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.
This poem was written when God was speaking to me about being a child, a daughter. This painting was done by a friend during worship. As I looked at it, God downloaded the poem that follows the picture.A girl dancing joyful and free. She’s joyful because she knows her identity. Her Father loves her, says dance with me. Delighted she says, anything for thee! As she dances she praises and sings. Her feet move to his melody. Her eyes open she finally sees. The world from her Father’s view. She sees herself loved and renewed. She says Father I want to always see, from heaven’s perspective will you do that for me?. The Father says child thanks for asking me. From this day forward you will always see. Now go release what I’ve given to you. Go help others see my view. Then come back and dance for me. I love seeing you happy and free!
Although I grew up loving God, I always felt like I couldn’t do enough for him and that I didn’t deserve his love. I don’t know exactly why, but I struggled to receive God’s love for me. For many years, God has been teaching me how to be his daughter and that I don’t have to fear, live like a slave.
What does it mean to be a child not a slave. I feel quit timid and not very brave. Can I enter the court of my glorious king? Do I have anything to offer, anything to bring? I’m taught to just come as I am. I want to just run into his hands. But will he be mad, upset with me? I could have done more for my wondrous king. He gave his life to set me free. Yet I sin and don’t simply rest in his wings. I feel like a failure, I don’t understand. I’m afraid God will speak to me and reprimand. I so desire love and to understand what that means. But God sometimes I wonder if that’s only a dream. What does love look like even today. Will you redeem that word for me some day? Love seems to be something that flickers inside my heart. I love other people, but often it seems life is dark. I don’t want to associate with sin’s hideous mark. But how do I love myself like you love me? Do others love me though I seem to mess up constantly? I said too much, I didn’t say enough. I don’t want to hurt others, I don’t want to be rough. God I’m still learning how to speak. I want to stay disciplined and always seek. Lord I ask you trembling feeling dumb. But I want to know so I humbly come. Will you teach me the joys of being a daughter? Will you hold me close and be there for me Father? Are you proud of me, is that wrong for me to ask? I just want to do my best for you in every task. I know I’m not perfect, but will you help me to see, that you love me Father, you really love me!