Archive | February 2016

angry at God.

Anger is a normal reaction to pain.

Betrayal.

Failure.

Loss.

Abuse.

Divorce.

Grieving.

Rejection.

Depression.

Unkindness.

Illness.

Pain affects us mentally, emotionally, and physically.

So why are we angry?

Mostly because we ask why me? Why does God allow pain?

We are not going to fully understand why and to stay angry will only hurt more.

There comes a point when we have to make peace with the fact we live with pain.

Shaking our fist at God should not last forever. Because he knows there will be pain and gives us numerous words of comfort.

Here’s one:

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

When no one else gets it, God does. He says he is close to us when we’re hurting.

The only way to stop being angry is to accept and believe.

When you do, watch what happens. Because the same God who has allowed pain in this world, is the same one who is near to us.

You don’t believe in God?

Then who are you angry with?

Let God help you.

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God knows your name.

The morning was dark.

It was still snowing.

I stared at the shadowy, gray ceiling and said, “There are 7 billion people on the earth. And you see me?”

I knew it was true.

The same God who has given every star in the universe a name …

knows your name, too.

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things will look better in the morning.

The wind can be a gentle, welcoming breeze …

… or fierce and damaging.

The rain can fall softly …

or in torrents of destruction.

We live with both.

Hope is seeing beyond the moment and knowing God speaks to us through the joy that comes in the suffering.

Winter can be a harsh season for many. Blowing snow and slippery roads cause accidents. Frigid temperatures cause costly heating bills and frozen pipes. Bitter winds bring frostbite.  Ice and snow accumulate and cause power outages, inconveniences, and must be shoveled away.

Living in a season of hardship is work – a physical, mental, and emotional drain.

But then, there is always the promise of the next morning when the sun, always dependable, always constant, always God’s way of speaking to the world of his existence, illuminating the landscape, revealing HIS GLORY.

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But … you have to see it. You have to want to see it. You have to believe it.

You have to welcome it into your life.

Things will look better in the morning because weeping endures for the night, but joy comes in the morning. 

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scripture friday.

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

-The Bible 

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spring will come.

Some things are unexpected.

But then some things are constant. Hang onto those things.

Spring is coming. It always comes. It never misses. Ever.

I never get tired of seeing the first color pushing up from a layer of snow.

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You may be in winter with many concerns that are covered with a blanket of uncertainty. Maybe you feel stuck between where you were and where you are going.

Whatever it is, spring will come. Just when you least expect it, something will change.

Wait for it with hope and anticipation!

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you’ve got this.

I know how it is.

I know what it is like.

Devastating news, painful memories, senseless decisions.

Life is surely painful and quips like “when life gives you lemons” will not do.

Hang on. Take a deep breath. You will get through it.

Let the days unfold and you will find that God is with you in it.

The tendency is to hurry, hurry, hurry. Fix this. Now.

Be patient because some things will not be fixed now. Some things will not be fixed until we see God.

You might be so overwhelmed you cannot go on.

Take time to rest. Then get back at it.

You’ve got this.

Because God’s got this.

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friday quote.

She stood in the storm

and when the wind did not blow her away,

she adjusted her sails.

-Elizabeth Edwards

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imperfect.

Your pain may be an emotional or mental disorder.

Do you know that is no different than having diabetes? Or any other kind of physical ailment?

Our bodies are not perfect.

We break.

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But some people respond differently to mental disorders and it makes you feel abnormal.

You are not abnormal.

There is help and there is hope.

Sometimes it’s in the form of medication – just like insulin helps the diabetic.

Sometimes it’s in the form of having people around you that love and care about you.

And it’s always, always about knowing God sees the pain and he is with you, helping you.

People need people.

Don’t suffer alone.

Church is a good place to start.

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God is there.

When God said there is nowhere we can go … ever ... where he is not there, he meant it.

When you’re alone, completely alone, whether physically or emotionally, God is there.

I’ve known the tossing and turning of torment in the night season. The anguish is so great, that no human on earth can help you.

I found out there is one who can.

One.

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I felt the pain and sorrow. But maybe I was supposed to. Because if I hadn’t felt something, would God be real to me? I survived the night and I knew there was an unseen hand who kept me from becoming overcome with sorrow … one who stood watch over me.

And because God does not respect one person over another, he will be there for you, too.

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scripture friday.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

and do not depend on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will direct your paths.

Proverbs 3

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