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Shulanda J. Hastings

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Shulanda J. Hastings is an inspirational writer, Christian counselor and an ambassador to the faith-based community; helping them break mental health barriers. She is the author of the Beauty of My Thorns novel series and of the memoirs, Keeping My Faith While Saving My Mind.

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Greetings:

“David asked, ‘Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’….Ziba answered, He is at the house of Makir son Ammiel in Lo Debar”’ (2 Samuel 9:1,4b, NIV).

Have you ever been or felt like you were at your lowest point? It is the point where everything seems to be going wrong. Your dreams have deferred, your family is divided and you have no direction. Just when it seems like you are about to get a break, you learn years after dedicated labor you have lost your job and because you had to spend the little savings you had for medical purposes, you have no income to provide for your family. Bad gets even worse when your car is repossessed, you receive an eviction notice and as you wonder how to pack up and move your life, there is a spouse and children with that look of despair that you never wanted to see on their faces.

God allows even tragedy to interrupt our lives. It could be from a generational curse, a sin we personally committed or a test for a testimony. Regardless of the reason, God knows about our hidden sins. He knows how much we can take before our breaking point. He even knows about our faithful prayer life when we were in the household, among the unfaithful. Admittedly, when we are in our darkest hour, our lowest state it can be quite difficult to see the hand of God anywhere near our situation. Sometimes despair is overwhelming that you want to accept it as your fate and become content.

Spiritual Manifestation:  Despite King Saul’s treatment of King David, David respected him as one God had allowed to be king, therefore, anointing him. In death, David wanted to bless Saul’s family and when he became King of Israel, he asked his servants to locate anyone still remaining in the household of Saul so that he could bless them. Saul grandson, Mephibosheth, was living in Lo Debar and he felt that he had reached his lowest point and since he was crippled in both feet and his royal family was deceased, he probably became content with his situation. But in verse 7, God moves through David and changes Mephibosheth’s situation, status and position: “Don’t be afraid,” ‘David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”  My oh my, not only did Mephibosheth get a breakthrough, he received favor and the generational curse that placed him in the situation was the reason he was blessed.

You may feel like you are in a state of Lo Debar, but do not accept it as your final destination. Do not become content. God has a plan for your life and no matter where you are He will seek to bless you. Keep being faithful to God, because it’s manifestation time!

Evangelist SJHastings


6 Comments

  1. Thanks for the morning inspiration!

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  2. Rousseau , Linda says:

    Hello, my friend! God always has a word come from you when I most need to hear reassurance from His Word. I don’t know this story, but I’m sure going to read about David and Mephibosheth. God bless you and your family!

    Linda P. Rousseau
    Asst. Library Director/Head of Circulation
    Charleston Southern University Library – Integrating Faith in Learning, Leading and Serving
    P.O. Box 118087
    Charleston, SC 29423
    843-863-7941
    843-863-7947
    Email: lrousseau@csuniv.edu

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    • SJHastings says:

      Great to hear from you! I’m glad it was encouraging and you will definitely find the story encouraging. You might want to start back in 1 Samuel to gain more insight. Please send my greetings to your husband and family!

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