Psalm 28: 6-7
Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Let’s be real.
Struggles and trials are easier to talk about when they’re not our own. Struggles and trials are much less gut-wrenching when we’re watching from a distance rather than feeling it in our own hearts and stomachs.
It’s easier to comment, criticize and tell people what to do when we’re not the one going through it. But honestly, what we need more in this world isn’t someone who’s going to tell you what to do and instead just people who will understand and listen to your pain. And sometimes, it’s so darn hard to find people who will do that. It just makes you feel more alone, so you isolate yourself.
This isn’t meant to be depressing, this is something we can rejoice about.
Most of you see me as a happy go lucky girl who’s bubbly – because well, I am. But that doesn’t take away the fact that I have my daily struggles, I get hurt, I’m frail, and I’m beyond flawed.
There were so many points in my life, some that I’m still dealing with, that I felt so alone. I felt like people didn’t understand, so of course, why would I want to talk to you if you don’t understand. I mean, sure, they say they’re there, and they were physically but it didn’t feel like a safe place because they didn’t understand the emotions that I was going through.
And here’s the thing: grief is often like that. Because we don’t all grieve the same way, we don’t all feel the same extent of pain as others because it didn’t resonate with us to the same depth. So it’s not that we don’t want to be there for each other, it’s that our ways of grieving are different.
When this happens, some people make you feel like you should have gotten over it by now and it’s those types of mindsets that make us suppress our emotions instead of facing the truth.
Here’s what I’m trying to get at.
I understand how alone you can feel during these times. But I want to encourage you and let you know that there is someone there who understands. There is someone out there who is listening. That you don’t need to isolate yourself and keep it all in, pretending like everything’s all great.
In Psalms 28, the psalmist cries out to God. Uhm, this might sound bad, but honestly, I’m comforted by the fact that I’m reading something in the bible that shows someone is grieving in so much pain! There’s a lot of it, actually, and it helps me when I’m feeling in the dumps because then it kind of gives me permission to stop being such an overachiever and to stop acting as if everything’s dandy. It helps me be authentic with God.
Ok, going back to the psalmist. I’m not enjoying the fact that he’s in pain, but I’m relieved at the fact that it’s okay to feel pain. It’s okay to grieve. It’s okay to hurt. It’s okay to admit it and face it. And it’s even more ok to cry out to God telling Him how painful everything is, especially when you feel like the world is against you.
It’s okay to fall down to your knees because you don’t know what to do anymore. It’s okay to cry out and ask for help because you know that you can’t do it on your own.It’s okay to fall down to your knees because you don’t know what to do anymore. It’s okay to cry… Click To Tweet
This isn’t something new to Him, but being able to say that to God is a huge relief in your heart because then you don’t have to keep everything in.
Plus, to be honest, I feel like it’s times like these that we learn to become the daughter that He created us to be. It’s honest times like these that we actually find out what our calling is because we’re finally able to let Him direct our steps.
It’s times like these that He’s able to fortify our testimony to speak of His glory.It’s times like these that He’s able to fortify our testimony to speak of His glory. Click To Tweet
Anyways, so many people frown at the idea of others being desperate, but uhm girllll, we all hit a point in our life that we feel this way! And if you’ve never felt that way before then good for you, but most of us have felt this pain and hide it from shame or fear. When really, all we need is to just be us and for others to understand as we wrestle with God in the healing process.
So maybe you’re not in this situation right now, or maybe you are. Either way, what I want you to know is that in the moments that you’re not sure what to do with your life, the moments that you’re not sure how to deal with your business or what your career will be, the moments that you’re about to take a leap of faith into your calling and others don’t understand, the moments that you feel so lost and behind everyone else in your niche and no one in your offline world really understands the struggle that you’re going through, God is there listening to your prayers.
It’s okay to fall down to your knees and admit that you’re not where you want to be and you need His help. It’s okay to admit that there are things in your life that you can’t change on your own. In fact, that’s an amazing step that takes humility.
When these times come, let yourself come before God, let yourself fall down to your knees, cry out to Him and know that He’s listening to you.When these times come, let yourself come before God, let yourself fall down to your knees, cry out… Click To Tweet
Know that He’s working in your favor. He sets no standard in how you need to come to Him and all He wants is a relationship with you. You don’t have to be perfect. He won’t criticize or judge. Instead, He will protect you under His wing and hold you as His daughter. Perfect and blameless in His eyes.
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