Pillars of Truth

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Pillars of Truth

150 years ago this month, the American Civil War came to a close. Whether they were north of the Mason-Dixon Line or south of it, women on the home front waged their own battles: battles against near-paralyzing fear or sorrow. Those who were able to live with faith and courage were held up by three pillars of truth that still apply to us all today.

Pillar 1: We are in good hands.

Psalm 31:5 says, “My times are in your hands.” It’s a truth that Mary Custis Lee, wife of General Robert E. Lee, took to heart. She wrote: “We must not deem untimely that which God ordains. He knows the best time to take us from this world; and can we question either His love or wisdom?”

Pillar 2: We are not confined by our own limits.

Every one of us at some point has felt as though we were too weak to carry on. Sarah Broadhead, a Gettysburg housewife, certainly felt this way as she helped nurse wounded soldiers. But whatever our task, whatever our road, we can endure through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

Pillar 3: We are on a journey, and it doesn’t end in the valley.

Ps. 30:5 says, “Weeping may remain for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” One of the biggest fears we deal with is that we will never be OK again, that our life has been broken in a way that can never be fixed. But God’s Word says otherwise. The night may feel endless, but dawn is on the way. Joy comes in the morning.

Are you combating your own fears right now? Stand firm and strong by leaning on these pillars of truth.

Jocelyn Green
Jocelyn Green
JOCELYN GREEN is an award-winning author, freelance writer and editor. A former military wife, she authored, along with contributing writers, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives (Moody 2008) and Faith Deployed . . . Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives (Moody 2011). She maintains her own award-winning Web site for military wives at www.faithdeployed.com. She holds a B.A. in English from Taylor University, and is an active member of the Evangelical Press Association, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Christian Authors Network. She and her husband have two children and reside in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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