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“I Know”

March 5, 2013 — 2 Comments

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Yesterday I spent some time walking and praying on the land I lease for hunting. I love hunting for various reasons, but mostly I love it because it gives me time alone with God in the woods.

I love how the sun comes up in the morning, and the animals begin to move. It truly is breathtaking to watch nature dance the dance of God right in front of you. The same is true in the evenings when the sun is going down. God’s creation goes to bed in an order, and it’s astounding.

I’ve heard God speak many times and in many different ways in the woods. There are many I could share, but today I’ll just share this one moment. I was having a exceedingly awful week. I was feeling isolated and like no one knew what was going on in my life. I was at the end of my hope for things to work out.

I’m sure you have been there before also. Maybe you are there now? Maybe you feel like no one knows what you are going through? It’s a dark and lonely place to be.

I was sitting in my hunting stand, and the sun began to rise. It was cold in the woods. As the sun was coming up steam lifted from the forest floor under the warmth of the suns rays. Everything was still, and the silence was deafening. I was enjoying the moment, but I was sad inside my heart.

I felt unknown and alone. Then it happened! A bird perched on a limb right in front of my face. It was only inches away. My camouflage was hiding me well. The bird was tilting its head from side to side looking me in the eyes. I was amazed at the whole thing. God is so good!

It was then I heard the Lord speak to my soul, “I know.” That’s all it took! All would be okay. If God knows about every bird, then He surely knows about me and He most assuredly knows about you also.

Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.

emotional-painIf  you’re alive, you will face emotional pain from time to time. There will be times that sadness will overtake you and it will seem like you have no control over its weight upon you at all. It could be that you have been hurt really bad by a close  friend, or you have suffered a family member dying recently.

Whatever has your emotions out of control…the pain is real and it hurts. You may be at the point where you are full of grief over it, and you simple wish there was an instant cure but sadly, you know that’s not how it works. Emotional pain, just like physical pain, subsides over time. You must hold on to that truth and trust it.

Below are some things you can think on while your pain is being healed.

1. Understand That Pain Has a Purpose

  • Like I said, if you’re alive you will have emotional pain. In other words, it’s a normal part of life. God can use pain in your life because He will never waste anything.
God never allows pain without a purpose in the lives of His children. He never allows Satan, nor circumstances, nor any ill-intending person to afflict us unless He uses that affliction for our good. God never wastes pain. He always causes it to work together for our ultimate good, the good of conforming us more to the likeness of His Son (see Romans 8:28-29).  ~ Jerry Bridges
2. Embrace The Pain.
  • Again, there is no instant cure. You must allow the feelings to be felt. Don’t cover them up. Don’t deny them. Feel them.
I am certain that I never did grow in grace one-half so much anywhere as I have upon the bed of pain.  ~ Charles Spurgeon
3. Strength Can Come From Pain
  • You would be amazed at how walking through your pain instead of trying to escape it instantly can actually cause you to become stronger in faith.
I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.  ~ Elizabeth Elliot
4. Pain Allows You To Experience The Grace Of God
Paul said: “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

5. Read These Two Books Of The Bible

  • Both Ecclesiastes and Job. Both of these books deal with the complete range of human emotion, particularly the harder “negative” emotions no one likes to dialog about.

SPECIAL NOTE: if you are have thoughts of suicide because of ever increasing emotional pain please seek professional help from a licensed councilor for help. You are valuable and the world needs you with us.

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I think bad days started in the Garden of Eden. In fact, I’m sure they started there. God pronounced everything good, and not long after that…a snake, forbidden fruit and an act of disobedience, gave birth to the first bad day. Since that day, bad days will show up from time to time. Bad days are now just a part of life, at least until Christ comes again.

Everyone has a bad day from time to time. If its been awhile since you’ve had one, count yourself blessed, but sooner of later, another bad day is going to jump on your back hard. However, there are a few keys that I believe will help you advance past a bad day and I would like to share them with you.

Key #1 is: Don’t put yourself in prison. (You can’t move forward behind bars.)

In other words, give yourself permission to have a bad day. Having a bad day doesn’t make you a bad person that needs to be locked away. When you think you’re a bad person, you will tend to beat yourself up for days, by putting on the boxing gloves of guilt, and hitting yourself over and over again. Two words for ya…STOP IT!

Key #2 is: Truly want to move past the bad day?

If you are savoring feeling unhappy or maltreated, you’re not prepared to stop having a bad day. Sometimes we like feeling like a victim. You must make the bold decision to move forward. It’s a choice. Kick the victim out the door!

Key #3 is: Do something kind for someone else immediately.

You can write an encouraging email to someone you haven’t spoken with in a while. You can do something for you family they didn’t expect to happen. Any time you do an encouraging act, you move toward God. When you move toward God, a bad day has to let go. It’s really that simple. Letting God love others through you, will bring healing to you. Go ahead…try it.

 

 

 

 

 

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How do you deal with an emotional painful situation in your life?  I’m not here today to give you a big list of things you can do. Instead I simply want to give you a picture and allow you to meditate on it today.

Imagine you are walking along the beach and you come across a group of kids digging deep holes in the sand in order to build  a sandcastle. You watch for awhile as they go about their task of removing sand from one place, leaving holes everywhere, using the sand to build their sandcastle. After watching them for a while, you depart and continue on your journey up the beach. Finally, on your return trip down the beach, you discover the holes are now extremely deep. In fact, a few of the holes are deep enough to stand in and hide 3/4 of your body.

The sun finally sets and off to bed you go. Early the next morning you take a walk along the beach. You make it back to where the holes were. Over night the sea has pushed sand into them and a few of the holes are completely gone but a few others are still there. The holes that were deeper than some of the others are now more shallow but they are  not completely gone. They need a little more time to fill.

You continue on your way up the beach and on your return trip, just a while later, you stop at the spot where the holes WERE. Now, to your amazement, they are completely gone. The sea, over the proper time has filled the holes (emotional pains) with sand and what was once many deep holes in the sand are now gone forever.

Sometimes, emotional pain takes time to heal. Sometimes, God doesn’t heal them immediately. However, healing does come… it just takes time for the sea and the sand to do their work.

If you would like to share your thoughts just leave a comment. God bless you.

In part 1 of witnessing and working among the forgotten of the world we talked about noticing the unnoticed. In part 2 we dealt with giving them undivided time. Today we explore the promise of hope.

 

Promise of Hope (part 3)
Once I have given them undivided attention I will asks them a simple question. “Do you think it can ever be any better than it is right now for you?” This question is perfect for leading to a God centered discussion on hope. Hope is powerful because in their world both the external living environment of the inner city and their internal dialogue often screams to the broken person living on the street or in a very poor condition there is no hope and change is impossible. The graceful truth of hope breaks through both of those lies. Many see themselves as marred beyond repair and feel they are worthless.

I then share the story of the potter in the book of Jeremiah 18:1-6.
I do a summary of how the clay was being worked on but for some strange reason the clay became marred in the hand of the potter mainly because it was off-center and that the potter instead of throwing it away did something amazing. The potter did not throw the ruined clay into the corner of the shop, or into the trash. He continued working with it and reshaped it into another vessel, which he deemed good to make. In other words, he began again, from scratch with the same clay and gave it a shape that was good and would hold its form.

Winning their trust through listening and co-suffering is very important because trust is when you give the care of your own life over to another for help and direction. Many people in the inner city have been let down so many times they have a wall built up that only listening and co-suffering can break. Listening; because it is godly, co-suffering; because it too is godly and both are grounded in God’s unconditional love.

Tomorrow we will take a look at listening and co-suffering.

How have you offered the promise of hope to others you have met in the harvest field of life? Share with us by posting a comment.

 

 

Part 4