I had the best of intentions to continue with writing my latest weekly installment of The Rest Series that God has prompted me to share here on the blog. Then life happened – has been happening – and tonight, God has prompted my heart to change course with this post.
I pray that you are blessed in reading it and that it encourages your heart.
I don’t know about you, but my life can get hard sometimes. Stress, sickness, and responsibilities can sometimes overwhelm me and I start to run the risk of drowning in the daily struggle of it all. I dig in my heels and continue to press forward, but I can sometimes feel very alone in my life as a Christian woman on the front lines of battle standing strong in faith for my marriage, children, and even in my own personal walk with God.
I have always been the leader, the Bible study teacher, and the one who prayed for others. I hesitated to share my struggle with others. I don’t know why, but I felt like I needed to guard myself and stay safely on the other side of openness and vulnerability.
I am sad to think of all the years I walked my Christian journey as a Lone Rangeress, leading others and shouldering their burdens, while being overwhelmed with the hidden things I kept to myself.
It’s only been within this last year or so that I have learned how much I needed a friend to be there for me, praying for me, encouraging me to stay strong and to always look to God to help me in the battles I face on the battlefield of my life.
So many times I have had this special person reach out to me, knowing that I needed a word, a prayer, a gesture of friendship at that moment to get the conversation started that would allow me to open up and share my heart.
I don’t take for granted that safe place -
After another one of our talks tonight, I got to thinking: how many of us Christian ladies are walking our journey as a Lone Rangeress? How many of us are afraid to open up, to look like we don’t have it all together, how sometimes we fall short and make mistakes – to be in that scary place of vulnerability?
My precious friend – it’s not easy to be in a place of admitting you need help, support, encouragement, or even prayer sometimes – but what an amazing place that can be!
It is there that you can experience how others can bless and be there for you, their presence making the difference in the unspoken moments of your life. Now, you are not walking alone, but slowly and surely you learn to feel and welcome the gentle but strong hands of support through the friendship of another.
in our little corner of the world…..
Is this something that you know God is prompting you to develop in your life? Do you need to get real with someone, seeking support and accountability to walk with firmer steps into the life and calling God has put upon you?
Be faithful in reaching out today – leave a comment, send an email, or contact a friend of yours that God may bring to mind as you read this post.
Do not keep yourself “safe” but isolated in your journey in walking with God.
Many blessings and opportunities await for those of us willing to be faithful to follow the Lord’s leading in all things!
My prayer is this:
May you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and forever! Amen!
* 2 Peter 3:18 *
To God be the GLORY!
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