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Discouragement Brings Us to the Pit / LIFE HAPPENS

Sometimes, life's a pit. Today know that when life happens God can redeem your life and give you a second chance.

Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 103 verses 1-4.  

"Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits -- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion."

Life's events can discourage us to even wanting to live.

Derrick shares, that by the age of three his mom had left his dad. He found himself in 7 different foster homes.  Some were good, some were bad. By the age of 8, he had a new stepfather who hated boys. His mom became an alcoholic trying to deal with her own problems.  He became the parental child trying to take care of everybody. Life seemed to get more complicated. At the age of 14, he was disillusioned, he was lost and discouraged. He was the brunt of all the kids jokes. He was tired of being laughed at, tired of feeling unloved, tired of living in pain. Taking his own life seemed like the only solution at the time.

Discouragement does that. It cheats us out of joy; it throws us into the pit. In his desperation he cried out; "God you're my last chance!" and at that moment he felt like God spoke into his heart and said, "Derrick, I am your only chance!"

The Good news is that no matter how deep your pit is God is able and willing to pull you out. Discouragement brings into the pit and leaves us there to rot. Christ takes you out of the pit, bringing hope in our lowest moments. God wants to forgive, heal and redeem us. God is in the business of giving second chances.  This is true love.

When life happens we want you to know that you're not alone that there is hope and healing will come. God can redeem you in your despair and give you a second chance.

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