Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place?

Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place?

July 11, 2014

“When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.” Genesis 28:11 (NIV)

I sat in disbelief as my doctor explained the results of my ultrasound. “There’s a large cyst with tentacles that has consumed your left ovary,” she explained. “We need to schedule surgery as soon as possible. In my expert opinion, there’s a 70% chance you may have ovarian cancer.”

While my body felt numb, my mind raced with unanswered questions: What does this mean for me and my family? How will I get through this?

I felt completely alone and helpless. With no good choice in sight, I was between a rock and a hard place, with no way out.

Have you ever found yourself there, stuck without options? Maybe you’re there now. It’s a difficult, lonely, hurting place. For me, it’s a familiar place. I was there when my first husband died, when finances were insufficient and as my health faltered.

During that time of waiting for surgery, I found comfort in Jacob’s story. Tucked in the book of Genesis, Jacob found himself in a difficult place. He had stolen the family’s inheritance from his brother, Esau. Once Esau realized what Jacob had done, he was out to get him. Literally. So Jacob had no choice but to leave home.

Our key verse explains that Jacob had a full day of travel, and “When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep” (Genesis 28:11).

I find it remarkable that Jacob was able to lay his head on a stone and go to sleep after he had been uprooted and was running for his life. Jacob was out of his comfort zone. He was in a hard, cold place instead of his warm, comfortable bed.

When cancer was likely, I had a restless night of tossing and turning. It was challenging for me to lay my concerns down on a soft pillow and go to sleep, but not for Jacob. He took a stone and put it under his head and slept. How? How could Jacob sleep unless his security was found in something other than his ability to outrun his pursuers?

Perhaps Jacob knew a Rock that was more than a solid mineral. Maybe Jacob saw his rock as the Rock of Ages. How else could he lay his head and all his fears on a rock if it were not God the Rock as described in Psalm 18:2?

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (NIV)

What an amazing truth: God is our Rock!

This means when you and I find ourselves “between a rock and a hard place,” we can transform that experience from being stuck between a rock to resting on the Rock.

After reading about Jacob, I decided to change my perspective. Instead of viewing my position as being between a rock and a hard place, I envisioned myself resting on Christ the Rock and leaving all my cares there.

On the day of my surgery, I was at peace. The nurses noticed my calm disposition. I was resting on my Rock.

When the surgery was over, I awoke to good news. The cyst was benign! I’m thankful it turned out well. But even if it hadn’t, I would still find peace and rest in my Rock.

Friend, I hope when you feel yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place, you’ll see it as Christ the Rock. Then you can lay down your head and find rest in that hard place.

Dear Lord, thank You for being my Rock, my shield, safety and salvation in troubled times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

1 Corinthians 10:4, “[All] drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.” (NIV)

Visit Micca Campbell’s blog for more encouragement.

In An Untroubled Heart, Micca shares the story of losing her first husband, being a young widow and overcoming the fears of uncertain future.

Do you know God as your Rock? If not, you can meet Him on the pages of His Word: The NIV Real-life Devotional Bible for Women.

Do you feel stuck today? How can you view your rock as God the Rock and rest in Him?

The Psalms contain words of encouragement for those who feel trapped. Read Psalm 91 and other chapters to learn of God’s faithfulness.

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  1. My wonderful husband, Ron Smith found himself between a rock and a hard place when his last marriage ended.He thought that he had absolutely no reason to be alive. He was read…y to give up and end thesuffering that he was in. He then got a vision from God of the Mary Bryant Home For the Blind and Visually Impaired. He then looked it up on his computer once; however, it kept popping up every time he searched for something else. Obviosly, that had been a sign from God that Ron needed to put his full trust inHim to deal with all that he was going through.
    “When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.” Genesis 28:11 (NIV
    What a wonderful way of creating a place to sleep! I think that being caught between a rock and a hard place isn’t just a saying that you hear periodically these days. In the Bible passage, the man was actually between a rock ad a hard place.When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep” (Genesis 28:11).
    Wow! Boy, was Jacob ever in a difficult predicament! He was obviously running away from trouble, as he had done something he probably regretted. Because his brother was out to get him, there was no way out of this mess- other than leaving home after he’d stolen the inheritance.
    Maybe, the rock this verse is talking about is God’s love. His love obviously protected Jacob from anything harmful. God’s that rock that can help protect us from any difficult circumstances we may be dealing with. God’s rock of salvation is the light at the end of the trouble tunnel.
    “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”~Psalm 18:2 (NIV)
    Wow! What a powerful verse! God can deliver us out of whatever bad situations we may have found ourselves facing. He’s that rock and fortress that can protect us from harm. We can turn to Him whenever we’re dealing with difficult times, and we should turn to Him if we don’t already know Him.
    “Dear Lord, thank You for being my Rock, my shield, safety and salvation in troubled times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”~ Micca Campbell Fear Less – Live More
    Wow! What a very powerful prayer tonight! No matter what we may be going through, we can be totally thankful that God can protect us whenever we may find ourselves in a difficult issue. We may feel like running from our problems instead of dealing with them head on.
    1 Corinthians 10:4, “[All] drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.” (NIV)
    Wow! What a very powerful reminder for tonight! Jesus is our rock that we can rest on whenever we may find ourselves dealing with difficult situations throughout our lives. Financial issues, family issues, marriage problems- we can all hand these over to God- rather than attempting to deal with them ourselves. See More

  2. Melanie says:

    My family is going through a pretty critical struggle right now, but I’ve been utterly calm (and if you knew me, you’d know that was not normal). This is definitely God’s peace which transcends understanding! I know so long as I seek God’s will, I’ll also find what I need. It is so amazing that these devos are always so timely!

    But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. Ps 94:22
    Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Ps 95:1 AMEN!

    • Melanie says:

      It is also incredibly encouraging to read the rest of this passage in Genesis 28:12-15 commonly known as Jacob’s ladder. Jacob dreams of the stairs with angels ascending and descending and at the top of the stairs where they meet heaven stands God making promises. Jacob in his short-sighted-ness had just stolen his earthly inheritance and father’s blessing from his brother, and here is God promising an inheritance that was beyond his wildest imaginings, far reaching in space and time that would lead to the salvation of all the people of the earth: The Christ. WOW!!!! I often times am short-sighted in what I ask for or want. I need to be cognisant of God’s grand desires and plans for my life, even when I can’t see His plan unfolding.

  3. This was very encouraging!
    I have found myself in a very confusing time fill of doubt, fear and uncertainty.
    I know my God never changes, but I need to make a decision thatay affect
    my future and I’m too scared to decide!

    • I am so there with you sister, I am waiting on a job decision, and part of me is scared to death I might get it and the other is scared I might not(my position is going away in January and I have until then to find another position in the company). But I do feel God is present and it is so not like me, but I am calm. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 I just prayed for you.

    • Pasty and J,
      Thank God we can lean on and depend on our solid Rock during times of uncertainty!

  4. Susan G. says:

    Thanks Micca! We all have to learn to find that peace in the Rock! Our God can handle anything and everything we have to go through…our job is to believe it and trust Him with it!
    I will have to read this again when I am in the midst of another ‘battle’ however. 😉
    Our God is faithful!

  5. LeQuita says:

    Im there rock and a hard place I been sick since Jan with five different health issue,and every time it something different. Sometime I feel like giving up. But if it wasnt for my daughter and my church most of all God abd what he done for me I would have. I love God too much to let the devil destroy me and the faith I gave I would. Simetime even with that the feeling sneak in from time to time.

  6. Thanks for this timely word. I am having surgery in less than 3 hours. I am at peace knowing the Lord is with me. This devotional today has confirmed His presence as I face this procedure today.

  7. Troubled says:

    I really needed this. My colleagues reported to college last week and i dont even have a penny. Its painful to watch your dreams go down the drain. Am at that point where even words to pray are difficult to utter. But I’m on the Rock

    • For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to give hope and a future, not to harm you, Jeremiah 29:11, by the way that is my version. That verse has got me thru the past 3 years of uncertainty. God has a plan for you and it may not be your plan at all. Trust him, I know that does not put money in your pocket but pray, I have been in your shoes and God did provide.

    • Melanie says:

      Be encouraged…even when you can’t pray, know we have an intercessor who knows are deepest desires, and more importantly our deepest and most pressing needs: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26

      Your plans have been stored up in your heart, but God’s plan prevails, and it is always better than ours, even if it hurts to say or think that, even when it hurts to go through. His ideas may not look at all like what we want or in the timing that we want, but His plan always bears fruit in your life if it’s allowed to.

  8. I had not thought of Jacob’s perspective in that manner….great thoughts!
    Thank you Mecca.

    • Me either, Alissa. Until I began writing a new message on this topic. Isn’t it a mazing the deepth of God’s Word and we gain somthing more each time we mediate on familar scripture.

  9. Oops…tech device won’t allow me to correctly spell your name.

  10. I am so thankful that you ladies at Proverbs 31 have allowed God to use you to spread His word. Your devotionals are divinely timely. Everytime I feel like I am at a low point and am crying out to The Lord, I open your page and immediately find encouragement. God is so faithful! It is our responsibility to walk in that trust which so much easier said than done.

    Keep doing what you do ladies….you are reaching souls for Christ!

    • Thank you, Lauren. It’s a great blessing to us to hear that God is using our words to encourage others.

      • Susan Reece says:

        thank god am just searching for some encouragement wen this site caught my eyes am presently in a rock & a hard place financially but i thank god because i found rest in him my faith has just rise & soaring i thank god for his peace ladies continue to bless our hearts &god richest blessings in return REST IN THE LORD &WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM

  11. Chasity Hamlin says:

    I’m def stuck. Def between a rock and a hard place. Everyday I have tried hard to lean on the rock. I am scared. I am worried. This message has helped me to be reassured today. I know God is with me come what may. I do feel like I am running from a trouble. I do feel like I am being pursued by some bad mistakes. I am leaning on The Rock. THE REDEEMER!! I do not know what will happen. I do trust The Lord will provide refuge. My heart is breaking over the pain of things that are out of my control. God help me!!

    • Chasity, It’s not about what you’re running from but Who you’re running to that matters. Keep running to your Rock and He’ll give you a sense of stability.

  12. Thank you Micca for this devotion….it is truly Godtimed for me. I am feeling stuck between a rock and hard place…my daughter suffers from depression and has tried to end her life twice in the past 2 months and I started a new job 4 months ago so I have limited flexibility to be with her during the day. All I want is to be home with her and keep her safe, but I have to leave her in God’s hands and trust that He has a plan for this period in our lives that will turn into a blessing and that ultimately only He can really keep her safe.

    • Jody, I’m so sorry to hear about your pain. As parents we suffer when our children suffer. Likewise, God is saddened whenever we are saddened. He loves and cares for you and your daughter. We have his promised presence and help in times of trouble. Praying for you today.

  13. Thank you for this “word in due season!” Two days ago I received news concerning one of my children that was very disturbing that caught me totally off guard. I kept telling myself don’t panic & rest in The Lord. I was at peace one minute and then emotional the next. But I begin to cry out to my Rock …asking Him to help me trust Him & rely on Him to do what He does best…”Be God!” This Word today is certainly a reminder and encouragement to help cast my burdens on The Lord and rely on my Rock to carry what He told me to cast. When you pray please call my son Jerry’s name in your prayers. Thank you again and continued peace and blessings to you all.

  14. Stephanie says:

    God bless you. I went through the same thing in March . The surgery ended with a complete hysterectomy at the age of 40 but all tumors were benign . Thank you to our glorious “Rock” ! I often forget how soft his rock is … Especially in troubled panic times … This is another reminder

  15. How good God is! How timely for me!
    I understand that fear – I had the same experience just a month ago – my husband and I sat in the ultrasound room looking at the screen in disbelief as the doctor told us our next steps.
    I have since had a radical hysterectomy – God has ordained that my journey in this season includes cancer. I started chemo yesterday. God is revealing Himself to us in so many glorious ways. He has known this portion of my journey since he formed me. All I have to do is trust and follow Him, even when my pillow feels like a rock and the weeping starts! Thank you for sharing your story! God is faithful !

    • Cat, I’m so sorry to hear about your cancer. God is not only your Rock–solid, dependable, stable, protector–He has promised you in times of trouble to
      Work all things for your good
      To give you a future
      And to love and support you with His mighty hand. I’m praying for you today.

  16. Dear Micca, Thank you for your wirting – I am there between a rock and a hard place! – My 87 year old Father-In-Law is being physically and mentally abused by is 70 ish something wife. He came to show me where she had grabbed him and pushed him down the other day – I told him to get his stuff and leave her and come live with us – MANY TIMES – I found myself screaming at him because he wouldn’t listen to me. If I call for help he will deny it and say he’s ok. My husband and I both feel helpless – Please pray for my Father in law’s safety, that God would step into this situation and that we learn to have Jesus as our rock – during this time of turmoil when I feel like running away

    • Sweet Tammy,
      When we feel like running away, (and I do often) that’s when we run toward our Rock. Every person deserves respect. Maybe you could take to his wife?
      Today, I join you in praying for your father-in-law and that God will give you wisdom in this trying situation.

  17. Mary…….lifted up your son, Jerry. God is in control and will take care of the situation.:). I am having to turn some things over to Him as we’ll this morning. I don’t know what to do, but He does! Glad God is our rock and that we can trust Him to deal with situations!……. Blessings and peace to you!

    • I’m happy to pray for you and your son, Wendy. And yes, God knows and he will guide. Rest on the Rock!

  18. Thank you for this reminder today. I thought I was between a rock and a hard place today, but in reality Christ is my Rock.

  19. Micca, Thanks for your post. I really needed to hear this. My husband of 26 years has just be told he has lung cancer. We are in the process of some more tests before they can tell us a treatment plan. This is a very scary time and is this is a BIG rock and hard place. He is a lay pastor and has prayed and encourged many people with their hard times but when it hits you personally is is very scary. We know it is Gods hands but I am going to find a large rock and bring it into the house as a reminder to us when those scary thoughts enter our mind. Prayer are with you as well.

    • Pam, I’m so sorry to hear about your husbands cancer. God is aware and He’s not forgotten either of you. Remember that in times of trouble we have God’s promises to love us, support us, help us, work all things for good, and to give us a future. I like you’re idea of bringing a rock into your home to remind you of the Rock of Ages. Maybe it would be helpful to write a few of God’s promises on the rock as well. Praying for you both.

  20. Deborah Avens says:

    What was the result of Micca’s surgery?

    • My tumor was benign although I had to have a hysterectomy-which has it’s benefits and it’s woes. 🙂 Thank you for asking.

  21. Deborah…if you read the end of her story Micca says she woke to the news her cyst was benign! 🙂

  22. Thank you so very much for this reminder Micca! Bless you for sharing God’s Word and encouraging us all! I am glad to read that you do NOT have cancer! I have lost my grandparents, my aunt, and my wonderful mother to this awful disease. Through it all though just like you, my mother NEVER lost her faith, not once. Her example brought me back to where it is that I belong. With our Rock. Yes, right now I am facing some really difficult times, not with health but that doesn’t matter. I needed to read this today. Thank you again!

  23. Michele says:

    Praying for you and your husband Pam. I was with my mom when they told her she had lung cancer and it was one of the hardest days ever… And then learning as we went with treatment and octors and scans…. Definitely a time to focus on God and His strength and leave behind the negative. We had friends and family who I think meant well but they would bring negative comments or questions to the situation. Don’t let that happen…. Focus on positives and lean hard on your relationship with God. Many blessings to you two.

  24. Kayferguson says:

    This was so right for me today. I am in a place of mistrusting a person that I only know thru facebook & texts. He is suppised too be in spec delta forces & now wants me too send money for his little girl(who is ill???) In Tx as he is in Afghanistan. I don’t trust it but hate to mistrust. I feel my Rock,my God, is warning me. Will not send. Thanks. Kay

  25. Your story really struck home with me, as I went through the exact situation 4 years ago. The 1 1/2 months inbetween diagnosis and surgery was excruciating. I lost 7 pounds, and prayed every hour! God saw me through though, for I have such a daily appreciation for life and my purpose in being given more years here on earth.

  26. Kayferguson says:

    Thanks, Micca. Please keep writing from your faith. Kay

  27. Ruthie Keegan says:

    This was the most encouraging devotional for me today. God is my Rock,Fortress,Stronghold and Deliverer. Thanks for this awesome reminder. I feel like I am between a rock and a hard place lately but this just reminded me in all this He is my Rock

  28. Gloria Gilpatrick says:

    Wow… twelve years ago TODAY… July 11, 2002, I heard virtually the same words. Mine was breast cancer, though. Scariest but best day in my life! The creepy part was the “tentacles” reaching out into my body. Go away! breast cancer changed who I am forever. Now, we fight lung cancer in my precious husband. God’s calling the shots and has given us peace even while we are in this tough spot. HOORAY for the GREATEST PHYSICIAN!!! Gil and I will be praying for ALL of you fellow beast fighters. I refuse to capitalize those words because they are just little words when you have GOD in charge of your lives!

  29. Mariellen says:

    Hi Micca
    Im so thankful that you shared this devotion today and experience. I have to see an endocrinologist I have been unwell. Im going to read the story of Jacob. I now have my vision of resting my whole body on the rock. Thanks again for sharing and helping me on a day that im uncertain of my outcome. A verse I find helpful is found in Isaiah 43:13. I am the Lord your God I will take hold of your right hand and say do not fear for I will help you. Im so happy yours wasnt cancer. Praise God!

    • Another good verse is Isa 41:10. I’m going to let you look it up so that God can speak to your heart as you read it. Praying for your journey–keep leaning on the Rock.

  30. tabatha says:

    thanking God for this devotion today! Currently between a rock and a hard place…turn to Him always but the perspective of seeing Him as THE ROCK makes it not so intimidating! Thank you for this post! Truly made a difference! ;>

  31. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey in such a real and vulnerable way. I was widowed at 37, left to raise our then 15 month old daughter alone. I had so many questions as to why this had to happen. I was a Christian for most of my life, yet my faith was shaken. It’s been nearly 4 years since my husband passed away and I still haven’t been able to recover financially. It’s frustrating and lately it’s really been overwhelming me. We live with his mom. I’m grateful for a home for my daughter and I, but it’s not an emotionally healthy living situation for either of us. In spite of working full time, I just don’t have the means to get a place of our own. I feel stuck and like I’ve taken so many steps backward. I’m leaning on The Lord, but after reading this, I realize I need to rest in him as my rock a bit more.

    God Bless you. Your words truly spoke to my heart.

    • God knows where you are and whether you see it or not, God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. All He ask of you is to rest in His care. Praying for you today.

  32. Just what I needed today!

  33. How perfect! Until you said rock and a hard place I hadn’t thought of that. That’s exactly where I am. Thank you for bringing insight and clarity. Blessings!!

  34. I’m so grateful that God is my Rock. You’re absolutely right during my times of being between a rock and a hard place I can rest my weary mind on the Rock and be assured that he will help me transition. Thank you so much for your inspiring words!!

  35. I have been through the same situation back in 2006 and prayed about it prior to surgery. Just like you, my cyst was benign. I again went through another situation when my mammogram showed something last year. Again I prayed and rebuked the devil. Once again, it was a false alarm. Praise God!

  36. Thanks for sharing this. My husband lost his job recently and although the road is uncertain, we are resting in God our rock.

  37. What Godly words delivered in a timely manner! On my first phone call of the day I was able to share this devotional thought: between a rock and a hard place is not a bad place to be. Thanks for the words that calmed the fear of my friend.

    • You’re so welcome, Evelyn. It blesses me to know your shared my words and God used them to encourage your friend.

  38. Yes I am also between a rock and a hard place. I totally messed up and I need forgiveness for all my mistakes. My confidence has been shaken to the core. I am walking around in fear of making another bad choice. Recently my husband lost his job and I am struggling with depression again. Please pray that I can trust and rest that God has a plan.

    • Denise,
      The bible tells us that here is no condemnation in Christ. If you’ve received Christ as Lord and Savior, then you ARE forgiven–past, present and future sins. All you need to do is confess your sin by agreeing with God you’ve messed up and he will make his peace known to you.
      While depression likes to condemn you, God never does. Talk to Him about the choice you’re about to make. If you have peace, go for it. If not–if you doubt–don’t move. Wait. Trust God. Take your fear to Him and rest on your Rock. I’m praying for you today.

  39. Thank you Jesus! Thank you Lord!
    I do find myself in a rock and a hard place, I simply pray, talk to God and continually ask him to heal my broken heart such as just this morning . . . .I realize though that
    God gives me the strength to face another day and the required daily bread he has promised each and every one of us. I thank you God for daily bread, your grace and your sweet mercy in Jesus’s name AMEN ! ! ! !

  40. Taropafadzwa says:

    Thank you very much for the devotions. I have been blessed. Today I woke up depressed thinking about my life today and my future. Being reminded that God is my rock has given me the reason to trust Him. I have seen and experiened His power and yet the devil wants to still my joy

  41. Jane Gordon says:

    Your courage that first night was amazing. There is a big difference between anxiety from sleeping in a strange place and that from facing a 70% chance of death.

    That must have been the loneliest night of your life.


  42. Philadelphia says:

    I am inspired,it is as if you know my situation,I have recently lost my job,I am in debts,I am a single parent raising four kids alone,but today you made me realise that God is definitely my Rock,very soon I will be out of this bondage,tonight I will sleep like Jacob knowing that my pillow is Jesus my Rock.

  43. Marie Bride says:

    Beautiful analogy and lesson from being stuck on the rock to being set firmly upon the rock of Christ!
    Blessings Micca!
    And Thank You for your post

  44. I could relate with the fear you experienced in this situation. I had a similar situation when my 2nd child was born. I was scared to death and felt so alone. I also heard God’s voice through a verse of Scripture, Deuteronomy 31:6 which says, ” …I will never leave you nor forsake you.” I can look back and be thankful for that experience because it was another step in me learning to trust the Lord more fully. Thank you for sharing your story.

  45. Deborah says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’m trusting Him to help me with my exams because I’ve been strong since the beginning of this semester. I will lean on this Rock.

  46. isabel rdz says:

    Thank you for this, im on a hard time. And i really needed to hear this. My boyfriend and i brake up and he was my first boyfriend and i tought that he was the right one, and he have doubts because we had the plan to get marry next year, so now.. i feel that everything its falling apart, so please pray for me. Because on this time im just waiting and trying to hear God’s voice and know what he want me to do… cause i dont know (sorry for my english, im mexican, but i read this devotions every day)

  47. Latasha says:

    God bless you Micca. I’m so over excited and thankful to God that you made it and well. Just like I knew you would. And I bless God name for your delivered strength. You touched my heart and your a strong biblical women. And I want to offer real love and hope by keeping you in prayer. And thank God that you have seen our God our rock. He’s my rock too. I love all my bible sisters including you and know most of you by know even though it’s alot of you. Love ya all♡♥♡♥♥♡♥

  48. Midwest survivor says:

    Your post really touched me. As I read through the various stories, we may share different paths, but our faith remains the same- stay encouraged ladies, keep praying, and keep leaning on the Rock of Ages. His message is timeless and his love is never failing. We can rest like Jacob, knowing that even in 2014, our God still keeps his promise and remains thst timeless rock. This post was so timely and all of your stories so encouraging. Stay encouraged ladies!

  49. I must say that my sister was the one that made me aware of this site and think it is awesome!

    Anyway, I have been between the rock and hard place going for over 3 years now. It all started when me younger brother was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. He fought a very courageous battle for 4 months but in the end, The Good Lord above took my brother home to be with Him. And that will be 3 years ago on the 30th of this month.

    Not long after my brothers passing, I started noticing a change in my wife of 29 years. She was withdrawing from me and becoming very secretive and became more interested in hanging out with friends instead of myself and our 2 sons. Well, after a little investigating, I was shocked with what I found. Won’t go into details, but will say its something I never would have thought.

    It was at that time that I recommitted my life to our Lord, Jesus Christ. I prayed and prayed for her, our family, and our marriage. Did I mention that she is the love of my life? Well, one morning while at work, I begin to cry and I called out to God and he spoke to me as if he was sitting right next to me. He told me what he wanted me to do and I did.

    To make a long story short, here I am, a little over a year later getting ready to have the divorce finalized in a couple of months. Definitely not what I expected! I was so looking forward to death do us part and growing old together. My heart is still breaking….. There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think of her and wanting to hold her and be a family!

    And while all this was going on, I almost lost my father and oldest son….within 2 weeks of each other. Then a couple of months later, I lost my job of 10 years. All this together had me thinking of doing some pretty stupid things! But again, I turned to God and he has pulled me through.

    Well, tonight as I was lying in bed I began thinking of my beloved wife and I began crying and wanting to run away from everything and worse. I felt my self slipping lower and lower, so I open my ipad and for some reason felt drawn to this devotional, so I decided to read it and the accompanying stories and comments. I need to rest in The Lord and let his plan unfold, for I know he has one! It may not be what I want, but it will be good! I just wish the hurt and heartache would end soon…..maybe in time!

    I’m sorry for being long winded and this pales in comparison to the health issues those of you have faced. But it has helped tremendously to write about it all.

    Thank you for the Devotionals, they truly do make a difference!

  50. Shannon w d says:

    I’ve been a Christian most of my entire life. Sometimes I forget to focus on God and put him first in my life. Now I’m going through a very hard time and I keep praying and asking for God to comfort me and bring me peace and I’m trying to put my situation in his hands yet I still feel very upset which is affecting my physically and mentally. I’d appreciate prayers from anyone who reads this. My situation is this. My husband and I have a very tumultuous relationship. There has been physical And mental abuse and it’s taken such a toll on me that now I suffer from anxiety
    and depression. He has been leaving the home since not long after we married (2nd year of marriage I think). And be gone for many months. This pattern has repeated itself every year. And every time he did I would fight for my marriage and for him to come home. He never understood why I fought so hard but to me I felt like I love him so much and God doesn’t want us to give up on our marriages. I had a bad childhood and now have no real family in my life with the exception of my kids and sister. I was a single mother for 15 years before I met him and I thought God brought this man into my life to finally fulfill the desires of my heart. I’ve had just about every person in my life walk out and I have been determined that he won’t be one of them and I won’t do that to him. But last fall after him telling me of seeing another woman and a major physical altercation that left me injured and with order of protection I very sadly and reluctantly decided I had no choice but to file for divorce. After the court date for the op which we agreed not to pursue Amd instead agreed to file a mutual restraining order and include w the divorce we were supposed to only talk about the divorce. But instead we started discussing getting back together. He agreed to my terms which included attending domestic violence classes. And he’s been going since. However things started to get tense again and even though there hasn’t once been another physical altercation it has been mentally and emotionally no good and alot of fighting. So after fighting for so long and so hard and trusting him that he wouldn’t keep quitting on the marriage and me giving him another chance and thinking this was an answer to my prayers he yesterday told me he was giving up yet again and doesn’t want to be married. He was also supposed to give me money today from his pay for bills (which are dangerously behind) and told me ystrday with no warning he wouldn’t be anymore. He never stops talking to me or me him yet nothing ever gets better. I feel that he would change his mind again and I could go down that path but I also am thinking it’s time to go ahead with the divorce. But he is one of the few people I can depend on. And I also start getting really down on myself thinking that I’m the messed up one and if I don’t stay with him I’ll never have anyone. So now I’m just trying not to talk to him and finally realize that not every marriage can work. But I’m hurting immensly. And I feel like I let God and myself and my children down. But yet during our marriage he has lived away from me more than with me as is the current situation. So im very very upset and confused. Sorry this is so very long. PLEASE PRAY!!!!!

  51. Karen Smith says:

    I have been “between a rock and a hard place” 9 years ago this December, I was in a car accident, an elderly lady went through where she was supposed to yield and slammed into me in the driver side fender, if I had been going just a little faster she would have t-boned me, which would or could have been fatal. Several days after the accident I went to the hospital with pain in my left arm, thinking it was from the accident as I had an injured my shoulder. My daughter took me there and they did the norm of test which came back showing I had had a heart attack!! ME 46 years old!!! they brought me into ICU, my family and church family came in and prayed for me, I had an amazing peace about everything!! they sent me to the heart hospital where I was scheduled for test to see what kind of damage!! Well the doctor walked out not even half way through the test, at this point I had no clue what was going on, the nurse finally told me, as the doctor was in total disbelief as he went out to tell my husband of what he found, which was I had 90% blockage in 4 arteries!! well we talked it over the doctor wanted to schedule the quadruple by-pass ASAP. When I was allowed visitors my step daughter asked my husband if I knew what the news was because I was sitting laughing and cutting up, I had a peace only God can give you!! I had the surgery two days later, our pastor came our kids came and we all prayed, they still could not believe the calmness about me. As they were wheeling me into surgery just for a second fear tried to over take me, well just as fast as it came on it was gone!!! I knew God would see me through this!!! And what actually caused this blockage was the major adrenaline rush after the accident!! But as I had exited my vehicle, I was kinda trapped, the door wouldn’t open and I was in panic mode, I DO NOT like to be in a place I can’t get out, anyway they did get me out in a timely manner, as I got to safety I literally cried out “THANK YOU JESUS!!!” And yes to this day I cry out “THANK YOU JESUS!!” for saving me!!
    God Bless!!
    Karen Smith

  52. I just discovered this website yesterday. What a blessing! I also have been going through a trying time – having just completed 7 months of very aggressive chemotherapy. I found this scripture especially comforting: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” I hope this scripture blesses others as it has encouraged and blessed me.

  53. Thanks for this devotional. God never ceases to amaze me with his timing. I am anxious and worried. I feel stuck, but I find myself trying to lean on him. I have a hard time leaving my troubles to his timing, I want a quick answer that does not always come in my time. Thanks the the reassurance I needed that to rest in the Rock is a good thing and it will work out, just hang on.

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