I always pray and ask God what I should write about before I post anything so, I wait patiently for an answer, sometimes it may be a few days in between my last post. I do not want to say anything that will hurt or hinder anyone from receiving Christ or help, if needed. So the scripture, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” ( 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9, NLT), came to me this morning when I woke and then I walked out into the living room and a sermon was on speaking of this very scripture, that was my confirmation.
So I went to church this past Sunday and received the side-eye the entire time I was there. No, I wasn’t inappropriately dressed or acting inappropriately. Under the judgement of the church folk I did not allow it to deter me from praising God. I woke yesterday morning, worn and with a heavy heart. How can this be? I couldn’t even get out of bed! I laid in bed depressed. I began praying and questioning God’s purpose for my life, was I only born to birth my children because I see more purpose in them than I do myself. I began asking what are my next steps, and what would HE have me do. I lay there….no answer. I became even more burdened. I then began praying that God allowed me to remain content and if that is my purpose raise them up to be great in HIS sight and will, to cover them.
I am new to this, and in the past I found great difficulty in this challenge but we cannot allow the people around us to determine our praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Corinthians 4:1-2, NLT). So we find our fragile selves in the midst of tribulation and the devil says, don’t praise God when your life has shown nothing to be thankful for but I raised my hands in praise to thank God for what HE is working out of me… the cares of this world. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4: 16-18, NLT).
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are GOOD! In spite of what we endure here on earth. Uphold us in Your Righteous Hand. Renew our strength. Lord, let our eyes remain on You when our world may be crumbling around us. Let us be reminded daily of Your love Lord, because only Your love is constant and unconditional.
In the name of Jesus!
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