When There is Stress, There is Hope.

Veterans,

Let me paint a picture for you. It's dark and late at night. My wife is upstairs watching a show in bed. The

girls are fast asleep in their rooms. I am downstairs, isolating myself with the TV muted alone with my

thoughts. My brain seems to work differently than I used to remember. I try to talk myself into feeling

better, "everything is ok," "the stress will go away," "I can handle this," "I am super tough." The truth is

that I am weak, and I am broken. I fear the old me is someone I no longer know. My memories haunt me

in a way where numbing myself no longer has the same effect, and crying is an emotion that I no longer

can hold back. I get tired of being me. I am exhausted. I cannot smile or even listen to music, and I do not

know where to turn. That is when I grabbed my Bible, and I asked God to show me words of

encouragement and words of hope. I start flipping through until I stop. Then I start reading.


Psalm 91 is where I was led to read. Verses 11-16 spoke to me, and I wanted to share them with you.


For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.

They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.

You will trample down lions and poisonous snakes; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your

feet!

The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.

When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them.

I will satisfy them with long life and give them my salvation."


Reading this gave me an incredible feeling of love and security, and then I thought about Christ himself and the

tribulations and stress that he must have been going through during his ministry. Then I remembered

that Satan tempted Christ with this same verse. In Luke 4:9-11, The Devil took Christ to Jerusalem, to the

highest point of the Temple, and said, "If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,

'He orders his angels to protect and guard you. And they will hold you with their hands to keep you from

striking your foot on a stone.'

The devil is a liar and tried to misuse this Scripture to get Christ to show a foolish display of His power.

The verse is to show how much God loves those who believe in Him and that He will guide and protect

those who belong to Him.


Veterans, no matter what you may be going through, there is an answer to hope in the name of Christ. I

get it, believe me, it is challenging. We all have memories that we would like to forget. We all have an

unwanted passenger of stress. We have thoughts of failure and may suffer from moral injury. We may

be trying to numb ourselves in different unhealthy ways. We may feel defeated and lost to the world,

but I promise you this, you are not defeated. Jesus Christ, our Lord, is real, and He loves you. He will

never let you go. He will fight your battles for you. Ask Him for help, guidance, and friendship. Ask Him

to show you the way home.

Veterans, if you know Christ and have a walk you would like to share with other veterans, please register

on the website on our ministry page so we can send you out a video link, and we can share it with the

veteran community. You never know which veteran needs your testimony. Let us help each other

heal through Christ and help each other on our journey home.

God Bless, and I love you all.

Brian





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