Friday, September 30, 2011


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As I have mentioned before, I belong to a wonderful website and group of people called "Faithful Bloggers". Courtney who is the owner of the site posts blogging ideas or topics once a week for us to choose to write about if we so choose. I haven't done it for a good while, but tonight, one of the previous topics caught my eye.

For Faithful Blogging Prompt #15: She asked, " When you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or down what Bible verses do you refer to?"

I have several which I run through my head such as "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13), the 23rd Psalm, and God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) to name a few. I really feel that the one that encompasses everything is : But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19).

To me, this last one just says it all. He will supply all our needs from strength in times of trouble to financial, to healing. It doesn't stop there. He is there for us when we fail in relationships, when we fail at life in general. He holds us up and gives us strength to overcome addictio
ns whether they be pornography, drugs, alcohol, tobacco or any other from which we need to be delivered. The key factor or requirement here is, WE HAVE TO ASK HIM FOR HELP. He will not intrude on our free will.

I have seen miracles happen when He intervenes. I consider myself a walking miracle for what He brought me out of. Without going into a detailed testimony, just a few of the things He delivered me from were alcohol and tobacco. In my younger days, I drank so heavy that I sat down in the middle of a four lane highway and wouldn't move. My ex had to literally pick me up and carry me to the other side of the road. Now that is a BAD DRUNK. God delivered me out of that life and addiction. After leaving that husband, (who was an alcoholic himself), God brought men into my life that didn't drink.

He also delivered me from tobacco over 6 years ago. I had tried to quit many, many times but was unsuccessful. I really believe that God was waiting for a time when I would KNOW that it was HIM who delivered me and not by my own might.

I was a 2 to 2 1/2 pack a day smoker, and one day when they told my husband he was going to have to get on oxygen at night, I laid my cigarettes down and didn't pick them back up again. I knew then it was by His power and not my own. He supplied my need for strength and will power to quit. As far as the alcohol, I know it was Him also, because I was rapidly turning into an alcoholic. I would drink in the morning afternoon, or night with or without company. I even continued to drink when I left my first husband, but one day I just decided I didn't like it anymore, and never drank again. Of course, I must say having a husband that doesn't drink helps as well.

I met my husband before I developed a serious relationship with God, but I still believe that God saw what I was to become on down the road since He is able to see from the end to the beginning, and placed my present husband in my path. He probably knew if He brought me someone who was living a Christian life before I was ready that I would not choose to marry him.

Please let me clarify. My husband is a good man. He definitely believes in God but he is not shall we say "religious. I don't really know how to describe Him without sounding judgmental, and that is the last thing I want to be. Let's just say, he doesn't read the Bible, (he did a long time ago, but has sense become cynical), he won't go to church (for the same reason), and he definitely doesn't speak out about his views of Christianity, except to say there is good in EVERY religion. he loves to get into debates with me about my faith and all that does is tend to get me agitated because he is one of those people who if you don't agree with him, You are wrong.

Anyway, getting back on subject, when I am depressed or feeling overwhelmed, including "debates with my hubby", I close my eyes and concentrate on the verses I quoted above. God is my EVERYTHING. He is my being. it is His breath within me and I know as long as I have His Holy Spirit within me I have nothing to fear, for He is with me. He fights my battles (if I will step back and allow Him to do so). He calms me.

This is why these verses are so important to me, ESPECIALLY Philippians 4:19. It also helps to remind me that the things in this world are short term. They are not going to matter when all is said and done. Therefore, if I don't get the job I want, the new car to drive, a nice home to live in, if my husband decides he can find someone he loves more than me, I remember this verse and know that God has something better in store for me in the future.

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Good Night To All and May God Bless!


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