I''''''''''''''''m seeking to live more like Him every day, even when I feel like I''''''''''''''''m far from Him. I''''m still trying to figure some stuff out in my life right now and I really need all the prayer I can get.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
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serenai had to separate the devotional a bit cause it was too large to put together ;)
3 Years Ago |
serenahi! i read your prayer request and im praying for you. my brother went through the same thing, cutting and its a hard thing to go through. have you ever heard of the preacher joyce meyer? i have a devotional of hers that i had started reading everyday and its such a blessing. after i read your request on the board, i thought of todays devotional instantly. hopefully its not too long for you but i feel like i should send it to you. hope you are blessed my friend i have written it out for you down below, God bless :)
3 Years Ago |
serenaFirst read romans 10:9-10.but I cant help the way I feel angie moaned. Most of us hear this statement often. It means that the way the person feels is settled, and they believe they have to go with those feelings. Its like an unchanged fact of life. We have feelings and sometimes they are strong, but we get confused. We allow our feelings to determine our decisions, and ultimately, our destiny. With that type of mindset, it means that if we get discouraged, we are discouraged; if we feel victorious, we are victorious. It means that we feel depressed, we must be depressed. Someone once said my feelings are emotions, not reality. in other words, just because we feel a certain way, dosent make that feeling a fact. It only means that we feel that way. We must learn to press past our feelings. Perhaps an example will help. Janet sells real estate, and when she makes a sale, she feels wonderful and successful. Last month she sold 5 upscale homes and made an excellent commission. This month she only sold one, and she feels as if shes a failure. Is janet a failure? No. its just that on dark days, she feels that way; but that doesnt mean that its true. Today I may not feel God at work in my life, but is that true? Or is that the way I feel? I know many people who dont feel loved by God--thats how they feel, but it isnt the truth. The devil gains a strong hold in this area. If he can convince us that our feelings are reality, then he has a great progress, and we are easily defeated.
3 Years Ago |
serenaYears ago I spoke in a church and many people came up to me to tell me how my message had encouraged them. I beamed because I was still new in the ministry, and I really needed lots of compliments to feel successful. One man said I didnt agree with anything you said, you need to get your theology straight. and he walked away. Immediately discouragement overwhelmed me. I had tried hard to be Gods instrument to the people, and I had failed. As I left the church, I thought about what had happened. At least 50 people had told me how my words had blessed them. One man came to me with a negative message. How did I react? I believed the negative. I allowed his words to shift my thinking, and I had convinced myself that I had failed. I hadnt failed, I had listened to the wrong voice and allowed it to control my feelings. I determined that never again would I allow one negative voice to discourage me and make me feel that I had failed. Perhaps I had failed to help that man--and I couldnt do anything about it, but my teaching had touched many others. One woman had tears in her eyes when she told me that I had given her the exact word that she needed to hear. I did something else that night. I reminded myself that what I had experienced had been a negative feeling, but it had not been reality. I began to quote bible verses, reminding myself that satan attacks us where we are weak And vulnerable. I was new to public speaking, and the man with the negative word knew that. I thought of romans 10:9-10. We often quote these two verses when we speak to people about their salvation, however, the principle is there no matter what the subject. Paul says that we need to believe in our heart ans confess with our lips. I stopped and said aloud God I believe that I am in your service. I believe that I did my best for you. I believe that you used my words to bless many people. I do not have to listen to that one negative voice. with in minutes I felt better. (see how quickly our feelings can change?) reality hadnt changed, but I had. I refused to allow negative, wrong thinking to turn me from reality..she then closes with this prayer---Loving and caring God, forgive me for thinking wrong thoughts and for allowing wrong feelings to determine mt attitude. I ask you, in the name of Jesus, to help me believe in your word and entertain positive thoughts.
First of all thanks to God for helping me with my relationship situation and that we both decided the relationship wasnt right and are now JUST friends. Please continue praying for my depression and cutting though. I know that God is there but it seems like he isnt.....