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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

TAKING TIME



Do you notice the people around you that are lonely and hurting? Do you take time to notice the people that are depressed? Have you noticed that mom at the grocery story with her small children holding back the tears because she is overwhelmed with stress? Or that mom you over hear on the phone with her teenager who is being disrespectful? We encounter these people every time we leave our homes whether we notice it or not. So what do you do when you actually notice? You show them the love God has shown you. Even if, you look at them and think oh their lives are overwhelmed with sin they don't deserve it, wrong, these are the exact people we are to help even if we think they don't deserve it, because these are the ones that have never experienced real love. God wants to extend His love through us to others. Jesus told us that love was the most important thing. Not to just love the ones that we think deserve it but, to love everyone. 


Tell these hurting, lonely, depressed people that you can...
' cast all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. '
1 PETER 5:7


And that...
'If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.'
Psalm 34:18


That the devil may have had you down, you may have felt defeated but, 
'Who could ever separate us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One? Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love. What about persecutions, deprivations, dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love, Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!'
Romans 8:35,37


I myself have gone through times of depression, loneliness, and hurt. Times I wish I had someone that had told me of God and His unfailing love for me instead of labeling me. There were times I could sit in a crowed room yet feel so alone. Think about how common this topic actually is. How many people feel alone standing in the midst of hundreds of people. What if all it took was a hug, was to reach out and hold their hand, to let God move right through you and overwhelm them with His love. What if sharing your story, your testimony was the exact thing a stranger needed to hear to unlock the prison of depression, hurt, and loneliness they are in? Sharing with them that chains fall at the name of Jesus! That when they feel like that are at rock bottom Jesus is reaching His mighty hand down to pull them back up. Tell that mom you see stressed out in the grocery store that it will get better. Tell that person you see thats hurting, lonely, and depressed that they are loved and there is a way out of the bondage they feel trapped in. Tell everyone that Jesus is our answer!


Two weeks ago I met a mother, we exchanged numbers to chat and get our children together for a play date, we then realized we attend the same church so she asked if she could sit with me during the next service, my answer was absolutely! During praise and worship I noticed the woman weeping, I at first just assumed it was Gods presence but, as service went on she began to get more upset. The Lord then spoke to me and told me to hold her hand, so I reached over and took ahold of her hand and just as I did I felt urged to start praying and then felt the spirit of God move right through me into that woman. This happened for the entire service. The Lord also told me during that time exactly what that woman needed prayer for. After service ended we hugged and I was able to tell her what the Lord had said and that this is only a season and things will get better! Im sharing this with you as an example on noticing the hurting and depressed mom standing next to you and what you can do when you see her. 


1 Peter 4:7-11 tells us.. 'Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! 



Written by Joanna Beck in July 2018 for WAB.

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