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For a really long time, I'd woken up thinking, "I can't imagine this life getting any better." I felt very positive and rarely had a thing to cry about. This February, a new season began for me and I could barely breathe thinking about the changes that might happen. It was the scariest turning point of my life and my morning devos soon became a thing of the past.
I was terrified because I hadn't had my, "I don't want to talk to God" phase and I knew it was unfolding. After a week or so, I started scribbling down a paragraph a day. Although, I really believe reading a couple of hard verses is what got my heart moving again.
Daily devotions certainly don't mean your faith is healthy. When things are painful and you don't want to get out of bed, asking God to wrap you in His love is always enough. He's writing this story and all He asks, is that you talk to Him, regardless of how. So, I wanted to share a couple of powerful verses with you, in hopes that they also help you move forward.
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I like this verse because it shows me the big picture. I may feel terrible today, but I'd struggle considerably more without my Savior. These words remind me that I have unlimited access to His love, comfort, and clarity. I'd much rather suffer greatly with him alongside, than be tossed around in a nameless world.
To me, this verse shouts community. When I'm hurting, it's easy to shut everyone out. Which is healthy, but only for a period of time. There's nothing wrong with letting yourself feel things alone. However, you aren't meant to heal without a support team. Find trusted friends and ask for their prayer/encouragement.
I feel like this verse makes Jesus very relatable. I can clearly see my God experiencing emotions that I've felt before. Knowing this, I can pour my concerns into His hands and believe He'll show me how to heal correctly.
Sadness can trigger a string of painful past events. However, no matter the ache, there will be something new at the end of the road. It could be a lesson, a feeling of freedom, or an unexpected surprise. God will create good from your hurt-- as long as you let yourself see it.
I like this verse because it helps me breathe. Not one mistake will be left out of our story and that's how Jesus wanted it. We are His children, woven together by choices. Good or bad, He proudly claims us all. Let Him replace your hurt with sweet, sweet tenderness.
I was pretty nervous to write something this week. "People want to read about happy things," I thought. Although, if it was February, I'd be pretty thankful to see a couple of cool verses come across my feed.
Everyone's head is in a different place today, I hope if you're struggling with something, you take a second to ask God for a lighter heart. He just may deliver a thousand times past your expectation. And remember, my inbox is always open :) Whether it's to ask for prayer or talk through something, send me an email. No one should walk through a painful time alone. Also, a devo book I've been enjoying is Jesus Lives, which is similar to the Jesus Calling books. You can find it here if you've been looking for a good devo.
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