I don’t know how to go through life on my own. I’m so thankful that no matter where I’m at, I’m not alone. Sometimes I feel like I can’t take another step. Then I’m reminded of Jesus and that he wept. He endured much pain leading up to the cross. He knows what it’s like to suffer and endure great loss. I’m thankful for his character and the life that he lead. I’m thankful for his sacrifice and the blood he shed. Though the enemy always tries to deceive, Jesus is greater and the Holy Spirit is in me. I don’t have to live a life of fear. Father speak truth and bless my ears. I’ll follow your voice, may I listen and hear. I know that you are with me, you are always near! Step by step, lead the way. Lord I want to do all you say. I love when I’m walking with you in stride, in both the high and low tide. Give me the strength to follow you. No matter where you lead, may I walk with you!
When love is experienced everything is ok. You wonder why you can’t feel this way every day. The truth is God loves you and you have a choice. You can live as a son or daughter or you can be distracted by the noise. The world will fill your mind and the enemy will feed you lies, but God will be your Father and never leave your side. There will be times you feel like he’s no where to be found, but take time to listen he’s speaking, hear his sound? He’s that gentle whisper that says it’s going to be ok. I know you don’t understand why I don’t always answer when you pray. But I promise you I hear everything you say. Child I love you, come be with me today. He will not force you to comply, he even loves you when you ask why. You don’t have to continue to strive, to prove you have value while you’re alive. You are treasured in God’s eyes. It’s why he sent his son die. For if Jesus never died, we would be seperated forever you and I. But because perfect blood was shed, now we can live instead. When Jesus conquered the grave, he left but the Holy Spirit came. Ask him to lead you, you’ll never be the same. When you’re going through many trials and everything seems to pile. He will give you the ability to persevere and the courage to conquer your fears. Live as a son or daughter and receive the love of God the Father. When you work from a place of rest you realize that God’s the best. You don’t have to strive to be loved, he is a gentle as a dove. When you let him speak life to you, you feel rejuvenated and renewed. Love changes everything! What a beautiful gift from a king. Be carriers of this precious gift. It has the ability to lift, anyone from anything. Love changes everything!
Work is something we all do. Whether it’s as simple as changing the toilet paper roll (if you do it) to working hours at a full time or part time job, some that pay and others that don’t like being a mom or dad. Anyway, I’m writing this post to encourage anyone who might be feeling overwhelmed by work. Work does not define you. People will put demands on you and you will have certain expectations of yourself. I encourage you to find time to count your blessings. It’s not always easy, but when you can focus on thankfulness, it helps you get through the difficult days. It can help you change what your dwelling on and lift you up. There is wisdom in persevering and wisdom in knowing when to quit or stand up for yourself. Don’t let yourself be abused. Don’t let work be your life. Ask God for wisdom on how to live a balanced life.
Lord I pray for all of the people who are reading this post. Holy Spirit, come and calm their hearts. Bring peace to stressful and chaotic situations. I pray for favor at their jobs and for opportunities for promotions and raises. Lord, I ask that people can feel your love and cling to the hope you bring. I need you God! You are near to the broken-hearted and tell us to come to you and lay our burdens at your feet. Take our anxieties and fears. Thank you for taking the weight of the world. We can’t handle it, but you can. I love you Lord!
In Jesus’ name, amen!
How many of you have thought about giving up on a job or situation. I’ve faced many difficult decisions, but lately I found myself struggling. I have been upset at myself for not obtaining my own expectations and feeling like I’m failing even though I’m trying my best. I can’t say I’ve completely resolved these feelings, but I’m realizing the importance of giving myself grace. I don’t know about you, but it is hard for me to give myself grace. It is easier for me to forgive others, but difficult to forgive myself. I want to encourage you and give you permission to love yourself when you feel like your failing to meet expectations. I can’t say I understand everything you’re going through. But I want to acknowledge that life can be hard, and sometimes seem unrelenting. Thank you for choosing to persevere. My prayer is that you continue to learn how to take care of yourself while doing the best you can in every situation. I’m learning this lesson, and it’s taking some time. I’m learning that it’s ok that I haven’t “arrived.”
Brokenness is hard but beautiful to me. When you’re struggling child bring me your needs. I’m your strength and comfort in the storm. I knew you child before you were born. Lean on me and the Body of Christ. On the cross Jesus suffered and paid the price. Before that he was tempted and he was tried. Yes Jesus wept, yes he cried. He was insulted and mocked, but death set us free. Children run, run to me. Don’t try to be strong for you are weak. Learn to humble, learn to be meek. Ask me to come and help you each day. I’m the only truth, I’m the only way. Brokenness is beautiful in my eyes. Just tell me the truth, nothing’s a surprise!
Sometimes you go through times where you tell yourself over and over again, “I can do it.” As Dory would say on Finding Nemo “just keep swimming.” I am currently dealing with situations that I’ve never been trained for. Life throws curve balls and we have to adjust. This post is for those of you who are struggling to get through another day. Some situations seem hopeless. I can’t argue with the statement, “life is hard.”
The only I know to do is ask God to renew my hope. To bring hope where there is none. To bring comfort in the midst of pain. To bring peace to the chaos. To bring light to the darkness. To bring wisdom when confusion is present. When I start asking God for these things and speaking truth about who God is, I find myself filled with a little more hope. Sometimes all we need is a glimmer to help us through difficult times.
I recently started my first job as a speech language pathologist. The job came up quickly, I was hired quickly and started almost immediately. I’m going through a myriad of emotions and find myself adjusting to many new changes. I’ve struggled with anxiety during this time. I’ve been discouraged and overwhelmed. But in the midst of what seems like chaos, I know I am learning and growing. I make a conscious decision daily, often multiple times daily, to learn from my mistakes and keep going. I want to be a light to the students on my caseload and my colleagues. Changes are hard, but I have hope. Thank you Lord for giving me hope. We all need hope to help keep us going! I encourage you to embrace the change and transition. Give yourself grace as you learn. My prayer for everyone who reads this post is that peace would rest on you and that you would have an overwhelming sense of love. That grace would abound and hope would prevail.