All right, friends. In my last blog, I said I would read The 5 Love Languages of Children and bring what I learned to the readers of The Salty Sunshine. I apologize; the follow-through on that has to wait. Here’s why: In the last 24 hours, I have read about or witnessed MANY people hurting.
These hurts have been shared on Facebook and through texts, phone calls, and emails. The pain being experienced by people in my life is overwhelming. My nursing peers have lost another patient, my friends are struggling with anxiety/depression, and I am reading shared concerns from successful moms who are doubting their abilities and worrying about whether or not they are handling their families appropriately. I have listened to broken hearts cry out over break-ups, watched marriages being walked away from, and seen financial stressors over health issues. The local news has battered my visual senses with murders, attempted kidnappings, and non-stop political nonsense.
Can you imagine the pain the people in your neighborhood must be experiencing? Your city, state, country, and even the WORLD? I feel heavy, and that comes from acknowledging my own surroundings, without consideration of stepping beyond my own little life.
So, while I absolutely want to share the love languages of children with our readers, I felt my heart tug this direction for my entry this month. I wanted to share a few things I do that might help you when you are feeling down. Share this with a friend if he/she needs a pick-me-up. Better yet, share with us what resources YOU rely on when life is hectic and heavy!
1.SEARCH. I am still learning God’s Word. I have some Scriptures memorized; however, when I need to lean into God’s truth regarding a topic I am still navigating, I will simply go to Google and type: “What does the Bible say about….” Seriously, it’s that easy! Better yet, get the HOLY BIBLE app! You can read the verse of the day, track your Bible reading, find a plan on a particular topic you want to study, listen to Scripture being read aloud while you drive in your car, and even select which version of the Bible you prefer. Of course, getting your hands on your Bible daily, especially in the morning, sets the tone for your day and gets your conversation with God started!
2. UTILIZE people you know! The small group I am in this semester is full of amazing women who enjoy sharing what resources they use to further their walk with God. A young woman shared with us a series by Pastor Chris Hodges, founding and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands, called “How to Live Through a Bad Day.” The series is seven parts, presented by him, as well as other pastors from Church of the Highlands. Each part is based one of the seven statements said by Jesus as He was being crucified. I have been listening to this series while in the car, but I plan to watch the videos at home with a pad of paper and pen for a second run-through! GREAT information, messages of hope, and very useful ways to walk out their teachings in your life!
3. FIND your PEOPLE! Join a MOPS group, a workout group, a small group at your church, or even volunteer (helping others really does bless you). I can guarantee we are more alike than different! When struggles arise, share your troubles. Talking about fears can help you think them through, and sharing your worries just might lead to a breakthrough with new perspective. God gave us community for a reason!
4. LISTEN. Podcasts! In the car, washing the dishes, and working out at the gym are all great times to get some encouragement in your ears. Friends, you need to choose what you let into your minds and hearts! Be wise! Mainstream media is downcast, presses worldly ways upon us, and is so overwhelming. My earbuds play:
- “Risen Motherhood” by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler
- “Elevation” with Steven Furtick
- “The Happy Hour” with Jamie Ivey
- “The Bible Project” with Tim Mackie and Jon Collins
So, what does the Bible say about…
FEAR: “He does what’s best for those who fear Him—hears them call out, and saves them.” Psalm 145:19 MSG
ANXIETY: “Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 CSB
TRUST: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 KJV
WORRY: “And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life?” Matthew 6:27 AMP
ANGER: “Hot tempers start fights; a calm, cool spirit keeps the peace.” Proverbs 15:18 MSG
HOPE: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
FAITH: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8 NIV
The world tells us we have to have it all together, all the time. What an unrealistic expectation of ourselves and for others. We do, however, need a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus gave His life on the cross, so if we confess our sins and accept His dying for us, we may have everlasting life in Heaven. Jesus knows we can’t do life on our own! In fact, He doesn’t want us to! If you are unsure of how to start a relationship with Jesus, reach out to the Salty Sunshine. We would love to help you!
This week I will be praying for our readers and many others experiencing so many hurts. Keep this close to your heart:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13