When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
- Psalms 34:17-18
We all have struggles, some larger than others, some that bring us to our breaking point where we tend to lose our faith. I hate to say this, but I have questioned God, wondering if he is truly listening and just failing to deliver me out of my problems. When you come to this point in your life where you are questioning your faith, you need to have good people to pull you back into God’s loving arms and give you the strength to keep praying even when you have no ounce of faith left. Sometimes those people need to pray for you because you cannot do it yourself. I was there just a little time ago, down on my luck, questioning my God’s intentions. I needed a friend to get me out of that state of mind and bring me back to trusting in my faith. Also, trusting that God has a plan for me, even if I can’t see it. This friend gave me the understanding through all of these trials God has something for me to take away from them. Not gonna lie, I have no idea what he wanted me to take away from the crap that I was knee deep in. My life was a complete mess. Part of it my fault, the other part not so much. In the end, I needed God more than I needed anyone. I hate being known as a bible pusher and one might say, “This is an unwanted Christian lecture” but I assure you there is never a time that I will not speak up and own that “I am a Christian” and if it is unwanted sorry- not sorry. Sometimes the truth hurts; sometimes hearing the truth sets us free, sometimes just sometimes, you might not want to hear something, but after you hear it you begin to understand someone else perspective on things. At this point in my life, I needed to hear what my friend had to say. My quick phone call to her to vent turned into a 2-hour conversation. Did I want to hear everything she had to say? Umm NO! , but I listened and gained so much from that conversation. She helped me gain my faith back, she allowed me to see all the positive things because the negatives were drowning me, and she told me to pray! That is what I needed to hear! PRAY…. PRAY CALLIE…. GIVE YOUR FAITH TO GOD…. Her words not mine, and that exactly what I did. I prayed and cried…and cried… than I caught myself asking for forgiveness to my God because I lost faith in him. Admitting your wrong is hard, but God is so forgiving and he loves me through all of my flaws. At the end of the day, I know he is listening to my every word.
Allow yourself to listen to others, respect what they have to say. You don’t always have to agree, but you can choose to love them through the disagreements.
I hope everyone has a great weekend packed full of fun. Until next week, keep diggin your roots…
I recently took a training at work about being a good listener. You get more out of listening than you will ever get out of talking. So be open to hear things you might not want to hear, it could be your biggest blessing.