How We Know When We’re Done

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For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves – 2 Corinthians 1:8-9a

It never ceases to amaze me, how the Holy Spirit somehow knew, over 2000 years ago, that I would need to feel a kinship with the suffering of the apostles... that I would need to read this very passage today.

Because, this, this is how “done” feels.

And the Truth, it doesn't tell us that we are wrong. That we're not done, does it?

Not, it tells us the secret. God doesn't beat around the bush or hint or hope we can decipher what He's trying to tell me. He doesn't coddle me, or give me empty platitudes that might make me feel better.

God acknowledges...

indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves

… that we are indeed as done as we are feeling.

But then, he waits not even another verse before revealing the secret. The thing that the enemy wants us to think is so elusive, the answer, is right there in black and white in the second half of verse 9.

so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; - 2 Corinthians 1:9b

Oh sure, Shell, it's that simple. Just trust in God.

I can hear the same sarcasm in your voice that I have in mine. But I have only one answer for you.

Exacly.

It's that simple.

And here's why:

who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many. - 2 Corinthians 1:10-11

Because the deliverance we needed has already been delivered, I will wait on Him to let me know when I'm done.

I'll know it when He takes me home for that sweet rest. When I reach the end of this race I'm determined to keep running. And He's the only one that can know when that is.

I'm not done after all. Far from it.

And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. - Luke 9:23

Dear God, it is on You I have set my hope. Thank you for my fellow warriors, my prayer partners and those who are knee-deep with me. Thank You for the reminder that I am not done. Here am I, Lord. Send me. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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Feeling Done For?

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Definition of done for

1sunk in defeat BEATEN

2mortally stricken DOOMED

Yeah, the Holy Spirit really chaffed at me when I read this one. Wow. Had I really just days ago given myself this label? Done for? Really??

Sometimes depression takes me to depths I didn't even know existed. Don't get me wrong, I willingly go there, but I think I'm sort of numb on the journey, ya know?

I don't realize til something like the above definition slaps me in the face, how far down I've actually gone. This one is bound to be rock bottom.

Time for some truth, don't you think? And there's only one place to go for that.

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God – Romans 8:14-16

See what I've done? I've let myself be led again into slavery. Walked back into chains willingly.

He's a sneaky one, the devil.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. - Ephesians 6:10-12

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I've been tossed about, double minded, making null and void the sacrifice of our Lord. The thought fills me with dread and sorrow. And guilt.

But there's a Grace for that...

But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. - James 4:6-8

It's time. Time to drag myself up off this floor and remember who I am again. It's time to stand.

Join me?

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. - Galatians 5:1

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Abba, Father, I cry out to you! Thank you for the truth of your Word that assures us of grace and adoption. Thank You for each one reading these words, and the strength we lend each other. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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Are You Done In?

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. - John 10:10

I started this devotional out by looking up the term, “done in”. What I found had me both nodding in agreement, and shaking my head as I realized what God wanted me to see.

Here is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of “done in”:
to bring about the defeat or destruction of ;
annihilate,cream,decimate,demolish,desolate,destroy,devastate,extinguish,nuke,pull down,pulverize,raze,rub out,ruin,shatter,smash,tear down,total,vaporize,waste,wrack,wreck

Do I feel this way. A resounding, “Yes!”

But is this the description of a child of God? In No Way.

we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. - 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

The enemy's been getting in some sucker punches this year. He's got my number and he's calling constantly. Calling me to feel crushed, despairing, even forsaken.

As if.

Oh we're in good company, Dear Ones. Christ felt forsaken, as well.

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” - Matthew 27:46

Then He proved He was anything but destroyed by rising from the dead.

Give that a moment to sink in.

And He made me this promise. You, too.

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say,

The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?” - Hebrews 13:5-6

See, it feels true that I am done in. Completely.

Seriously, if someone asks me to blink, I will burst into tears. I'm that tired.

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But I can't trust my feelings.

I can trust God. And He says that because the death of Jesus is carried around in my body, the life, the amazing, perfect, so-beautiful-it-hurts life of Jesus can be manifested there! In my body... this body that is broken and battered and completely undone... in this body can be manifested the life of Christ.

How?

I don't have a clue. I'm still just as tired and bruised and helpless as you are. And maybe that's the best starting point.

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

His faithfulness depends not a whit on my understanding.

Thank God.

Father, thank You for showing me over and over and over again how Your Word is true. Thank You for making wise the simple. Please continue working all things to my good, despite myself, because oh how I love you. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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A Bumpy Year and a Return to Writing

He who gives attention to the word will find good,
And blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. - Proverbs 16:20

This year has been a bumpy one! I would bet it has been for you, too. I've missed you, and our chats. I'm walking again. Driving. But we discovered this year that I have had a prolonged exposure to mold, which may be the crux of all my issues. And I've been ill ever since. One germ after another has invaded and taken hold and multiplied, or whatever it is that germs do. All I know is that I have no immune system to speak of and because of this am mostly homebound... again.

Instead of taking this all in stride, remembering what I've learned the last 10 years about God, I am fighting it tooth and nail. I am resentful and bitter. And I am done.

I just feel... Done. Do you know what I mean?

Done in.

Done for.

Just... Done.

I'm weary beyond description. Weary of all of it. The pain, the insomnia, the guilt, the discouragement. Weary to the bone and I just can't do it anymore. Any of it.

My therapist said that stopping writing was stopping what brought me joy. It was also stopping a very important outlet for me. A venting, but also a place I felt needed and useful. And most importantly, it's how I wrestle with God. It's our form of deep communication, and I've gone without it for far too long now. She's right.

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
Take words with you and return to the Lord.
Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity
And receive us graciously,
That we may present the fruit of our lips. -Hosea 14:1-2

So here I am. I've missed all of you so very, very much, Dear Ones. I'm once again pledging to God to write as long as he's giving me words. And oh, how he's speaking into my heart.

He gives me words when I'm asleep, and I wake up with devotionals swirling inside my head, complete and whole and beautiful. Then I refuse to write them down. But no more.

And so, starting tomorrow, we'll look at what being done really means and if it's truth or yet another lie from our crafty enemy.

Are you in?

Heavenly Father, forgive me. Forgive me for fearing more than faithing. Forgive me for shutting out and shutting down. Forgive me for losing sight and losing grip. Help me. Help us all. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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Trust/Anxiety

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Tears pouring down my face. I want the answers. I need them now. Do you see me here, do you hear my prayers? I don’t know how much more of this I can take. The uncertainty, the unknown, the pain. What if they don’t figure things out for months, or years? What if I’m okay, then what will people think? What if I’m not, then what will they think? What if I’m okay and I’m worrying everyone? But if I'm not? What am I supposed to do? What am I not supposed to do? Why can’t I know the answers now?
(If you don’t know the backstory to this, long story short I’ve been struggling with my stomach pain for months, accompanied by other things.)
Fear. Fear. Fear. It’s become my life, or at least, that’s how the enemy makes it seem. I’m so freaked out because I don’t understand. Anyone else? Maybe? It’s because I keep trying to depend on myself. I need to give it to God, and I don’t mean, “Okay God here it is but keep it where I can see it.” you know? I’m still on this journey learning how to trust him, and If by any chance anyone has felt like I have, know you aren’t alone. Would you like to join me on this journey? This will be my topic of writing for the next month, Lord willing. Let’s start off with one verse to study, shall we?

Philippians 4:6 - “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

God bless. Keep going.
Carissa Hendricks





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Remember

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REMEMBER

To the one who feels alone. Like you’ve been given way more than you could possibly bear. To the one that doesn’t think they are going to make it. To the one that feels like their life is spinning completely out of control and don’t know where to go from here. Don’t lose hope. I don’t know exactly what you’re going through, but I do know that there’s a reason I felt the need to write this. So I pray that this brings hope, light, love, and encouragement to anyone that needs to hear/read this right now. It may feel like everything you’ve ever hoped for is falling apart at the seams right now. I know you feel lost, confused, and broken. I know you’re tired. I know that this is extremely difficult, but you are going to get through this with Gods help. Don’t give up.

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Remember that you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Remember he’s here and he’s with you. God is near to the brokenhearted. (Psalm 34:18)

Remember that in this time you may bend, but you don’t have to break. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

I know that you have no clue whatsoever where you are supposed to go from here. Remember(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Remember to stay strong. (Joshua 1:9)

Remember that things are going to work out for your good. (Romans 8:28)

Remember that nothing can ever separate you from his love. (Romans 8:38-39)

Remember that this will make you stronger. (1 Peter 5:10) (James 1:2-4)

I know you’re more tired than words can explain. Remember (Matthew 11:28)

Here’s a few more verses for you to keep in mind.

Philippians 4:6-7

John 14:27

1 Peter 5:8-9

Keep going. God bless.

Carissa Hendricks

Like I did in my last post I’m going to share some lyrics first, then the song as well.

“In The Hands Of The Potter” by Casting Crowns

“My world is breaking me, your love is shaping me. And now the enemy is afraid of what you’re making me. (3x) And as I fall apart, come flood this desert heart. Fall like the rain, living water. And I know your way is best. Lord help me find my rest, and I’ll be the clay in the hands of the potter.”





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You Are Enough

Today I am going to get brutally honest with how I’ve been feeling lately, because this is what is on my heart to write. I share this with you all in hope that it may bring light, love, and encouragement to some of you as well as it did for me. I’ve tried to write about various topics throughout the week but the words stopped coming to me each time. Perhaps because this is what he needed me to share.

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Wednesday afternoon, October 17th.

I’m laying down on the couch while mom is putting a few things away in the kitchen. I sit in silence for around 15 minutes, trying to properly put my words together to try to explain how I feel. You see, I tell her everything. “So I’ve been in thought for most of the afternoon, I’m not sure how to explain this feeling, but ill try. I want to do more for God. I want to do more to be a light and reach more people. I want to do more to make God happy. I need to do more, there has to be something more!” Mom: “No you don’t.. that’s Satan trying to tell you that.” me: “But I don’t understand how that could be Satan.. I feel joy.. I just want to do more for God. How could that not be God?” And to be quite frank, I got extremely angry. (feel the joy, am I right?) I went to my room and slammed the door. I just sat on the floor of my room alone with my thoughts. I just couldn’t wrap my head around what was going on in my mind. How am I supposed to tell the difference, is it God or is it not? Then I started to realize the truth as the depressing thoughts began to enter.. “You don’t do enough, Carissa.” “You do know you probably don’t even help anyone right? You’re just ridiculous.” “You need to do more, what you do right now isn’t nearly good enough for God.” I went back to the kitchen and just stood there a moment, while mom finished what she was doing. “I just want to do more for God.. I need to do more, I don’t understand why you’re fighting me. I just don’t understand. I’m sick all of the time, I can’t hardly get up and do anything anymore. I keep trying to write but the words stop coming to me. I want to stop feeling so broken but I still feel the same at times. The lies just won’t stop. All I want is God and maybe I’m just not doing enough. I really am trying my best to comprehend what he might be trying to teach me through this but I just don’t get it.” mom: “You’re trying to do more, be more, and you’re trying to earn a closeness with God that you already have, It isn’t something you have to earn… You’re sick and tired of being sick and tired and I know exactly how you’re feeling. You’re restless in your spirit, just be close to him like you already are. You’re searching and trying to earn a peace that has already been given to you as his child. That’s what he’s trying to teach you, he’s teaching you that you are already enough, just as you are. Even when you have nothing to offer, even if you are always sick, even if this is what forever looks like. Just sit with him, be with him, spend time with him. Love him. That’s all he wants. Practice knowing that you are enough.” Then she welcomed me for a hug and just let me cry. My mother has got to be one of my biggest blessings ever.. she shines so bright for Jesus. In the moments before this conversation yes I was very angry and confused, a bit too much so to stop and say a prayer. But the Lord heard the unspoken cries of my heart and answered them for me. (Matthew 6:8 - “...for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”) After all of this sunk in I felt like all of the weight was lifted off of my shoulders. I have a lot to learn, but I think this was one step in the right direction. I hope this was able to help anyone who is struggling.. just as I’m starting to learn, just remember.

You are enough.

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He knows your heart, he hears your cries, he loves you, and he knows that you seek him with all of your heart, and that is extremely precious to him. Don’t listen to the lies.

Here’s some bible verses that I would like to share with you. Like usual, I would recommend choosing one of them, or all of them, to memorize if you would like.

Romans 8:38-39 - “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Luke 11:9 - “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Deuteronomy 4:29 - “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and all your soul.”

John 10:10 - “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

James 4:8 - “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you...”

Romans 8:1 - “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

James 4:7 - “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

1 Peter 5:8-9 - “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

Just keep going. He’s got you. God bless.

Carissa Hendricks

Music is one of my favorite things ever.. I love trying to find songs I’ve never heard before by my favorite christian artists, and sometimes new ones, It’s just incredibly fun to me. This morning (Thursday lol) I was trying to choose what song I wanted to put with this blog post and I found one that apparently just came out but It’s just incredible. I'm currently listening to it on repeat as I’m typing. It has such a wonderful message. I’m going to share the song, of course. But this time I’m also going to type my favorite part of the song for this post.

“Nobody” by Casting Crowns and Matthew West.

“Well Moses had stage fright, and David brought a rock to a sword fight. You picked twelve outsiders nobody would’ve chosen and you changed the world. Well, the moral of the story is everybody’s got a purpose. So when I hear that devil start talking to me saying, ‘Who do you think you are?’ I say I’m just a nobody trying to tell everybody all about somebody who saved my soul. Ever since you rescued me, you gave my heart a song to sing, I’m living for the world to see nobody but Jesus. I’m living for the world to see nobody but Jesus.”





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Carissa’s Corner : Depression

Today we are going to talk about a topic that nobody likes talking about, because although its uncomfortable, it’s real and needs to be addressed.

Here are some bible verses I found for today. Feel free to choose any one of them, or all of them, to memorize because yes that’s actually helpful. Crazy I know.

Psalm 34:17-18 - “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord Is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 - “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

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That voice in your head always telling you that you aren’t good enough is a liar. Lies, all of it is lies. Meant to drag you down and away from God, away from people. You isolate yourself. You stay away from people as often as you can. You sit on your own and allow all of these lies to soak in and take the place of what God has already said about you. You are precious and loved and this world would never be the same without you. You are a light. (Matthew 5:14) And have you forgotten that God sent his one and only son to die for you? He just could not bear the thought of losing you to sin. Satan knows these things. He hates it. So he tries to break you down.

“You’re not good enough, you never have been and you never will be.”

“Nobody likes you.”

“All you ever do is make mistakes.”

“Everyone would be so much better off if you weren’t here.”

Deep down you know it’s not true but as time goes on it just becomes what you believe. It gets worse and worse. The accusations and the pain and the tears and the lies. You get so sick of it. You don’t feel like dealing with it anymore. I’ve been there. There’s a way out, but not the way Satan tries to make you believe. No matter how long the night may last it can’t last forever and the sun is going to rise and you will see the light again. Look up to your heavenly father. His heart is breaking for you and hes here holding you, he always has been. He’s bringing you through this and he’s fighting for you as we speak. He’s that still quiet voice telling you to keep going. He’s the sunshine you see in the morning that overwhelms your heart with joy because it feels like it’s been dark forever. He’s the inside jokes you have with your friends and family that make you laugh so hard your side hurts. He’s that extra sweet snuggle from a little furry friend. He gives you all of the little things that bring you joy. (James 1:17 - “Every good and perfect gift is from above...”) because he loves you.

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So let me say this.

You feel like you’re not strong enough to get through this? That’s okay. God is. Hold onto him and never let go. He doesn’t expect you to rely on your own strength.

You feel like things wont ever get better? They will.

You feel like you’re not loved? You are, in fact you are more loved than anyone will ever be able to comprehend, and you always will be, that’s just the truth. Don’t believe me? That’s okay. Don’t go by my words alone. Here’s some proof. (Romans 5:8, Romans 8:39)

Don’t think you fit in? That’s okay. God doesn’t expect you to fit in. We were made to stand out.

Think you’ve done too many things wrong to be loved by God? You can be forgiven.

Let me share something really cool with you, we have the authority to make the devil flee! (James 4:7) Your thoughts are not your authority, God is. Let me quote this verse for you, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee.” Isn’t that awesome? So is Satan going to constantly throw things at you intending to bring you down? Unfortunately yes. Is he going to keep trying to get to you and throw lies into your head? Once again, unfortunately yes he is. But what you choose to do about it is completely up to you. You could give in and choose to continue isolating yourself and you could choose to believe what hes telling you. But you could also choose to make the devil flee from you and acknowledge that there is no truth in what he’s trying to make you believe, and you could choose to hold on to Gods truth and who he says you are, and you could choose to find joy in anything you possibly can. I’m not sitting here trying to tell you that this is going to be easy and depression will go away at the snap of your fingers (I wish.) And I’m also not trying to tell you that once it goes away it’s never going to come back, because chances are it will. It’s a battle. Give it to God, hold on to what he says, and just keep on going. He will fight for you. You don’t need to try to fight on your own. You will see the light again. I promise. Like I did in my last post I’m going to share some activities that help me with depression, in hope that it will help you as well.

*Open the blinds/curtains. (If you haven’t already) Let the light in. I know you might just want to sit in the dark and think. Don’t. Not a good idea.

*Continue to take care of yourself, even if you don’t particularly want to, and even if you have to be angry about it the whole time. Lol.

*Turn on your favorite worship music and let the words soak in, sing along if you would like.

*Study the bible. Set aside some time just to be with God every day, even if it’s only 5 minutes.

*Just like I said with anxiety, try to have your day be a continual prayer, anytime you start struggling again give it all to God and try to leave it with him.

Do something with me if you would like. 🙂 Get out a notebook or a few pieces of paper, write down all of the blessings you can possibly think of. I can’t see how that could bring you anything other than joy, so let’s do it!

God is with you, he is strong, and he will carry you through. You are not alone. God bless.

Carissa Hendricks





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Carissa’s Corner : Anxiety

So my original goal was to find only one verse for me to go off of for this post but as I was reading I found several. So we are going to go off of all of them, because why not?

1 Peter 5:7 - “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Matthew 6:25-31 & 33-34 - “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They neither labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’”

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of Its own.”

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These verses have been my comfort for a while now, as I feel like every single thing in life lately is completely unpredictable. Which if you know me, you know that really freaks me out. I’m a planner, and I like to know whats going to happen next at all times. Yes I know that's impossible. Hopefully I’m not the only one. I feel like my brain is on overload and I’m anxious about anything it’s possible to be anxious about and trying to fix it myself just isn’t working out very well. I’m trying to learn to give everything to God and trust him. He knows, and he cares. Nothing at all is too insignificant to bring to him in prayer, and its never a waste.

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I wanted to share some activities that have been helpful to me when coping with my anxiety, in hope that it may be helpful to some of you as well.

*Music is something that really speaks to me, it always has. Sometimes I just lock myself in my room, put on my headphones and listen to my favorite songs and sing praises, it brings me a lot of peace.

*Prayer, try to have your day be a continual prayer and anytime that you get anxious give it to God right then and there and leave it with him.

*Studying his word. Try to find some verses that talk about what you’re going through, choose one to memorize.

We may not know what’s going to happen next, but God does. And its nice to know that we can trust our future in his hands no matter what happens, no matter if its what we think we wanted, no matter if it wasn’t what we expected, it will be what’s best for us. Because he loves us. I really hoped this helped some of you that have felt the same way as I have lately. God bless.

Carissa Hendricks





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A Bad Case of the “But-I-Want-To’s”

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Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.

- Proverbs 21:2

It's been a rough few weeks, Friends. The weather fronts coming in, going out in waves, one after the other after the other... Oh the Humanity.

See, the barometric pressures play havoc with my Intracranial Hypertension.

I'm so dizzy I can't even get to the bathroom without a walker, and even then it's touch and go sometimes. I'm hurting so badly that I find myself sitting with clenched fists, and no medication eases it in the least. That's the curse of IH.

My thoughts are fuzzy. I'm certainly in no shape to drive... or read... or cook...

You get the picture.

I've been mostly incapacitated, with brief times of reprieve between storms.

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I've had a bad, bad case of the “but-I-want-to's”!

I know that I am not well enough to go for a little shopping trip, but I want to!

I have no doubt that going to lend a helping hand with a physical task will do me in, but I want to!

Writing anything coherent is out of the question, but I want to!

And so I push. I push back against my body with it's frailties and limitations. I push with all my might, with a scowl affixed to my determined face. I strain until my muscles shake with the effort.

And do you know what I get in return for all my stubbornness?

Sick.

I get sick.

See, just like it says in the Proverbs, these ways seem right in my own eyes! In not one of these decisions have I bothered to ask what plans God has for me.

Our bodies have limitations. If we do not honor those, we pay hard consequences.

But this doesn't mean God doesn't have a plan for us, work for us to do!

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I was convicted by this scripture this week:
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content
Philippians 4:11

Ouch, right?

Even when I'm stuck holding the recliner down, I can still put on the praise music and sing to our marvelous God. Even when I can't lend a physical helping hand, I can encourage and accomplish smaller tasks. And even when I am not able to sit upright because the room won't stop spinning, I can still pray!

Do these things seem “not enough” to you, Dear One? Do you have a bad case of the but-I-want-to's?

Have you stopped to ask what plans God has for you?

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Maybe there's a friend who just needs a listening ear.

There could be a schoolteacher who needs some coloring or cutting done for her next lesson!

Time to praise God is never wasted, not ever.

When was the last time you journaled?

Do you keep an updated prayer list? This is a wonderful use of your time.

Think of who might need a special card in the mail, and take your time making one!

As our scripture for today reminds us, God weighs our hearts.

He knows of our longings.

And He's given us a promise.

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
- Hebrews 13:5

Holy God, thank You for the conviction in your Holy Word. Please help us all to submit to your will for our lives, no matter what that will is. Teach us to be content. In Jesus' Name, Amen...





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