Sometimes it just feels like the enemy is just waiting at every turn with a slingshot, ready to pelt us with his little rocks (or fiery darts, as the Bible calls them), doesn’t it? I’ve been having that sort of experience these past few months. Don’t get me wrong—I am not of the victim mentality that “oh dear, everything happens to me”–not at all. I realize that I don’t always get things right, and that I sometimes have sinful attitudes and actions, and that I can sometimes be the master of my own bad experiences. However, there are times in life when it just feels like “when it rains, it pours”, and all kinds of trials, self-imposed or not, are coming rapid-fire, just one after another.
This past 2 or so months have been difficult. Lots of different changes in our family, my mom going through cancer treatments (praise God, she is doing very well and the cancer is gone!), home appliances on the fritz (EVERYTHING seems to be breaking down–and some of the items pretty new too!) and loss of friendships (not only for myself, but for family members as well). I don’t really consider any of those things to have been terribly devastating in themselves, but in the concentrated rapid-fire manner they have been coming into our lives, it’s felt a little grueling.
So in times of trouble, I most often turn to my friends, and for the most part, I get plenty of comfort from them. I have a lot of really great friends online and IRL—ladies that are always willing to listen patiently, love on me, and then draw me back to Jesus and His word. Having friends to turn to really helps me to feel listened to and properly counseled, and let’s face it–if it weren’t for my friends, you all might be sitting here reading all about my dirty laundry–and you don’t want that! LOL
I also turn to the Lord–which I really ought to do first. I do get there, though, and He is always so comforting, and these quiet times with God reinforce the fact that I needed to turn to Him before anyone else. Praise be to His name–He is so faithful.
So where do you turn? I realize that not all of my readers are Christian–and honestly, that’s fine with me, I love all of my readers. But let me extend to you who feel you might need Him, and invitation to come to know Him by clicking the “Me and My Faith” tab at the top of my blog. There is a link inside of there that you can click to learn more. I know I couldn’t get through life without Him, and now that I’ve known His faithfulness, I don’t want to.
Blessings to you this fine Saturday,