All of our circumstances

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.” -Psalm 91:1

Expect to encounter adversity in your life, remembering that you live in a deeply fallen world. Stop trying to find a way that circumvents difficulties. Anticipate coming face-to-face with impossibilities: situations totally beyond your ability to handle. This awareness of your inadequacy is not something you should try to evade. It is precisely where I want you- the best place to encounter Me in My Glory and Power. When you see armies of problems marching toward you, cry out to Me! Allow Me to fight for you. Watch me working on your behalf, as you rest in the shadow of My Almighty Presence. -Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

There is no high hill but beside some deep valley. -Dan Crawford

Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.” -Psalm 91:14

There are situations and circumstances so difficult and overwhelming, we don’t know what to ask of the Father. But God loves us so much that He even helps us to pray. The Spirit of God, who is within us, knows our hearts and intercedes on our behalf. The conclusive truth is that all of our circumstances are known and permitted by God. He is using them as tools to build our relationships with Him. He turns all of them for our good when we allow Him to work in our lives- when we love, obey, and trust Him. -Walking With God, Life Principle #18

In just the past week alone I have prayed for and talked with friends who are enduring struggles, loss, and battles that are just simply hard to digest. No doubt God works all things together for good, no doubt God is with us, no doubt God loves us and directs every page of our life- but it is still overwhelming and often there is nothing that we can “do” beside pray. We recognize that we are to pray, to wait on God, and to rest on faith- but our inner “do-er” taps its foot.

The inner “do-er”, for example, is driving the ALS ice bucket challenge that has taken social media by storm during the past two weeks. The challenge brings awareness to ALS and requires the “challenge-ee” to be filmed as a large bucket of ice water is dumped over their head. That  person then challenges 3 people to do the same within the next 24 hours- and voila, challenge on! When the challenge began the concept was to endure the ice bath OR donate money to ALS but quickly changed to promote ALS through the challenge AND raise money and awareness for ALS.

The challenge has been hugely successful at increasing awareness about ALS and raising money for ALS. As of Monday, August 18, The ALS Association has received $15.6 million in donations compared to $1.8 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 18). These donations have come from existing donors and 307,598 new donors to The Association. During the last two weeks several celebrities have taken the challenge and used social media to spread the word. Here are a few of my favorites:

Pastor Greg Laurie accepted the ice bucket challenge and took it in front of a packed stadium during Harvest Crusade. 

Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) accepted the ice bucket challenge

Charlie Sheen accepted the ice bucket challenge, but instead of the usual large vats filled with ice water, Sheen poured $10k of cash over his head and challenged John Cryer, Chuck Lorre, and Ashton Kuther to do the same. 

The ice bucket challenge is a way to appease our “inner-do-er”. This challenge won’t cure ALS, but it promotes awareness and provides an opportunity for folks to DO something. Throw some ice water over your head, post a funny video, call out three friends, and make a donation to ALS.

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