Even when it hurts…

I sit here on my bedroom floor, just before getting ready to hop into bed,

As I kneeled down and prayed for family and friends, I couldn’t help but listen to God say that I one more thing to do before going to sleep, and that is to write this blog post.

For someone who is hurting right now, for someone who is in a great deal of pain, mentally or physically. God is with you.

I can imagine the great deal of pain and suffering someone may have as they’re going through something difficult. I say this because that was me, for several years before I was saved and while I was a born again Christian.

Here is the catch, I have been a Christian for about 2 years now and can honestly say I have not considered myself a true Christian until one day I was completely torn up, exhausted and done with the way I was living.

I would call my family and friends, sobbing over the phone explaining to them how much I disliked myself, how guilty I had felt about eating something I didn’t think I should have eaten, and just pouring out such a negative spirit whenever I was having a “tough day” that occurred almost every other day.

I then came across a bible verse that totally changed my ways of thinking, acting, and even living as a follower of Christ.

“First seek the kingdom of God and all things will be added unto you.” I have heard this particular verse many times over my life, but it never actually clicked in until this past month…crazy isn’t it? Not really, you see, I had to ask God through many prayers that He would reveal Himself to me throughout His Word so that I could understand how to think, act, and behave as I ought. I knew I needed to change something about my life in order to be happy, I didn’t know how or where to start.

If you’re someone who is going through a dark time, or experiencing pain of any kind…can I encourage you to pray that God would reveal Himself in such a way that would change your ways of thinking, acting, or living? May I pray for you, that God would do something incredible in you so that you can turn your car around into the direction God’s planning to take you?

God doesn’t get frustrated when you make the wrong turn in life. So if you’re someone like me who, feels like it’s “too late”, “I’ve already made far too many mistakes”, “I’ve made too many wrong turns, I’ve hurt too many people”, etc. He wants you to recognize that you’re not on His path and ask for forgiveness, but he does not want you to feel condemned for it.

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. –Luke 15:7 

Also, if you’re one of those people who think you’re “too old”, or too far along the road of life to become saved by the love and grace of Jesus, please stop yourself right there, there is no such thing!

1 Corinthians 6:19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God and you are not your own.” 

Father, I pray that tonight you would bring healing and restoration amongst the people who are suffering right now from any kind of pain. I pray that you would take away all their worry, fear, anxiety, shame, guilt, whatever it may be. I pray in ask in the name of Jesus that you would touch their hearts, guard their minds and bless them in the days ahead. Give them a spirit of love, peace, truth, and guide them as they walk in the world with so many obstacles being thrown at them. You, God, are bigger than these things and have overcome these things, so I pray that whoever needs a touch of Your healing power that they would receive it and be changed by you-forever.

Amen.

This morning I was reading a daily devotion written by Sarah Young, It said

Worship Me only. Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god. Worries, if indulged, develop into idols. Anxiety gains a life of its own, parasitically infesting your mind. Break free from this bondage by affirming your trust in Me and refreshing yourself in my presence. What goes on in your mind is invisible, undetectable to other people. But I read your thoughts continually searching for evidence of trust in Me. I rejoice when your mind turns to Me. Guard your thoughts diligently, good-thought choices will keep you close to me. 

What do we fill our minds with? Let’s focus on Him instead.

Have a wonderful week ahead everyone ❤

Sara

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