Sunday, May 15, 2016
I would love to have something really profound to share with you on this beautiful Sunday, but I'm afraid I don't. I'm still recovering from my week of fun with my son's graduation and, while it was worth it, my body is screaming at me for doing so much.
However, like Paul, I am learning to be content whatever my situation is.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:11-13
This hasn't come over night. I have struggled so much with everything and have fought God numerous times about why all this has happened to me. I have been depressed, angry and sad. I have been lonely and isolated. But now, I am content. I think when something happens in our life that wasn't expected, we have to go through all these emotions to get to the content part. I felt guilty for my feelings for the longest time but now I understand it was all normal. When I still have days like that, I allow myself to feel it and then I'm able to move on to contentment again.
I haven't done this alone by any means. Like Paul says in Philippians 4:13, I am able to do what I do because God gives me strength. I have to pray and talk to Him and ask for this strength. I have to be in His Word to gain this strength. It's only by knowing God that we can pull strength from Him.
If you're going through a troubling time or facing a hardship that feels overwhelming, please talk to God about it. He will honor your prayers by helping you face your struggles. You are not alone. Jesus went through everything we go through and He has sympathy for us. He knows how hard it is to live this life. He is waiting to hear from you.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. - Hebrews 4:15
God bless you on this gorgeous day (I hope it's just as beautiful where you are) and know that you are not alone.
Blessings - Julie