Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! It's so good to be back with you today…and I pray that your day is going well…and that you will ALWAYS experience God's almighty stretched out hand of hope and love for you each day!
As I look back over the past 61 years of my life; it seems as if the struggles, heartache and pain has become a book of many painful stories. There were many times, when I felt as if I was in a world of my own…and at first, it was a world that only seemed to be me and the many circumstances I faced; but a time did come, when God stepped into that world and made it even more complete; then before the circumstances first begun.
Several Bible verses that really have taken hold of my heart over the years is found in Psalm 142:3-7, and we read… "When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. 4) I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. 5) I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. 6) Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I. 7) Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me."
I will never forget the moments, when my life felt as if it was wasting away. It seemed as if Satan had placed so may obstacles in my path; that life became overwhelming…to the place, where I didn't want to live anymore. The struggles became very real…and I felt as if I had been thrown into a troubled sea…one where I could barely keep my head above the troubled waters.
One thing I remember even more about these difficult times; is how so many walked away and left me alone. In fact…I remember a time, when I had to be in my bedroom for 3 months, due to the critical condition of my knees. As I sat in a room, with only a small window…and a husband that had no choice but to work at the time; I faced many of these moments alone, as others went about their business and never seemed to have the time to even give me a call on the phone.
During these difficult times of my life, I did eventually come to see that what God had allowed; was only so I could understand the need of another person and discover Him in a very real way. I also learned that when there was no one there to care…He was there for me…and that became the time, when I began to cry out to Him for help.
Now as I look back on those difficult times of my life, I see how the circumstances didn't defeat me; but instead, they nudged me into the arms of Jesus…and as I began to look up to Him, rather than out to the difficult times that were standing before me; that is when I also began to experience freedom, from the bondage that Satan attempted to surround me with…and through time; Jesus came to the prison cell of my despair and set me free. Yes…I continue to struggle at times; but that is only because Satan seems to not want to give up on me; but I have news for him…I have a God who never gave up on me…and He will continue to walk me through all the rubble that Satan attempts to place before me.
No matter what you're facing right now…and no matter how alone you feel; just know that there is a God who will reach down from the heavens and be the closest friend you could ever have…One who will step into your world and walk you through the difficult times you're facing…and all you have to do is ask Him for His help…it's that simple.
So many times, we try to remain strong and tough on our own…believe me, I know about that; but one thing I have come to see is that this route never takes a person anywhere. In fact…it only keeps them locked up in a prison cell of despair…where Satan can have his way. Instead of taking the difficult route, while remaining strong on your own; why not let go and fall into the arms of Jesus…and one thing I can say for sure; is that once you do this…that is when the chains of oppression will be broken and you will be set free.
Have a very blessed weekend and I will see you on Monday!
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