Don’t be so quick to say someone doesn’t understand what you’re going through. You never know what a person has gone through just by looking at them. People suffer in silence or they find ways to cope with their adversities. Never assume you know the whole story about anyone just because of what you see in this moment.
While standing in my kitchen washing dishes, and listening to gospel music, a song came on (Zacardi Cortez “God held me together) which reminded me of how the Lord has kept me. I began to recall things I haven’t thought about in years, all while knowing how intentional I believe God has been in keeping me for this moment in life, to be an encouragement, spiritual support, voice of reason or simply a listening ear for everyone He would send my way.
Just so you understand some of what i’ve overcome, my first real memory of how God has kept me from hurt, pain and even death was God delivering me from sexual abuse when I was just eight or nine years old, then a memory of God keeping me from being abducted on my way home from school one day, my dad showed up just as the guys had blocked me in and were getting out of their car. I remember him running with all his might (he was a big man). I also remembered almost being shot by a stray bullet while my siblings and I played on the street (an NYPD car chase). One of the most painful memories was when my dad who I know loved me from the depths of his heart had a nervous breakdown and my baby brother and I had to literally run for our lives, because it seemed that my fathers intention was to kill his family and then himself! My next memory was in my youthful stupidity, I tried recreational drugs (weed) and apparently my boyfriend at the time laced it with something extra. To this day I have no memory of that night (crazy right). I also experienced issues with depression early in my marriage while my husband was deployed oversees in the Navy. It was to the point that I contemplated taking my life and my baby girls who was in the car with me at the time. I was so lonely and angry that I was in the situation I was in but it was only in that moment I gave into the voices that told me to pull in front of a dump truck to end my pain and disappointment. It was that moment I looked over into my daughters sweet little eyes that I knew I had to live. God had a call on her and the baby boy I would have a few years later. God held me together for my family and so many others. Be encouraged, whatever you are going through is only for a season, It won’t last always.
Psalm 30:5 Weeping may endure for a night but joy will come in the morning
As I read my devotional this morning, I realized it was my story as well. This just goes to show that no matter what we go through, we are not alone. Someone has experienced the same pain, loss, hurt, discouragement as you are going through in this very moment, so don’t allow yourself to become so overwhelmed during the trial that you lose hope for your future. You will get through it, and you’ll be able to help someone else as they go through their life issues because you made it (testify).
It’s the Holidays, and so many of us are dealing with self induced problems. So often we can’t find our way out of situations we’ve gotten ourselves into. In the midst of those problems, we’ve all probably said, “I don’t know what else I can do”. Well, Gods Word says, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Just as a parent desires to keep their child from life’s pitfalls, hurts and pains, our Heavenly Father desires the same for us. We are His workmanship, created in His image. Why not allow the Creator to work out or to work on that situation that seems beyond your control. Just as any parent does, God simply wants your faithfulness and your obedience.
His Word says, “If you remain in Me, and My Word remains in you, you can ask whatever you wish and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7) NIV.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
My daughter posted something on Facebook today that I feel so strongly about so, I’m sharing it with you today. She is a Christian counselor, but it doesn’t take education, only common sense and a deep breath before you act erratically
I’ve heard it said that it is better to let someone walk away from you, rather than to allow them to walk all over you. No one deserves to be a doormat for anyone else. Let go of those who have hurt you beyond repair, to make room for those who actually deserve you and want to treat you well.