When our valleys last longer than expected, the people we expect to be with us grow fewer and farther between. Take, for instance, the long road of grief. When we lose someone, there is an instant outpouring of support. The refrigerator fills with meals. Phones vibrate with texts. The ads in the mailbox get outnumbered by sympathy cards. The scent of lilies and roses permeates every nook and cranny of our home. Our front door becomes a revolving door as people come and go in order to sit with us, and possibly cry with us. Within a few weeks (or even days), the flow of support slows to a trickle. Life moves on, but the grief does not. And that, my friends, is one of many such valleys. Take heart, God will get you through your valley.
The church is not the building where we worship, but the people with whom we worship! The church is not the stones, plaster, or drywall, but the souls that have chosen to follow Christ. This may seem like a petty distinction, but it is an important one.
"You are alone."
"You're going to fail."
"I am a failure."
"How will I get through this?"
The things we think and say when we feel anxiety often serve to deepen our fears. We can be our own worst enemy, and Satan is only too happy to help by feeding us lies. Take up the Sword of the Spirit and fight back.
“As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13 ESV Welcome to the halfway point of our #encourage marathon! (If you missed yesterday's post, you can read it here.) **Please note, there is a typo on your PDF for today's passage it should be 2 Thessalonians 3.13 not 5.13** Someone out… Continue reading Keep on keepin’ on. (Day #13 of the #encourage marathon)
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. ~ Galatians 6:9 NKJV Welcome to mile marker 10 of this #encourage marathon! (You can read yesterday's post here). Someone out there is growing weary. It might even be you. There's an old… Continue reading Do not grow weary. (Day 10 of the #encourage marathon)
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are… Continue reading Do not lose heart (Day 2 of #encourage marathon)
She raked slender fingers through her long hair, willing the movement to ease her tensed nerves. Her heart seemed to gravitate towards the floor. Why couldn't something go right for a change? No matter what she did, it all seemed to unravel in the end.
Seized with sorrow, she sank to her knees and wept.
Plagued with doubt. Overwhelmingly defeated. Dogged by despair.