When All Hell Breaks Loose (book review)

Title: When All Hell Breaks Loose
Author: Deborah Wittmier
Publisher: Xulon Press
Date: 2021
Pages: 149

When All Hell Breaks Loose (book review)

Every person has challenges or adversities in life that occur on and off on a regular basis. Most of the challenges are not very large and are easy to deal with. Sometimes, however, it feels as if all hell breaks loose in your life and everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Life is completely turned upside down and everything is helter-skelter. It may feel as if God has thrown you out and forgotten about you, leaving you to your torment and suffering.

This book is about when things like this occur in your life and how to move forward despite the setbacks. Deborah Wittmier, the author, had such a situation occur in her life. She is a minister and does a lot of missions work in Africa with her husband, Harvey.

In 2018, she noticed her vision was not very good for some unknown reason. After getting examined by a doctor, they found out that she had a brain tumor and they needed to do brain surgery to remove it.

In this book she discusses the fears and struggles that she had. She talks about her insecurities and feelings of no value, while wondering why God did not just miraculously heal her. As she does this, she allows you to apply it to any situation that is horrible in your own life.

The first section talks about how to face the adversity in your life. The next section talks about how to walk through it with the eyes of God. The final section looks at how to make room for victory.

At the end of each chapter, she asks a few questions to get you to thinking about how to apply what she talked about. She makes it very clear that this is not an easy road to travel, but at the same time God is with the person and makes a way. There are times she points out where she had the wrong thoughts or attitudes about what was occurring with each setback and trouble, yet God, in His mercy strengthened and guided her.

Although she did not get the complete victory as she would have loved to have, God did bring her through it with great health and no more brain tumor.

Harvey and Deborah Wittmier

I highly recommend this book if you have ever gone through some traumatic experience in your life, or if you have not, read it to be prepared in your mind and heart for any setbacks that will occur. It is a short book and easy to read, but will tug at your heart, even with small troubles or setbacks that you may be going through with day to day in your own life.

Genesis 2:18 People Need Others

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18

It is common for people to believe that they can make it alone, that they do not need others for help. People want to feel as if they are in control and can do what is needed on their own.

Children begin this belief with pushing parents away when attempting to try something new. Teens reject the advice of parents. Adults reject help out of selfish pride.

After making the earth and everything in it, God made man. He realized that man was alone, and it was not good, so He made a helper for him.

Although this scripture is looking specifically at marriage, it can be applied in many areas of life, but it starts with marriage. A marriage partner is (or should be) the closest person to anyone.

The spouse should be able to understand and know the other spouse more intimately than anyone else. Knowing someone this way allows for that person to help out in any way needed.

Often people in marriage are in it for themselves, rather than for their spouse. They are not there to help build the other one up, but to be built up.

In this same way, people need others to help them out in nearly every area of life. And in the same way, many are in friendships with others for selfish reasons, rather than to help the other person.

Jesus wants every believer to love and serve others. One person may be serving another, while another one yet serves the first one. This is the help that every one needs in their different times of need. No one should be alone, but a part of God’s community loving and serving each other.

You may or may not be married. Either way, there will be many times that you will need help from others. Allow God to use others to help you.

If you are single, seek God to show you the one who should be your helpmate in marriage, the one who can know you intimately and help you the best. This can build you up in your walk with God and with accomplishing tasks in life in general.

You are not a lone island, who is there to help you on your path with God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God’s direction to who can help you in this life; that you will seek God’s direction in who you can help; and that God will place people in your life that will point you to Jesus and build you up in God and His word.

Thank You For A Great Year

I want to say a great big ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone around the world who has chosen to stop by my devotional blog and read it and for many to subscribe to it in the year of 2021!

It was an amazing year for my blog. There were 81,271 views last year, nearly doubling the highest number of views ever on this blog. There were 58,256 visitors to the blog, also nearly doubling the highest ever.

God had led me to start this blog back in 2014. I had no idea if anyone would actually read it or begin to follow it. Over the years since, God has led me to include articles of experiences, various studies on different subjects, book and movie reviews, verse of the day, giving thanks verses, and memory verses.

Although it is great to have such high numbers of viewers and followers, my prayer is that lives are being changed for God. I trust that the many who read these posts are encouraged to draw closer to God, become more like Jesus, read the Bible more, and trust God more. If these things have not occurred, this blog has failed.

However, I believe that God’s word is living and active. As it goes out and is read by people around the world, it is changing lives. Some will move away from God, while others will draw closer to God.

This blog has the ability to get God’s word into nations and places that the world does not want anything to do with Jesus. It can reach people of every nation twenty-four hours a day.

As you read this blog, feel free to share it with others. Get the word of God out to the rest of the world. Let people know what they are missing without reading God’s word.

If something is written that touches your life, please let me know. It is very encouraging to hear what God is doing in the lives of people all around the world. Everyone has a story to tell about their experience with God and His word in their lives. What is your story? Again, thank you for taking the time to stop by and read this devotional blog.

May you hunger for more and more of God’s word in your life. May the God of heaven and earth fill your days with His overwhelming presence and blessings and guide you by His Holy Spirit as you make Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life.

Genesis 1:31 All That God Does Is Good

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day. Genesis 1:31

Businesses and people are making things every day all around the world. New products of nearly everything imaginable are being created for people to use.

As these are being made, some come out very good and become popular. Other things are not so good to even horrible and fail at gaining the desire of the people. When things fail or are not so good, some will attempt to improve them, sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing in the end.

Genesis begins with God creating everything that is. As He finishes creating everything on the sixth day, He sees that everything is not just good, but very good.

The world tends to think that God made some mistakes. It is common to hear people say that God made a mistake or was cruel when a baby is born with a deformity. Or that He made a mistake in allowing a person to get sick or die.

God makes everything in perfection, but many people forget that man messes things up. It is because of man’s sin that sickness, pain, and death occur on a regular basis.

All the sin of man does not negate the perfection of God’s work. Everything that God does is very good. It is done with a focus of giving life, the best life to each and every person.

Some will choose to believe God and follow His path to eternal and perfect life. They will see the goodness of God’s choices and path for their lives and walk in it.

Many will choose to reject God, believing that they know a better way to life and in the end will only bring death and destruction.

Despite all of the challenges in your life, God loves you and wants only the best for you. Just as much as God is out to build you up, the world is out to destroy you and tear you down.

Rather than blaming God for what the world is doing, trust God and follow Him. Know that He will never do anything that is not very good in light of eternity. Things may be painful in the moment, but it is only a very short momentary second in the face of eternal life with God someday.

Know that all that God does is very good.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will see the goodness of all that God does; and that you will become more like Jesus every day.