“When prayer teams up with gratitude, when we open our eyes wide enough to see God’s mercies even in the midst of our pain, and when we exercise faith and give Him thanks even when we can’t see those mercies, He meets us with His indescribable peace. It’s a promise.” ~Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude, Your Journey to Joy
The heart, mind & body can only bear so much sorrow before the body begins to break down in some way.
Those who are grieving a loss, those who are caregivers for aging family members, those who are interceding for children or grandchildren who have gone astray, those who bear the load when sickness comes…They all need to understand the importance of self care.
Our bodies weren’t meant to continue to live with a constant burden of sorrow. When what is meant to be temporary becomes long-term, a breakdown of some kind is to be expected.
Please love one another well. Watch out for each other. Bear one another’s burden.
Offer to take someone to a doctor’s appointment when they are neglecting their own health to care for someone else’s, sit with a loved one so the caregiver can take a walk, offer the Hope of Heaven to those who are facing a terminal diagnosis for a family member.
Bring joy & laughter back the life of someone who is carrying a load that is breaking them down.
Galatians 6:2, 10 (KJV) Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ..
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
“At times during the grief process, survivors will be stricken with sudden waves of physical pain, often in the gut or chest, so powerful as to cause them to nearly double over. These will occur without warning and are supremely different from the pain of physical illnesses. These are a reaction to feeling overwhelmed by grief. With time and the proper support, these waves will occur less frequently, be less intense, and last for shorter periods of time.” ~excerpt from Dying to Be Free
When we experience loss, our body, mind and spirit are affected. Sometimes, those effects catch us off-guard.
It helps me to read about the experiences of others. And, I thought, you might need the information too.
If you are walking through grief, educate yourself. Then arm yourself with the Word of God. The book of Psalms is an excellent source of comfort and strength when we are hurting.
Don’t neglect to care for your heart, mind and soul during difficult days. There is help available.
Today’s Christians make up one of the most despised groups on the face of the planet.
We are mocked, judged, condemned, ridiculed and maligned.
None of these things should move us.
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. ~Acts 20:24
We must push deeper into the Word, affirm God’s will for us and press on toward Him.
Nehemiah faced great persecution while he was trying to rebuild the walls of his precious hometown of Jerusalem.
God had miraculously provided what he needed to get the job done, and even brought him from captivity to do it; but he still faced the mockers every day while trying to do God’s will.
We need to purpose in our hearts, no matter what opposition comes our way, to obey the Lord. Do what He says. Follow His Word. Hold firmly to the principles He laid out for us.