The Lord is near to the 

Broken Hearted and He

Saves the Crushed in Spirit. 

Psalms 34:18

I am just going to be very honest with y’all today. The last month of my life has been spirit crushing. You know, those days when nothing goes right. Or those days you feel everything is wrong, but nothing is wrong? 

My son is a high school Senior. And here in South Africa, Senior year is called Matric. And the incredible amount of work to be completed before preliminary IEB National exams are written in September. I’m not the student, and but I’m even stressed out. I just get to watch from the sides and want to pull my hair out.

Then, my son gets sick, I mean really sick with bronchitis and a sinus infection. It’s winter here so colds and flu are running rapid.  They wanted to put him in the hospital, but there were no beds available. That is how sick he was. Oh, and all this is happening while my husband is out of the country. He’s stressed, I’m stressed, and my son is too sick to be stressed. He missed 9 days of school, which in your Matric year is not good. You fall so far behind and actually get overwhelmed. 

Well, I know that sounds a little like griping or whinnying. Saying, just get over it. Pull up your big girl panties and move on. Well, I wasn’t in a spiritual place to move on. I was holding onto the last thread of holding on that was possible. I have the above verse on a picture next to my bed. One morning, the Lord reminded me. You don’t have to hold on. I am holding on for you. I am close. And I am here. You feel crushed, I will hold you up. I sent out a blog on my personal blog asking for prayer and the response was overwhelming. The peace I received from the Lord that spoke to everyone that prayed was huge.

So, if you are feeling down, crushed in spirit or just lost along the way. Stop pray and ask those close to you to pray as well. Things are still crazy with my son’s school and my husband is still traveling across Africa, but I have peace. Peace that the Lord can give.

Mrs. Elizabeth

Mrs. Elizabeth "Liz" Even

"He is before ALL things and in Him, all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17).