Have you ever been going through a difficult season in life and nobody else in your life can even imagine what you face everyday?
In May, my Botox completely wore off and my body started twisting like a pretzel. I have to start pulling my eyes open because they’re squinting uncontrollably, so I can see to type out what I want to say. Then I start gloriously gritting my teeth, therefore eating and drinking become a chore. I can’t even put into words everything I go through physically nor emotionally or mentally. It’s tiring. It’s draining. It can get dark and depressing.
But thank the Lord for verses like 2 Corinthians 4:15-17; 12:9-10, 2 Timothy 2:3-5; 20-21, 1 Peter 4:12-14, James 1:12, Romans 5:2-5; 8:17-18. These verses and several others are a salve to my soul and fire me up.
I can cry, yell and go to the Lord with my problems. He’s a good Listener. He’s also a wonderful Comforter.
I can tell you this—He has sustained me in every situation. He has given me peace during the panic and grace when all I can do is groan. Trust me, my hurting, broken-hearted friend, you are not alone. He’s doing something amazing through your situation. The same God that helped Job, the blind man, and Paul, and the same God that sustains me every day can sustain you.
Second Corinthians 4:15-17, “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
Second Corinthians 12:9-10, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
Second Timothy 2:3-5, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.”
First Peter 4:12-14, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”
Romans 5:2-5, “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Did I mention my Botox appointment is only three days away. The anticipation gets greater and greater as the day draws nearer. I don’t know why but this time when I was in the tight, twisted stage my anticipation and longing for Heaven have never been greater than during this time.
Are you ready for that Glorious Day, my friend? If you’re not sure, I’d like to invite you to read this post called, “Everyone Needs Help.”
What verses are a salve to your soul when you’re discouraged?