Good Monday Morning Coffee everyone! Welcome back to another encouraging conversation to help you get you day and week started with the right mindset. So if you’re ready, then grab you favorite morning drink☕, and let’s begin😊!
We all have been through tough times!
I think we all are either going through something or have been through something that has taken a toll on us emotionally. If this is you and you are feeling like it is just to hard for you to recover then today’s conversation is dedicated to you. First I understand that each one of us is unique and thus we have been through different things. Sometimes we may think that our pain is unique and no one can understand the pain that we may be feeling but no matter what we may think in these situations pain is still pain. Maybe no one in your family or none of your friends can relate to that specific situation that you are going through and the pain that you feel but there will still be someone in this world who can relate. So, although we are all different we all have experience deep pain. No matter how bad you may feel, it is important to fight and chose to not allow your pain to over take your life.
Choosing to still fight!
There was a season in my life where I was very depressed. I have heard this type season to be called the “dark night of the soul”. It also reminds me of the valley of the shadow of death from David’s Psalm 23:4. This season lasted for about three years. During these years I did not share how I was feeling with many people but the people that I did share my feelings with were basically on the outside of situation looking in. So even though they prayed for me and tried to encourage me, this feeling did not leave me during that season. During those days I felt like I was in a deep pit with no way out but I was determine to fight and I also was determine to not take any medication. Everyday I would seek God and read His word. I would put on worship music and just sing. I would chose to be grateful and encourage others while encouraging myself. Then one day I notice that I was feeling better and then one day the depression was gone. I believe God allows us to go through these seasons for many good reasons. One of the ways I believe this season helped me was by teaching me to walk more by faith and to teach me not allow my feelings to led me.
Another way I believe this season helped me was by making me more sensitive to the feelings of those who are hurting. So, one way to take your stand and fight is to think about what God may be trying to teach you through your painful situation. Even though this situation may be very hard for you just think about the blessings that it will be leading you to. I believe God does not allow any of our trails to go to waste but He uses them to strengthen us and also as a purifying fire that removes impurities from our hearts so we can be sensitive to Him as well. So even through the pain, praise God and chose to be grateful for what He is doing in you and what He will do through you.
Opportunities that come during painful seasons.
Also I wanted to share a story from my previous Monday Morning Coffee blog and podcast about the patient that I had to watch one day. I shared how this patient wanted to go home and kill himself but by the grace of God I was able to really talk with him and eventually He felt a lot better. Even the next day he was smiling and I knew the Lord was with him because I could feel God’s presence with him. Now even though God used me to encourage that patient, at that time I was still feeling very depressed. The reason why God was still able to use me through that dark season of my life was because I did not allow it to over take me and I kept my mind on the Lord. So during these very hard and intense times, it is important to keep your mind on the Lord because He will serve you as life preserver as if you were in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight. Although you may night see the land have faith that Jesus knows how to get you to safety.
Be like David.
Now, one of my favorite people in the bible is David. The reason way he is one of my favorites is because though he is like just like any other person he really loved God. His love for God is so inspiring because even though He went through trials that was either not from his doing or from his own doing he still followed God and knew that God was His true source of help. In 1 Samuel 30:6 the men who David with were talking about stoning him because they were so hurt that their families were taken into captivity. At this point in David’s life he already was on the run from King Saul and along with the other men who were suffering from their families who were captured, his family was captured as well. After many years of seeking God and trying to stay focus on the promises of God, he could have given up on being hopeful but instead he didn’t. He turned to God for his encouragement and God blessed him with a great victory.
The seasons must change.
Like the story of David and many others that I have read in the bible I have notice that those seasons of suffering will eventually have to change. In nature we see how there is a fall, winter, spring, and summer that our world will experience each year. Each season comes with it’s own personality and beauty. When I think of those dark seasons that we go through, they remind me of winter. I used to live in the Poconos where the winter was very harsh but it was very beautiful as well but eventually spring came with it’s personality and beauty. So you see like the Psalm 30:5, weeping may endure for a night but joy will eventually come and even though you may feel alone trust me you are never alone. Also, I encourage to read Psalm 23 and see how the Lord leads us. Even through the valley Jesus is the Good Shephard leading to a place where you will experience His goodness and mercy. God loves you so much and He only allows pain into our lives to grow and mature us. Even though I did not understand this when I was going through that hard season, now I can see it and if you chose to fight you too will eventually see it as well. So, encourage yourself in the Lord and chose to keep an attitude of gratitude!
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Thank you for joining me for today’s Monday Morning Coffee conversation. I hoped that your were inspired, challenge, but above all encouraged to continue to fight and trust God! Remember God has not forgotten you and He is close to the broken hearted. If you know of anyone who may need some encouragement please share this with them. If you enjoyed today’s conversation then please like👍, comment, and subscribe as well. Have a beautiful, blessed day and bye for now👋!
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