“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Ps. 51:12, ESV
Sometimes life is just hard. Sometimes you get tired of fighting and want to throw in the towel. And, as cliché as that saying it, it’s so true! How about another cliché? Do you ever get tired of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps? The straps start wearing out after a while, don’t they?
When I’m feeling this way, I often turn to Psalm 51. I love that David knew just what to pray, and when I find my heart imploding I turn to verse twelve. “Lord, restore my joy! Please uphold me and give me a willing spirit. Help me overcome the temptation to give up and give in.”
Beth Gallagher, heroine of “Finding Beth”, finds herself in desperate need of this verse, too. She prays for God to give her what it takes to push through the dark moments, to restore the joy which, just when it was within her grasp, utterly evaporated. There are days when she is crushed to the ground, unable to do anything but curl up and pull the shield of faith over her in order to deflect the evil one’s fiery darts.
Have you ever felt that way? What do you do when life crushes you beneath its weight? Do you throw in the towel? Do you keep tugging up those bootstraps? Or do you call out to the Lord for help, trusting him to walk with you through the fire and bring you safely to the other side?
*Some of Beth’s favorite verses are John 15:5; Ps 46:1; Hebrews 12:3; Ps 51:6; Ps 56:3; Phil. 1:6; Eph. 6:16; 2 Cor. 12:9; Acts 17:28; Is 40:31; and Prov. 18:10.
Are there special scripture verses that help strengthen you?
About “Finding Beth”
Three years ago, Beth Gallagher lost her brother, Josh, in a tragic accident. Grief-stricken and estranged from her father, she turned to the one man her brother warned her about – Kyle Heinrich.
Now she’s discovered his dark side.
She flees to the Smoky Mountains to clear her mind and seek God’s will about her impending marriage. With the help of a new friend, Adam Blythe, she finds the answers she needs. Will she have the resolve to follow through? And, if so, what will it cost her?
Kyle Heinrich is used to getting his way, so when his fiancée leaves town without a word, he is furious. When she returns with a new man by her side, he determines to make her his – one way or another.
Linnette R Mullin is an author of life-changing romance. Married to Johnathan for over twenty years, she has also been blessed with four amazing sons. She is the founder and coordinator of Palmetto Christian Writer’s Network in South Carolina, runs the “We Are Writer’s” group on Facebook, and is an advocate for sufferers of Lyme’s Disease. Her debut novel releases December 20, 2013