Monday, March 26, 2012

On days you wake up discouraged


This morning, I woke up with that heavy discouraged feeling.

Sure, I have things I am concerned about. And, my insomnia is acting up. And, I missed an important meeting yesterday, because I made a mistake on the timing, and left a new friend sitting alone at a coffee shop. And, the sun is hiding. And, I gained .4 of a pound over the weekend, even though I ate carefully.

And ... and ... and ...

What is on your "and list" today?

It is easy for me to let these feeling spiral downward, quickly out of control. Today, I do not want to do that. Today, I want to follow my friend Anne's advice. "Bring your honest pains and feelings into God's presence and sit with Him there, until you hear from Him."

This morning, I chose to do that. And in my regular quiet time, where I was already reading, I read this:

          ~in Jesus Calling

                    "Waiting on Me means directing 
                      your attention to Me in hopeful
                      anticipation of what I will do." 


          ~in Lamentations 3:24-26

                    "The Lord is my portion, says my
                      soul, therefore I will hope in him.
                      The Lord is good to those who
                      wait for him. It is good that one 
                      should wait quietly for the salvation
                      of the Lord."


So today, in my discouragement:


          *I will hope in God
          *I will wait on God
          *I will seek God
          *I will wait quietly for the salvation
            of the Lord


I do not have any answer ... but Jesus.

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16 comments:

  1. Thanks you for sharing, this is a very timely word for me today!

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  2. Sending you good wishes and prayers for guidance. Sometimes it isn't easy to put one's complete trust in God but it's the only way. I love Father Tim's prayer (in the Mitford series) that always works: "Thy will be done".

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  3. I woke up with a heavy, heavy heart this morning, and because of the time difference, your post was already here...thank you for the encouragement, Glenda.

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  4. You have no idea how much I needed that today. I'm about to go into class with a heavy heart--lots weighing me down, and I feel like I have the flu. I will wait upon Him. Thank you.

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  5. Glenda a wonderful post. Sometimes I do wonder when is all of my strength coming back. I am not very patient. Also I am trying so hard with rehab and have ten or so pounds that need to come off!

    Prayer is good!

    I hope you will come and see the feature I have on an amazing sculptor.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena
    The 2012 Artist Series

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  6. Glenda,

    This will only be for a season... a short one, I pray. I love the devotional book "Jesus Calling." And when I read this morning's devotion, as you quoted, it brought joy to my patiently, waiting heart.

    Sending you a hug,
    donna

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  7. Good post Glenda, you had your daily bread and it nourished you :)

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  8. Hi Glenda - such great encouragement. I also believe when we make the decision to first take those negative feelings to God, He honours us by lifting our countenances. He is such a merciful God
    God bless
    Tracy

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  9. Lovely words of encouragement, Glenda. Thank you. And your advice is the only possible way through such days, isn't it?

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  10. Wow, I so needed to hear that! Such a great reminder..
    p.s i love that you sent me a copy of "Jesus Calling"
    before I left and I still read it nearly everyday!
    love
    renee

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  11. Oh Glenda, I hear you. And I appreciate an encouraging post in the midst of the not-so-happy stuff. Take THAT, discouragement! When I'm facing discouragement (and we ALL have those days...) I try to remember that Jesus is my source of joy. Not everything going well. Not perfect physical health. Not still fitting into my pants. Jesus.

    Praying your week improves, sweet friend. :-)

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  12. Jesus is all you need. I love Jesus Calling too and read it every day as part of my start to the day! It seems it always speaks to me! I hope you have felt His encouragement and love as your day has progressed. Jesus is all any of us need! Thanks for sharing so honestly.

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  13. I feel for you Glenda because I am feeling the same. That insomnia drives me around the bends..but as you have already done, you look for hope. I'd say you found it. :) xx

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  14. thanks for stopping by my place...I love Jesus calling and yes...some many times...no answers...but so thankful we have Jesus...blessings to you

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