Monday, January 4, 2010

His timing

You know when you read something, and feel that stir and think YES! I needed to hear this! Thank you Lord! I love that. I love it when it happens. Of course there are also times when that something I needed to hear is not something I WANTED to hear.

This time it is both something I wanted and needed to hear (or read): : Five Steps to Real Change in the New Year

Please read it and find hope and encouragement there. I needed it because I absolutely NEED to get out of my ridiculous low point. I'm tired. And I'm tired of being here which makes me more weary. I want to be joyful again. I don't remember how to find joy amidst my pain anymore. I am no longer thankful in moments of sorrow. How do I get back to that place? where Jesus is enough? I miss that place. I miss being there. I miss it all. I long for it now more than ever.

Last night I had a conversation with my best friend and I did a lot of venting and just talking to her. And it felt so good to finally tell someone how I feel. It felt so good knowing she would listen and just let me get my frustrations off my chest without judgement. I needed that. I love it when pieces fall right into place. My friend. The article. I needed both and what perfect timing. I know that I should take my concerns and worries straight to the Lord and then discuss them with friends instead of the other way around. Because He too will let me vent and get my frustrations out without judgment. But in times where I feel like He has vanished that is very hard for me to do. I have to relearn all these things. And reading that article, I believe, is a great start for me. I'm taking those five steps, writing out what I need to do, filling in my issues, wording it in my words (using hers as a guide) and putting it into practice. I do better with a guide, a strategy, an outline, a schedule. Remembering to give thanks everyday will help me too. I'm thankful to Him for this itty bitty piece of help.

If you too are struggling with anything, I do pray we can both see some sunshine through the rain and remember where our joy comes from...

My favorite words from that article are these: "...take the first step. Again and again. The wind, hope on its wings, sweeps each new day clean before us, and sweeps over our tracks from yesterday, filling with grace."

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