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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)

TITLE: Be Released From Anguish
By Julie Ruspoli


The Bible is filled with knowledge for our lives. Numerous men and women lived their lives completely trusting in God. Some had horrible events happen during their lives. Even during great distress, they trusted God to provide comfort and strength and they knew only He could rescue them. Without their unending trust in God, they would not have received His comfort or strength. When faced with circumstances beyond their control, only their trust in God sustained them.

In Psalm 18, King David tells of his lamentations to God during his imprisonment.

The pangs of death surrounded me,
And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
The sorrows of Sheol surround me.
In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried out to my God’
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.
Psalm 18:4-6

King David used the other 47 verses of Psalm 18 to describe how God delivered him from his distress and how God released him from his anguish. King David trusted in God during this extremely trying time in his life. When his anguish was over he exalted God with the following.

The Lord lives!
Blessed be my Rock!
Let the God of my salvation be exalted.
It is God who avenges me,
And subdues the peoples under me;
He delivers me from my enemies,
You also lift me up above those who rise against me;
You have delivered me from the violent man.
Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles,
And sing praises to Your name.
Psalm 18:46-49

Without King David’s complete trust and faithfulness in God, he could not have had the enormous strength that prevailed in him during his imprisonment. Be released from the anguish in your life; trust in God to provide comfort and strength every day of your life.

“Dear Heavenly Father, guide me daily for you are my rock. I come to you as did King David, to seek the comfort and strength only you my God can provide. I come to you to be released from anguish by trusting only in You. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.”

Bible verses, Psalm 18 NKJV

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Jan Ackerson 01/10/08
Nice Bible study--I love reading Psalms.

I'd encourage you to find a strong "hook" to draw readers in, and to have a clearer connection to the topic of the week. I had a hard time finding that here.

I like the title--not many people use the word "anguish" any more, but many of us have certainly been there.
jodie banner01/10/08
So what you are saying is that releasing our anguish makes our life easier, those are the "stitches".I really enjoyed this lesson.
Yvonne Blake 01/15/08
Yes, trusting in God can help us through some difficult times.
Although I love when Scripture is quoted, I would have enjoyed more of your words to explain what you learned from these verses.
Keep writing.
LauraLee Shaw01/15/08
Well-written devo that keeps the Word at the center. I do agree that a personal connection would make it even stronger, but keep at it!
Catrina Bradley 01/15/08
Thank you for this reminder. I do agree with the other critiques, but I enjoyed this study on being released - something I can use. :)
Tim Pickl01/16/08
The three sections could be expanded...into a 3 act play!
Sara Harricharan 01/16/08
You weren't aiming for a devotional, but I think you did pretty good! I liked how you focused on King David and more than just the 'traditional psalms'. This was an interesting read, thanks! ^_^
Betty Castleberry01/16/08
I, too, see this as a devotional. I think it would be great as a
Sunday School study, actually. Nicely done.
Temple Miller01/16/08
Very thoughtful, and prayful I'm sure, application of the proverb. Good weaving of the scriptures. I, too, see this as fitting a devotional.
Joanne Sher 01/16/08
Excellent message. You have good advice above - this IS a good devotion.
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/16/08
I'm a lover of the Psalms, and you made this one come alive for me.
Loren T. Lowery01/16/08
I read this as a devotional and would like to see more of your thoughts and insights written with your personal, creative talents guiding you.
James Dixon01/16/08
This is a good devotional. Maybe you could look at what unreleased anguish could lead to. You have plenty of words left.
Dee Yoder 01/16/08
Julie, your entry is a good look at this subject. You've made me think of how hard it is to release the anguish sometimes. I'd also enjoy reading more of your own personal thoughts about this-I think you could show a great insight into this topic.
Beth LaBuff 01/17/08
Sometimes we forget that the Bible characters were actually real people. The older I get the more I treasure the Psalms. Thankyou for this.