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Session 24

No one said this was going to be easy

Read: Psalm 121

When children are little, they depend on you for everything — for food, nurture, safety, hygiene, shelter, love, protection, everything. 

As kids get older, they grow more independent. They dress themselves, feed themselves, and eventually drive themselves. But even as roles change and the kids start families on their own, they still look to mom and dad for love, support, and the occasional free babysitter. 

We never outgrow our need for our parents' help the same way that we will never stop needing our heavenly Father's guidance and protection. 

God calls us to follow Him in ways we can’t accomplish without His help. If we could do what He's called us to on our own, we could boast in our own strength. Success through our own efforts and abilities would rob us of God’s greatest blessings.

Psalms 120-134 are collectively known as “Songs of Ascent.” The Israelites would sing them on their travels up to the temple for worship. The journey was difficult and dangerous, and Psalm 121 served to remind them that God’s support and care were constant and unfailing (Psalm 121:3-4).

The promises in Psalm 121 are as true for God’s children today as they were thousands of years ago. No matter what situation we face, we can rely on the God who created heaven and earth. Day or night, today through eternity, God promises provision and protection for anyone who follows Him (Psalm 121:5-8).

Reflect:

  • Do you find it challenging to believe that God will provide the help and protection He promises? Why or why not?
  • What are some lesser things you rely on for protection or provision in difficult times?
  • What is one step God is calling you to take that you can’t do without His help?

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Want to make God laugh?

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3

How to turn your prayers from lists to conversations

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4

Of everything God made, you’re His favorite

Of everything God made, you’re His favorite

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5

What it looks like to trust God with everything

What it looks like to trust God with everything

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6

You don’t have to fight your battles alone

You don’t have to fight your battles alone

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7

How nature speaks to the glory of God

How nature speaks to the glory of God

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You’re not alone in the dark valley

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9

What to do when life spirals out of control

What to do when life spirals out of control

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10

Are you standing in the way of your relationship with God?

Are you standing in the way of your relationship with God?

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11

Why God is the best person to talk to when you’ve done wrong

Why God is the best person to talk to when you’ve done wrong

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12

God will never tire of you needing Him

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13

God rescued you for a relationship

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14

What it means to make God your fortress

What it means to make God your fortress

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15

Why do you do what you do?

Why do you do what you do?

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16

How to say “I’m sorry”

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17

There is no such thing as hidden sin

There is no such thing as hidden sin

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18

In God I trust?

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19

The time you spend waiting is not wasted

The time you spend waiting is not wasted

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20

The best place to go when you desperately need to be refreshed

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21

Why it’s good to look a little farther down the road

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22

The difference praising God can make every day

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23

The benefits that come from reading the Bible

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No one said this was going to be easy

No one said this was going to be easy

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25

The importance of being vulnerable

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How to let go of what’s weighing you down

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27

Where do you turn when everything goes wrong?

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Praising God is easier than you think

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