Proverbs 16:24

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. (NKJV)

Desktop BackgroundThese past coupla weeks God has shown me something that has not been – well what I thought He would want me to see again. But needless to say its happened, and its hurt. But its taught me friends, that the way to encourage people is to encourage, to enlighten a person.

Not bring them down no matter how much I think its helping. Showing a person their faults or how they did something wrong, hurts them more than it helps them. I speak from experience there. Encourage them by showing them a different way. By showing them the path of righteousness (if they’ve lost sight of that path)…thats the way to encourage a friend/family/stranger/whatever; not telling them how wrong or evil they are.

That just shuts a person down.

You need to be full of the love that Christ has given us to love one another.

Ruth 3:18

Ruth 3:18 – Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.”

There are so many times where I try to do things on my own. Where nothing anyone does is good enough because I have to do it for things to go smoothly. I’m always trying to get in the way of God’s plans – not on purpose of course. I always then end up depressed or at least funkified that things didnt go my way.

Sound familiar?

96-760319We need to remember friends that God always has our best interests at his forefront. No matter what we think we look like, God always is thinking of us.

We need to be patient and rely on Him our help and deliverer.

Psa 40:17

But I am poor and needy;
Yet the LORD thinks upon me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my God.

 

 

Psa 120:1

 Psa 120:1

A Song of Ascents.In my distress I cried to the LORD,
And He heard me.

A great promise.0

He hears me. In my pain and suffering he hears me.

The God of heaven and Earth Hears me. Wow.

What have I done to deserve that He hears me. But wait friends not only does he hears us…..he responds:

Psalms 18:6-7 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken because He was angry.

 

cropped-trey-ratcliff-nex-7-sunset-2-x3Wow. just wow. He was angry because a child of His was in distress. Think on that friends, that’s how precious you are to God.

That’s how great his love for us is….and that doesn’t even begin to cover how much he loves us. So friend – when the evil magentas have got you convinced that there is no one on this earth that could possibly love you that much.

Think on this.

Think on the fact that God would move mountains for you.

Where have I been?

Well, that’s just a big ball of complicated. Mostly I’ve just come out of a 5 month long depression…no wait I think it started in Feb. So there ya go with that. I’m recovered from that thank God. Had a month long manic episode recently too. Recovered from that too thank God. Now, I’m just me. Hopefully.

well, just wanted to let you know I still write and if I write its on my other blog : Come Unglued. But I only write about my daily life and mental health struggles. Finally I’ve continued my devotionals, on a facebook page though: A little Unhinged. Please come follow …. if you want.

if you dont, well God bless ya!

I called on the Lord

I’ve been doing a lot of that this week. Calling on the Lord. I’ve hit a very low depressive episode. I’m trying to climb out but I’m struggling. When I’m struggling I know I haven’t been doing like I should.

Calling out to God.

Psalms 118:5
5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me free.
(ESV)

I picture God standing there next to me with arms wide open waiting for me to get a clue. Meanwhile I look for comfort in the wrong place; food, TV, books, games, etc. How hurt he must be; but still when I finally get the clue, when my eyes are opened…he doesn’t push me away. He welcomed me with loving, open, forgiving arms.

How Great Is Our GOD?

He loves us so much.

God’s timing and mercy

There have been many times I have asked God for mercy; and God was there with His loving arms and catching/rescuing/holding. But there have been those few times where I’ve heard nothing. It’s a horrible feeling to pray the same prayer over and over and nothing happens.

But ya see…..Psa 28:6 Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. (ESV)

Don’t give up friend; because GOD? He always hears and he will always answer yours and mine prayers but maybe not always in the way you think.Never lose faith because in His time He will ALWAYS respond with His merciful loving arms.

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Ps 27:14

Psa 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (ESV)

I’ve been without a “devotional inspiration” for a while now and was like “ok Lord. Does that mean you never wanted me to do a devotional blog? Was I wrong? Maybe I should just delete the blog. Maybe it’s because the other blog I have, maybe God is mad about that. (Yes,I do know God doesn’t work that way….just my old legalistic side coming out)”

And I kept thinking foolish thing after foolish thing. Then I came across psalms 27:14 – “Wait for the Lord….”
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Awesome Lord.

Ya know, it’s like one of those moments where you get slapped upside of the head by your mom. Duh, . Jess. . He’ll let you know when the timings right knucklehead. Ya know?

My brother and I used to call them God smack moments. When God is trying to talk to you but you are just too busy talking to Him and/or working for Him, sometimes He has to smack you upside the head to get your attention. Sometimes it’s with a bible verse and sometimes it’s with a child.
Yeah, my son the other day asked me: did you read your bible today?

….Out of the mouth of babes….

Courage

(In regards to Galatians 2:11-14) It is easy to criticize Peter; but every person knows what it means to do something you know is wrong.  Everyone knows what it feels like to go against what you know very well is right.  Everyone knows what it feels like when social pressure pushes you towards compromise in some way – David Guzik

In Galatians 2:11-14, Paul brings out Peter’s faults.

Peter was eating w gentiles while telling the Jews he wasn’t….basically.

So when certain men came to visit him, while he was hanging out w gentiles he freaked and alienated them.

This causing two problems that Paul needed to address. You see many people at that time believed that Gentiles didn’t deserve to know the gospel message. So Paul and Peter had it out.

Okay not really, but imagine that guilt that Peter must’ve felt. Forget that, like David Guzik said we’ve all done something similar….given in to peer pressure.
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How are we to fight that?

We are not. We are to surround ourselves with the Lord and ask for forgiveness for our failures. Just cooing to our God.

Know why this set of verses just stick out to me? It shows how imperfect all of us are – even the apostles who you would think have it all together. It means I have a chance ya know?

And now so do you