He is faithful to lift us up out of the miry pit of despair.

He is faithful to lift us up out of the miry pit of despair.

“I called on Your name, O Lord, from the lowest pit. You have heard my voice; ‘Do not hide Your ear from my sighing, from my cry for help.’ You drew near on the day I called on You, and said, ‘Do not fear!'” ~ Lamentations 3:55-57

Lord, thank You for hearing us when we cry out to You. Your mercy is great; Your love amazing. We praise You Lord for You alone are worthy of our praise. You are a great God. Thank You for calling us Your own.

Each day comes with its own challenges and sometimes the challenges come to us like rapid fire. And sometimes we don’t dodge quick enough and we get hit, knocked to our knees, face in the sand.

And we don’t like it.

In fact, we get tired in the fight.

But then You, O Lord, in Your great mercy scoop us up into Your mighty arms of grace and breathe new life into Your broken child. How can we thank You enough Lord?

How can we exalt Your Name more to express how worthy You are of our praise?

Praise and thanksgiving is the key, isn’t it? I mean it really is the answer because our praise ushers in Your Presence and creates a rapid response to our needs.

Praise is the ladder that allows us to escape the pit.

Teach us to praise You from the rising of the sun to its setting. Teach us to give thanks in all things, especially the things we don’t like because giving thanks opens the windows of heaven and allows Your breath of new life to flow.

Bless You Lord. Encourage those who are struggling today. Strengthen those who are overwhelmed by life’s hardships — those who find themselves in a pit of depression, confusion, and fear.

Stir within them.

Awaken their hearts to recognize Your Presence with them, to take hold of the power of Your Holy Spirit within them — power to rise and overcome.

Overcome with expectation of a better tomorrow.

Overcome with laughter in the face of adversity.

Hope in the face of despair.

We love You Lord. You are an awesome God and a faithful Father.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,



Thank you so much for stopping by. I would love for you to share what’s on your heart in the comments below. Scroll a little farther down and you’ll see where you can leave your comments. Together, we can find the nearness of God in our darkest moments.

Sweet blessings to you,



Please don’t carry your burdens alone. I would be honored to pray for you.

You may contact me directly at nan@nanjones.com


UPDATE on my daughter, Nancy. 

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers for my baby girl. We are believing for a successful surgery this time. Dr. Moorman believes that by Christmas she will have her leg and foot back. She has been in a full leg brace since December 2016 for a post-lateral reconstructive surgery on her knee that ended with complications. But praise God! He moved mountains to get her in with Dr. Moorman who is the new department chairman of the Orthopedic Surgery Department at Carolinas Medical Center/Mercy in Charlotte, NC.

Nancy is making daily progress with her strength and some progress with her pain. The extreme pain is stemming from the nerve decompression required to get her foot and leg functional again. As long as we stay ahead of it, the pain is bearable.

Again, thank you for the prayers. We travel back to Charlotte this Wednesday, August 8th to remove bandages and stitches. Physical therapy will begin the following week.

I appreciate you so much!

With a hug, Nan