Sunday, March 14, 2010

God Stands With You!!!!

As you may have gathered from my recent postings, times have been a bit hard around here. And while i know we all have our crosses to bear, they can be heavy when you feel like you are carrying them on your own. some how when ever you feel like thing can get any lower, it seems the Pastor is speaking directly to you that day. Now i've been brought to tears many times but i don't think i've ever cried through the entire service. A few months back i posted how god finds a way to let you know he is listening. Well he let me know loud and clear today, not just from the sermon but from a sweet lady named Jackie who prayed for me. (mind you she didn't know me, or why i was crying but just prayed for me to have the strength that it would take to get through my struggle.) It felt so good just to have someone hug you and let you know that things were going to be ok.

Now the sermon was titled "Despite my troubles God stood with me." The minute the Pastor said the title I knew God was talking to me, and i just gave a little "OK IM LISTENING" nod. The sermon came from 2 Timothy 4: 9-18, and was directed specifically (spelling? spell check says its correct :S) towards marriage and relationships. He talked about how one could be lonely in a marriage and it could lead to arguing, fighting, drinking, abuse, etc. and while that doesn't describe my situation exactly i never really though of how you could be lonely in marriage. I mean there are two people there everyday in and out right? He went on to explain how when you are in a relationship for a while, you sometimes forget to support or romance or treat you partner like you did when you were dating and that causes loneliness. (ok now i'm relating again) He then said that when we feel we've had enough or cant do it anymore to remember that God's plan is divine and he put you together for a reason. And that if you believe in your spouse and support them, they can overcome anything.(ok God i'm listening!!!) he also said that its important that we remember that when we are at our lowest and feel that everyone has hurt, betrayed, and deserted us that "God stands with us"! that we should call on our friends to support us. We must take care of ourselves when we are sad; mentally, physically, and spiritually.  We must not retaliate against those who hurt us; that's God's job.  And most of all we must remember that he will stand with us, strengthen us, rescue us, and escort us, on our journey! wow what an awesome message!

Normally I'm not one to preach, but i figured if this message touched me and reached me the way it did then maybe it may be just as powerful for someone else.

I've attached the passage in case you want to read it.

9Do your best to come to me quickly, 10for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 12I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.

14Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.

16At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth. 18The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. that was an awesome post girl! When you think about it, I can see how a person can be lonely in a marriage.Life can sometimes take over and wear you out to where a relationsip can be like two ships passing in the night. you dont spend the time like you used to, maybe the day has worn you out so instead of sitting up and talking you end up sleeping and trying to catch your spouse the next day and slowly over time the spark may start to die. To make the spark light up and grow you gotta feed the fire. Know that God will always stand with you, catch you when you fall, hold your hand and guide you, and ALWAYS be someone you can count on :) ya ummmmz


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