Hope You Don't Mind Reruns...

...but I'm having a bit of a meltdown, and I can't seem to find the energy to do everything I have to do. I'm overworked, stressed, tired, irritable, and more than a little blue. 

I am starting therapy again this week, with a new social worker I've found. Hope to be able to talk out some of what is bothering me. In the meantime, please enjoy a few "vintage selections" I have chosen from Female in Motion.

Even the encourager needs a little respite now and then.

God bless you all!

James 5:13-16 (KJV) Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.


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DisCOURAGEment (from 2/06/2012)

A letter came in the mail today. A dear friend is going through hard times. A missionary to troubled teens in the Kansas City area, this man also works full-time at a secular job to provide for his family. Last week, he was fired from his job for something he did not do. He's discouraged.

I know a woman who is waiting on a sign from God. Her life is in a holding pattern. She has a family, a great career, loving friends, and she wants more. This woman wants to step out by faith on a new mission, but God hasn't said the word yet. She is discouraged.

Last week I got two rejection letters for my writing. After two years of submitting my work to publications, I still have no success. My blog is gaining new readers and I am networking with lots of talented writers, but I want to be published. I am discouraged.

Elijah the prophet was discouraged, too. God sent him to preach to the people of Israel, but King Ahab worshipped Baal and the altar of God had fallen into disrepair. Elijah knew he had to rebuild the altar to win the hearts of the Jews back to God. He spoke to the people, "How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him."

After praying to God for guidance, Elijah made a bold move. He challenged all 450 of Baal's prophets to bring fire down from the sky. Try as they might, it just didn't happen. Then Elijah prayed to God, and the fire rained down from heaven.

My dad said, "Some days you eat the lion, and some days the lion eats you." Discouragement is so hard to live through, but it doesn't have to be a permanent condition. Stay close to God in prayer and in His Word. He honors obedience. The missionary will get another job, the woman will receive a sign and I will be published. We all stumble; success is in getting back up again.

Proverbs 24:16 (KJV)
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
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