It never ceases to amaze me how I feel when hearing God’s voice. When a sermon at church hits so close to home, or your exact worry comes up on a website or in conversation. We learn from the Bible that we should prayerfully as God to make our ears more sensitive to His Voice. However, when it actually occurs, it feels so miraculous.
This past week has been tough, oh heck, this year has been tough! However, there were a couple of things just this past week that really stunk. The first thing that happened was fell, outside…into the street. My toe caught in the lip of a curb and I stumbled face forward into the street, and then proceeded to slide on my face. Totally not graceful, and really ugly.
If that wasn’t enough, several days later while at a school function for my twins, my daughter and her friend had an encounter with a group of girls that opened some old wounds for both of us.
Hearing God’s Voice
On Sunday at church, I prayed that I would respond in a way that would please Him. I also prayed for peace and a way get past the feelings of bitterness. As I was praying this prayer, our Pastor stood and started to acknowledge all the troubled times many of the people in the congregation are experiencing. There are several who are facing unemployment, illness, death, depression, anxiety, and so on. His sermon then focused how we are not alone, even in what feels like the loneliest times of our lives.
Have you ever been in a room full of people but felt totally alone? Or, maybe you’ve been with a group of friends but feel like you are on the outside looking in? It is a terrible place to be. This was my experience, and that of my oldest daughters, all through her elementary school days.
I’m not going to relive all the pain my daughter went through during those years. However, if you would like to read more about if here if the link: .
“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24
Proverbs 18:24 reminds me that true friends are those who stick with you through tough times, do not judge you, and love you for who you are. You don’t have to change to be someone’s friend.
After this recent incident with my daughter and the group of girls, I was once again tossed into the world of loneliness and bitterness. Although this time, I wanted to use the arsenal that God had given me for coping. I did not want of go back into that place of anger.
“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
I am not alone. Regardless of what is taking place, God is with me. I only need to stop and feel His presence.
During rough times, it is difficult to look at the bigger picture. However, it is during these times that you grow the most. God wants to make us mature and complete.
It really is amazing to see God working around you. In fact, when I was researching scripture for this post, I visited one of my favorite websites – Rachel Wojo. Guess what I discovered? Her current Bible study is called “Never Alone”. I do not think that is mere coincidence…
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