When they wear you down, and the days are harder than you thought they could be, know that we are all having those days. You are not alone. You are not the only one feeling pain and being insulted. But know this. The other person who shares the experience of difficulty, insult, pain, hardship, persecution of all types was Jesus Christ. So praying to Him about these things is taking your pain to someone who also lived it, understands it and loves you. And when you truly get this, you have a world of help and hope. So, consider this and know you are lived so much by God. Love you.❤
So all of us except my youngest have been through the two week cold that is going around. I reject illness so have only been slightly inconvenienced and just had congestion in the morning. And I treat any symptoms that pop in. Now, illness is not something we alsays have to face, thankfully. Some people have long term illnesses but generally people have a start and a stop to the crux of illnesses. And so we have this set period of time where there is weakness and pain and illness and nd yucky feeling and discomfort and then that period of time ends and you return to life. An illness is a setback not a destination for most people. And this is what is true for most battles and trials and difficulties and rounds of “bad luck”. We have hard times for a while and then we learn or reject the lesson and it gets better or comes back later. And there is always something more to learn (and we tend to be stubborn and prideful) so we will again meet another test/hard time/battle/difficulty. It might even be an illness. So we walk on in our journey through life on our way to heaven (Lord willing). And as we walk, we walk through bad times, murky mud, painful hot coals or what not then we walk out to good times/normal/beautiful times. But all through our journey we walk through these things. The scenery changes, for good or bad, but we do not stop moving. The thing about God is that when we are His children, He walks with us and helps us through the yucky stuff faster and as we walk, no matter what we go through, we have an undelying peace and joy that cannot otherwise be explained. Now this peace and joy may be masked by the fog on the road, all the distractions, but as soon as we focus on God again and not our own struggles, we are renewed in spirit and refreshed. So remember that we might have illnesses or hard times but if we focus on God in humble prayer, we get through and move on. Be encouraged and focus on God not the problem and definitely no the fog. God be praised!
Sometimes it just does. People wrong you. People steal from you. People betray you. People hurt you. There is nothing that can be done about this. It is that way. This is reality. I do know that God is faithful and on our side. I know that to be true. I do not always feel this to be true. However, that does not make it less true. Yes, often life sucks. But God never does. He is our Friend and Father and Lover of our Souls. When all you can do is pray, prayer is all you can do.
And prayer is everything. It is the most powerful thing you can do.
Never be fooled into believing nothing will happen or change or if it will, that it will do so only after giving you a heads up. One day, my friend was fine after a routing physical, the next day she was told results of that routine blood work that started the evaluation and determination for cancer and her life was changed forever. One day I was a career woman with an only son and remarried and shortly after we discovered I was pregnant and our lives changed forever. One day my parents moved down to live close to us and all was well. Then, three days later dad had a massive stroke and two months later mom follows with a broken hip. Our lives have not been the same since. What I am saying is not to fear and worry and look suspiciously at life. Want I am saying from one keenly in touch with surprise occurrences, is that sometimes there are surprise occurrences. And the way this world is heading in these widely anticipated end times, they are far more certain than what we know of right now. And my word for such expectancies is peace. My gift to you when uncertainty hits you between the eyes is that our security does not lie with plush cushions and cuddling under the stars or coffee and newspaper at breakfast with slippers and a robe. Our security does not lie with security systems, a stash of food, armor or Rottweiler’s. Our security is much more valuable and secure than that. Our security is found with the Maker of us all and designer and coordinator of the complex system of sustained life we recognize as the universe. If He is for us, no one can be against us. And the Bible states clearly that He is for all who trust in Him for salvation. We are just passing through in this body shell. We have a short and undetermined amount of time here to verify we accept the sacrifice of the Messiah Jesus Christ and then we are relocated after that to our eternal destination of heaven in closer community with God and those who believe as we do. Wide is the path that leads where you don’t want to go and narrow is the path to life eternally. The Bible is quite clear on that point. It also shows that all this is seen as nonsense and craziness to those who reject His truth. So my security and peace and joy is not dependent on what happens to me ever, no matter what it is. To think so is very short sighted and distracted. My peace and joy and security come because the all powerful God of heaven’s armies is my adoptive Father. What other than Him would I possibly fear? What on His green earth should surprise me or shake me from my foundation of truth? Nothing can happen without His okay, so if He allows it, it is for a reason that serve a greater purpose than my comfort. My goal is not to be comfortable, it is to pass the test and get the heck out of here when my time of testing and service is completed. We live such comfortable lives. Most of us know no real suffering. Some live with it , but most don’t and they like to think polish and goal and cozy is how life should be. However, we are never ever called to live on a break. We are called to serve, to do, to move, to help. We are given peace and joy when we do these things out of love because of our thankfulness for salvation. God wants everyone to be saved. We really need to get busy toward that goal. My thoughts of the night to remind us all to think. I needed this word tonight. Praise God!