Posted in Character Building, Comfort, Trust

Continue to Rise

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of life, for blessings of each day, and the people placed in our lives. Thank you Almighty God for being a present help when we are faced with the adversities which have been sent to break us. Thank you Lord for your presence and for supplying our every need, for enabling us to have peace in all situations and storms, which honestly surpasses all understanding. Thank you Lord for making your word accessible to us all and for making the time and space to hear our prayers even though so many speak to you at once, you still listen to us individually. Thank you for growth and the wisdom you share with us. Thank you Lord for pursuing us all in love and for every pure and good intention you have towards your people. Lord you are the only one who can make a mess into a message,and you are able to make something beautiful blossom out of the hardships we are faced with in life. Lord thank you for the blood of Christ Jesus, which has given us the chance to walk in newness of life and to be freed from darkness. Almighty God, I pray you will continue to strengthen your people and bring light to the darkest of places and mindsets. Help us to walk in the liberty you have given to us and to adhere to your will for our lives.

In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

There has been so much hurt, pain, blame, grief and adversity in so many people’s lives in the past few months. People dying in horrific and unusual ways. Every time you seem to turn on the news, there seems to be a new incident which has occurred.

What can we do when adversity seems to be knocking at the door and you can’t escape it? People are growing more concerned about where is safe and what they can do to protect themselves and the people they love. How do we continue to live everyday life when all we seem to be plagued with, is incident after incident? How do we deal with the pieces that are left and when your hurt is no longer front line news anymore.

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This season of my life has been one of the most difficult times,  I have ever been faced with this far, losing my brother was an unexpected shock to us all. It makes you re-evaluate every aspect of your life as it gives you a reminder, time is precious and we don’t know when our time here is done.

Grief is weird! One minute your making all these plans, going about your day to day life then just in a blink of a moment, everything suddenly changes. Then you get all these lovely messages and people visit you, and then your crazy busy making funeral arrangements and that becomes your focal point. Your work place tells you how much compassionate leave you are able to take, to process. Then the day of the funeral comes, after that day you are expected to get back to your life before everything changed.

Life literally does not wait for anyone, you may feel like you just want to pause, hide away, escape but the sun continues to rise and the days continue to pass. As I was adjusting to normal life,  I asked God what should I read in this season, I was led to the book of Ruth.

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Ruth is about more than ‘finding your Boaz’! In fact through studying Ruth, I realized you can draw encouragement from Ruth’s journey when dealing with sudden terror, grief and adversity.

Quick Breakdown- Story Time: Book of Ruth, chapter 1.

Naomi was originally from Bethlehem but migrated to Moab during the famine in their land with her husband and two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. The Moabites (people of Moab) and the Ephrathites (people of Bethlehem), did not get on at that time, it must have been extreme circumstances for Naomi’s family to consider moving there. Naomi’s sons married Moabite women, Ruth and Orpah.

Sadly Naomi’s husband died and then not long after her two sons died as well. Naomi was left with her two daughter in laws in a land which was not her original home. Naomi, Ruth and Orpah were now left to deal with their loss.

 

Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.

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Looking at these three women: Ruth, Naomi and Oprah. We can see different ways of dealing with adversity, today I will be focusing on Ruth.

Naomi was really struggling to cope with all the loss she was faced with, she left her hometown with her husband and made a life for herself in Moab, where she raised her two sons. Naomi then found herself in a place which no longer felt like home because everything she had built, in a moment changed. Widows at this time were frowned upon, Naomi no longer knew what she had to offer to her daughter in laws, as she felt her loss, stripped away her identity. Naomi could not see past her own hurt and tried to push her daughter in laws away and she felt God had abandoned her in her time of need. Naomi found her self needing to rediscover her identity and her definition of home.

I went out full, and the Lord brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?

Ruth 1:21

The way Ruth carried herself was truly mind blowing. Often people focus on Naomi or if we speak of Ruth, we talk about her finding her Boaz. However Ruth was also experiencing hardship, her husband died and she was left with no children. Naomi was pushing her away and was absorbed with her own grief, to notice Ruth was hurting too. Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem, and did not want her daughter in laws to come with her. Naomi wanted Ruth to find a new husband in Moab and to be happy and have children. Orpah decided to remain in Moab, but Ruth refused to leave Naomi. Ruth chose to walk in love and displayed loyalty to Naomi and journeyed to Naomi’s hometown.

But Ruth said: ‘Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you ; For wherever you go, I will go; And whenever you lodge, I will lodge. Your people, shall be my people. And your God, my God.’

Ruth 1:16

 

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Ruth was told to return home, but she was in the process of redefining what home was to her. Her sister in law abandoned her, and she found herself leaving her hometown to migrate to a place that was not welcoming to a Moabite women, who was also a widow. Ruth was leaving her family, friends and place of familiarity behind to venture to a place where she didn’t know she would be accepted.  Ruth was willing to give up the possibility of security and children in order to care for Naomi. Regardless of how bleak the situation seemed in the physical realm, and looked like no fruit could come from her decision. Ruth chose love instead of self pity. Ruth did not focus on the stacks which were against her but chose faith and had a full assurance about her decision. Ruth chose to rise!

Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me. 

Micah 7:8

Yes! Ruth did end up meeting her Boaz, but actually I would say the book of Ruth demonstrates God’s capacity to bring redemption and restoration to our lives. God will bring something beautiful out of what seems to be a mess. Ruth became apart of the lineage of Christ, she was king David’s great grandmother.

In the midst of our pain and when things seem bleak our God provides the strength for us to rise and conquer the battle which tries to make us give up. My God brings light to darkness. He is the lamp to our feet. 

 

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When you lose someone/ something special the process of re-evaluation begins, your morals and what you stand for are tested. You enter unknown territory and are forced to rediscover who you are and what you bring to the table. We ultimately have the choice to decide if we will fight or give up. How we face the challenge, displays what is in our heart.

 

Teach us to realize the beauty of life. So that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12

Even to your old age, I am He, And even to grey hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you. 

Isaiah 46:4

God doesn’t promise a world free of danger, but he does promise His help whenever we face danger. God is a present help, He is not a far off God, He is a personal God. 

We find out the true value of God’s presence in the midst of storms. There is joy, hope, peace, love and comfort in God’s presence. It’s through the presence of God that we can rise after a fall and keep going. God will carry you when you are feeling weak and will continue to supply your needs. 

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In Our Time Of Need

Heavenly Father, Thank you for the gift of life and for blessing us with the people within our lives. Thank you, God, for being a present help in the time of trouble, thank you for the peace in which you supply which surpasses all understanding. Thank you Father for creating us and enabling us to create memories with our dear loved ones, thank you for your comfort and for never forsaking us. Thank you for Jesus Christs sacrifice on the cross, because of Him we live and move and have our being. Because of Him we have access to joy, peace and hope and most importantly salvation. Thank you Lord for never condemning us and for redeeming us from darkness, thank you for the talents and gifts you have loaned to us. Thank you for your guidance and for going through life’s ups and downs with us. Lord please bring whomever this post is for to this page, Lord I pray that it will create an opportunity for dialogue, healing and peace. Lord I pray for divine protection over us all and please supply the needs of your people, as you are sufficient.

In Jesus Name Amen. 

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One thing is inevitable while we are here on earth, suffering and goodbyes. It is something we will all experience in some way or form in life, I would like to tell you that when you are saved there is no more pain but sadly that is not the case. When people are hurting, this is often when we hear these quotes ‘If God was real then x would not have happened’ or ‘Why does God allow bad things to happen, if he is an all loving God’.

We are living in a fallen world due to the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, through them sin entered the world (Genesis 3). Due to this death, pain, sorrow, loss and simply just suffering came on earth.

My big brother Daniel passed away this week and we are now faced with, dealing with the death of a loved one. Despite my current circumstance, I know that God has pure intentions towards us all and He is a present help in our time of need. I want to share with you, what a great comforter and friend we have in the Lord and the hope and strength that comes with knowing God. I hope this post brings you peace in whatever storm you are going through right now, as I share some of my go to scriptures for comfort with you.

 

When we experience our goodbyes, we come face to face with questions about suffering. We also come face to face with a God who suffers pain and hurts with us, a God who wants us to be free of our suffering. Jesus gave evidence of this in His life by blessing and healing, freeing and consoling, doing all He could to take away the suffering that was part of the human condition.

Praying our goodbyes- Joyce Rupp.

 

What we can cling on to is the fact that we do not experience suffering on our own, God is with you always, even during your pain. 

 

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When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. 

When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.   Isaiah 43: 2

Even to your old age, I am He,

And even to gray hairs I will carry you!

I have made, and I will bear;

Even I will carry, and will deliver you.

Isaiah 46:4 

I know at times you can be among all these people and still feel alone and misunderstood, yearning to have that one person who gets how you really feel. The problem is no one will ever be able to completely understand how you feel but there is one who knows the depths of your heart and that one being is GOD! Our creator knows you by name and hears your every prayer, He is sufficient to fill any voids and to heal any wounds. We just need to come to the Lord, God does not need a big fancy prayer He just requires an honest plea from the heart, he requires us to face our truth and to entrust Him with how we really feel.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart- These, O God, you will not despise. 

Psalm 51:17

God is one who has promised over and over in the scriptures to be near with comfort to us, to be there to sustain us, to keep us from being destroyed by our difficulties.  This God is a refuge for the needy in distress, a shelter from the storm, a shade from the heat, the good friend who stays with us in our struggles and our emptiness.

Praying our goodbyes- Joyce Rupp

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You will get through your current storm by the help of the Author and Finisher of our faith Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior. I know it hurts, but you are not alone and with God you have access to restoration, hope, joy, peace and love. You are loved and God is working everything out for your good. What the enemy is trying to attack you with right now, God has the power to make something beautiful out of it. God is stronger than anything in this world. Joy comes from the Lord and that cannot be taken away from you, press into God even more right now and He will help you.

 

He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.

He delivered me from my strong enemy. From those who hated me,

For they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, 

But the Lord was my support.

Psalm 18:16-18.

For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

For by you I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall. 

As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?

It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect.

Psalm 18:28-32

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This post is dedicated to my brother Daniel, I love you and will never forget you. I thank God for blessing me with you and allowing me to have memories of you to cherish. Considering my week, my parting words are, reach out to your loved ones regardless of the minor things which you disagree on. None of us know what will happen and when our time is up and all the disagreements will be so minor, mend and make new memories while you have the time to do so. God bless.