This is on my heart. There is someone out there who has been taking verbal abuse from a loved one. You feel that somehow you deserve their words. You feel that you can change it, if only you keep trying and keep praying. You hope that God can change the situation.
He can, but there is a stipulation. That person has to WANT to change. Their remorse has to go deeper than just being caught. Repentance can’t be shallow, or it is just a band-aid on a festering wound.
If this touches anyone today, please read this next paragraph carefully:
You have value. You are beautiful. You are worth good things. You are worthy of love. You are worthy of healthy relationships. You are enough- RIGHT NOW. You are enough- JUST AS YOU ARE. You are loved.
I HIGHLY DISLIKE THIS MEME AND THIS ATTITUDE!!!!!! 😡
Being someone who didn’t go to church for 8 years, I have to whole-heartedly disagree.
In the 8 years I didn’t attend, I still believed in God. I still prayed every day. I still kept my morals. I still taught my children godly ways.
In the 8 years I was away, God used that time to deconstruct all of the lies that were spoken over me by terrible church leadership. In that time, I asked God questions, and He revealed Himself to me in a different way than I saw Him previously.
I strongly dislike this meme. Why? Because it shows a lack of grace. It doesn’t exhibit compassion and love. It is judgmental. It doesn’t search out Truth. This meme is a good example of why wounded people don’t want to come back. Who wants to put themselves out there to trust, only to be wounded again? The attitude of this meme isn’t very promising.
Remember the ONE that Jesus left the 99 to find? That is compassion. He is gentle and loving. He is kind and understanding. He is tenacious in coming after us to hold us and heal us.
That is what God was to me in those years. He had me away from church, because He knew that if I were hurt again at the wrong time, (after being hurt several times,) that I might never fulfill the calling on my life.
Stop being judgmental and LOVE. ❤️
Oftentimes we, as humans, make things more complicated than they should be. I’m the master at this. My tendency to examine and ponder about various aspects of my internal goings-on can be called tedious, at best. Allowing simplicity to pour over each situation would definitely save me a lot of tossing and turning emotionally. However, handing over that trust to God is exactly what our faith walk is. For me, it is something that I have to do on a daily basis, multiple times a day. It’s so easy to put my fingerprints all over everything in my life. Part of that is being a mother or a woman, I think. Another part is because of the old battle scars. I’m happy that I have them, because the situations I went through made me a stronger person. However, I have no wish to revisit the pain that accompanied them.
So with all of this touching, messing with, and overthinking, sometimes I have to force myself to stop and ask myself the following question:
What would I do if I knew that God’s hand would provide the means to accomplish it?
The answer is so simple, but the acting out of this answer is what is difficult. Fear really gets in the way. Fear and its accompanying “what if’s” too often keep me from stepping out with confidence. On the other side of that, I’m impatient and once solid in a direction, I get where I want to get the ball rolling sooner than I need to.
How about you? What would you do if you knew that God would provide the means to accomplish that which your heart desires to do? Do you let fear sidetrack you? Or impatience push you before the right time?