Job 12:13 - “To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.”
Making decisions can be especially difficult for someone who is battling emotional pain. Sometimes in life we get lost. The way ahead is shrouded by the clouds of fear of failure and loss of direction. The way used to be so clear. But now. Now we’re just not sure. One path leads up a steep hill and climbing is difficult. Another leads down into a deep valley, with the grade being so sloped, that you easily lose your footing and tumble down a ravine. What’s a person to do? Maybe you could just sit still until somehow an easier way will make its way known. The hours tick by as you wait, but the clouds aren’t moving out of your way. When finding yourself in this position, there is only one solution: the Word of God. In it you’ll find people who also faced tough decisions, but when they consulted God he always came through and showed them the way. He will show you also, because the Bible is our GPS, and it never fails to bring us to our right destination.
Psalm 37:8 - Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil.
Many people when they are in situations they have no control over or when things go very wrong, experience strong emotions. Some display anger while others show worry. For me the worry and stress I try to hold inside sometimes turns into anger; except, my anger is not displayed to the world. It lives inside where the fire burns hot, but only a few puffs of smoke are released. Anger in itself is not bad. It can be just a display of boundaries that have been broken. This is quite normal. The trick is to diffuse the situation as quickly as possible. It takes learning to be aware that your anger thermometer is rising. If you keep that anger from eating away at your day, week and sometimes for a lifetime then you can find peace even in the most heated situation. But we can’t do it on our own. We need to ask God to be our anger meter and alert us when we’re letting anger or worry build up. He can teach us to also be alert of anger other people are throwing our way. Let’s get out those thermometers and start to find ways to diffuse the anger or worry bomb.
Hebrews 12:1 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Every day we are being watched. Your neighbor next door. The cashier at the grocery store. The person sitting next to you at church. They all notice what you’re doing. Then there are all of those pesky cameras set up on street lights or attached to buildings and even the one on your computer. They all have their sights set on you. Does this make you feel paranoid? Do I mean for you to be paranoid about so many people watching you? Well, maybe just a little bit. You are an example to the world around you whether you want to be or not. What I want to be like is those I admire, and who have shown the world they have a lot to give no matter what their life looks like. Such as: Joni Eareckson Tada and the many women who go to my church that have Crohn’s Disease, liver disease and battling cancer. These individuals shine like the morning sun. To me they are part of the great cloud of witnesses that surround my life. They give me the strength to take that next step; putting one foot in front of the other and continue running with perseverance the race that God has marked out for me.
Proverbs 17:17 - A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
All things are quiet now. You had a visit from a friend you hadn’t seen in a long time. It was good to see them. You laughed. You cried a little. You reminisced. You talked about the future. Then, she left. Why is it that you can feel lonelier after visiting with a friend than before the visit? I’m not quite sure, but I do know that you can be left with feeling empty inside. If you let it, the visit can become a big letdown. So what are your choices after this? Do you feel sorry for yourself? Do you regret that you don’t reach out more? But who’d really want to make multiple visits to your place when most of the time you hardly have the energy to even answer the door? A true friend. That’s right. A true friend would make the effort. But you have to grab a hold of God’s hand, and open the door to your friend. Your friends do want to see you. Why don’t you open that door?
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.