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January 04 201402·07 am181 notes

thefitty:

I had a black dog, his name was Depression.

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November 19 201308·15 am1 note

God tells us all these things through His Word =) except maybe the last one, it’s more like you ARE great. =)

Definitely looking toward meeting my Daddy in heaven and all my bros and sis’s =D

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Anonymous asked: I know you’re very busy with Ashley and everything (congratulations by the way!) and I’m so sorry to bother you but I need some advice. I’ve had an anxiety disorder for several years but I’ve mostly been able to keep it under control, with God’s help, until now. But now all off a sudden it seems like everything in my life is falling apart. My boyfriend cheated on me twice, lied about it when I confronted him, and then left me for another girl. I’m struggling with school and work (cont.)

scripturesketches:

(cont.) and I’m about to move out of state. Because of my anxiety I’ve been having panic attacks almost every day. I can’t eat or I start throwing up and I can’t sleep because I have terrifying nightmares every night. I know that I can’t get through this without God, and I’m trying so hard to put my trust in Him. But I feel so scared and alone and I don’t understand what I did to deserve this. The thing that scares me the most is that I’m starting to doubt that God even exists. I don’t ever want to turn my back on God but but why is He letting me suffer for mistakes that I didn’t make? My question is- How can I put my trust in God when I’m not even sure if I believe in Him anymore?

Dear Anon,

You’re not a bother at all. I’m sorry it’s taken so long for me to respond.

What you are feeling makes a lot of sense. You’ve been cheated on, you’ve been dumped, you’ve struggled at school, you’ve struggled at work and you’ve dealt with the stress of a move. So of course your anxiety disorder has been triggered. Anyone would have difficulty facing all of those things at once, and you haven’t done anything to deserve it.

That’s why I hope you hear love in what I’m about to say, because it’s probably going to be hard to hear. But I’m saying it because it’s the truth:

If your troubles have caused you to doubt God’s existence, it might be because the god you believe in doesn’t really exist.

The god We Want

If we could write a job description for God, it would probably look something like this:

“God wants us to feel good. He wants us to be secure. He wants us to be successful. He wants us to be comfortable. And more than anything, He wants us to be happy. So He’s going to use His power to protect us. He’s going to protect us from uncertainty. He’s going to protect us from disappointment. He’s going to protect us from difficulty. And more than anything, He’s going to protect us from heartbreak. God is going to make our lives predictable, fulfilling and easy.”

And that all sounds great. But if you look for that god in the Bible, you won’t find him.

Instead, this is what we find:

Additionally, Timothy warned us that those who follow Jesus will be persecuted. Paul wrote that we would be afflicted, perplexed and struck down. The Psalmist wrote that righteous people will have many troubles. And Jesus said the world would hate us.

To be a disciple of Christ is to accept a life of difficulty, opposition and heartbreak. We worship a God who died on a cross after all. And this is why Jesus told us to count the cost before choosing to follow Him.

Clearly, the god who makes our lives predictable, fulfilling and easy does not exist.

The God Who Is

A job description for the God of the Bible, however, would look more like this:

God wants to save us. He wants to make us holy. He wants us to know the truth. He wants to give us purpose. And He wants us to be His. So He is with us in our heartbreak. He forgives us. He overcomes. He makes us pure. He makes us new. He gives us His righteousness. He gives us life. And most of all, He loves us.

And someday, God is going to take away all the heartbreak we’ve experienced, and He’s going to restore us. 

As Christians, our ultimate good isn’t found in a predictable, fulfilling and easy life. It’s found in Jesus.

That’s why Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would rather die than give up their faith. It’s why Stephen could look to God even while being executed. And it’s why Job could say:

 Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him.”

So when life gets rough I strive to remember this: Whatever pulls me away from God is bad, no matter how good it seems. And whatever draws me closer to God is good, no matter how bad it feels. Our basis for evaluating our lives and experiences is always our relationship with God. 

I don’t know if that’s helpful to you, but I hope it was. And with all my heart, I pray that things get better for you.

No matter what, the God of the Bible exists, He is good and He loves you. 

Peace, love and Jesus,
-James

yes!! and we already know the outcome, because God has already won the war, and the hope for us for the Lord’s coming is so great!

God takes care of us =), as this post from Lee Younger also says.

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God has taken me through stuff. Hard stuff. Stuff I didn’t want or ask for. God has let me suffer. He has not explained why and He has not always answered my questions or my prayers. I don’t understand His methods, but I believe He loves me. Sometimes, in the darkest moments, the only thing I have to cling to is the fact that Jesus died for me; but if that were the only evidence I had for His love, it would be enough.

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more struggles

was seriously struggling and was like: “I need heeeelp”

then was like “why don’t I go to God? My perfect, awesome, loving Father?”

… “Why didn’t I think of that before?!”

Psalm 25:

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
    let me not be put to shame;
    let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
    they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
    for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
    according to your steadfast love remember me,
    for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11 For your name’s sake, O Lord,
    pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
    Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall abide in well-being,
    and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship[b] of the Lord is for those who fear him,
    and he makes known to them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
    for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
    bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,
    and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider how many are my foes,
    and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
    Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
    for I wait for you.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,
    out of all his troubles.

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leeyounger:

Where does my help come from?

-cries- from joy and grace and being overwhelmed by His love.

leeyounger:

Where does my help come from?

-cries- from joy and grace and being overwhelmed by His love.

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Jesus is Agape

Dear you,

We know sometimes you hate what you see in the mirror. But when we look at you, we see:

Someone passionate.
Someone caring.
Someone kind.

Sure, you’ve got your issues. But so do all of us.

No, when we look, we see:

A heart for the hurting.
A hunger for Jesus.
A hope that refuses to give up.

We see you, and we believe in you.

If you don’t see those same things in yourself,

You need a bigger mirror.

August 15 201312·41 am304 notes

We love you,

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- and your friends in the body of Christ =)

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Keeping Cool

so pretty stressed about possible supplementaries with results coming out on Monday -breath deep- *vespene gas +100*

So would like to share this verse from 1 Peter 5:

Be humble and cast all your anxieties on Him[God], because He cares for you.

speaking of “humble”, tho I dislike the latest Humble Bundle being restricted to Windows (no Linux!) AND Steam (no DRM-free from HB!), it’s not a bad deal, especially for the Charities like Red Cross.

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