Pain. Reassurance. He Makes Me Brave

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Personal Growth Tips, Spiritual Help

  Pain? What is pain? Discomfort? Uneasiness? Anxiety? Dull ache? Excruciating? Distress?  Hopelessness? Helplessness? Pain is all of these things to me. At this moment I feel numb and empty. There are no words to express my feelings. The words evade my thoughts. Have you felt these emotions rush over your body invading your spirit? Recently I had two dental procedures believing they were necessary to evade a root canal in my future. Regret is a mild word to describe my feelings at the moment as I experience discomfort and pain. Maybe a root canal was in my future but now I say, “If it does not hurt, leave it alone.” Next time I will think through a recommendation more thoroughly. I do not know about you but I always seem to learn my lessons the painful way. Is there any other way to learn? My thoughts drift to God and His blessings amidst pain, disappointment, and that dull empty feeling that drifts into my life at times. I ask why? There is no answer. His Word reassures me that He loves me, is with me, and that all is in His design and His desire to mold me and make me, humble me, and create an awareness in me that only He can fill. Have you heard the song, He Makes Me Brave? The song wanders through my mind. It is true. God’s love washes over me and crashes over me giving me strength as His grace makes me brave to embrace Him who created me and desires for me to follow Him regardless of where the journey may lead. My pain and discomfort is mild compared to others I know that suffer from serious illnesses and heartache. Although one thing I have learned in my life is that pain is pain regardless of the severity. As I allow God to work in my life I release my all to Him knowing that He holds my future in His hands. He takes my broken life and uses it for His glory and His purpose. The following is Paul’s Prayer in Ephesians 3:14-19. Today I pray this prayer for you. “When I think of the wisdom and the scope of God’s plan. I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is...

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Trust, Delight, Commit All to God

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Accountability, Action Steps, Family, Personal Growth Tips, Spiritual Help

In Psalm 37 David calls us to trust, delight in God, and commit all we have and all we are to Him including our families, our job, and our finances. Get into God’s Word, get to know Him, spend time in prayer, and fellowship with your Heavenly Father. We cannot trust someone we do not know. When struggling with the desire to trust God ask yourself, “What do I have the power to control?” The answer is nothing. Surrender to God all that you are, all that you have, all that you hope to have, all that you desire to be and peace comes. Remember the song “I Surrender All?” Surrendering all to Jesus is a daily, moment by moment action we take. Give up the fretting and worrying and replace those emotions and thoughts with trusting God, relying upon Him to provide and expect Him to do so. Surrender yourself completely to God. “Don’t worry about the wicked. Don’t envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like springtime flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn, and the justice of your case will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop your anger! Turn from your rage! Do not envy others — it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.” Psalm 36:1-9 (NLT) The keys to surrender in these verses are don’t worry, trust, delight, commit, be still, and refrain from anger. When God asks us to do something He backs it up with a promise, a blessing as in Psalm 37:11. “But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.” (NLT) When we commit to God He gives us the wisdom to know what to change and what to accept. Release all to Him and enjoy the peace that only our God can give to us. “God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them.” Matthew 5:5 (NLT) Everything that comes into our lives is designed with God’s purpose in mind as He molds us and makes us into what He desires for us to be. Often I get busy and consumed with daily activities and forget that what is best for me is moment by moment surrender of me to God who created me, calls me His child, and desires His best for me....

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Hurt, Guilt, Anger, Forgiveness

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Action Steps, Family, Personal Growth Tips, Spiritual Help

I want to recommend a powerful book to you – When God Stopped Keeping Score…How to Break Free From a A Past Filled With Hurt, Guilt and Anger Through The Power Of Forgiveness by R.A. Clark. We have all suffered through anger, resentment, pain, and guilt. The question is are we still allowing ourselves to suffer because of things that have happened to us in the present or the past? Love is often hard when we observe so much hate in the world. This book is the first step on your journey to become all that God intended for you to be when He created you. My pastor said, “Forgiveness is the best gift you can give someone.” Forgiveness is also one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Brenda    ...

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Hello…Are You Broken?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Personal Growth Tips

  Hello, Are you broken? I’ve been broken too. I know what it’s like: To cry in the night…alone. To scream obscenties in private rage; To feel the endless pit of pain, To soak my pillows with tears, To wonder when the pain will ever end, To wonder if I’ll ever, really, be whole again, To ask God why I was born, To ask God why the pain, How can He use what I’ve got, How can He take a messed up life, And turn it into something special? Only one who has experienced brokenness can best Recognize, And encourage one who has been broken, And work to encourage others who are also broken. (C Hull) If this describes you today, seek God, read your Bible, find comfort in God’s Word and His promises, and encourage others. We are all broken. God has taken us to places in our lives we never asked or wanted to go. When we hit rock bottom the solution is to turn to God as our source of strength. He reaches down, raises us up, and heals us as He changes our heart and our desires. The poem above I came across several years ago described my feelings and my struggles. God continues to break me as He molds me into His desire for me. “Why am I so discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again- my Savior and my God! Psalm 42:5-6 (NLT) “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)      ...

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Prayer for Inner Strength

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Personal Growth Tips, Spiritual Help

My prayer for you and me today is Ephesians 3:16-18. “I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you inner strength through His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots  grow down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with the fullness of life and power that comes from...

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God’s Word

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Personal Growth Tips, Spiritual Help

God’s Word promises us in Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” If you are struggling today with a problem with your children or an adult son or daughter who has strayed from God, do not fear for God gave us this promise. Release your child over to God and commit each day to claim God’s promise for your child and watch God work in their lives. Enjoy your day!...

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