Jesus Calling #15
It has been awhile since I have shared a Jesus Calling post, but when I read the one posted below I knew I had to share. Like so many devotionals, scriptures, songs, and sermons right now, this really spoke to me. I feel like the first paragraph is very much how I am feeling; just when I thought life was hard, it got so much harder. There are days that I am able to cope better than others, but I know no matter how I am coping that Jesus is with me. And, just like the second paragraph says we are to pour out our heart to Him! Whether it’s joy, anger, sadness, etc – he wants to hear it! While in this trial I am going to continue to cling to Him, read His word, praise Him, and trust that He will redeem our heartaches and losses. I hope this blesses someone today. It is from the perspective of Jesus talking to us:
I want you to learn the secret of being content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:12). Contentment-training is a challenging process; it is learned through enduring a wide range of difficulties. You thought you were fairly advanced in this training, but then the circumstances in your life got harder. On some days you are able to cope well with your hardships. On other days you just want out! I am here to help you with your ”other days.”
Begin by acknowledging how frustrated and upset you are feeling. Pour out your heart to Me (Psalm 62:8)! Simply releasing your pent-up feelings does you a world of good. Knowing that I hear and understand encourages you even more. Ask Me also to increase your awareness of My Presence with you. Continue talking to Me and listening in the depths of your spirit for My response. Cling to helpful scriptures; bathe your mind and heart in them. Finally, sing praises to Me. This will lift your spirits like nothing else. It is good to sing praises to My Name; to declare My lovingkindness in the morning, and My faithfulness every night (Psalm 92:1-2).