…After the rant

So I really let it all out the other day, I really needed to vent!  I actually thought about whether I wanted to be so open on this blog, but to be honest I have spent so many years hiding and pretending that I have it all together – WHEN I DONT, and its just too tiring and in the end I’m the only one suffering – and FOR WHAT?  TO SAVE FACT?!?!?  I’m getting to the point where I actually don’t care what people think of me anymore.  No offence, but many people are just fickle, here 1 day gone the next, love you 1 day hate and despise you the next, so why should I care what they think???  Half the time I don’t think they even KNOW deep down what they think or believe anyway!!!  I am realising that there are so many messed up people desperately trying to hide their mess and in fear that others will find out – AND SO WHAT IF THEY DO?  What’s the worst that can happen anyway?  For me I’ve already been embarrassed, ridiculed, out casted, rejected, bullied, emotionally and mentally abused anyway (I could go on)…So what, people find out and maybe gossip about it for a bit, they will soon get bored and find another hot topic to flap about…another mini rant lol!!

…I was at church today and the message was so encouraging AND so timely.  After my rant, I prayed and just simply asked God to help me.  I’m at a point in my life where I realise that the truth is that some things are just out of my control, it is what it is and I cant change it.  I am trying to just let go (very hard for me, I’m a bit of a control freak!!) pray about things and leave it in Gods capable hands and trust in His wisdom and timing – EVEN though it is soooo hard and hurts at times!  In my experience of doing this, I’ve realised that it is the best thing I can do and the outcome is always good, even though it takes a while to happen.  With these facts it encourages me to keep praying (through the good times and the bad) and trusting God to work things out for my good.

…Anyway, back to church…now I could have chosen to stay in bed, visit another church, go to a later service or something else, but I really felt I needed to go the early service this morning.  I promise you (anyone reading), that the message couldn’t have been more spot on and specific to my situation than it was.  It spoke to me deeply and I felt SO encouraged to keep going.  The message was about holding on, not giving up, enduring and staying commited.  Choosing to focus on the good and positive things around you rather dwelling on the past and negativity (which I have to admit, I can get caught in the negative cycle and talk myself into misery if I’m not careful – hence my bitch rant!!)

I made sure I took notes during the message so that I could read over it and continue to encourage myself while I’m going through this dark patch and beyond (although, I am feeling much more encouraged and brighter todayJ).  I’ve noted below some of the key passages of scripture that the speaker used as reference points today, and I will keep reading these and praying, because I am in desperate need for change in my being that only God can give.

Scriptures of encouragement:

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen – 1Pet 5:10 NIV

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I – Isaiah 58:8-9 NIV

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14 NIV

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things Philippians 4:8 NIV

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you Romans 12:1-2 (The Message version)

I am smiling again 🙂 xx

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Daily Devotions: Day 1

Day 1 – 4/2/12
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. (Romans 1:16 NLT)

As I read the above scripture, these thoughts came to mind:

…Jesus is the tangible evidence of the almighty power and greatness of God and His pure ever deep, unchanging, unrelenting love undiluted sheer passionate love for all.
Jesus is His outward expression of love to us. The act of self denial and sacrifice for the His one true love – His children, made in His image. Like any loving parent, there is nothing that they wouldn’t do to preserve the life of their child – such is the Fathers love.

…I feel like I am only just scratching the surface of understanding Gods love. But what I have managed to ascertain is an overwhelming, gushing, flooding sensation which had me in tears earlier today.  As I reflected on how God has been hearing my prayers and faithfully answering my heartfelt prayers.

Very special!

Xxx