Share a Piece of Your Heart
Have you ever been lost for words? A friend shares her heart, her marriage is falling apart, her son has cancer or she has cancer or a chronic illness and feels like she can’t go on any longer. She wants to know where God is. Does He still love her? At moment she’s not feeling loved by God. Rather she feels more like He has left her and abandoned her. Despite all of the prayers, He is silent.
How do you encourage? She’s seeking God and seemingly receiving no answers. Telling her God has a purpose isn’t enough for her. She’s in a hard place, and your words are insufficient.
I think we have all can relate to either of these places.
We sincerely mean well with the truths we share. We want to say something. We want to agree that it’s not fair, and that His perceived inaction is wrong, and she’s right. We cry with her, we love on her. We stomp our feet and scream with her. It’s not fair.
I have been in this place. A place where I’m lost for words.
Truth is, we won’t have all the answers for her. But we can walk with her, point her to the Lord and pray for her. Pray with her. The One who holds her life so dear does.
Remind her she is loved. Perfectly by God. Deeply by you. Remind her God will not stay silent.
When my mom was diagnosed for the third time with breast cancer, I remember fighting with the Lord, wondering if He heard my heart’s cry. He was silent. It felt like an eternity. Then His still, small voice spoke to my heart. Just like that. It wasn’t auditable. It was just a peace that stirred my heart that He was in control. He would help me handle whatever was next. God doesn’t promise easy. He promises He will NEVER leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)
Suffering is hard. Gut-wrenching hard. We would all choose not to suffer. But life doesn’t give us that just because we read our Bible, do nice things, stay honest. Walking with the Lord is a free gift giving by God through Jesus’ death on the cross; it’s our way home to Him. Our journey home will consist of happy times as well as hard painful times.
We want to go back to simpler times, but maybe God can’t grow us there. Read this scripture, and tell me what you think.
1 Peter 5:10
(NLT) In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation
(KJV) But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
I keep coming across this verse. God in His goodness, yes His goodness, reminds us that through Him these things are possible. He will carry us, restore us, and give us courage to face the trial. Then when we can’t bear another step, He will settle us. He will give us hope again.
In Exodus 33; 14 God said to Moses, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. “
We cannot share our hope without sharing what God has done in our life. Our testimony. Don’t be afraid to share the hard stuff. It’s when we are open and honest about our struggles the Lord can use us in ways that will reach another soul’s heart and reap eternal rewards. That’s when we can relate to her struggle. That’s where we are used to encourage her through the storm she is facing. It’s a blessing to share our shining moments, but what this hurting world needs is to see God has met us in the messy, ugly places. And He has restored us. He hasn’t left us. He is faithful even when we are faithless.
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 1:13 (NKJV)
We all fail. Trust when it doesn’t make sense. Believing His plan is better. Surrender to His will. Yield to His plan and purpose, all the while believing His promises are for us!
Share with me why you trust Him through the storm on my Facebook page. I would love to hear your story of how God meet you sustained you, strengthen you, carried you and then settled you!
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NASB)
Holding on to all His promises,