I’m just going to be real honest. These last few weeks have been T.O.U.G.H!
Blogging has not been on my radar!
I had LASIK eye surgery a few weeks ago. . . and the healing process is going much to slow for my liking.
Our house is under contract and the repair list seems to keep growing. We have two weeks before closing!
Purchasing a new home has been anything but smooth. . . the stress is insanely real!
My stomach has been tied up completely in knots, my appetite seems to have walked away, and the emotional stress from it all has left me very anxious and in tears many times.
So, where do I run in these times? Where do I find peace for my anxious heart?
I run to JESUS.
“My soul finds rest in Him alone. . . He has proven Himself faithful to calm my weary heart and restore my soul.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
“I pour out my heart to Him at all times. God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:8)
I remind myself of the truths found in Psalm 139.
“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. . .
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me: it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea: Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. . .
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”
Not only do I run to Jesus, but I seek out Godly FRIENDS to encourage me when my heart is anxious and discouraged.
Yesterday, I was really struggling with discouragement and anxiety. I knew I needed an older, wiser mature friend to speak truth into my heart. So I texted my sweet friend Tammy and asked her if she would come visit me. I needed her to pray with me and speak God’s Word into my life. I also needed her kind, gentle encouragement to press on in the storms of life.
I believe that so often, Satan deceives us into thinking we can handle life’s problems all alone. We buy into the lie that it’s shameful to ask for help, to let others know we are struggling, and be transparent about our real anxieties.
Nothing could be further from the truth. . .because our God delights in exposing our weaknesses. It’s in our weaknesses that we find His strength and grace to be truly sufficient. God uses other believers to encourage our hearts with His truth when we most need it!
Friends, where are you running today with the stresses of life?
I encourage you to run straight to Jesus. His heart is good and kind. He will meet you at every turn and give grace in amazing ways.
I also encourage you to find a friend who reminds you of God’s truth and refreshes your spirit.
I am praying for you, my readers. Would you say an extra prayer of grace for me as well? Thanks so much!