Archives For despair

Discouragement can rob you of your peace, joy and satisfaction.  But I have GREAT news.  You’re not trapped!

I know people who seem to be in pickle! Then in a few years they are in a better place.

Either their circumstances or emotions have changed.  Why?…you may be asking.  They never gave up!!  Instead of wallowing in self-pity, they made the decision to believe God!

Nehemiah is a perfect example. (Nehemiah 2:1-8, NIV) He had every reason to be discouraged.  His people were in trouble and after receiving news that the city wall had been demolished, this man of God was very disappointed and grieved.  The pain was so great, but Nehemiah didn’t allow himself to stay in this pit.  He cried out to God for direction. 

Sadness wasn’t allowed in the company of royalty and would lead to death.  But God answered Nehemiah’s prayer and incited the King to realize his servant’s sadness and how he could help.  This wonder led to the rebuilding of wall and the deliverance of God’s people.

God can take any situation and turn it around!  Do you live in anticipation of what God is going to do?  Or do you live in despair?   God can take your petition…just like Nehemiah’s…and turn it into something wonderful.  Don’t allow negative emotions to take a stronghold, call on God!  Deb~


Good Grief!

July 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

               Grief is a strange thing.  Everybody does it differently.  Some hold it in, suffering in silence, while others scream in agony.  Some grieve for a very long time while others seem to grieve relatively quickly and then “move on.”  What’s the right way?  The answer –Your way.

No one really knows you but you and God.  Don’t compare your response to anybody else’s.  And when well-meaning folks try to tell you how to do it, just smile and carry on.

However – a word of caution.  If you find yourself spiraling downward into a black pit of depression, you may want to seek professional help.  There’s absolutely no shame in that.

When my mother passed away, I don’t recall shedding a tear.  Though she loved me in her own way, we didn’t have a good relationship.

We were living in a very small west Texas town where a mental health counselor came to visit about once a month.  I felt like my response to Mom’s death wasn’t “proper” so I talked with the counselor.

She explained to me that for years I had grieved the loss of a mother/daughter relationship, so at this point there was nothing left to do.  What would have been totally crazy for some was right for me.  Now when my brother passed away, I couldn’t get off the couch for a week.  Different time, different person, different situation.

Love Heart, today if you find yourself grieving, take it to God.  He understands.  And, be gentle with yourself.  Gwen~


May 25, 2011 — Leave a comment

This week has been tough to say the least.  We lost our grandson at 38 weeks for no apparent reason.  Emotions are running rampant as I search for closure. 

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

May God guide our steps as we walk through this valley!  Deb~

“What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see, when I look upon His face the one who saved me by His grace; when he takes me by the hand and leads me through the promise land, what a day glorious day that will be!”