A hard thing happened to me this weekend. It was one of the most challenging tests I have had to date. I felt inadequate, and feelings of failure were also present. I understand that life will have challenging moments. I have had a few, and I have experience loss, and I still to date deal with self-esteem issues and insecurities. I doubt my abilities and would like to be appreciated from time to time. In other words, I am fully human. I firmly believe that my purpose is to encourage and uplift others, even when I feel like I could use a bit of encouragement myself. I did do one fantastic thing yesterday. I reached out to someone and did the one thing that I could not do for myself when they prayed for me. When she prayed, I felt the fog begin to lift, and I was so grateful. As the day continued, her prayer would be needed more than ever. I would face a challenge that I did not see coming. And I believe that the strength of that prayer helped me to remember to focus on God. When our life has dark moments, or we are faced with new challenges. The fog of life can be overwhelming even to believers. We tend to take our focus off God. And we focus on what we can see. I am proud to say that I followed my advice, and I reached out to one of the amazing women God placed in my life like James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” I am so thankful that God took me through space where I no longer carry the burdens of my pain alone. Not only do I share them, but I also share them with God.
Directly and through the hands and feet of the people, He has graciously placed in my life. For someone that is out there struggling today with whether God hears you, the answer is a resounding YES. He does. And he wants you to know that He gives hugs and kisses daily, directly to your spirit man and physically through the people He has placed in your life. If you have believed for a long time that you have no one to turn to, as I did for many years, I challenge you today to take a long hard look at the people God has placed in your life. I bet God has planted another iron in your midst. If you can’t see them, then turn to God and the Holy Spirit will show up in ways you can’t imagine. I always encourage people to share and comment. Today I will say to you if you need someone to talk to, please feel free to reach out to me. Let today be the day that you will experience Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” I have also learned that God does not always show up the same ways, but He is a purposeful God, and He will show up.
God Loves You, and So Do I.