Good Monday Morning Coffee everyone😊! I hope everyone is happy and healthy in the Lord. Welcome to another brand new week with a brand new encouraging blog post! So if you are ready for this discussion then grab something to drink☕ and let’s get into it!
What’s your maybe?
For today’s conversation I would like to encourage those who are feeling downcast, depressed, or just plain sad. At times you may feel like life is constantly beating you down or maybe there are prayers that you have been praying but as the years have past by there has been no evidence of an answer or maybe you just have an unknown aching in your chest that seems to be hard to overcome. No matter what your maybe is, it is okay to cry. Its okay to be real with yourself about how you feel.
Seasons of sorrow.
In the book of Ecclesiastes 3:4 it states that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance”. In life we have to experience the hard roads as well as the easy ones. Like Job said in Job 2:10 “What? shall we recieve good at the hand of God and not recieve evil”? When I think about these scriptures, my mind thinks about the word “balance”! I think that if we are going to be of great use to the Lord, balance is very important. We have to except that sorrows and trials as being a part of the faith journey just as training and battles are a part of the life of a soldier. Some years ago before I went through many days of sorrow a scripture from the book of Ecclesiastes 7:2 came to me. Last week as I revisited this scripture I appreciated not only that scripture but 3 and 4 as well. It says that “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart. 3Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. 4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure”. Basically what I recieve from these scriptures is that it is good for us to experience a time of mourning instead of being marry and happy all the time because it will make us wise and it is good for our hearts. In the book of Psalm 56:8 it states “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book”. God does not take our sorrows lightly but everything about us is precious to Him. God is very strategic. When sorrow and trials are allowed to run its course in our lives it is definitely for a reason.
Praise your way through.
When I was in the military there were many days that I cried. Some reasons were that I missed my family, I hated my job, or because of a broken relationship. Even though each one of these scenarios were hard I still kept going. I knew that I had to keep going and that one day I would not feel like this. Even after my service in the military I went through a prolonged period of depression. Even when I tried to share with others how I felt it still did not remove me out of the pit that I felt like I was in. So even though I would cry every day I was determined to continue to pray, fast, read my bible, and worship despite how low I felt. Two of the blessings that I believe came from those years were I was able to put my feelings in there proper place and I was able to sympathize more with the downcast. So even though you may be feeling extremely down please consider that there is a reason for your pain. Even Peter was told by Jesus in Luke 22:31-32 that Satan has ask to sift him like wheat. Jesus tells Him that He has prayed already so that his faith would not fail. Jesus then says that after he (Peter) is converted, then go and strengthen your brothers. So no matter your relationship with Jesus you will have to go through the trials and sorrows that God allows to come into your life.
My final point of this discussion is to continue to encourage you to push through. Just like a soldier who finds themselves in a war, if they are a good soldier then they will not retreat but they will continue to push forward. No matter if they cry, feel exhausted, or have lost a friend; they still know that that’s the nature of war. We are called as Christians to be battle ready and are expect to stand regardless of the trail. What I have learned from my tears, it is a natural thing but I should not allow them to keep me down. Although we are flesh we are spirit too. Like Jesus who went through the whole process of being beaten, carrying His cross, and then hanging on it, although He knew in the Garden of Gethsemane of the path that He had to take He got up anyway. So overall what I am saying is tears are a necessary part of walking with Jesus and from experience I know that your pain is truly real but don’t allow your pain and tears to keep you from the getting up and pushing through…..P.S. also never think your weak or worthless because of the struggle. So remember, take it one day at a time and stay encouraged in the Lord.
Thank you for joining me for today’s Monday Morning Coffee conversation. I hope you were blessed, inspired, encouraged, and challenged. If you enjoyed the discussion please like👍, subscribe, comment, and share down below. Have a beautiful, blessed day and bye for now👋!
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