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Feb 15

Lord, sometimes I really resent having emotions. I know you CHOSE to have them yourself, AND they are also just part of being human, but it can be VERY frustrating and discouraging to pick myself up over and over, ten times in a morning, and just keep getting knocked back down or just flat-out pissed off. I can be amazingly brave and face my biggest fears and my worst enemy (shame) all at the same time and have a momentary victory… and then BAM! the enemy seems to just blast it all away, winning the battle. Then I can have a marvelous time out in the woods with you, and feel stronger and more stable than ever… only to lose another battle to shame just an hour later. Lord, I just want you to know, even WITH your awesome help, being human is HARD! 😥

 
Ephesians 6:12-13 ERV

Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places. 
That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing. 

 

 
Lord, you know our battles, both personally and within our relationships and in our work. I offer my own struggles up to you, and ask you to help me be strong and NOT let my human emotions make things even harder than they already are. Help me to be humble and seek to understand — TRULY understand — other people’s perspectives. Help me to be wise enough to hold my tongue when I need to and patient enough to speak in love and kindness and wisdom, whenever I DO need to speak. Help me to run to YOU for comfort, and not to food or success… or even to nature or music FIRST (although both seem to bring me back to looking at YOU, Lord). I give my heart and mind and spirit to you, faithful Shepherd. Lead on!

 

 

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