Wednesday, February 21, 2007

What Should We Do When Our Heart Hurts?

Whether it is the death of a loved one, having a loved one sin against us, or another trial, what is the proper protocol when our heart hurts?

Do you ever feel like you are standing in a dense fog and are only able to see a few feet in front of your face? You know in which direction is home yet you constantly stumble over obstacles on the footpath? I feel this is where I go sometimes when my heart hurts. I know what scripture says yet I am quick to listen to others who may or may not be of the word. Those of this world confuse me and leave me walking in circles in the thick mist. I look to those of the word to shout to me and shine a light to guide me safely.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105.)

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be adequately quipped for every good work.” (II Timothy 3:16-17.)

But is being in the word enough? I personally do not believe so. I feel when our heart aches we should be having on going conversations with our Father to help us through the tough stuff. He should be the first one to whom we turn. Actively seek Him and do not give up or give in to any feelings of defeat. Our Father is faithful to us and never, ever gives us anything we cannot handle! Not only is He there to listen but He has also given us His word, His response to all of our questions and sorrow.

“The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12).

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13.)

After reading this I run my situation through my mind and search for the “way of escape”. I cannot see it now but am faithful it will come to my attention eventually for not only do we have our Father and His word, we are also given a new heart that can see “that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” and not to harm us. (Romans 8:28-30.)

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.” (I Corinthians 2: 12-13.)

Monday, February 19, 2007

What Should We Do When Others Try to Harm Us?

“You plotted evil against me, but God turned it into good…” (Genesis 50:20.)

How wonderful is our Father who takes us into the shelter of His loving arms and protects us from those who try to hurt us. Just recently my husband and I got to witness the Lord’s compassion, grace, and lovingkindness.

We were faced with a loved one who used wicked lies to slander us for selfish gain. Our loved one sinned against us and hurt us deeply. In experiencing this I was reminded of Joseph whose own brothers sold him into slavery. It was an act that was meant for evil yet our Father turned it into good. This too was true in our situation.

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isa. 41:10.)

It would have been easy for Joseph to turn against God; to ask our Father, “Why have you forsaken me?” The same can be said for us. Do we praise our Father for the trials we face or do we curse Him? What is the best course of action when tribulations come our way?

When we pledge our complete allegiance to God, He not only provides us with His protection He also provides us with a “body” to support us.

“God himself has put the body together in such a way as to give greater honor to those parts that need it. And so there is no division in the body, but all its different parts have the same concern for one another. If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness.” (1 Corinthians 12: 24-26.)

My Father protected me and my family. He stood between us and an enemy of Christ and my husband and I did not even have to utter a single word in our own defense. Our Father took care of everything! How great thou art!

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” (1 John 3:1.)

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Fabulous Reading!!!

I would like to take a minute to recommend the following books:

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS by Martha Peace
THE EXCELLENT WIFE by Martha Peace
STEPPING HEAVENWARD by Mrs. E. Prentiss
FEMININE APPEAL by Carolyn Mahaney
SEEKING HIM by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Tim Grissom

I hope you enjoy them. Happy reading.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Out of the Overflow of the Heart the Mouth Speaks

"...out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." (Luke 6:45 NIV)

This little piece of scripture has been convicting for my lately as I have been looking into my heart for answers. Why do I react to things the way that I do?

When the pressure is on, do I behave as Christ would or do I embarrass myself in the shadow of the cross? I believe in a lot of cases the latter is more fitting.

When stressed or confronted by negativity (whether it be a person or situation) am I quick to anger or swift to remember that love is patient, love is kind? As embarrassing as it is to say, I feel the ugliness spew from within and contaminate everything for which I have worked so hard. I am no longer a model Christian but rather a prime example of how not to behave. Then, humbly, I am held responsible of acknowledging my huge screw up and asking for forgiveness. But why does repulsiveness and sin come so easily? Does it mean I am a bad person?

No. It just means I fall short when it comes to self control and remembering that my actions speak louder than words. It also holds me accountable for being in my Father’s word everyday! Not to mention submissive.

“For the devout women of the past who placed their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful by submitting themselves to their husbands. Sarah was like that; she obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are now her daughters if you do good and are not afraid of anything.” (1 Peter 3: 5-6.)

How wonderful it is to submit to my husband. Two years ago I never would have said such a thing as I was too busy fighting him on every decision that escaped his lips. But now peacefulness washes over me as I stop fighting and work to stay faithful in submitting. For when I surrender to my husband my reliance does not lie in man but rather in my Father.

“It is better to trust in the Lord than to depend on man.” (Psalms 118:8.)

When I give in to my husband I stop struggling against my Father and put complete confidence in Him as it is Him who governs my husband.

“This is true, because I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has commanded me what I must say and speak.” (John 12:49.) Our Father presides over us all.

Lastly, I search for patience and kindness when dealing with those who have harmed me and/or my family. In extreme circumstances like the murder of my cousin and the maltreatment of my children, my husband, and myself by a loved one, my mouth speaks wickedness. I am again made aware of what really lies within my heart…sin!

Yet, my Father’s word says, “Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, ‘I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord’.” (Romans 12:19.)

So, I leave you with this. What lies within your heart? When under pressure do you speak from the scripture or from the wretchedness of sin?

“…bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:28.)

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