Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Stop Choosing What Isn’t Choosing Ypu

Whether it's that person that has consistently shown you that you are not a priority in their life, or that job, sin, or object that you keep chasing but God has made it so clear just isn't supposed to be in your life, sometimes we need to stop choosing them or it, and trust God has something far better beyond it. 

I get it, it's not easy admitting we are choosing someone and they aren't choosing us back. We hold on to what we think might be ahead if they suddenly saw things like we do, instead of letting go and trusting God that if they ARE supposed to be in our life? Well, GOD will get a hold of them and show them that, too. It's not easy to admit that this habit, sin, job, or even hobby, has gotten out of hand, and we are no longer enjoying it like we once did, but are getting consumed by it, unable to let go of it, and no longer satisfied in it. None of it is easy. None of it FEELS right to let go of, especially when everything in our misguided heart, tells us that we shouldn’t. But usually when our minds or hearts have been consumed with any one person or thing, we have often moved into a space that has become borderline unhealthy, and friend? Oh, how God wants to free you and release you from it. The idol that has taken root and over your mind and heart. Because sometimes, without knowing it, we've gotten sucked in, and we don't even realize that we are exhausting and distracting ourselves chasing and choosing someone, and they aren't choosing us back back. Or chasing something, and it isn't choosing us back.

I don't know who needs to see this, but I get it. Sometimes I get distracted. I might get in default mode where I find myself looking to someone or something to choose me, instead of bringing it to the One who already chose me. And remembering in Him, I have everything I need. And if there is something or someone that I keep choosing, and they aren’t choosing me back, and I am not seeing it? It means I need to run back into the arms of the One who gave His life for me, and choose Him above everything. And trust that what or who HE has for me, He will bring to me. And who and what He wants for me, will choose me and be so GOOD for me. ❤️

Monday, January 30, 2023

Only Jesus Satisfies

Some people find this out early in life, some find it out later , and some of us find it out and simply start to forget. But that longing for something more, that looking for something to just make us feel complete and whole, or fill the void, just cannot be filled the way it was designed to be filled, unless it by Jesus Himself. God designed us that way, friends. He designed for us to be complete in HIM, so that we would never have to be apart from Him, and that through Him, we could do ALL the things He planned for us to do, and live a life of freedom, purpose, hope, and peace in Him.

Even as Christians I think we can forget how much we need Him. How much our spirits LONG for Him to fill that emptiness on some of those hard days. Because this world, relationships, even goals and so many GOOD things, can actually begin to make us believe that THEY are what we are chasing, and those are what will satisfy us, until we eventually begin to run on fumes and realize we’re feeling pretty empty.  It can be so easy to turn to other things when we are feeling this way, or lonely, or struggling with emotions, busyness, worry, or whatever it may be, but friends, let this be a reminder for those of us who know, and a nudge for maybe those who might be searching without even realizing it. Stop trying. Stop running. Stop trying to do life on self will, and run to things that will only leave you longing for more. Because Jesus is the only thing and Person who can fill AND satisfy. He is the only drink we can have and have our thirst be fully quenched. He is who God Himself, SENT.

If you’re human, you’ve tried the other things, and if you’re a Christian, you’ve found what truly satisfies. Maybe this is for the person who needed a reminder. Maybe it’s for the person who needed to hear it for the first time. Wherever you are, go to him, friend. Quit running. Quit doing life alone. Invite Him in. And let Him fill you from within. Again, again, and again. ❤️

Sarah Jean Armstrong 

Friday, January 27, 2023

Recognizing Hidden Anger

Anger can be overt – screaming, yelling, rage, throwing things, physical abusive, or it can be very covert– slow simmering suppressed anger beneath that surfaces occasionally.

While hidden anger is usually rooted in past childhood hurts, what lies underneath is ready to erupt at any moment much like a volcano..

For instance when someone does or says something wrong, the one with hidden and suppressed anger often overreacts, an innocent mistake may unleash a magnitude of anger out of proportion with the simple mistake.

If you have hidden anger, you may find yourself at one extreme or another – hopelessness to extreme hostility and yet be completely unaware why you are experiencing these feelings and may even be clueless to the severity of your outbursts of anger towards others and how they are being hurt emotionally in the wake of your anger.

Unresolved anger causes deep wounds in your relationships with God and others. It hurts little ones who are caught in the aftermath of a parent’s anger. Children learn that anger is an acceptable way to deal with conflict, and often take this modeled behavior into adulthood negatively impacting relationships at all levels.

This powerful emotion robs your heart of peace, joy and steals contentment from your spirit.

It’s never too late to get to the root of anger and allow God to heal your heart. A willingness to admit you have hidden anger is the first step to freedom. God is faithful to heal and restore those who come to Him for healing.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Pray Then Release It!

I know this isn’t always easy. Trust me, I know. But when we can finally realize that God has our best interest in mind, and that, He sees everything and is always doing something in whatever we are walking through, we can finally let go of trying to figure things out, worrying about the future, and the stress of trying to guess what’s next. We can let Him be God. And, friend?He wants to be. For you, and for me. So open your tiny hands, let go of what you are holding on to, and let His big hands grab hold of yours and lead you to the place He is trying to. Because He will.

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10)

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” (Psalm 28:7)

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

God of All Comfort

As Christians, we don’t have to be so afraid of the pain and discomfort of this world. As Christians, we know that it’s here. We know that, because of sin, it’s a part of this life; God has told us it is.

But, knowing this is not what rids us of fear, it’s knowing (with our hearts) Him who knows what comes after—THAT is was takes away fear. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

God is the “Father of compassion and God of all comfort”. He is the Author of our hope!

As we take our eyes off of us and settle them onto Him, the big picture comes back. His compassion overflows and His comfort fills our hearts; and, ultimately, through us, seeps out onto the hearts of others.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

God Knows and Loves You Still

I think so often we can believe that God is disappointed in us when it's taking us longer to get things right, or taking us longer to sort through things in life. Instead of running to Him with what we are feeling, we tend to run from Him. Or just, try to distract us with anything BUT Him. But friend, let this be a reminder that God is not ever surprised by what we do, or caught off guard by where we are at in life. Or what we are feeling in life. No, God is the only One who completely understands WHY we are the way we are, and WHY we struggle in this life. Isn't that a comfort? That you have someone who really gets it? That you don't have to hide anything, or be ashamed of anything, because He knows EVERYTHING? No one else gets you like He does. No one else looks at you with complete understanding, compassion, and grace, like He does. This is all the more reason to turn TO Him when you feel like you want to give up, or you're feeling like you've let yourself and Him down. To quit running from the only One who can truly help when you are feeling so down, and to finally allow Him into some of the wreckage, disappointment, and hurt in your heart that you've been harboring and that’s been holding you down. Maybe it has to do with Him. Maybe it has to do with that one person. Whatever it is, what we struggle with today is a direct result of what we endured all the yesterdays. And what we can't overcome today, is often because we have forgotten just how much we need Jesus, everyday. It all starts with us though. It takes having a desire to be free of this world. To want to change what's not working. To stop the hiding. And to start living out true faith in Jesus, faith that makes life worth living!

Don't let the enemy keep you down in your struggles one day longer, making you feel like you're all alone, and that Jesus is tired of you trying and failing. He loves you, and hasn't given up on you. That is what satan wants you to believe, and what will keep you from thriving! No, be done with the old, and tell God you are ready for the new. And BELIEVE He is with you, He is in you, and He has all the power in the world to completely restore you.

 “And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.””

‭‭Mark‬ ‭5‬:‭34‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Monday, January 16, 2023

Forgiveness Is Not Letting Others Off the Hook

It doesn’t mean it’s easy, and often, we won’t even FEEL like we want to forgive them. But it’s what frees us. It’s what releases us of the burden and allows us to move on. And if our hearts are ever struggling with letting go of the hurt, the anger, or how badly we were wronged, we need to remember the cross. We need to remember that Jesus took all that WE have done, do, and will continue to do, to the cross, so WE could be forgiven. And we didn’t deserve it either, friends. We still don’t.

I know it can be hard when we forget that. When our eyes have become more focused on what’s been done to us instead of what Jesus did for us. And if you are having a hard time, it’s just a sign you’ve maybe forgotten. But remember, friend. Remember YOU are forgiven, and it will help you to let go. Remember what God did to release you of your sin, and it will help enable you to let go. You’re not letting them off the hook, friend. Just taking them off of yours, and putting them on His. So you can be free. ❤️

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)