When You Just Can’t Bring Cheerful

When You Just Can’t Bring Cheerful

February 3, 2017

“As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out — the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, ‘Don’t cry.’” Luke 7:12-13 (NIV)

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I did something recently I’ve rarely done in the decades I’ve loved Jesus. I sat before Him, cried and told Him everything on my heart. Some of it wasn’t pretty, and some of it was confession of confusion mixed with anger toward Him.

For most of my life, I didn’t come to Jesus with raw honesty. I came to Him with my cheerful, or I didn’t come at all. I’d withdraw from Him until I could pull myself together. Slowly, over the years, I’ve realized how my wrong beliefs about God have kept me from some of His greatest gifts.

I believed that He only wanted me to come to Him feeling positive, so I missed out on His power.

I believed He only wanted me to come to Him happy, so I missed out on His healing.

I believed He only wanted me to come to Him contented, so I missed out on His compassion.

In the account in today’s key verse, I doubt the grieving mother could have mustered up any of those positive emotions to give to Jesus in the midst of her intense grief. Her husband and now her only son were dead. Even though a large crowd of mourners surrounded her, she must have felt desperately alone. Maybe she was even angry at God, not understanding why the two closest to her had died.

Often, I’ve skimmed over these stories without thinking about the humanity of the people in the accounts, but let’s think through this together. What funeral circumstances are particularly tragic to you? When the children are left without a mother? When the victim died too young? When against all rules of nature, a child dies before his parent?

That’s exactly what this crowd was feeling, so the mother must have been broken times 100. Maybe you’ve stood in her shoes.

Jesus tells her, “Don’t cry,” but not because He was disturbed by her grief. Our key verse from Luke 7:13 tells us, “His heart went out to her.” His heart was joined with hers, and He felt her grief. He met her emotions not with outrage or rebuke or harshness. He met them with kindness, gentleness and mercy.

Then He went to work to show His power and healing.

When we are bogged down in grief or doubt or fear, those negative emotions may seem so wrong to bring to God. But He doesn’t want us to muster up a pretty smile in order to approach Him. He wants us to bring those emotions to Him. He wants to join His heart with ours so He can help us and give us hope.

Do we experience a miracle or a resolution to our situation every time like this widow got to experience?

No. But in the presence of Jesus there is always healing.

That morning when I wept and ranted before Jesus, I didn’t feel His displeasure. I didn’t get struck by lightning. I didn’t get a sharp rebuke. Instead, I felt His love and mercy wash over me.

Even though I didn’t experience a change in my circumstances, my soul made a seismic shift from turmoil to peace. Jesus’ heart went out to me, and He gifted me with an inner-healing.

Feeling sad, lonely, depressed or overwhelmed today? Working to wrestle fear and doubt to the ground? Our kind Savior’s heart goes out to you. Take it all to Him and experience His love and healing.

Father God, instead of trying to hide my true feelings from You, help me to trust You with them. I’m tired of trying to act like I’m OK in front of You when I really need Your healing and help. I surrender and receive. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Titus 3:4-5a, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” (NIV)

Hosea 2:14, “Therefore, behold, I will allure her … and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly and to her heart.” (AMPC)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Do you have a pattern of running to Jesus with your emotions or trying to hide them from Him?

How does considering His kindness toward the widow in our key verse change the way you think about bringing all of your emotions to Him?

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  1. Amy Carroll, Thank you! Wow! I just grabbed my phone, at a sleepless 2:44a.m., to look for something calming, and the email of this devotional popped up new right then. It is just what I needed to hear! I am overwhelmed, and need God’s mercy so much right now, so Thank You for reminding me that my first move should be time with Him! I am going to kneel before him right now….

  2. Tana Pittsford says:

    This was the perfect devotion for me today. As I struggle with so many things, and hurt feelings in my life and marriage, I needed to be reminded that Jesus see’s my heart of imperfection. He knows my hurt and lost joy, even when I’m putting on a weak, but brave front for everyone else to see. Thank you so much for reminding me to be human, not super woman.

  3. Mary in NH says:

    I stuff my emotions, and put on a happy face for everyone. People in my life generally want to vent about their problems but seldom care about mine. Just now I tried to explain to my husband why it’s hard for me to make creative meals for dinner after I’ve been at work all day. Yes, we eat the same boring things every week. Lord, you know how stressed my work life is, and how hard I try to keep my home looking great, my family happy, and all. I pray you give me strength to do all that without choosing to drink for stress relief.

    • Mary, your words cry out to me. It sounds like you’re setting very high standards for yourself–glossy magazine standards, not messy life standards. My husband grew up in a home with a stay-at-home mom who devoted hours to cooking and cleaning, more time than I have available as a working mom. Early in our marriage, when I was working and he was in seminary, I told him he could choose the “perfect house” or my income–I couldn’t do both (in fairness to him, he had no idea how much time “perfect” took). We lowered our standards–clean laundry may mean the floor isn’t vacuumed. Crock pot chili is a meal, sometimes eaten next to math homework. Soothing a child’s frustration makes dinner late — again. That is real life, and it is good.

      Remember Mary and Martha? Jesus was in their home, and Martha wanted everything to be perfect for their guest. But their guest wanted Martha, not perfection. Believe me, Mary, a perfect home at the price of a frazzled, stressed-out housewife does not make for a happy guest or a happy family.

      • Shirlee, your wisdom is very enlightening to us gals. I think social media can be damaging to us in that way. Do I spend more time browsing pictures on Facebook than browsing the Bible? Everyone looks good on the outside but God knows what’s going on in our heart, which is the real litmus test. Beauty is temporary and charm is deceitful, but having relationship with our Lord and Savior is the BEST thing. Thank you.

      • Oh Shirlee,
        I think your comment is beautiful! I think alot need to hear that we at least I did! I find striving for proverbs 31 woman feels unattainable! But then I remember she didn’t do all of this in a week or a day! It was over a long period of time! One of the hardest things for women to do sometimes well I speak of me, is to just give ourself grace. And when you are prefect minded it’s hard to give up things. Although, working on it again in Amy’s book for the second go around lol.

      • Mary in NH says:

        Thank you for your words of encouragement, Shirley. They mean a lot.

      • Nichole Tucker says:

        AMEN Sister!!

    • M.R. from MD says:

      I too struggle with the drink thing at the end of a day. I find that if I write a plan for when I get home from work that keeps me busy and away from the alcohol. I also indulge in butterscotch chips and marshmallows instead of reaching for the wine. I am in week 2 and fell down once. Keep asking for Jesus help. I am.

      • Nichole Tucker says:

        I know your struggle. I am coming up on 3 years sober. I too looked at alcohol as MY time at the end of a long day, then somehow, EVERY DAY was a long day. Trying to maintain my closeness with Jesus and drink became impossible, I was so burdened in my spirit trying to serve two masters, it was so heavy. I found Celebrate Recovery at our church and it made a huge difference. The burden I felt lift after I quit was unbelievable. I struggled for 2 years, trying to ride the fence. Only by the power of my creator was I set free.
        Praying for your recovery.

  4. Yes, to this. ‘Feeling sad, lonely, depressed or overwhelmed today?’. Every day I walk out the door and remind myself to smile. While inside my heart is walled up in grief, fear, anger, loneliness at where I am in life today. Thank you for this beautiful devotion. Much to think on. Blessings

    • Hello Cindy, I know that feeling. I am tired of putting on that happy face. I am tired of been strong for everyone else while I am dying inside, sad & lonely. I just go to HIM with all my heart and cry out & ask for peace. May HIS hands hold you as HE continues to hold me every day and give you Hope, Help, Healing & Peace, Have a blessed weekend

  5. Bless you for showing me the importance of transparency. There is a student who is 15 years old and was just diagnosed with leukemia. Our school is devised. So many emotions are running rampant – questions, anger, sorrow, confusion and shock. Jesus help us be transparent to you and know you can handle all of our emotions. Be over Michael and touch him with peace and strength from you. Amen

    Please say a prayer for this precious family.

  6. @AmyCaroll~~ Thank you for such an encouragement today. This is certainly the circumstance I am in right now. Every word God impressed to you to write in this devotion is speaking to me. As for you to know, my brother came home to be with our dear Lord last Feb. 1. Not until today, I was quite disoriented about the situation. everything was unexpected, yet I just bow down to the Lord, worship and hold on the truth on Romans 8:28 that says” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. Today I found great blessings on this devotion. His ways are greater. May the Lord God empower and bless you more for His glory.

  7. Sometimes I feel like the world sees only my “happy” face, but God gets the brunt of my anger, hurt and sadness. I keep holding on to the verse to cast all my cares on Him because He cares for me.

  8. It’s very difficult to confront my “not OK” feelings because I like to think “I got this” and “God knew this was gonna happen”. However most times I’m like why is my career at such a halt and it leaves me confused about God’s purpose for my life. Thank you for this devotional, Gods empathy in my circumstance is for me! That is exciting. I pray that I keep His peace with me always even in my moments I feel lost and alone like no one understands

  9. Thank you for your honesty and transparency. Learning to be honest before our Heavenly Father is a wonderful place. It’s been a while since I’ve been there and know I need to go. Thank you for the reminder of who He is and how much He loves us and desires fellowship with us. ❤

  10. Words cannot describe how much this devotion means to me. To really sit and meditate on our Lord wanting really wanting all our mess, our hurts,fears, sadness and that He meets us with kindness, gentleness, compassion and love…Well it makes me cry. Such love such wonderous love.

  11. This message is so timely to me this morning as I just had a heart to heart cry with Jesus in prayer this morning.
    I always feel better and know that he cares deeply when I am authentic with him. He knows are hearts any way.
    It is we that are healed through our opening our hearts to him.

  12. This is exactly what my partner and I needed to hear this morning. God has truly blessed our love! Thank you for this message

  13. Thank you for this message today, lately I feel like all I’ve done is cry to the Lord and was feeling guilty for being not good enough and having problems. I am trying to take everything to him, my life needs him so much in this dark place I am praying he is working miracles I can’t see. Have a blessed Friday!

  14. This message was very touching to me today. Ive been praying for healing for my fiance for a few mths now.And its not working however i know in my heart thst God can heal and will in his time. But its hard forme to keep faith when nothing is happening. I don’t talk to him as aften as i should but i accept God as my lord and savior. I just feel like i reach a dead end. God s

  15. We experienced a loss earlier this week (ok I’ll confess- not human, it was our cherished 11 year old Golden Retriever but close to human in our family’s hearts). The shock factor positively rocked our worlds Monday at 7 am when we discovered that what we thought was a normal morning unexpectedly held the presence of death. It was a horrible experience. The timing hurt so badly as I am due to have surgery next Thursday for thyroid cancer. It all just seemed too much to bear, too much to grieve. I was so very angry, hurt, bitter. Why now? Why would God allow more heartache into my family besides what we are currently dealing with? I had more than one honest session with God…..and He heard the worst from me. After some time had passed, I realized many of my accusations had been spiritually way out of line and I asked for forgiveness for how I’d acted and things I’d said. But yet I sensed that even though He had me at my raw-est, it was okay for me to come to Him and rant and pound my fists and stomp my feet and spill my tears when the pain was just too much to bear.

    As you point out, His peace that followed that was one of the purest, holiest times I’ve ever experienced. He has carried me through and I believe brought me out to a different place than I was before. This morning I read this – Psalm 73:21-22
    When my heart was grieved
    and my spirit embittered,
    I was senseless and ignorant;
    I was a brute beast before you.

    Wow. That was me.

    Then it goes on to say-

    Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
    You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.

    What comfort. He never leaves us or forsakes us- no matter who we are or how we are. There’s such freedom in coming to Him.

  16. God’s perfect timing! I have been going through situations at work that has left me anxious, angry and petty. This past week and suttle calm has come over me like a blanket of comfort. I felt God’s arms around me saying “You are going to be alright!” I am not anxious when i go to work? I could only imagine the calm that this widow felt when Jesus told her not to cry!!! Praise God!

  17. Michele Fleming says:

    Thank you so much for this! I really needed this, this morning!

    I was in this woman’s shoes recently. November 30, 2016, my 21-year-old daughter was taken by a tornado that ripped through my hometown in Northeast Alabama. This has been the single most difficult thing I have ever had to go through. Yes, I have been leaning on the Lord and He is seeing me through. I praise Him every day for His strength and love. I really don’t know how people go through life without Him, for I could not. He has been my rock, a shelter from my pain, and a balm for my very soul. I love him this morning, and I am so very thankful that He loves me too!

    • Michele, I am in tears as I read your post and it really does remind me how great our God is, may you continue to find strength and comfort through our almighty God……”He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge”

    • Michele so very sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how devastating that is! So grateful that because of our faith and hope in Jesus that we will one day be reunited with our loved ones for eternity…no more sorrow and no more pain. Praying for you during this extremely difficult time.

    • Amy Carroll says:

      I’m so sorry for your devastating loss, Michele. Thank you for sharing God’s tenderness toward you as you grieve.

  18. Patricia Ann says:

    This brings out a lot of what I’m going through. I was raised in church. Went to church till I was maybe, 22 or so. Went off & on til I was 42. Then I was introduced to drugs. The next several years I spent doing cocaine, and in and out of jail/prison. I’ve been out now for 18 years, and am completely drug free. About 4-5 years ago, I found a church, with the dearest Pastor in the world. He was just precious. Even won my husband over, and he had never been to church in his life. That Pastor died, they brought in a new one that seems to have issues with control, and image. We’ve switched churches and have a new church, and dearly love the Pastor. My husband has done wonderfully. Quit swearing the day he started church, and has never waivered in his faith. Even through tough times, he does NOT waiver in his faith, believing God is with him. Me, on the other hand, who grew up in church, I’m having a hard time. I can’t quit swearing. I’ve got some kind of anger going on in me, that I don’t know what or where it is coming from. I am suffering more questions and hesitation in my belief, all of a sudden, and I don’t know what is going on. I find myself thinking things like: God can hear ALL prayers, ALL the time. He is with each and every person, helping them through their problems ALWAYS. Really? How is that? How can He hear EVERY prayer that goes up at the same time? How can He be with EVERY person, ALL the time? Why does He forgive some, and harden some hearts against Him? Has He hardened my heart against Him? I am having a crisis of faith, and don’t DARE talk to my precious husband about it, as I do NOT want to shake HIS faith. As a baby Christian, he has embraced God. He is in his Bible sometimes hours at a time. Rarely does he miss a day in that Bible. I was like that for a couple of years, and suddenly, though I WANT to, I just can’t quite get into it the way I was. How can I quell this questions, and reinstate my beliefs? Regain my faith, get rid of this anger problem, and restore my love of God, and His joy?

    • The first obvious answer would be just lay down at the foot of the cross and just pray pray pray. Sometimes that just doesn’t seem so easy when the devil has filled you with so much lies. My suggestion other than prayer is to go to your pastor or his wife , a trust worthy prayerful friend, or a prayer warrior at your church and just ask them to lift your concerns to our Father for you. Where two or more or gathered as they say God does hear their cry. Also as I have read and have been told many times, when we go to God he already knows what we need, even when we can’t ask or say, therefore go to him in complete silence for he still hears you. One thing that helps me also when the devil tries to attack me is just keep repeating to God when you fill the attacks “God please get Satan behind me. I do not need him, for you are my God, my truth, my healer, my life line” I hope this helps. Always remember you are never alone. Prayers my friend.

  19. I love how Jesus brings the right things to people at exactly the right moment you need them. My whole entire life is filled with depression, doubt and fear. I start to feel like I can move mountains, and when I start slipping I pretend I can do things without his help. WRONG! Boy do they spiral downward at much faster rate, and then when I finally do break down and go to him, it makes me feel so inadequate that because I do not go to him at these heart-wrenching moments that I’ll be unforgiven. Then like now, I am reminded that he is a forgiving God even when I am at my worst.

  20. This reminds me of our lesson in my women’s group on Wed. night this week. “Seeing ourselves as God sees us” the one statement, the one question of the night, that ripped my heart into was “Are you FAKING FINE?” I don’t know about anyone else but wow did that question stop me in my tracks. Many days I think that I have to be this strong wife, mom, sister, daughter, when on the inside I am torn apart with life itself and the many trials and burdens I think are so much more then what God can handle. The truth is God wants to handle them, he wants me to bring these burdens to him. He is our Father. I am a chosen, dearly loved, completely forgiven, uniquely designed, child of his. Can you imagine all that love yet the devil still grabs me sometimes and fills me with distorted thoughts that are nothing but lies. I don’t want to Fake Fine not one more day, I want to LIVE FINE, because I have a Father I can trust and go to.

    • Amy Carroll says:

      I love your question “Am I faking fine?” I’m going to remind myself of your lesson to run to Jesus and live fine.

  21. Amy Carroll, I cannot thank you enough for this devotional! God timed it to be in my email inbox today. TODAY is our son’s birthday. He would have been 19. He died 6 weeks ago. I needed to read this message. It has been so hard losing our son. The hurt, anger, sadness, shock, have been so overwhelming. I confess that I have been angry with God. Why did He take him? He was so young. But God is good. He sends people like you, who are willing to do what God leads you to, to minister to hurting people like my family and I.
    God bless you all!

    • Amy Carroll says:

      Oh, Beth. I have two sons and can only imagine your grief. Just know that my heart and prayers are with you as you grieve. I’m thankful for a God who can handle all our emotions and never leaves or forsakes us.

  22. With tears flowing as I read this….I so needed this! Dealing with sooo much in my life right now and have my entire life! I’ve been dealing with anger, bitterness, hurt and all kinds of emotions! I have terrible nerves….Lot from childhood. I have two grown children whom I love dearly and was close to that hasn’t had anything to do with me in about 8 months and don’t know why! Very painful! I have two precious grandaughters that is my life that I don’t get to be with much now….I ask why. Lost my Mom 3 years ago…Hubby issues…My life is a wreck! I feel sometimes the Lord don’t want to hear my problems that I need to solve them myself and I can’t!!! Thank you for this!!!

  23. LaSonia Estes Jones says:

    My husband has a diabetic foot wound and today will loses toe. We’ve been in the hospital since Monday and have worked through emotions all week. Today, he is very angry and I’m catching it. I left the room, in tears and came to the cafeteria for respite. God lead me to today’s devotion in my email. What a precious, timely reminder of Gods desire for me to be real with Him and trust Him with everything I feel…fear, anger,sadness, frustration. Thank you for reminding me of His goodness and love.

  24. My life, home, family, thoughts have never been perfect. I usually don’t smile even when I’m content because I’m always thinking about things, in general. I was a stay home mom and at one point began home educating. Even when I was growing up and as a single adult, my life was messy. I’d love to experience neat and tidy, consistently. Is there a good book for me? Lol

    I’m one of those who wishes they were more perfect and could keep a cleaner home, keep to a daily routine, could stop being a clutter bug and stop having book or DVD collections. (I collected stamps as a kid.) I’m also an artist who collects art materials. Lol

    So, there’s another side to perfectionism: having high standards that you never meet. It’s that you want so badly to be more perfect outwardly, you never measure up to those standards, you know that it’s not in you to do anything perfectly or orderly, so you beat yourself up with guilt for not being perfect as you visualized the standard, you then procrastinate on most things because you won’t do them perfectly and therefore don’t even want to try. Then you get mad at God for making your brain this way and yet you never procrastinate in letting Him know it.

    And this was all going on well before the people had personal computers and Internet access and FB photos. Most of those FB people hide the reality of their lives from FB, anyway. So why make it a standard to compare oneself to? :•)

  25. Roberta Roller says:

    How did you know? Thank you! Thank you so very much this word to day was exactly what I needed and almost word for word what I have been speaking all week due to a tragic situation in my life going on now. Thanks for reassuring me that brokenness is what God wants from us in order for our faith to increase.
    Thank You!

  26. This was for me. THANK YOU!! There is a lot going in my life right now- at home, at work, and in my heart. I feel like evil is winning at home and at work even though I try to do the right things. I try to be giving and forgiving. I am the friend everyone relies on, but I don’t feel like I get the same in return. Whining is not for me, but I am tired. Life has been difficult for the last few years and the end of this season is further away than I anticipated. Please pray for me and my family.

  27. I felt like you wrote this just for me, and its a confirmation of something I heard yesterday. I cant help but wonder though, I run away from God due to feelings of guilt and shame of failure and I ease back his way because I know I don’t have a life without him, but I have felt stuck in this same place for like 10years. I can be so spirit filled high for Jesus and within a matter of days I am back to square negative 1, I feel like a faith flip flopper, I’m so tired of being stuck like I cant move forward I cant fully change I cant fully surrender it just feels so hard. Things have been going so good between me and my husband (like so good I’ve never been happier as a wife ) but I feel so guilty that none of this joy is from my relationship with God, I’ve felt so ashamed I haven’t really read or pray, I do it quickly like I’m marking off my Christian checklist, and I’m just stuck

  28. I have a hard time sharing with the Lord when things are bothering me. Its not like He doesn’t know. At least that’s what I tell myself. After all a good bible study girl is supposed to hide away the bad things and only dwell on the good stuff, right? These past 2 weeks have been a living nightmare, my family has been attacked by a close family friend or so we thought he was, and now some major attacks on my health and all this has been like thrown at me plus my dr yesterday said I need to make some decisions some big decisions about my health. Finally last night laying in bed in pain I gave it all to God. It was like whoosh..peace… and as much as I want control of the situations back I am not taking them back. I need to get better at just giving it all to God everything, the good and the bad.

  29. Thank you Amy for this timely word. God has been whispering to my heart about being honest and real before Him since Christmas.
    This week has been particularly tough, causing me to hit rock bottom last night, with very little sleep. Opening up this word this morning was God revealing His love and compassion to me. Believing that He only wants me to come to Him feeling positive, happy or contented is something that I have battled with all my life. It’s time to be real before Him, despite my mess. Thank you!

  30. Sally Ann Price says:

    This is a great devotional. I understand what you are saying. Jesus is there whenever you need him. Even if your are sad. He helps you with your emotions He is ahead of all creation.

  31. This is exactly how I felt after experiencing great loss. I didn’t think I could cry to God. It’s His will right? I learned how freeing it is that I can! Hallelujah! Praise God! Thank you, Amy!

  32. This devotion spoke right to my heart this morning. My sweet baby that we prayed for for over two years decided to come 14 weeks early. He is in the NICU and is having breathing spells. They tell us this is normal for his age, but I’ve been praying for improvement. Last night he took a step back and they had to put him on the breathing tube again because he was just so tired. I cried out to Jesus frustrated and asked how long until he answered my prayers because everyone is praying for my little baby to progress and instead we are taking a step back. And then I felt guilty for being frustrated with God, but a few minutes later I opened this devotion and immediately felt better. First, I was reminded from the verse that though my baby is struggling, he is alive. And I’m not doing this alone because my husband is a wonderful support. Second, it is ok to express my true feelings to him because he cares for me and for baby boy. And third, God does still work miracles, and I have to have hope he is going to work one for us.

    • I will be praying for your baby boy, you and your family. I know this is a trying time. My daughter was a nurse in a NICU for several years. Just remember that God is faithful.

  33. Felecia Rollins says:

    Th@nk you ,for your website, it give America hope!!!

  34. Amy,
    I appreciated your post. I just have one point I respectfully disagree with you. You mention grief as a negative emotion. I don’t believe it is. I think in those moments when we are in sorrow it just is what it is. A soul that is mourning. I am well acquainted with grief. I believe there is no timetable to it. God will help us to readjust our lives. We don’t move on, we move through and traces of our loved ones remain. Thank you for today’s post.

  35. Merle Nursten says:

    God is just so amazing. I’ve had a couple of weeks of having this conversation with God. This talk about what’s going on, Your timing, why don’t I have any joy even though I’m ‘faithul ‘ etc etc. I’ve just got down right sulky with God because I don’t have anyone else to go to. And I’ve not felt condemned or berated, Gods just been quiet, but not like ignoring me quiet, just listening. I can honestly say I could feel it! Then these little pearls of wisdom started dropping, in my devotionals, in church this morning, in a friend coming to me with an issue I could identify and help with, a random scriptures…my list goes on. You know if I can’t go to my Father with my hearts desires and pains then whom do I go to? And who on earth is going to fix them, or give me peace that surpasses… He’s my father not a dictator and I am only human. Then after this little dessert in my life I pen this today…like God saying you see, its no problem my child, I’ve got this, I’ve got you. Amen amen amen. The joy of the Lord is my strength!

  36. Merle Nursten says:

    I also wanted to add that I too have known grief, a lot of it. 2 husbands passed away before my 40 birthday, both parents, my sister…another list. And let me tell you my heart grieves for those people who do not know Christ through times of loss. And there are many losses, not just death. I’m only here but by the amazing grace of God.

  37. The Lord’s timing is perfect… I just lost my mom last week, and am just reading this today, a week after I received it.
    Thanks for the encouraging words.

  38. grieving mom says:

    Thank you for your words…. for reminding us that Our Lord is compassionate and merciful. We lost our son last year, it’s been a very hard time for me. Every time I try to pray, I cry. I have only recently been able to read past devotionals. Thank you for reminding me that Jesus is crying with me.

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