Spiritual Practice


Chelsey Smith & Teresa Atkins McClure

So hopeless, so depressed, so tired of life,
so tired of running away from my sins,
I cannot take another day.
I’m weighed down by struggles and deep secrets;
nothing seems to heal my heart.
I decide that enough is enough.
I open my Bible and surrender my life,
giving it up to the Lord,
letting the Lord take control.
It’s not easy; but with God’s strength,
I know I can make it.
I can survive this life.
When suicidal thoughts creep in,
I go to Jesus and pray for renewed hope,
trusting that he’ll help me through,
even when I can barely breathe.

—Chelsey Smith, 17


“Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
Matthew 10:39 (NIV)

HOLD ON TO SCRIPTURE: I was scared and shaking; my chest felt heavy. I called a friend, who asked, “What is your scripture? What verse can you hold on to?” I took a deep breath and prayed for a verse. Psalm 34:4 (NIV) came to me: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Together, my friend and I repeated the scripture until I calmed down. Now whenever I feel scared or hopeless, I pray Psalm 34:4, which assures me that God always keeps promises and will deliver me from my fears. What is your scripture?

—Teresa Atkins McClure

—from  devozine  (March/April 2014). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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