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I can’t seem to get over it

Luke 10:38-42  Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. (39)  And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. (40)  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” (41)  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, (42)  but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” 

If you are married or have a sibling that is male, you will notice how things do not bother them for long. It is as if it is, that when a bad thing happens to them, they get over it pretty fast. They don’t talk about it and they don’t seem depressed. But it seems that it’s more difficult for us as women.

We tend to think about it each and every day, for days on end. We walk around with lower lip hanging on our feet and we cry about it for weeks to come. The bad thing that has happened to us, take away our joy and it takes over our inner thought world because when we aren’t busy, we think about the pain that the person or situation has caused us. We can become so obsessive about it, that when we try to spend time with God, we aren’t able to concentrate. It also takes over our prayers. It’s all that we can talk about to the Lord.

When we look at Martha, she was busy tending to the people. Maybe she cooked for them or she serviced them but whatever it was, Martha was busy. All this busyness was taking over her time and her thoughts. The time and thoughts that were better to spend on Jesus, at His feet and listening to what He was saying.

This hurtful thing that this person have done towards you or this hard time that you are going through, is it taking over your thoughts? Is it the only thing playing over and over in your head? Have it taken over your conversation with God? Is it distracting you from hearing what the Lord wants to say to you, through His Word? If your answer is yes on any one of these, then you’re a Martha. You need to go and sit at the feet of Jesus. Go give this hard time or person that have hurt you, to Him. Ask Him to help This hurtful thing that this person has done towards you or this hard time that you are going through, is it taking over your thoughts? Is it the only thing playing over and over in your head? Has it taken over your conversation with God? Is it distracting you from hearing what the Lord wants to say to you, through His Word? If your answer is yes on any one of these, then you’re a Martha. You need to go and sit at the feet of Jesus. Go give this hard time or person that has hurt you, to Him. Ask Him to help you with this and if you need to forgive, ask Jesus to help you with that as well. Then you leave it there. You do not think about it more than you should.

Get quiet in your insides.

Hear what Jesus wants to say to you through His Word. Start enjoying the time with Him again. Leave it. Trust Him. Have peace again.

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How do I praise and worship God through difficult times?

Yesterday I’ve asked the Lord, how can one be happy in all circumstances? How can one praise and worship Him, even though it is hard? Even when things don’t go the way we want or even if we don’t get what we ask for?

When things get tough, I call on God and for help from Him and this is right, just as Psalm 50:15 says we must do. That we should cry out in the day of trouble, that He will help us and we should honor Him. But I’ve asked the Lord yesterday afternoon, how should I praise and worship Him, when things are hard, don’t go my way and I feel discouraged?

So last night when I drove from my last client and my heart always break for people who do not know our Lord God. I always want to tell people about Jesus because He is someone who is love, grace, and a friend. Yes, He is also someone who can become angry and discipline us so that we remain on the right path of God’s will (we must never forget it) but Jesus is also one who loves us unconditionally because He laid down His life on the cross for us. He gave His life to us so that one day we may receive eternal life because we believe in Him, that we may be saved (Rom 5: 8/1 John 4: 9 / John 3: 16-18) and because God loves us. This is where the Lord Jesus opened my eyes, in my car from my last client last night. That this should be enough reason for us to praise and worship God. Even in times when things are difficult, in times of drought, we don’t receive what we want and where we are in despair.

It was an eye-opener for me, something that made me think because we get so focused on what we don’t have, what we desire and on the difficult things in our life, that we easily forget that the BIGGEST thing we should be grateful for and that is that Jesus paid for our sins on the cross so that we do not have to go to hell one day because we believe in Him, what He has done for us, that He rose up and sits on the right hand of God the Father and intercedes for us every day as Mediator. Hallelujah!

Be happy with me today, for this reason, let us praise God for it and yes, things are difficult and circumstances but also know that you are not alone. God will not leave nor forsake you and will be there for you. You are not on this road which is called life on earth, alone, and when you and I get to Heaven one day, we will see God who has walked with us all this time here on earth. The One we never left.