Hope When You’re Feeling Defeated

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Day 6: Hope When You’re Feeling Defeated

Scripture

Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and 300 chariots, and came as far as Mareshah. And Asa went out to meet him, and they drew up their lines of battle in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. And Asa cried to the LORD his God, “O LORD, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O LORD, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.” So the LORD defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled. 2 Chron. 14:9-12

 

Devotional Material: Hope When You’re Feeling Defeated

Although he was a king, Asa was someone who very much resembles you and me. He believed God was faithful and trustworthy, except when he didn’t. There were times, instead, that left him feeling defeated. That sizes most of us up right there.

Today we zero in on a point in history when the king is in a menacing predicament. It’s not unexpected, just the worst-case scenario as a king. The kingdom is about to be crushed by a bad guy and his one million troops.

Not only does this situation demonstrate God’s faithfulness to hear and respond, but it shows us what hope that is awakening in a person’s life can look like.

He went out.

The king could have remained in the fortress to defend himself at home. But scholars believe he went out in order to strategically place himself on more equal footing. The Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah was not large enough for one million troops plus chariots to advance together. This was military genius, given the odds.

Notice what was happening here. Asa was using every means within his power possible. He did not rely on his feelings. No matter what God was going to choose to do in his situation, the king had utilized every resource and ounce of wisdom he possessed to participate in the event. Asa did not shrink back in fear or discouragement. This man did not stay out of the battle because it was hopeless from the get-go. He went out.

He cried out.

Once Asa had been faithful and bold in his going forward, he did not hesitate to make it know where the victory would lie if it came. God and God alone would bring it, regardless of his feelings or how large his army was or how strong they proved to be in battle. It was the Lord’s name that was at stake, not his own glory as the king.

He took courage.

After the victory, God was not finished dealing with the king. This was a hope-extending experience that stretched beyond the results of one single event.

Immediately following the victory, God sent an obscure encourager who was moved by the Holy Spirit to speak into the life of this man. His message was hope-filled, spurring him on to seek the Lord. It came with a warning for not seeking Him, which we cannot skip over. To demonstrate his point, this Nobody gave King Asa a rundown of all the ways the kings before him have blown it by not seeking and relying on God, and how not to be like them.

But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” 2 Chron. 15:7

This encounter set such a fire under the king that he did exactly that.

Sometimes we have done all we can. We’ve stepped out in faith, using all our resources and there is nothing left to offer. We’ve prayed. Yes, God has shown Himself to be faithful. You, too, have experienced the Gospel to be true and trustworthy.

But there is still more to be experienced. Hope continues to be awakened in each one of us. I don’t know what you are embarking upon, but the encouragement today is simple: Take courage. Don’t slack off! Do not hold onto that defeated feeling! Your labor is not in vain and is meaningful to the only One that really matters.

 

 

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Running Well

Running Well

Podcast #67

Welcome to the podcast! 

Have you ever had the experience of running into the same situation or hearing the same subject repeatedly so much so you begin to think it’s on purpose? That’s sort of what happened to me with today’s discussion. It’s often not entire books, but chapters, or lessons, paragraphs, even, or particular messages that strike such a chord in me, I need to go back to them again and again. Or, providentially, God brings it back to me. That’s how we are talking about running well. Today.

I also tend to think in this “Well” category. I have written on Waiting Well and Resting Well previously, with other resources on those topics. You and I can wrap our brains around the need to do something “well.” And then everything seems to fall into categories or lists that make it easier to follow. So, when once again, I was hit with one of these messages that has penetrated my heart and mind, I quickly began to think of all the different places in Scripture that speak of this very subject. Voila — Running Well.

In this episode, we will look at five elements required for running well in the Christian life.

Remember, if you are interested in The Show Notes you can gain access right here.

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It generally takes me a few days to get Monday’s notes out. But you should have them within the same week as the broadcast.

Taste and See is one of my favorite recent episodes. You can find it here if you are interested.

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soul care

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And if you have not already become a subscriber to the podcast, allow me to invite you to become one for the She Yearns Podcast by going to any of the providers and signing up for the RSS feed to have it automatically updated to your device! It’s basically ONE CLICK! And it doesn’t use any extra memory and really makes life easier.

If you enjoyed this episode, 3 Things to Remember When You Feel Defeated, or found it helpful, please leave a comment or review in your hosting provider service. I also love it when you post below! It really helps us here and anyone who visits the page. We cannot do it without you! The only way the word goes out further is with your help. Please share it as you feel the leading.

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Cheri

3 Things to Remember When You Feel Defeated

3 Things to Remember When You Feel Defeated

Podcast #65

Welcome to the podcast! Oh my goodness! It’s been a crazy week–filled with all sorts of technical difficulties! I’m on my third computer since May. The keyboard on the brand new one started dying and it went downhill from there. It all fits into today’s discussion on the podcast because I’VE GOT DEADLINES! These problems are nothing but defeating! One of the most common experience shared with other women today is discouragement. Somehow we still get suprised by the derailements and forget there is nothing unusual happening. Before we become totally hopeless, today we are going to talk about three things to remember when we are feeling defeated to help pivot our perspective.

Before we go any further, have you seen them? These!!!!! The Show Notes!

Just fill out the form and today’s note will go to straight to your inbox. Every episode after you sign up should show up on your device of choosing. What could be better?

How Awesome is Show Notes?

If you are already a subscriber to the She Yearns Updates, you will begin receiving a link to a pdf. But this is different. By signing up here, you will ONLY RECEIVE Show Notes for the podcast. There is nothing to download, unless there is some sort of bonus offered.

You can also use this resource to take with you to coffee with a friend or sit with a small group and talk about the topic together. It’s a quick low prep to no prep way to have a deep discussion about relevant Gospel-centered topics that matter to your everyday lives. So don’t wait! Sign up today!

But let me say this: with having to literally lose everything and switch computers, this week’s notes will be coming later in the week.

Taste and See is one of my favorite recent episodes. You can find it here if you are interested.

You can now check out the latest episodes from iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, iHeartRADIO, or SoundCloud. Just click on the links below! As always, you can scroll down and listen right here!

soul care

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And if you have not already become a subscriber to the podcast, allow me to invite you to become one for the She Yearns Podcast by going to any of the providers and signing up for the RSS feed to have it automatically updated to your device! It’s basically ONE CLICK! And it doesn’t use any extra memory and really makes life easier.

If you enjoyed this episode, 3 Things to Remember When You Feel Defeated, or found it helpful, please leave a comment or review in your hosting provider service. I also love it when you post below! It really helps us here and anyone who visits the page. We cannot do it without you! The only way the word goes out further is with your help. Please share it as you feel the leading.

Thank you for listening.

Cheri

For Such a Time as This

For Such a Time as This

Podcast #48

Hey! Welcome to the She Yearns Podcast and today’s episode, For Such a Time as this

Living in a house with a bunch of kids in the public school system means they bring home all kinds of germs and share them. I can generally keep it to a minimum but this season I seem to have lost control. I’ve been sick for the second time now for more than a week and my spouse bit the dust completely. What that means for you is that I had to work a little differently this week. For Such a Time is This is a different kind of episode, but I pray you will find it as encouraging as I did producing it.

Sometimes you and I need to be reminded that God has a purpose for our lives. A purpose that requires us to act upon. It’s not that we need to dig deeper within to make something of ourselves. There is truly a higher calling to be a part of His Plan and His purposes. This episode is meant to inspire and encourage.

The complete text of the reference utilized can be found HERE.

Feel free to snag these screen savers for your phone with highlights I developed as reminders from the message. You can find them at the bottom of the page. Don’t forget, they will also be available on my Instagram account, @CheriStrange under the icon “Inspiration” if you want to download them there.

Many blessings as you hear from your God and receive what He has just for you!

Just so you know — you can now find today’s episode, For Such a time as This, and other episodes of the She Yearns Podcast from iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. Just click on the links below! As always, you can scroll down and listen right here!

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Allow me to invite you to become a subscriber to the She Yearns Podcast by going to any of the providers and signing up for the RSS feed to have it automatically updated to your device! It’s basically ONE CLICK! And it doesn’t use any extra memory and really makes life easier.

If you enjoyed this episode or found it helpful, please leave a comment or review in your hosting provider service. I also love it when you post below! It really helps the ministry. We cannot do it without you! The only way the Word goes out further is with your help. Please share it as you feel the leading.

Thank you for listening.

Cheri

 

Launching the Graduate

Launching the Graduate

Podcast #19

Graduation is more than gift cards and cake with punch. But how do we make the milestone more meaningful? How do we help launch this generation into the next season God has planned for them? Cheri talks about this, offering ideas and bringing experience to the table in the latest episode of the She Yearns Podcast, Launching the Graduate.

You can now check out Launching the Graduate from iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. Just click on the links below! As always, you can scroll down and listen right here!

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Allow me to invite you to become a subscriber to the She Yearns Podcast by going to any of the providers and signing up for the RSS feed to have it automatically updated to your device! It’s basically ONE CLICK! And it doesn’t use any extra memory and really makes like easier.

If you enjoyed this episode or found it helpful, please leave a comment or review in your hosting provider service. I also love it when you post below! It really helps the ministry. We cannot do it without you! The only way the Word goes out further is with your help. Please share it as you feel the leading.

Thank you for listening.

 

Cheri