Speak up

It is time to come clean. I am grasping at things lately. Trying to stretch one hour into two, trying to make six hours of sleep work like eight. I believe the expression is, burning the candle at both ends. The house restoration is winding down and that means that the hospitality part is winding up. I will finally be putting things on the wall and making this wonderful, old house into a comfy, welcoming place.

But in the middle of my daydreaming, precious people in my life have been living a nightmare. Sadness, loss, suicide, brokenness, unanswered questions, and numbness have come into their lives. Like waves that knock you down and pull you under, the hearts of those I love have been beaten up.

I have found myself yelling at the enemy, daring him to come out and fight me in the light. Daring him to stop skulking around in the shadows and making sneak attacks on the ones I hold dear. As if I am preparing for battle, the Heavenly Host has handed me verses, song lyrics, and images to remind me that the battle I am trying to fight has already been won. I am coming in after the Victor has already been declared.

So for those who are still trying to free themselves from the shadows today, this is for you.

I have lived you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you (Jeremiah 31:3 ESV).

For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the LORD (Jeremiah 30:17 ESV).

Jesus’ love for us is beyond the brokenness we carry, the pain we feel, the aloneness we experience, when we think no one will understand. Because of His amazing love, we have hope. Not the kind of hope that comes across in a romantic comedy, but the kind of gritty hope that a person clings to when nothing seems possible.

It’s time to start writing out Bible verses and tape them to the bathroom mirror, the microwave door, the computer monitor, to read again and again until they are memorized.

Verses to remember who we are and WHOSE we are:

  • We are forgiven – Psalm 103:12
  • We are children of God – 1 John 3:1
  • We are cared for – Ephesians 3:17-19
  • We are chosen- John 15:16
  • We are unique – Psalm 139:13
  • We are important- 1 Peter 2:9
  • We belong to God – Isaiah 43:1
  • We are created by God- Ephesians 2:10
  • We are protected by God – Psalm 121:3

Listen to some of the following songs, maybe create a playlist:

  • Into Marvelous Light- The Remnant
  • Fight for You – Plumb
  • Fear is a Liar- Zach Williams
  • Glorious Day (You Called My Name)-Passion
  • My Victory- Crowder
  • I Need a Miracle- Third Day
  • How Great is Our God- Seventh Day Slumber
  • Hello My Name Is- Matthew West
  • Flawless- MercyMe
  • O Best Beloved, our souls have a tag on them, which reads, “If lost, please return to God.” We belong to Him, we are His children. We are not alone. But that is not all. We are surrounded with people who struggle everyday with that same feeling of being alone. We are not just to walk around with a cape and shield to show we are armed and ready. We are also called to walk alongside our brothers and sisters.
  • We are called to pour courage into one another, Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up just as in fact you are doing, (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV).
  • It isn’t enough that we think about our brothers and sisters, we need to reach out to them. Tell them you are praying for them, then pray for them – right there on the phone. Right there at the table, on the couch, in the car. Who cares if it is awkward at first, just do it. Speak up and tell them you are there for them.
  • Love them, call them, hold them when they cry, hug them when they ask the tough questions. As one of my favorite teaching pastors said, Show up. In this case, I am adding, Speak up.
  • It’s time to stop worrying if we are going to look weird or be labeled as odd. Who cares? We are supposed to be perceived as foreigners, we are passing through this world (1 Peter 2:11).
  • Let us remember to be present, to be a present for those who need us. It could make a difference we will not understand until we are on the other side of Heaven.
  • About gretchenr17

    Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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