Psalms 73:26 My flesh and my heart May fail, but God is a strength of my heart and my portion forever. I have enjoyed writing for many years now. What a great way to express joy, love and even sadness and heart ache. Most of all it can give us a chance to share what God has been doing in our lives. If I can stress to everyone reading this to grab a journal or scrap piece of paper and just jot down a quick thought or feeling once a day. Sometimes getting things off your chest can make you feel so much better in so many different ways. I can be angry and write down what I’m angry about, read it back to myself and realize how ridiculous I’m being. Write down a moment in your life that made you smile or how your heart skipped a beat. If we save these writings we can go back and look at how we felt and how we dealt with it. I don’t know how many times I’ve looked back at things I’ve written and realized how God got me through all these things. How he cracked open a hardened heart and softened it till it beat again. How he got me through a death in the family or hardship with a friend. I really really enjoy however writing my experiences strengths and Hope on this blog. I know that when I read other people’s stories it helps to strengthen me in what I’m going through. I feel like when I don’t write I am neglecting others and myself of something truly enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong there are days when I don’t want to express myself. I don’t necessarily write when things are going badly but it’s out of my own stubbornness. As of this moment one of my best friends is going through something that I can’t even fathom. She found out that she has cancer and just before she found out that awful news her husband was needing a brand new knee replacement badly. I was hoping that she would write about her experiences through this ordeal as it unfolded to help encourage others. I completely understand not wanting to talk about things that are life changing but God is working serious miracles in her life and is totally praise worthy. God wants us to encourage others, in fact the ENTIRE BIBLE is made up of all kinds of different ways to encourage. I also understand not wanting people to know that I am weak and not strong like I sometimes portray, but the moment I put pencil to paper God shows me that through my weaknesses I am stronger. In every story in the Bible everyone who has hit their knees and given their problems to God were made a hundred times stronger. I heard a saying once, “If life gets too hard to stand, kneel!” By telling God that you don’t have the strength and you need his power he will give it to you. The same as when we write or talk about our problems showing people that we are vulnerable makes us stronger. I hope that this message inspires and encourages all of you too find enjoyment and release through your words and thoughts. 2Corinthians 12:9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power May rest on me.
Published by Matthew, Karen, and God
Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives. View more posts