Ask And It Will Be Given

Written by: Christianne Williams

Have you ever had something happen to you that makes angry and sad and not sure what to do?  Something that just seems bad with no way of any good coming from it?  I’m sure like me, there have been many of those times.  We had an episode a week ago.

My oldest is an avid BMX rider and has built his own custom bike using expensive parts that he’s paid for himself.  He’s done a really great job and he takes pride in it.  After he completed his, he bought one for his brother so they could ride together.  I was so happy for him, he went from loving video games by himself, inside, to being active for as much of the day as he could.

He always kept those bikes locked up in the garage but when we moved to a new rental we didn’t have access to the garage and I asked them to keep the bikes outside in the sunporch.  It was, in my mind, safe because their bedroom windows opened into that room I thought that if anyone were to try and steal them, the boys would hear.  My son was not convinced and asked over and over again to be allowed to keep them inside.  I wasn’t trying to be mean or say that his hard work wasn’t valued, there just wasn’t room in the house for them.

Last week I asked the boys to go out and tidy up the sunporch because the weather was warming up and I thought it would be a great place to sit on rainy days in the summer or on days there were lots of bugs. They hadn’t been outside long when one came in and said, “Mom, our bikes are gone.”  At first, I thought that he was joking, as if trying to get me to allow them to keep them inside, but I quickly realized that it was no joke.

I felt sick.  I felt panicked.  I felt responsible.  I felt angry.  I asked God why.  I asked Him why He was allowing something that meant so much to my kids, something they had worked so hard for, to be taken away.  I felt at that moment I should pray.  My oldest and my husband had called the RCMP and had gone to take pictures of the bikes to them so I asked the three kids who were home to join me.  I asked God to work this out for us, I asked that the bikes would be found in plain sight and that nothing would be destroyed on them.  I declared that God would bring back to them what the enemy had stolen, because they are God’s kids and looks out for us.

As we opened our eyes, I noticed my son coming up the driveway with his bike!!  Not one thing had been done to it and he had found it laying a block away on a front lawn.  I was so excited, one down, one to go!  They set out again to look for the second bike.  About half an hour later they arrived home with the other, again in an alley, not at all harmed!  I was so ecstatic, our prayers were answered and very quickly, both bikes being found in plain sight with damage done.

I felt like this was a difficult experience for the boys but it also showed them how God is concerned about them, even the things that we sometimes feel are insignificant.  He was showing them how He wants them to come to Him with their concerns, how He hears immediately, even though one bike was found earlier than the other, they didn’t give up looking for the second, and He did show them where to find them.

I thought about it a lot.  God hears, and He works on our behalf, not always on our time schedule, not always the way we would expect, but He does always answer.  Prayer is conversation with our Father, and it’s important.  It’s not an outdated concept, we’ve not come to some spiritual level where we no longer need this communion with Him.  His word says, ”ask and it will be given,  to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

He answered our prayer and He showed His compassion to our sons.  And the bikes are now kept safely inside.

We Choose Joy {Sisterhood Sunday} with D’Anne Mullin

With: Cindy Morrone

Welcome!!! To our Sisterhood Sunday video series, “We Choose Joy!!”  You don’t want to miss this one!! D’Anne, one of our very own writers, lays a concrete foundation of how we are able to choose joy in our every day, with intentional habits of devotion!! Listen in as she shares how choosing joy, despite a difficult life circumstance, changed her ability to cope.

D’Anne Mullin lives in Windsor, ON with her husband Kevin and two teenage boys Jeremey and Mitchell; the three men who have stolen her heart!  She loves being a wife and mother, holding very dear times spent together as a family.  Together, Kevin and D’Anne have been in active pastoral ministry for most of their 21 married years and she loves to lead people in worship through music.  She has worked with young children and their families for 20 plus years in the field of Early Childhood Education in many capacities.  In her spare time D’Anne enjoys reading, exercising and the occasional Netflix binge with her menfolk.

Be There For One Another

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

Last week we talked about how there are times when God will give us more than what we can handle and that God wants us to rely on Him and not try and handle things in our own strength.

I also believe that as the body of Christ we are called to be there for one another. If a friend is struggling or going through challenges, we should be there for them. Come alongside them.  Let’s first look at a few scriptures.

2 Corinthians 1:4 He comfort us in in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

Galatians 6:2 Share each other’ burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person fails, the other can reach out and help, but someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated but two can stand back to back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

Take Moses for example.  In Exodus 17 we read how the Isrealites were at war with the Amalkites.

Moses , his brother Aaron and a guy named Hur climbed to the top of a hill.  As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Isrealites gained the advantage.  But Moses arms soon became so tired that he could no longer hold them up.

For a moment or two try holding your arms up above your head see how long you can go before your arms become weary and you can no longer hold your arms straight above your head.   Not very long, I am sure, let alone keeping them raised for hours.

Aaron and Hur realized he was becoming weary and found a stone for him to sit on. They stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands.  So his hands held steadily til sunset. (the remainder of the day) As result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.

As long as Moses arms were raised, Isreal was winning, but as soon as he lowered them Amalek gained ground.

Moses did not have to do things on his own. His friends came a long side him, holding up his arms when he was weary, all while the battle raged on. Had his friends not been there helping him, the Isrealites would have been defeated.

Is there anyone you know who is struggling at the moment, or going through a difficult time? I am sure if you think about it, the Lord will bring someone to your mind who is struggling and needing encouragement today.   Is there a way that you can come alongside them, be like Aaron and Hur to them…holding their arms when they are tired and weary?  Maybe it’s not so much advice they need but a listening ear or someone just to care about what they are going through, a hug, a shoulder to cry on or someone to pray with them…

I Thessalonians 5: 11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

It Doesn’t Matter Who You’re Not

Written by: Mandy Lawrence—Hill

“Jealousy will ruin who you are because it focuses all of your attention on what you’re not, instead of who you are.” —Why Her?, Nicki Koziarz

I sat and listened as my friend shared with me how much she disliked another lady, whom we’ll call Jane, from our church. I sipped on my coffee as she shared how some of Jane’s leadership decisions made her upset and my heart broke a little bit more with each word that left her lips.

You see, from my perspective, my friend is a superstar. She is one of the most encouraging, loving, gifted, blessed women in my life, and yet, I as sat there listening to her I was keenly aware of how little she realized this truth. She too had leadership qualities that set her apart. Jealousy however, told my friend the gifts and talents that Jane had were of greater significance. Each one of Jane’s gifts and talents pierced a hole in my friend’s self-confidence paying ignorance to the many gifts and talents she herself had to offer.

As she continued talking, the Holy Spirit reminded me of Moses’ journey in Exodus. In chapter 17, it says this: “As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.

Friends, can you imagine how different the outcome would have been for the Israelites had Aaron and/or Hur allowed feelings of jealousy to dictate their support of Moses? Israel’s victory over the battle against the Amalekites came not because of Moses alone but because of the three men combined. Yes Moses was indeed the leader of the mission but he was simply too weak and tired to carry out that mission without the supporting roles of Aaron and Hur.

The enemy is prowling around looking for ways to derail us from being victorious in the spiritual battle. We know that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12) We need to keep this in our foresight as we approach each and every conversation, church gathering/event, and before each and every visit to a source of social media.

The truth is that God has equipped each and every one of us with special gifts, unique talents and a purely divine purpose. As an alternative to feeling challenged or belittled by the gifts and talents of the “Jane’s” in our life, we should be pressing in close with thanksgiving for our own talents and gifts and willingly offer support where we are able, to increase the force against the battle.

Let’s choose to hold each other’s arms up with a passion for victory against the battle, instead of being taken down by who we are not.

Come To Our Senses

Written by: Conny Varga

“He went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.” (Luke 15:15-16)

The story of the Lost Son is a fascinating one. What got me thinking the other day is the scene where the son hit rock bottom. I’m sure he didn’t wake up one day, thinking, “one day I would love to feed pigs! I want to live on a pig’s diet!” Never in his worst nightmares did he envision himself in such a position. So then how did he get there? There are various steps we can observe:

First, he essentially told his dad that he knew better, that he wasn’t going to live according to his father’s rules, and that he didn’t want to wait for his father’s death to get his inheritance but have it all now.

Secondly, he proceeded to have fun and “live the life”. He became extremely wrapped up in self-indulgence. Instant gratification was his motto.

Thirdly, he misplaced his love and affections. He rejected a healthy loving relationship with his father, and instead spent his days with prostitutes, feeding his sinful desires.

And then tragedy struck! Suddenly, the son found himself penniless, friendless, homeless, jobless, and hungry. Still refusing to go back home, he stooped even lower and got himself hired as a pig herder – something any respectable Jew would never consider!

How does this relate to us? We may think that we don’t live wildly and irresponsibly, we don’t commit sins like the son did. And that may be so. But remember the first sin he committed: He did not want to submit to the authority of his father, and that rebellious act got him sliding down right into the muck of the pigpen.

Are there any areas in our lives where we tell our heavenly Father we know better? Do we refuse to let Him have authority over parts of our lives, our thoughts, our habits, and our hobbies? Are we holding tight to our treasures, our selfish desires, and our hunger for significance? They may be subtle inclinations of our hearts and minds, but if not corrected and submitted to our Father, they can become pigpens of misery and heartache.

Do you recognize any “pigs” in your life that you keep feeding? Has your greed and desire to acquire more “stuff” led you to a level of living that you can’t possibly afford, and so you work countless hours, trying to earn more money to keep feeding this “pig”. Have you yielded to the lures of lust and find yourself now feeding this “pig” with addictive behaviours and sexual immorality? Maybe you feel the endless hunger for love, acceptance, power, or respect, and you will do anything to feed this “pig” and keep it alive. What about the need to be in control? That’s a big “pig” for many of us, and we will angrily bulldoze right over anyone and anything to maintain and feed it.

There are so many ways we can fall into the trap of feeding the pigs in our lives. In every case, we will end up finding ourselves lonely, miserable, ashamed, and worthless. But there is good news! The story doesn’t end there! Just as the son in Jesus’ parable came to his senses and went back to his father, we too can turn around and return to our Father. Our Father is longing to receive us back, to shower His love on us, to forgive us. He will not shame us or make us pay off our debt. He is only looking for a broken spirit and true repentance, and “He will restore to us the joy of His salvation”. (Psalm 51)

Let’s “come to our senses” and submit to our Father in every area of our lives. He wants our lives to be properly aligned with His purposes because He knows that is best for us. Let’s trust Him and yield to His love and care, and He will help us chase away the “pigs” we have been feeding in our lives.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Written by: D’Anne Mullin

Growing up I was known to my extended family as the princess, Snow White.  I came in to the world with dainty features, a head full of jet black hair, creamy porcelain skin, navy blue eyes and a red rosebud mouth.  Those distinct features didn’t change as I progressed through infancy into childhood and caused me to stand out in the crowd with the contrast between dark and light.  I can thank my Irish roots for my unique colouring and tip my hat to my creator for His imagination in creating each one His masterpieces.

As homage to my family nickname Snow White, and to my late Grandfather who first bestowed the name upon me, I incorporated Snow White into our wedding day.  Snow White, Prince Charming and the Seven Dwarfs topped our cake.  My wedding dress, though white, was styled to echo her attire.  My groom wore a very princely tux with tails.  The colours to accent our fairytale day echoed those you would find in Snow White’s friendly forest.

Through the years I have also been compared to another raven-haired princess due to my feisty personality, deep convictions and drive for justice in life.  I tend to rise to the occasion in crisis and lead others forward into the adventurous unknown.  That dark featured warrior princess I tend to emulate is Wonder Woman and she is my hero!

During my school yard days, pretending to be Wonder Woman was my favourite pastime.  The adventures my friends and I had fighting for truth and justice were epic!  To date, you will find Wonder Woman paraphernalia in my office and the new Wonder Woman movie recently released was my girlish dreams come to life.

I guess you could say I embody the “little but mighty” persona, with a zeal for life, a big imagination and high hopes for good in our world.  These attributes found in both princesses I am compared to.

But, when I look into the mirror each morning, and see the passage of time ever fleeting across my fair face, the one princess I most want my whole life to emulate is the princess of the King Most High.  In fact, I am a daughter of the King of all Kings and the Lord of all Lords.  I am heavenly royalty and co-heir with the Son.  I am fashioned in God’s image and made to lead and love like Christ.  I am a spiritual warrior endowed with the most powerful weapons this world has ever known; the Word of God, His armour and the Presence of the Holy Spirit in me.  I am a force to be reckoned with in the spiritual realm, yet meant to exercise the Fruit of the Spirit with all who cross my path.

You too, Daughters, are heavenly royalty with me!  We, together as princesses of our heavenly Father the King, can love others with all the femininity that makes us distinctly women, but bring down strongholds with our warrior strength!  We are integral to His work here on earth and have a glorious future ahead of us on the other side of life.

So, the next time the mirror beckons you to look, and you ask it, “who is the fairest one of all?”, just know that it is you…and me…and we…TOGETHER!  Let’s truly step out in the full confidence of our heavenly royalty, grasp who we truly are in Christ and change our world for all eternity!

But, I still get to be Wonder Woman!  Na, Na…I called it first! 😊

He Can Do It Again!

Written by: Jody Mugford

Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.  I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”  His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”  Matthew 15:32-33

Truthfully, I hadn’t studied much about the story of Jesus feeding the four thousand with seven loaves of bread and a few fish until recently (Matthew 15:29-39 & Mark 8:1-10).  The teachings I had heard were mostly focused on when Jesus feeds the five thousand (Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9, John 6).  The “feeding of the 5000” miracle is hard to miss!  It is recounted in all four gospels.  So why is there a similar story of Jesus feeding 4000 told in Matthew and Mark?  Isn’t it just the same message again?

After doing some reading, I have discovered there are many, many lessons that can be pulled from the story of feeding the 4000, either on its own or in comparison to the 5000.  I want to focus on one of the simpler lessons but one that really resonated with me.

When studying Jesus’ provision for the hungry 4000, it is important to note that it was only a short while ago the disciples found themselves in a very similar situation.  In that instance, 5000+ people had come to hear Jesus speak but as evening approached, they were all hungry and had no food.  Jesus told the disciples to feed the famished crowd but they told Him they only had five loaves of bread and two fish.  Jesus instructs them to bring Him the food.  He gives thanks to God for the bread, breaks it and gives it to the disciples who proceed to serve people more food than they can eat, leaving twelve baskets of leftovers.  Jesus fed 5000 men, plus women and children, multiplying the food to overflowing, from only five loaves of bread and two fish!  What a miracle!

Skip ahead one chapter and we may think we are reading the same story again (although when studied, you will find many differences).  Jesus went along the Sea of Galilee and up on the mountainside to minister to the people.  He healed many and they were all praising Him.  Then He tells His disciples that these people need food as they have been three days with nothing to eat.  What do the disciples say?  “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” (Matthew 15:33)  Jesus proceeds to miraculously feed all of these people from seven loaves of bread and a few small fish.

We have no record, in either gospel account, of the disciples saying anything other than questioning Jesus on how they would feed these 4000+ people.  Having just seen a similar miracle not long ago, I had expected they would come to Jesus with more confidence.  They had witnessed Him feed even more people on less food, so why should they doubt He would do it again?  But we read that they asked the same question: How can we feed all of these people?  They could have come to Jesus with expectation, knowing He could meet the needs of these hungry followers.  With the memory of the hungry 5000 fresh in their minds, they could have been filled with anticipation of witnessing another miraculous provision, but instead, they question.  Instead of seeing the spiritual opportunity, they see the natural obstacles all around them.

There are so many people.

There is so little food.

We are in the middle of nowhere with no resources nearby.

The disciples took their eyes off of Jesus, and His ability to provide and sustain, and they set their eyes on the problem.

Friends, so often, this is me.  Is this you?  How many times have we seen God provide?  Do the miraculous?  Meet us in our time of need and speak to our hearts in the most beautiful, reassuring ways?  My own daughter is a testimony to God’s miraculous power.  Yet, when I come face to face with another uncertainty or trial, I find myself allowing doubt and worry to creep in.  How can I handle this?  What if God doesn’t answer my prayer this time?  What can I do to fix this situation? What if He doesn’t step in and help me the way I need?

Through experience, I am learning to “take every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).  It takes prayer, time in the Word and practice.  What also helps is to find ways to intentionally remember what God has done for you in the past.  Keep a journal.  Write down praise reports in a notebook or on your phone.  Take pictures of answered prayers and frame them around your home.  Find something that allows you to keep those reminders nearby and always ready when your doubts and fears arise.  God is so pleased when we keep our trust in Him.  He wants us to never lose sight of the fact that He loves us beyond measure and, even in the trials and unknowns, He is there and He is good.

Despite the questioning disciples, Jesus still provides food miraculously to all the hungry people.  He is gracious with their questions and shows them, yet again, His power and love.  He knew they were still learning.  They were on a road of growth, learning to trust and drawing closer to God.  He is walking with us on the same path, friends.  He gives us opportunities to put our trust in Him and lean on Him again and again.  He encourages us to anticipate big things and expect the miraculous.  He did it before and He can do it again!

For we live by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7

Love and blessings,

Jody

Social Skills

Written by: Christianne Williams

I am an introvert.  I’ve always felt awkward and out of place in large groups of people.  I’ve heard it said the most lonely place on the planet is in the middle of a group when you’re an introvert, and I can relate. My early years I thoroughly enjoyed spending the entire weekend reading, alone in my room.  And when I reached my teenage years I was happier with a friend or two, any more than that and I struggled to fit in.  I have been know to turn bright red when someone looked at me and I had to answer a question.

If you’ve ever watched a movie that involved teenagers at a dance, that’s what my life has felt like.  While everyone else is dancing and laughing and having a good time, I was sitting by the wall.  I’m sure I’m not alone in this.  There are those of you reading this who have struggled to feel like you fit in, like you’re accepted, like you belong.  You feel like meeting new people is a recipe for anxiety where someone else looks at it as an exciting opportunity.  You’d rather spend the evening at home with family and a book and not out and about.

My husband is a pastor, and I’ve often said that God has a sense of humor.  Being a part of a pastors family has required us to move around, to attend social functions, and to do many other things that require social skills.  And yet, here I am.  Growth has been constant and second guessing myself and walking away feeling like I’ve said something wrong, even though I hadn’t, or that I should’ve said or done this or that, and not something else, has happened often.

I believe it all stems from feeling that you fall short in some way.  Everyone else is smarter, wittier, more interesting, maybe even fitter, has better skin, more fashionable, and many other insecurities that crop up.  It leaves you believing that you aren’t worthy.   I know, that sounds harsh, but isn’t that really the issue?  We sometimes don’t believe that we are deserving of relationships, of love, of being accepted for who we are.

In church a few weeks ago I was asking God about this.  I was inquiring of Him as to why I never feel like I fit in.  I still feel at times like the awkward teenager sitting by the wall at the dance, just waiting for it to be over.  He spoke to me about it.  You know what He said?  There are no wall flowers in His kingdom.  All who are His children are loved and accepted by Him, even when we feel alone in the world.  We are not alone by the wall, we are dancing with Him, enjoying the life He has prepared for us. Romans 8:17 says, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” We are heirs, and that means royalty.

So while you may naturally be an introvert, you are surely not a wall flower.  You are not inadequate, you are a child of God.

The Things That Bind Us

Written by: Cindy Morrone

What are your biggest stressors?

Those things that cause you to go Ahhhhhhh!!! in your mind, which your behaviours shortly follow.

For me, these things have changed over my years.

From a young age it was loud noises, including fireworks.  I hated them! It was terror for me to watch them with my hands over my ears and jumping with every ignition.

Then as I started to drive it was stop lights. Yes, I began to panic as I approached a light on a highway going its speed of 80 km/h terrified that I wouldn’t be able to make the decision of whether to stop or keep going.

Later on, it was the setting of the sun. That supper hour where a sense of dread forebodes.

In each of these situations; happenings in my past; significant difficult experiences set a pattern of beliefs, encroaching onto my present.

An experience, experienced.  A word spoken and believed. A thought owned as one’s own.

These things can be debilitating.

These things can prevent us from moving forward in freedom into God’s best for us.

Today, I am happy to say that none of these things impact me anymore!!

Scripture gives us hope!!

That we do not need to hold onto these things meant to overcome us.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:2

Scripture reveals that importance of taking every one of our thoughts captive.  Is it true? Is it real? Is it what the Bible says?

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:4&5

It is my hope, that we will live in this Freedom, the One offered to us and be bound no more!!

More Than We Can Handle

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  I’ve heard this said so many times to people when they are facing difficulties.  It´s meant to encourage. I’ve heard it preached from the pulpit.  I’ve read it in devotionals.  Just this morning actually it was part of the devotional that my husband read to the kids before they headed out the door and off to school. I spoke out and said, “that’s not true!” And actually, it’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine actually, because I don’t believe it to be true. I believe at times that God absolutely gives us more than we can handle.

I can almost hear people saying…” Wait a minute! It says that in the Bible…that God will not give us more than we are able to bear! ” But does it really? For a long time I thought so too. Then I tried finding scripture to support that thought and found none. I can assure you, you won’t find it either.  I used to think when times of difficulty came that God must thing I am super strong because I sure didn’t feel like I was handling things so well.  Quite the opposite in fact. I used to think…how much more am I supposed to take, God? I used to wonder when things would ever end.  Would there ever be a light at the end of the tunnel? There were times it just seemed like it was one trial after another.

So, why have we heard so often that God won’t give you more than you can handle? The verse that is so often taken out of context and the verse that people are thinking of is this…

1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

The verse is referring to temptation. Not trials. Not sorrow. Not the burdens we carry. Not the things that break us….but temptation.

My thinking is that if God does not give us more than we can handle than why would we need a Savior? If we could do everything on our own and in our own strength we would not need to depend on him. We wouldn’t need him in our lives. We wouldn’t need to cry out to him when the hard times come because we could handle things just fine on our own.

2 Corinthians 1:8b-9 We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God who raises the dead.

There will be times in life where we feel like we are drowning, times where we feel like we can’t possible take any more. There will be times when our world is falling apart. There will be times that we feel like we have no more tears left to cry. There will be times in our lives when something will blindside us, and times where we are powerless.

But, here is the thing…We were not meant to do life on our own and in our own strength. God wants us to rely on His strength. Maybe we can’t handle it…but He can.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

Isaiah 41.10 Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will HOLD YOU UP with my victorious right hand.

 

Matthew 11:28-30 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.

1 Peter 5:10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So, after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support and strengthen you. And he will place you on a firm foundation.

One more thing that brings me a bit of comfort…. knowing that our Lord felt the same way. He knew what it was like to feel lonely, and rejected.  He knew how it felt to be hated, to be made fun of and accused of things he did not do. He knew how it felt to be in deep anguish.

Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

So if that is where you are right now, in this moment of your life…feeling like you just can’t take any more…know that He gets it. He has been there. He understands your pain and all you are going through and he cares.

1 Peter 5.7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.