Hi, all! I hope you are all having a lovely evening (or day). This week, I would like to share with you some recent sunset photos I took, as well as some thoughts that I pray will encourage you who are struggling.
Of all the things that make life difficult, one of the hardest is that which goes on inside the mind. Everything can be peaceful and easy on the outside, but inside is a tumultuous battleground. Often, we are trying our best to keep our troubling minds from others. Few know what we are going through, and even then they may not understand.
My personal mind battle has been a struggle with anxious thoughts, which began in early childhood. They take on a variety of forms, but the most troubling are those that have to do with my faith. Am I really saved? Is God angry with me? If I don't say all the right words, will God hear my prayer? Some of these thoughts take truth from the Word then twist them into doubts and fears.
As with all trials believers face, God will use this for His glory and His child's growth. Doubts can drive me to the Bible to search out the truth or just find comfort in a Psalm. When dealing with situations where I want to panic, I have been learning how to reassure myself with the Lord's strength, a difficulty for one not naturally self-confident! In past times, I have had to swallow my pride and talk things out with trusted friends when my usual confidante (Mom) wasn't around.
The Psalmist said "When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,Your consolations delight my soul." (Psalm 94:19). Though sometimes we don't feel like it, we can know that He is right there beside us - this is faith. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." (II Corinthians 1:3-4)
Have you ever had to deal with troubling thoughts?
Has the Lord taught you through these?
for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you,
nor will I ever forsake you,”