“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.
It’s excellent advice.
Particularly in the realm of dating.
We just never know at what point our heartstrings will be irreparably tied to another’s.
Even if we have no intention of falling in love, it happens anyway. That’s why Proverbs warns us
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~Proverbs 4:23
KEEP, v.t. pret. and pp. kept. [L. habeo, and capio.]
1. To hold; to retain in one’s power or possession; not to lose or part with. To preserve from falling or from danger; to protect; to guard or sustain.
The only way to “keep” our hearts properly is to follow the principles of Scripture.
Don’t date someone that you wouldn’t want to marry. You may fall in love with them before you even realize it.
Guard your heart. Guard your life.
Spend time with people who love your God the way that you do.
The rest of Charles Spurgeon’s quote says:
“…and go on as you began, and let the Lord be all in all to you.”
Wise words. As are those of Solomon:
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ~Proverbs 119:9-11
When we obey the Word and seek God with our whole heart, we keep our hearts safely in Him. When our hearts are fixed on Christ, we avoid sin.
I don’t know about you, but I like that formula.
If you are single, I trust that you are dating wisely. And that you are keeping your heart with all diligence.
“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.