by Chrissy Siggee, Contributing Freelance Writer

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With my husband’s employment, we move frequently. When our children were little, I dreaded
those times. We often spent weeks in temporary accommodations and waiting for our personal
belongings to arrive. During those transition times, it was characteristic of the Department of
Defense to send Norm away on a course.

During one of those relocations, a few hundred miles from our nearest extended family, our son
became constantly ill with serious allergies. Three weeks into the hotel stay, I had to ask the
cleaning staff not to use chemicals in our rooms unless I could plan time be out of the room,
and have it aired before we returned.

Ken was just over eighteen-months-old at the time, and his sister, Cyline, was three and a half.
Their ages alone meant around-the-clock care, and Ken slept little. He typically got about two
hours sleep after his midday meal, which gave me some grace - and much needed rest. Cyline
usually dozed, too, or looked through a favorite picture book.

New states, new towns, and new experiences were always daunting. To settle into a new normal
day-to-day life proved to be often stressful and lonely. But I remembered the verses from Psalm
46 – my source of comfort:

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters
roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging (Psalm 46:1-3 NIV).”

These are, without a doubt, some of the most comforting words from scripture I know by heart.
Through all situations I have only to rest on Him for my strength.

I don’t believe it was coincidence that these verses appeared so often during my daily devotions.
They became my key verses; and since that particular relocation, they became part of me
through many other situations through the years.

We all need words of comfort at one time or another, and we can be assured that God is our
“refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Thank you, Lord, for your comfort in every situation. Help us to know that you are our refuge and
strength, and will guide us through difficult times, fear, and loneliness. Whatever we face in our
day-to-day lives, teach us to lean on you for all our needs. Amen

Used by Permission, Copyright 2010 Chrissy Siggee, All Rights Reserved

About Chrissy Siggee:

  • Blessed with two adult children and three grandchildren
  • Resides with her husband in Brisbane Australia
  • Partly paralyzed on one side until surgery, late October 2007, writing became an
    important part of Chrissy's healing and future.
  • Published work includes the popular devotional gift book, Glimpses of His Glory,
    poetry, and the teen novel, Out of the Shadows - Jenna's Secret
  • Manager of the Australian Bureau The Cypress Times and regular contributor to The
    Cypress Times Faith section
  • Chrissy's freelance writing and website carries an international readership due to
    her unique blend of experiences, primarily writing fiction, and poetry - her favored genre
  • Dedicated to Pastoral Care and Counseling to shut-ins, those hospitalized, and with
    special needs.
  • Served many years in children and youth ministries


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