Tag: Distress

2022 | Day Eleven | Morning Harmony


Your suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. God, is both tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love, and never, never quits. Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God, your God. And here’s why: God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot, Is most patient, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe.  If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, He’ll help you catch your breath. Disciples so often get into trouble; and, God is there every time.

MEDITATION

Sometimes with self inflicted-pain, we have felt sorrow, shame, and blame. The ‘Good News’ is Jesus meets us right where we are. We don’t have to fix everything pre-recovery [or there would be no need for recovery] He sees our pain and offers us sanctuary and rest during our distress. He is our example of true humility. By His example, we can admit our need for God’s intervention in the things we cannot change. In John 4:34  Jesus said, “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started.” He will give us all we need to overcome every hurdle that presents and keep us safe until we learn His will, His way of living, and implement it in our daily living.

PRAYER

Just for today Lord nourish me and nurture me in all that I do. Show me what I need to do what You want me to do and provide me all I need to do it.

Stressaholic


The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. Psalms 19:7

If we believe all the credence given to modern claims we are living under greater stress than ever before. There are more seminars, conferences, discussion, talks, blog posts and social media articles, books, pills and therapies to deal with the problem of stress. But the problem doesn’t seem to go away. Now wonder many of us believe we are ‘stressaholics’

And it’s contagious. We join the crowd and painfully endure the symptoms of our stress.

Meditation

Stress can be a strength. A rope under pressure, an unyielding bolt of bar. Under tremendous strain lies purpose and power. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. If we believe that our anxieties, conflicts, upsets, distress, spiritual turmoil and selfishness. All causes of stress (SIN)

Fighting against God’s signposts in our lives  is sure to add to our stress levels. But, compliance to His signposts will strengthen us. In the Bible many were called upon to suffer much. Resting in Him, relaxing in Hiswill, finding peace and tranquility. They had the strength to overcome their stress. So can we!

Jesus said John 16:33 “I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.

Relying on Him helps us to overcome our ‘stressaholism.’

PRAYER

Lord, I want to strech myself fully out to be yours; let this be my mst enjoyable stress. Strengthen me, in this excercise, so I can resist the distress of deteat by default.

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If we continue to put off RECOVERY we may run out of time


I know I distressed you greatly with my letter. Although I felt awful at the time, I don’t feel at all bad now that I see how it turned out. The letter upset you, but only for a while. Now I’m glad—not that you were upset, but that you were jarred into turning things around. You let the distress bring you to God, not drive you from him. The result was all gain, no loss. Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets. And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible. Looked at from any angle, you’ve come out of this with purity of heart.
2 Corinthians 7:8-11

God warns about the dangers of being controlled by sin. We are fooling ourselves if we think we have all the time in the world to get recovery. If we continue to put it off we may run out of time.

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