STOP THE PAIN!!

PainLady I was talking to a nurse today who told me many patients proclaim, “I didn’t know it would hurt this much” when they come out of surgery.  And they expect to be medicated until the pain is completely gone.  But it is not always safe to be medicated that much.  Sometimes we just have to live with some pain until we are healed.  Medication is only to alleviate some of the pain, not necessarily to totally remove it.

That’s the way it is with our emotions too.  Sometimes we want to totally get rid of the pain of rejection, depression, anger, hatred, emotional pain of abuse, etc.  And that’s why I believe addictions are so much of a problem today.  Whether it is gambling, drugs, alcohol, shopping, eating, watching TV or whatever one chooses to escape from the pain, many of us have succumb to addictions.  I know I have my moments of trying to escape the pain of this world.  How can we solve this problem?

Know That Pain Will Come, it’s a Promise14aae7048c09c0c60020fb1dc4196650

We were told there was going to be pain.  Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.  Jesus was a man full of sorry and He has grieved because of the state of man’s soul who has not trusted in Him. He told us that we should be ready for pain and sorrow.  That means I should not expect to be happy every day.  I have joy because Jesus is with me, supporting me through difficult times, but it is not always fun or easy or pleasant.

Know That There is a Solution,  It’s also a Promise

Jesus said, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  He is always with us.  He will never leave.  He wants to carry our burdens.  The bible is full of verses that comfort the soul.  The greatest comfort is knowing that this fallen world is only temporary.  One day I will pass on into the spiritual realm and live life with Jesus face to face.  This world will pass away, but the love of the Lord lasts forever.

Learn to Live with Some Pain

Knowing that there will be pain helps me expect it and prepare for it.  Knowing that it is temporary lets me realize that I won’t be in pain forever.  Also as I grow older, I know that physical pain is a part of life.  I seldom take pain medication.  I just live with it for a while.  I know it’s going away eventually, when He comes to take me Home to Heaven.

BE OF GOOD CHEER!!

Look at the stars

I love this quote I found online.  I believe this to the very core of my being.  There is light!

Looking around at the world today and all that is happening in the news, we will notice a lot of bad; there is a lot of hatred, sorrow, terrorism, etc.  We will notice people who don’t care any more.  There is more financial stress, more destruction, and more illness, and the list goes on. Many people can grow cold and uncaring or just become immune to all the evil in the world.  What was once devastating or shocking to society years ago will be acceptable or ‘normal’ today.  Take divorce for example.  It is very commonplace today, but a couple hundred years ago, if someone were to say they were getting divorced, they would probably be either shamed or pitied greatly.  Now it is much more acceptable.

In a world growing cold, immoral, or uncaring I can find myself becoming judgmental.  It’s just not the way it used to be.  More and more of what is acceptable now was immoral 50 years ago.  It is very easy to focus on what is bad in the world.  The news, for example has mostly stories of terrorism, war, and crime with only a short human interest story at the end.  There is a way I’ve learned to stop being so sorrowful and disappointed concerning the world system.

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Look at the stars

The more darkness there is, the more stars I can see.  I can go out to the country and see an image such as the one here.  A  multitude of stars in space.  There is darkness all around, but so many stars to enjoy.  If I keep my head up instead of down, I can see more light instead of darkness.

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In the city, with all the lights, buildings, and cars, there is much less light in the sky.  It’s easy for me to be so distracted by the action, people, and things around me that I no longer see the stars.  The world is in the way.  Even when I do look up, the stars are much less noticeable.  Most of them are dimmed in the midst of the lights of the world.

Look to God

god-is-light-in-him-there-is-no-darkness-at-all-quote-1ddf4ec73a44f86ca71ac6d1320605afeThese two verses say it all.  “God is light. In Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5.  and “Set your mind on thing above.”  Colossians 3:2.  If I keep looking up, if I look at the stars in the night sky instead of the darkness itself, I can see light.  There is still good in the world.  There is still happiness. God is teaching me not be so negative.  Do not see the glass half empty.  Do not look only to the faults in the world.  See the small points of light in the midst of darkness.  Focus on the positive.

Like Carrie Hope Fletcher said, “Happiness is always there. You just have to choose to see it. There’s no point dwelling in the dark and ignoring the light of the stars.”  See link above for more information on Carrie Hope Fletcher.

FROM THE HEART

by  Terri  Byars  October 2000 to January 2001 /All rights reserved

Depression.  Hopelessness.
All seems lost. Nowhere to go.
Want to leave. Hit bottom.
All is useless.  What is the point?
I cannot do this anymore.  Are you there, Lord?
Return me to the place of joy.
Trust.  Rest.  Confidence.
Confidence in You alone.
I want to forget.  Laugh a little.
Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Read the word. Live in His love.
In Your light, Lord.  Let me/I live there alone.
Get rid of darkness. Take me to the Light.
Pure Joy

Confession.  Repentance.
Not my will, but Your will be done, Lord.
Tears.  Grief.  Hopelessness.
Wondering what is wrong, how to fix it.
I can’t do it in my strength.
I cannot proceed until all my strength disappears.
Transformed.  Renewed.
A living sacrifice presented to God.
Tears.  Grief.  Brokenness.  Hope.
Hope in God for the help of His presence.
I cannot stand.  I have fallen.
I have to be carried. Lord, lift me up.
Confession.  Repentance.

Brokenness.  Childlikeness.
Total desperate dependence on the Lord.
A need.  A longing.  To be satisfied.
Never able to be filled.  A need to be empty.
I can’t be filled until I am empty.
I cannot be satisfied until all my desires disappear.
Crucified.  Dead to self.
Following Him closely every moment.
A need.  A longing.  To hear His heart.
A pure heart.  Single-minded.  Holiness.
I can’t see without His eyes.
I cannot walk, Lord, hold my hand.
Brokenness.  Childlikeness.

Selflessness.  Generosity.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition.
Focused inward.  Self-importance.
What can be done to fix my problem?
It’s not about me and my problem.
It’s not most important to get my needs met.
Humility. Think of others.
Consider others needs above my own.
Focused outward.  Self-abasement.
Other’s need are more important than my own.
Lord, what can I do for others?
God’s grace will abound toward you.
Selflessness. Generosity. 

Closeness.  Intimacy.
Single-minded, wholehearted devotion to God.
Affections.  Desires.  To have the answers.
Never knowing.  A need to be dependent.
I can’t be secure until I let go.
I cannot be secure until I step forward without knowing.
Hang on loosely.  Lean on Him.
Moment-by-moment clinging to Him.
Affections.  Desires.  Seek those things above.
Confidence in Him.  He knows.  He’s Daddy.
I cannot walk without holding His hand.
I cannot survive without looking to Him.
Closeness.  Intimacy.

Endurance. Perseverance.
Falling. Crawling. Moving forward.
Trust myself. I can do it.  I have the ability.
Try and try. Striving. Straining. Pressing.
I can’t keep going on my strength.
I cannot do this anymore without His Spirit.
Not my righteousness, but His.
Walking on. Press on toward the goal.
Trust Him.  Availability. Faithfulness.
Keep my eyes on Jesus who endured the cross.
I will keep going.  Earnestly pray. Have Faith.
Seek peace. Pursue righteousness.
Endurance. Perseverance.

RUN THE RACE TO WIN!!

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We long for God.  He made us that way.  Like the song, “God shaped hole” by Plumb.  When we ask Christ into our lives, His spirit comes to live in our spirit.  We become the dwelling place of God’s Spirit.  Therefore, we our spirit is always satisfied.

 However, our soul still has longings.  The Christian life is a journey toward the goal of saturating our soul with His presence.  Although our spirit is always satisfied and filled with joy, peace, patience, etc., our soul is torn between the flesh and the spirit, between the world system and God.  Our soul still has to deal with our own longings, physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, needs, desires, habits, financially, psychologically, and the list goes on.  I find that even though I am filled with joy in my spirit, my soul has a longing.  Sometimes this is hard to understand, but I feel that the cause may be in part because I are not fulfilling God’s plan for my life.  If I am bored, maybe it means I am not doing all God wants me to do.  If I feel lonely, maybe there is someone I have to forgive, a relationship that needs to be restored, or maybe it’s just because I need to create more relationships and meet more people.

God does supply all our needs; they are there always.  We just need to take them.  God doesn’t always just lay them in our lap.  Sometimes He wants us to take them.  Sometimes He wants us to find the treasures He has for us, like a parent hiding an Easter Basket and having their children look for them.  He won’t make us take His gifts.  He doesn’t force his goodness on us.  He offers it to us.  He hands it to us.  But we need to take it.  We need to claim possession and declare that it is ours.  We need to accept the gift.

The keys are:  one – asking.  “Ye have not because ye ask not.  Ask that you will receive and you joy may be full” (see John 16:23-26, Matt 7:7-8, and James 4:2-3).  John 16:26 says that Jesus won’t ask the Father for us.  That means we need to ask the Father for what we need.  Two – motives; are we asking for our own worldly pleasure, “Give me money so that I can spend it in me” or “Lord I’d like a new Mercedes”?

So, to sum up — The longings that we have are known by God.  It’s up to us to ask with the right motives.  And it is up to us to accept them, take them and receive them when he lays them before us.  And it is up to us sometimes to find it, to look for it when he says it is His plan for us.

LIVE FOR TODAY

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Matt. 6:34 states “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 

In today’s society with the economy, politics, etc. the way they are we need to focus on today.  Focus on this moment right now.  We need to forget about yesterday and it’s guilt, mistakes, missed windows of opportunity, etc.  We need to trust in God and not worry about what will happen tomorrow.  Let go of the fear, worry, unknown, etc.

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Prov. 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

Trust the Lord with your future.  It belongs to Him.  He knows what is coming.  Only then will we have the peace that comes from knowing everything will be okay.

I Set My Heart

Set Your Mind on Things Above

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About the Savior and His love;
Let Earthly things just fade away;
And know that Christ will come some day.
(See Colossians 3:1-4)

(Chorus) I feel the Spirit rising in me;
I feel God’s Spirit setting me free.
I feel His joy now flooding my soul;
I know God’s love is making me whole.

Vs. 2: This world may look so dark and grim;
But the light is here, just look to Him;
Troubles press on every side;
But in His love I will abide. (Repeat Chorus)

Vs. 3: Though in this world the troubles come.
Jesus, my Lord, has overcome.
So now by faith we can believe
We all have the victory.
(I John 5:4 and John 16:33)

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I set my mind, I set my heart
I choose to dwell on things above.
I set my mind, I set my heart
I choose to speak about His love.

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Where is God?

ONE NATION UNDER GOD? INDIVISIBLE?

Sometimes as I watch America, the so-called “Christian Nation”, fall farther and farther away from the Faith of our Fathers, I wonder what God thinks about us now.  How does God think about a nation who kills millions a year because a woman is not ready to give birth to a baby and take responsibility for her actions?  How does God feel when we accept same-sex marriage as being a choice or a right when it goes totally against Romans chapter 1?  How does God feel when Christians live in sin, drinking, gambling, having illegitimate babies?  Sure, we all sin.  None of us are righteous on our own merit, but it seems like Christians should look different from the world and grow more and more like Jesus and not more and more like the world.  How does God feel when we go to Church just because it’s Sunday, or just because we want to meet a girl (or guy) or just because our Mom made us?  When will we start seeking God, renewing our mind, becoming separate from the world? 

God is still sovereign.  God is still on the throne.  I have to believe that, but I don’t see it.  I have to believe it by faith because the word says it is true. 

Where is God? 

The sun is shining, but I barely see it.  My heart is full of grief.  “It rains on the just and the unjust” the Bible says somewhere.  Sometimes I wonder, where is the justice in that?  Joel Osteen, the pastor of maybe the biggest mega church in America, many times talks about the favor of God.  “We have the favor of God” he says.  If we are favored by God, why are Christians in poverty? 

I’m still praying, I’m still believing.  I live by faith, not by sight.  God is still sovereign.  He is good all the time.  Lord Jesus, shower your presence on your people.  Let us rise up and be blessed.  Amen.

Come quickly, Lord, take us out of this mess.