When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Hoped It Would

You could feel a dark cloud hanging heavy over the room as the young woman with the long, brown hair began to share her heartbreak.

She cried as she spoke of the pressures of her husband’s job and how she was now second-guessing their decision to move to a new city away from the comfort of the community they had known.

Another woman told her story of having to be apart from her husband for 22 months when he was forced to take a job in another part of the state. At the time, she had just found out she was pregnant and had to remain in her job for the insurance benefits. He missed the birth of their first child as a result.

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Around that circle of strangers, tears flowed. And so did words like bitterness and anger, with heads nodding in empathetic agreement.  Because we all know that life is hard, and there is no shame in admitting that. Jesus himself is described by the prophet Isaiah as “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” (Isa. 53:3)

But we also acknowledged that our faith is in God and not circumstances. That there is still hope, even when life doesn’t turn out the way we hoped it would.

So we prayed. And as we bowed our heads and carried each others burdens to the cross, it reminded me of how important it is for us to gather together and share our journey with other believers. We need that connection and encouragement.

Because it’s easier to hold on to hope when we hold on to each other.

And when I looked up, the world seemed new. All those smiling faces in a circle of light, shining like the sun on a cloudless summer day.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25

 

When You Need To Be Carried

He’s got the whole world in his hands…

Did you ever sing that song when you were a kid? Me too.

But I know some days it can feel as if the weight of the world is sitting heavy on your shoulders. So if that’s where you are, and you don’t think you have the energy to take another step, maybe you could just do this.

Close your eyes, breathe deep and remember.

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Remember what it was like to hang out on the swing set.

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Remember how it felt to splash around in the pool.

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Remember the thrill of riding high on the shoulders of someone you trusted, before your own became burdened down with the cares of life.

Today, you can pray and trust your Heavenly Father to lift you up.

Yes, He has the whole world in His hands. But those hands are plenty strong to hold you, and loving enough to carry you safely home.

“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
    all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
    and have carried since you were born.
Even to your old age and gray hairs
    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Isaiah 46:3-4

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Burdens and Bubbles

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I haven’t posted in a long while. Haven’t been able to keep up with reading any other blogs either.

I got busy and life turned crazy and suddenly I found myself in a bubble.

A bubble that consisted of all work and no play.

But now…

I am praising God for a day of rest.

No obligations.

No to-do list.

Just time to contemplate the goodness of the One who breaks chains and brings freedom to those held captive.

When we bind ourselves to Him, we are not bound by anyone or anything. 

He rescues us, just like He rescued the Israelites in days long past.

“I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket. In your distress you called and I rescued you…” Psalm 81:6-7

When we call on His name, like a child blowing bubbles into the air, our prayers rise to heaven.

And we know we’ve been heard because the One who makes the sun to rise and set, gives us days like this.

Days of pure joy. When we are released from the cares and concerns of this life.

Hearts set free.

Watching our burdens drift far, far away.