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I have read where Erin tells us that there are a lot of people who seem to be happy but are really not. They have the material possessions, the marriage, the children, the vacations, etc. She says that it is not always the way it seems and to ask God to show us how unhappy they truly are because they don't have a close relationship with Him. Not that I want anything bad to happen to them but Erin says to just look into their eyes and you can see it.
Well when I read this I asked the Lord to show me if any of these people in my life were actually truly happy with all the worldly things that they have. Most of the people that I know, believe in the Lord but I don't think that they have that closeness to Him. It didn't take long for a situation to happen where I could see the unhappiness with someone that I knew.
So I've learned that there is a friend that has been dealing with a lot of depression these past weeks where she cries all day and does not even want to get out of bed. I check up on her and tell her to talk to the Lord and cry out to Him for help, trying to plant little seeds of hope where I can because I don't want her to shut me out. I witnessed an explosive argument between her and her spouse the other day and I could just see the pain in her eyes as she was wiping away her tears. I tried to comfort her but all she wanted was to go home and lock herself in her room. I started to pray for her and her husband and for the Lord to intervene and help them to see their own mistakes in the situation.
About an hour later she called me and said that her husband had called her and apologized for his behavior. I was able to show her compassion and I took her for a little pedicure and we were able to spend time together, putting a smile back on her face. I tried to give her a little advice as I felt the Lord lead me to. I talked to her about our feelings and when we attach them to anything, it can be deadly. I told her that when arguments try to start, to just give it time and stay quiet until both sides have had time to "cool off" and think. The principle of winning without a word was what I was trying to help her with. She agreed some but hesitated a little, but I know that He will work in her also as I am praying for her to grow her relationship with the Lord.
My point is that this woman has the home, the marriage, the cars, the vacations, the children, the material possessions, etc.... that I always thought would make me happy, and you know what, that is not true. It is only when we realize that we are nothing without Him and that without Him in our daily lives we are NEVER truly happy, that we begin to see that He is truly enough for us!
"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11
"Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:24
"Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory" 1 Peter 1:8