Thursday, June 15, 2023

Struggles in Your Life? Make a Call...

Struggles in Your Life? Make a Call...
by David Brenneman 

It's been a complicated last several months for sure.  Situations arising that indeed are very unpleasant and uncomfortable.  Sadness prevailing at times way more than joy.   Watching hope come and go at times.  

Losing friends in this life, both to the presence of Jesus and to moving on themselves to other jobs and their own life situations.  It's been difficult.  Rebuilding is difficult.  

I pray on my way to work each day.  It's my one-on-one time with Jesus.  He's the only one in my life that knows the depths of the aches in my heart.  

Prayer is what keeps me going each day.  Prayer is me stepping into the Throne Room of Jesus.  The Spirit knows the condition of my heart and soul.  

When I don't have the words, He does.  When I don't know what to pray, He does.  

Same goes for all who are Believers.  

As I grow older my desires seem to be getting simpler.  Peace and quiet appeals to me.  I would rather read and be taught by the Spirit than watch movies or television shows or anything like that. 

My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine; for thee all the follies of sin I resign; my gracious Redeemer, my Savior art thou; if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

I love thee because thou hast first loved me and purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree; I love thee for wearing the thorns on thy brow; if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

I'll love thee in life, I will love thee in death, and praise thee as long as thou lendest me breath, and say when the deathdew lies cold on my brow: If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight, I'll ever adore thee in heaven so bright; I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow: If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.
- "My Jesus, I Love Thee" William Featherston 1862 

I love you Lord and I lift my voice...
to worship you oh my soul rejoice! 
Take joy my King in what you hear...
may it be a sweet sweet sound in your ear.

Jesus loves me this I know...
for the Bible tells me so...
little ones to Him belong...
they are weak but He is strong. 
Yes, Jesus loves me! 
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so. 

I will be the first to say that I find myself in situations every day.  I will not often speak of my emotional losses to others because it's too painful to do.  Those things I share only really with Jesus.  
I also often am in a bind trying to figure out some of life's situations both with things and with people.  These things too are brought to Jesus. 

I am still in a new hometown trying to figure out how to develop friendships.  Which is insanely difficult for an introvert.  The loss of a coworker this week has been really difficult.  While I am glad for him, I am sad for me.  He was probably the only one where I work that understood me and where I came from.  We had a similar work ethic and I didn't need to explain my abilities to him.  

God's still there. Jesus is still with me.  Though everyone else move on from me in this life He will remain.  

I am still awaiting my own next step in life.  My spiritual ears hear Jesus simply saying "soon".  I know not what this will look like, but, I know that Jesus is already there.  He's in my present and in my future.  He's well acquainted with grief and sorrow.  He knows what I am going through.  

It's been an interesting thing with Proverbs 3:5-6.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.  

Though everyone that I know move on from me, Jesus Christ remains.   I have seen so many people move on from me who don't even realize that they have.  Though they cross my mind I don't seem to matter much to them.  I live closer now than I have in 21 years but it seems not to matter.  That's not wallowing in selfishness or seeking pity, it's just an observation.   My point remains the same that Jesus knows me and indeed has proven over and over that He will never leave me nor forsake me.  That friendship can never end.  

Probably a strange post today, but again, I don't come up with what the subject matter for these.  Whatever I am prompted to write is what comes out.  I go back later in the day and read it and am astonished by what was written myself.  

Indeed I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Indeed if I find myself in trouble to stop and call Jesus for help.  

If I am sad and feeling lonely He's a call away.  If life is hard, He's a call away.  If everyone seems to have no understanding of me and my life, He's a call away because He DOES.  He said that nothing can separate me from His love for me. 

I still pray for direction in life.  Am still praying for His provision for my next steps.  In the midst of such heavy things in life in the last several months Jesus has blessed us in many many ways to provide for our needs.  He's proven time and time again that He's fully aware and has my back.  Proverbs 3:5-6.

Maybe this will help someone else, that's always my hope. Has been since day 1 of writing this blog. My prayer for it remains the point people to Jesus.  

Life may happen but we who are in Christ Jesus have Him in our corner. 

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