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Hope In Times Of Trouble

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4 one who knew how to utilize his anger. Luther wrote: “When I am angry, I can write, pray and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.” Anger is natural following a disappointment, but it can be released in a healthy, life-affirming way. That was the path chosen by Candace Bracken. The 25-year-old Miami, Florida resident had a new baby and a new job. Then one day she began hemorrhaging uncontrollably. Acute leukemia was diagnosed, and Bracken was given two weeks to live. After the initial shock began to subside, she became very angry. “I had taken care of myself, lived a straight and narrow life. Things like this weren’t supposed to happen to people like me,” she said. Then, she just gave up on life and withdrew. When a doctor told her she needed to arrange for someone to care for her daughter, Bracken snapped. “How dare you tell me to find someone else to raise my child,” she shouted. But in that moment Bracken realized she had a strong reason to fight for her life. Her anger, formerly crippling, now energized her. It helped

see her through a harrowing, but ultimately successful, bone marrow transplant. 2 Maximize Your Faith When facing disappointment, minimize despair and disillusionment by maximizing your faith. Utilize passages from Scripture and other inspirational sources to help you remember that the love of God constantly surrounds you. Recite and review these scriptures: • Psalm 46:1—“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” • Psalm 46:10—“Be still and know that I am God.” • Romans 8:31—“If God is for us, who can be against us?” In addition, consider reviewing these types of inspirational passages to help you maximize your faith in God. “Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you; everything passes away except God; God alone is sufficient.” —St. Theresa (1515-1582) 5

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