“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,”
2 Corinthians 10:5
It’s such a grey day Lord
colors have faded
no sun in the sky
I wonder if the clouds
will weep from on high?
I’m trying to smile
trying to be brave
but it is so hard
When it’s such a dreary grey day.
Dear Lord, can You tell me
show me the way
Help me think of
Something to be thankful for today?
~Marcie Bridges, ©8 November 2018
She was brave.
She doesn’t think she was brave. But she was.
I know she feels like a failure. I know she feels like she let me down—and herself. I know she thinks she’s ruined her young life.
None of those could be further from the truth.
The fact is, she gave it a try. She gave it a shot. Was it everything we hoped it would be? No. Are we disappointed? Most definitely. But, there is always hope.
As I sit here hours later reflecting upon the day, I realize how disappointed I really am. I can’t deny that. But what I can deny—must deny—are the lies Satan is trying to get me to dwell on.
Satan wants us to believe it was not a success. He wants me to get depressed and discouraged and weary. Satan is throwing fiery darts as fast as he can.
Isn’t that the way it is? We get a victory in our life, but instead of living victoriously, we wallow in the reasons why it all went wrong. We give in to the bad thoughts. We dwell on the negative.
But what if, instead of letting our thoughts drag us down, keeping us from living an abundant life, we focus our attention on Jesus? What if, instead of wallowing and pouting, we open our Bibles and turn our thoughts to the truth?
The truth is, I am a good mom. The truth is, there was a victory today. Small, yet huge. Because had she not tried at all, we would have never known how much help she really needs. The truth is, we were both brave.
My prayer today is God will give us strength to try again. God will give us wisdom in how to proceed from here. God will lead us to the people who can help us move forward.
Are you feeling discouraged today? Are you in need of something that will uplift your thoughts and your heart?
Pray God will give you the right thoughts, attitude, and heart. Praise Him for everything you can think of to be thankful for. Turn your eyes and your mind onto Jesus and find your strength in Him. This is hope. This is faith. This is His love in us.
He did it for me, He will do it for you too.
From My Heart to Yours,
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Marcie, your words of encouragement couldn’t have arrived at a better time. My grown son let us down big time last evening, and the repercussions will be felt for some time. I can’t go into detail here, but am asking that you would keep Daniel in your prayers for healing of mind and spirit, and for us in seeking God’s will for our actions regarding this situation.
May God continue to bless you and yours with love and grace!
Dearest Martha, I certainly will be praying for him and for all of you. I’m grateful the Lord has ministered to your heart and spirit this day. Please keep me updated on how it is going and if you ever need an ear you can always message me. 🙂