Tuesday, November 15, 2011

what do you do

...when life throws you too many quick punches in a row?


...when people you love and thought you knew, change?

...when things come to light that show gaping wounds, ancient scars, and a salt shaker up-ended above them?

...when people you trusted aren't trustworthy?

...when people have two sides - one side with all the appearance of goodness, the other revealing a corrupted heart?

...when people profess to be Christians - but show anything but Christian behavior?

...when parents neglect children and teenagers who need love above all else?

...when you see people you've come to love and care about deeply wounded by other people you both love(d) and care(d) about?


...when all of the above are taking place around you to people you love and you didn't know?

...and then you learn all of it in less than two days?


what would you do?

what am i going to do?

i'll tell you:

pray.

'cause that's all that's left.

7 comments:

  1. I needed this so much. I've been going through some of the same things lately, and have found God is the only one who has every thing under control, and that I need to trust Him completely to do His perfect work.

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  2. Ohh....Jo, I'm sorry.

    Pray without ceasing, and unite your sufferings with those of Christ on the cross--'cause His heart hurts when yours hurts.

    (also, it can't hurt to sing and dance around to the Tangled soundtrack...or maybe sing about your favorite things...you know. All that good stuff. ;) )

    -gab

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  3. Oh, Jo, I'm praying for you so hard! I TOTALLY know about EVERYTHING you're feeling!!!

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  4. "...And he'll break open the skies to save those who cry out his name.
    The One the wind and waves obey
    is strong enough to save you..."

    Keep up your prayers. He's there. Always has been. Always will be. ;)

    Love ya, girl!

    ~Vivi~

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  5. I'm praying for you, dear Jo.

    In case you're looking for some sad, but incredibly beautiful music, try Steven Curtis Chapman's album "Beauty Will Rise."

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  6. I have been facing a similar trial for the last 10 months or so... seeing professed Christians be anything but. It is a very difficult place to be but can grow our reliance on the Lord in amazing ways... if we give it over to Him.

    Praying you grow from this trial.

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  7. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him (Psalm 37:7).

    Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22).

    Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13). Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight (Hosea 6:1-2).

    Yes, there are people who profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work (Titus 1:16). But the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen (1 Corinthians 1:28). Did Jesus not say, “‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Matthew 9:13)? We can have hope for those who do not walk with God. “Now, therefore,” says the LORD, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm (Joel 2:12-13).

    Remember, men always ought to pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1). The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16).

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