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August 3, 2010

This past Sunday, I struggled with anger. And it came out of nowhere.

Everything under the sun bothered me and I let it out on Jeremiah. I remembered a blog post I read a while back from a well-respected Christian man who discovered that his feelings of discouragement and depression at the end of the day were often just a result of being overtired.

I came to the conclusion that my anger must have been from being overtired. So I went to bed.

I woke up in a better mood, but I still had feelings of guilt from my behavior.

I sat down on our lazy boy and picked up my pen, journal, and leather-bound Bible. I begged God to show himself to me. That he would help me swallow my pride and confess my sin from the night before. That he would fill me and give me his grace in my weakness.

I read the words from my quiet time: “For in this tent, we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened- not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” (2 Cor. 5:2-4).

I was totally there. I felt myself groaning, longing to have a new, sinless body. I wanted to give up, but was so encouraged as I continued to read in verse 5: “He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” His Spirit is within me as a seal to help me persevere when I’m not living how I should.

Knowing that my earthly body will one day be clothed in the perfection of Christ gives me so much hope. What a beautiful promise that is for each of us, especially on those days that are frustrating. Maybe for no reason.

That scripture was all I needed to be refreshed at the start of a new day. And by grace, Monday ended up being a great day!

How has God’s word encouraged you in your struggles?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2010 11:45 am

    I appreciate this post, Samantha. I think we all can relate, especially when pride comes into the mix. One of the mantras we express in our men’s small group is “My ego is not my amigo.” Helps check us every time!

    As for how the Word encourages, 2 verses come to mind: Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be fearful, do not be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Always helpful when I start to get fearful or discouraged.

    The other: John 16:24 Until now, you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. Reminds me to pray, pray and pray!

  2. August 5, 2010 9:07 pm

    Great to see your comment Andy! Thank you for sharing those verses. They were a great encouragement for me as well.

    I pray your ministry is going well and is very fruitful there in CA!

    • August 12, 2010 11:25 am

      Indeed things are going well. I think it’s high time I start writing again after a pretty lengthy absence!

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