Sometimes…just sometimes... don’t you wish God would say to you, “Everything is okay; so just hang in there!” I’ve been going through a time of just being over things. Over trying to eat my whole meal plan, over trying to fight the depression, just tired of my daily regimen. Our oldest daughter is a junior in college now, and our youngest daughter is in her senior year of high school, and I’m hanging on for dear life to not miss one single thing. I’ve missed so much in the past because of sickness, and while I don’t feel great, I can’t give in to the enemy yelling that I need to miss more because I’m just not on my game. Food issues are so lonely and clinical depression could care less about all of the amazing things going on in the lives of those who struggle with it. They are both beasts, but God is bigger still.
I feel like this is one of the main reasons I haven’t been in contact with you lately. I want to be honest, but still “up” and encouraging and giving you so much more than I’ve had to offer lately. But God has been talking with me about this actually being the perfect time to write to you. After all, my prayer is that my posts aren’t only about this path I’m on, but about God’s love for you and me, and about the hope He alone can give to us in spite of where we are.
In the midst of this season of my life, the Lord remains faithful.
Are you surprised when this same thing happens in your life?... Shocks me every time! This is because I rely on my abilities more than I rely on Him so often. I’m so relieved that I’m wrong about this lie. I’m so relieved that He already knows about the seasons of our lives before they even come to pass.
Here’s a breath of fresh air worth taking in. “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40: 28-31.
Thank you for not putting hope in anything I do or in how I feel. I can’t afford to either! The glory belongs with God.
Are you "over" things right now on your journey? It’s okay! Seasons like this are part of life and as long as we are staying in the Word and learning and trusting that God only has us here in this place “for such a time is this,” it will pass.
So, look at this. Because of God’s love and adoration for us, He DOES say through his Word…”Everything is okay and just hang in there.” And better still, if we are too tired to hang in there, let us let Him hang on for us.
"We please Him most, not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections and believing that He understands everything - and still loves us." A.W. Tozer
Breathe, my friend, allow Jesus to love on you. Let's take in His words of hope. This time of the struggle will pass in due time.
Love to you!
Hey! Please watch for exciting things to come through Speak Out Loud! In spite of where I’ve been in life lately, God has been hard at work to reassure me that He has “plans” for my life, just as He promises He does for each of us. Be looking for our updated web page and posts! To make sure you don’t miss it, we will send out a date, so expect to see it soon!