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).
As I watched the news yesterday, I saw a mother who did not know where her son was after the mass shooting in Orlando Florida at a gay night club. My heart melted for her as she explained how she was not getting help finding her son. She described him in detail as her tears flowed. Her love for her son was so evident, and her pain penetrated my soul.
I immediately put myself in her place and knew that even if my son or daughter decided to live an alternative lifestyle (gay), I would still love them deeply because as their mother, I gave birth to them, they lived in my body for 9 months, and I always have their best interest in mind.
Pray for the mothers and the families of those who died as well as those who were injured.
We can not stand in judgment, we simply must love and should pray for those who are hurting. God will be the judge. We are commanded to love, so let’s do just that.
Judge not, that you be not judged
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
“All things work together for the good of those who love God, who are the called according to His purpose”.
Take therefore no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
We all go through things in our lives, in our marriages and in our relationships, and we think when we are going through it, “I never thought this could happen to me”, but when we have faith in God, we have hope. Jesus hears our expressions of sadness, of pain, of disappointments spoken and unspoken. He’s so familiar with the unspoken pain which comes from our wordless sighs, the sound of our falling tears, and even the pain of our soul’s silent cry of, “Why Lord”?
BUT !! He wants us to speak honestly and openly with Him, (Pray). He not only wants us to experience the healing that comes from sharing our hearts, and hurts with Him, but He also wants to comfort us in knowing that He does always listen, and In love, He offers help and hope during our troubled times. As we practice talking openly and honestly with The Lord, (Pray), we will start to feel a sense of peace, of relief which comes from our trust in Him knowing everything about us because, He is our creator, The One who understands us more than we understand ourselves.
“Trust In The Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths”, Proverbs 3:5-6.
Romans 8:28. ” And we know, all things work together for the good of them who love God, and are the called according to His purpose”.
When troubles come, (and they will) our minds tend to think crazy thoughts. No matter how we try, we tend to think negatively about the outcome. Try to brush aside those negative thoughts, thoughts of anger, thoughts of bondage, fear, sadness, loneliness, defeat etc,. “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
I thank God for my husband who balances me out, especially emotionally. He talks me out of anger and doubt, he picks me up when I’m down, he is my best friend. I would be guilty of making unwise decisions and more than a few bad choices without his loving guidance.
We all make bad choices, the thing is, we fail to accept that our choices or decisions may have caused them. Just remember, our God, who is rich in mercies loves us. He made us and He knows us better than we know ourselves. He will not leave us nor will He forsake us, BUT! in order to receive His mercies, comfort and guidance, we must strive to live in His will (by His word).
Be encouraged, “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Tell yourself, this too shall pass. Thank God
The bible tells us, there is a time and a season for everything in our lives, (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
So many people are under an extreme amount of pressure these days, experiencing depression and anxiety and not quite understanding what is going on with them. I feel it is important to be open about the fact that, while dealing with my precious mothers sickness, shortly after her death, I had a nervous breakdown! That happened because I was so overwhelmed and depressed, but mostly because, I didn’t talk about what was going on within me. I over thought every decision I made about her medical care, the surgeries, even agreeing to let her no longer be treated with dialysis. She just wanted to live out the rest of her days in peace, and I let her.
If you are experiencing the pain of sickness, sadness, anxiety depression or loss, it may not seem like it right now, but your pain is only temporary. You have to fight to get better. You may be crying, but your tears will soon dry. You will feel happiness again, you will smile again. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalms 30:5).