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Defeat Is Not An Option

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“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart,” Galatians 6:9, NKJV.

If we look hard enough, we can find lessons in each of life’s challenges. From the “big” problems to the smaller ones that no one seems to care about but us, there is something we can glean from every situation. Such was the case for me when my daughter’s cell phone stopped working.

On a side note, I think companies build cell phones to only last a specific amount of time so we (consumers) are forced to upgrade. Yeah, I know, this makes me sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it seems like the phones in our household start acting up when we are close to the end of our contract date. Just a little something that makes me go, hmm… Anyhow, thanks to the cell phone insurance, we were able to get her phone replaced for free. (We actually needed two replacements, but that’s another story and feeds into my conspiracy beliefs.)

We couldn’t get Tia’s information to transfer to the new phone because the screen on the old phone had stopped responding to touch, which meant she’d lose everything. I wasn’t so concerned about her losing all her selfies as I was her losing all the photos from our Canada trip. Despite our cell phone carrier’s employees saying that there was no way to retrieve the photos and discouraging information I found online about this issue, I refused to give up looking for a solution. It took a micro USB dual adaptor, an external keyboard, and a lot of patience, but about two weeks and ten dollars later, everything on the broken phone had been transferred to the new one.

There was a great sense of satisfaction when all was said and done. My daughter had even lost hope at one time, and we talked about the importance of perseverance. While I thought I was teaching her a lesson, I felt God teaching me one as well. I was convicted. I’d given up on some other things in my life, but I sensed Him telling me that I needed that same level of determination to see those things through as I had with retrieving information from that broken cell phone. Thus, my passion for some goals and dreams have been re-ignited.

What about you? What’s something that you have given up on for whatever reason? What mental obstacles have you allowed to get in the way? Our thoughts play a big role in our actions. The mind reveals the inner workings of the heart. What do your thoughts uncover about the essence of your being . . . your core identity and beliefs? If God has made you a promise, but you have given up on it ever coming to pass, then your heart is saying that God is a liar. However, His word says that He’s incapable of such (Numbers 23:19).

I had to face the ugly truth that I’d lost hope about some things that He had promised. It was a sobering reality because I don’t consciously think God is a liar. But, actions always speak louder than words. My behavior indicated that I didn’t really believe Him. Thanks to my daughter’s broken cell phone, I’m on the move again, taking action on some things that I’d let collect dust. It may take some sweat equity, tears, and prayer, but most of all, it will take faith.

As I re-start my journey, I invite you to travel with me on your own, trusting that God is leading the way.

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Trusting God to Heal

Mended Heart

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds,” Psalm 147:3, NKJV.

Someone recently said to me that difficulties in life tend to reveal the true nature of those around us. When we are going through, we discover who is there for us and who isn’t. Sometimes we are pleasantly surprised by those who step up when we need them most. Other times, we are hurt when someone we counted on lets us down. Depending on the depth of the offense, it can take time to overcome, especially when the person doesn’t seem to understand the damage that his or her actions/words have caused.

My mother’s passing has left me feeling pain that I’ve never before experienced. I appreciate the outpouring of love, prayers, cards, words of encouragement, emails, phone calls, etc. that I’ve received. The fact that so many people have gone out of their way to see about me during this season means more than I can ever express in words. Simultaneously, the behavior of a close friend during this time has deeply wounded me. Her actions seemed selfish and insensitive and as a result, I lashed out. Recently, I met with her in an attempt to explain my outburst. Though our encounter was peaceful, I left the meeting feeling like our relationship may be strained for quite some time.

I know myself. If I’m not careful, my heart can become hardened as I navigate through this grieving process. I don’t want it to be. I’ve learned from past experiences that a hardened heart toward one person can lead to me building walls with others for no other reason besides not wanting to get hurt again. The Lord has shown me that when I build these emotional walls, not only do I keep myself from giving love to others, but I also block myself from being a recipient of their love as well. And so I’ve made a decision . . . no walls.

For real, for real, I’m not putting up emotional barriers. (By the way, when people say “for real” twice, they are serious.) Instead of focusing on the emotional support I didn’t get from that individual, I’ve turned my attention to being grateful to God for all the other human angels He sent to help me through this time. While I’m wounded by my friend’s actions and words, I can either choose to become bitter or I can make a conscious decision to take my hurts to God and let Him heal me. It may take some time, but I choose healing.

For real, for real. 😊

As you journey through your own challenges in life, remember that people are fallible and hurt isn’t always intentional. Don’t focus on who isn’t with you, rather concentrate on who is. Ultimately, the One you need by your side is Jesus. My friend may not understand the magnitude of the pain I feel about my mom’s death and her subsequent actions, but God does. People will let us down, but He never will. As long as we trust and lean on Him, He will make sure we have everything and everyone we need to help us through tough times.

“The best way to heal a broken heart is to give God all the pieces.”  — unknown

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Trusting God

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly,” Psalm 84:11

Last week there was an opportunity I wanted but didn’t get. A few days before that, I heard the Lord say, “Do you trust Me?” I said, “Yes.” Of course, I interpreted this as Him working out the opportunity in my favor. Well, that’s not quite what happened.

I never asked Him for the opportunity and yet, I was disappointed when I didn’t get it. You may wonder why I never asked Him for it. My answer is simple. I wanted His will, not my own. See, there have been times when I have prayed for specific things because I thought such was in my best interest. I didn’t understand why God didn’t think so, too. Later, I realized that what I thought was best wasn’t and then I was thankful that I didn’t get what I wanted. Have you ever looked back over your life and thought, “God, thank You for not listening to me and giving me (fill in the blank)?” Sometimes it’s only after we see that what we wanted really wasn’t as beneficial to us as we thought it would be that we are thankful for closed doors.

Instead of asking God for the opportunity, I prayed for His will to be done. I trusted in the above Scripture, knowing that He would not withhold any good thing from me. Still, I found myself disappointed when things didn’t work out in my favor. I was left with a choice to thank God and trust in His will or sulk and be upset because my will wasn’t done. The natural tendency is to do the latter. Thus, there was a battle between my natural self and my spiritual self. My flesh wanted to get into a funk, but my spirit was determined to praise. I clung to the words of the psalm, knowing that my God is a “sun and shield.”

My God is a shield . . .

Those words ministered to my spirit. A shield provides protection. When we are covered by the shield, we can’t see everything that comes our way, but we remain unharmed because we are under its shelter. While I don’t know why God closed this door, I trust His sovereignty. I thought the opportunity was good for me, but I was dealing with very limited insight. God sees the panoramic view. Trusting in His word means trusting Him even when things don’t make sense to me. It’s with undeniable faith that I thank Him for the closed door. I thank Him for being my shield.

What about you? What closed door has caused you to be disappointed? Do you trust God’s sovereignty? Are you willing to believe that He will not withhold any good thing from you if you walk uprightly? (We can’t neglect the requirement on our part to live according to His statutes.)

God won’t always make sense to us. In fact, He rarely does! However, despite not understanding Him, we are required to trust Him. Are you willing to do that even when things don’t go your way?

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