I led a women’s bible study prolly a couple of years ago. Its one that kinda helps everyone get involved with question cards, not study questions but more life questions. One of the questions was “How have your “STUCK” places affected your marriage, family, or your friendships?” Obviously there were many answers to this but I think one common answer with us all was that being vulnerable with others and how hard that can be. Taking off the mask so others can see the real you can be difficult but it can also be freeing.
Are you stuck in your brokenness, your pain, fear, or disappointment? I have been there my friend, I know how hard it is. But the trials we go through, the things that no one knows about, all those hidden things. The things your ashamed of. We are not meant to go through life alone, that’s what the enemy would like you to think. I for one can isolate at times. But friends we are built for relationships. We need a good support system, people we can trust to help us through our dark times. I know it’s scary taking off your mask and being vulnerable but sweet one, it’s so worth it. I have stuffed my voice and feelings for so many years which helped cause an eating disorder and feelings of unworthiness, rejection, fear, and shame.
His word talks about how He comforts us in our trouble so we can comfort others in theirs. So our pain is NEVER wasted!! God has a plan and purpose.
At times it feels as though you are just dying on the inside and can’t see a way out I’m sure you can relate on some level. But that’s when you gotta go deeper and draw closer to Jesus. You may have been waiting and praying for something for a long time. A REALLY REALLY REALLY long time, man I’ve been there too but God is still there. He’s there in your darkest times. He still sees you, and He still hears your cry. Don’t give up precious one, draw closer to the throne!
Lately, I’ve been going through something extremely difficult with total transparency, I’ve been very angry, hurt, disappointed, so much jumbled up on the inside. I noticed there’s also been a feeling of powerlessness, which I think has caused some anxiety. Anxiety alone can just wear you down. Something I’ve never really struggled with. That’s me below sometimes right now, LOL. I mean at least I can laugh about it.
There is nothing I can do to fix the situation so I’m walking through this releasing my feelings as I go and often, LOL, and just praying. I know God has heard my prayers but sometimes the answers we get are not the ones we want. But when we pray for God’s will and for him to reveal what’s hidden and he does, then we have to be prepared that we may not like what we see. But nevertheless my God is with me ALWAYS! Weary or not, He will strengthen me. He will perfect that which concerns me. I’m learning more, trusting more, and in this situation there’s NO WHERE to go but Him! He’s the ONLY ONE WHO CAN FIX IT! He’s the only one who can bring me/us peace and give me strength and bring peace, healing, and restoration!
So if you’re in that place my friend where you’re overwhelmed, stressed to max, tired and you just can’t take it any more well you’re in good company sweet one, I’ve been there too. I know others are there or have been there but more importantly JESUS IS THERE WITH YOU and He’s waiting for you to take off the mask and just call out to Him and sometimes all you can get out is “Jesus, I need you” and that’s ok. His heart responds to that precious one.
In my devotion this morning I came across this verse which I had read a many times before but not this version and oh it just so spoke to me.
But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
I love that!!! “Pitch his tent over and dwell upon me.” Gosh I don’t know about you but man I sooo need that now more than ever! More grace, more favor, more of his loving kindness, more of His mercy, more of His strength and power in our weakness and our lives!! Lord I need MORE OF YOU, less of me! Jesus I take off my mask and I ask You to pitch Your tent over and dwell upon me.