Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Thursday to you all! It’s so good to be back with you today and I pray that as you walk through this day; that you will truly experience Jesus in all that you do…Amen!!
Well…the reason why I wasn’t here yesterday; is because it was shopping day…and lately, I have been shopping for a month at a time, due to the severity of my legs and health…plus I seem to accomplish more with the ministry in this way. Anyways…after getting out…doing all the shopping…coming home…and storing it all away, I was ready to let these two legs of mine rest. I’ll tell you though…God was truly with me, as the store wasn’t that busy…plus the taxi was able to pick us up sooner than usual; so I was definitely praising God for that!
After settling down and resting for a bit, I had decided to get up and get some dinner. I was doing fine, until after dinner…and from there on, it seemed that the pain levels were rising…and the body wasn’t feeling that well; so I called it quits for the day and went to bed early.
Once my head hit the pillow, I seemed to drift off to sleep pretty well, until the middle of the night…where I began to wake up on the hour with severe pain. Finally, around 4:00am, I made this body of mine get out of bed and take some ibuprofen. I finally got back to sleep…just in time for the alarm to go off; so I got out of bed and began to slowly get around.
By time I reached the office, I was feeling a little discouraged; so I began to talk with God and share my heart with Him. He began to lead me to a song titled… “Don’t Be Afraid.” As I just sat quietly to myself and listened closely to each word that was coming through my headphones; these were a few of the words that began to draw me closer to Him… “I know it's hard to believe, when your eyes just can't see…so lean on Me. I have not disappeared and I can see you from here. Tears are blinding you from the truth; “Oh, I'm right here in front of you.” You know…sometimes we just need a reminder that God is with us…no matter what we may be facing at the time; because sometimes these difficult moments we face, can truly blind us from the truth and attempt to convince us that God isn’t there, when He is actually right there beside us.
One of my very favorite Bible verses that God has used many times in my life is found in Psalm 34:18 and we read… “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
I have truly come to see within my own life; that Satan not only afflicts us…but is there to keep reminding us, as to how bad the affliction really is…and once we begin to believe these thoughts; that is when we seem to lose touch with God.
The thing we need to remember each day…especially during difficult and heart wrenching times such as these; is that our Lord has a different love for us…a love that is drawn to the brokenhearted. I don’t know about you; but there can be times in my life, when it’s not always easy to believe this…as the pain and tiredness can make a person feel worthless in the eyes of themself and God. Let’s face it…we all need Jesus…and even more…we need to know that Jesus still loves us.
Today…maybe you are experiencing something similar to me. Maybe your situation has taken a toll on you…to the place where you feel like a piece of nothing in your own eyes…or even in the eyes of God. May I encourage you, by saying that God is there for you…and He’s even closer than you think. Maybe your circumstance is attempting to make you believe otherwise; but through many years of pain and deep heartache, I have come to see that these are the moments, when I experience God the most in my life. Sometimes, I think we just need to wipe the tears from our eyes…get quiet and alone with God and let Him console and comfort…what has brought us to brokenness. I have come to truly see that once we leave the deceptive thoughts behind…to open ourselves up to God; that this is when the real truth begins to enter our thoughts…truth that can set us free and help us to truly experience God’s loving and compassionate presence once more…Amen!
Have a very blessed day…and I will hope to see you again tomorrow!
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