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How We Can Hang On

How We Can Hang On

by Patricia E. Day

winter Ice and snow

PHoto by Patricia Day

For weeks I have watched snow and ice build on, then slide off, the bird house in my garden. After a recent ice storm, sunshine helped relieve the grip that the ice had on this bird condo. One side became clear of the icy mantle while on the east side, the layer just slipped, refusing to let go. It now hangs precariously in space awaiting warmer weather to continue its downward journey.

January is often the time of year that many of us can slide into depression. Too much indulgence over the Christmas period can lead us to crash – emotionally.  The joy of the holidays, and time with loved ones is over and now normal living returns.

In the cold light of day, we may allow ourselves to spiral downwards, instead of hanging on.  Whatever our condition, how we choose to respond will effectively decide the outcome.

As frigid temperatures stop the melting process of ice and snow; our choices can deter us from living life to the fullest.

We become stuck in our circumstances.

God promises that we can overcome all things if we ask for His guidance and strength. (click to tweet)

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13, CEV).

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6, CEV).

Prayer:

Abba, we ask that You help change our hearts and enable us to grow in wisdom and discernment.  Lord, help us hang on to Your guidance with renewed tenacity so we will win the freedom that Your good and wise choices bring us.  Amen.

Spring is around the corner.

spring-backyard

Photo by Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia’s. She believes that she expresses herself better in writing. Patricia enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Other favourite past-times include family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music.

Patricia is married and the mother of two sons and stepmom to a son & daughter. Best of all, she is Nana to ten grandchildren. Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays  and her blog Patricia E. Day .

Patricia recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood . she is currently at work on second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows.

MISSED BLESSINGS

Missed Blessings

by T. L. Wiens

A friend of mine told me that she welcomed September in the grips of a depression wave. It tossed her this way and that before she realized, this wasn’t something she could fight alone. Soon after confiding in a close friend, the battle began to turn and my friend felt better. I’m glad she went to someone and that the someone she went to prayed. It made all the difference.

Why do we wait so long to ask for prayer? I know I often will struggle without success alone for days, weeks and even years without asking for help. What gets in the way? Sometimes pride, other times the feeling that my problem is trivial in comparison to others becomes the stumbling block.

Let’s love each other and share our burdens so we can pray for each other and all be blessed.

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith  (2Thessalonians 3:1-2.)

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “Vi’s First Christmas” will appear in Christmas Chaos coming out in October of 2010. Visit her website.

A REASON TO PRAY

A Reason to Pray

by Staci Stallings

Recently I was reading Nancy Stafford’s Beauty by the Book. She pointed out something I hadn’t thought of. Words associated with Christ often start with the prefix re- as in renew, refresh, restore, resurrection. Words associated with Satan, however, often start with either de- or dis- Destroy, discourage, disappoint, despair, depression. Re- means to bring back to the original state. Even though as a root word de means “of” as in desire—of the Father; as a prefix de- or dis- means away from, down, or separation or negation, which pretty much describes Satan.

Of course you know this to be true in your own experience. When you’re with Christ, you feel a sense of rebirth and rejuvenation of your soul. When you’re hanging with the devil, there’s a lot of disease, disappointment, disillusionment, distrust, and despair. You know the signs when the devil is working on you. Now you can let that disempower you—as he is trying to do. In fact, Ms. Stafford sums up Satan’s agenda in one very powerful sentence. “His sole purpose is to isolate and destroy us, either emotionally or physically.” That’s about as succinct a goal statement for Satan as I’ve ever read. Isolate and destroy. And I’m quite sure you know how that feels.

So, like I said, you can use the knowledge that Satan is working to destroy you as a reason to give up, quit, surrender, and let him take you down. Or, you can recognize what’s going on and use it as a reminder to fight back.

Now you and I both know that Satan is a wily little booger who will use our greatest weaknesses to crack us in two—or several hundred—pieces. We also know that on our own fighting him, we are sunk. That’s why at some point in the past we accepted Christ’s work on the cross on our behalf so that Satan no longer can lay claim to our lives.

Great and good.

But what about when it feels like Satan is winning in the here and now? What about when he uses those bills we haven’t paid to tell us that we are worthless dust, unworthy of God’s love much less His help?

What about when Satan throws our past sins up in our face? “Yeah, you think you are so holy, but what about when you…?” From personal experience, he’s good at this. He knows what we most fear. He knows what angers we harbor deep inside. He knows what we haven’t forgiven, and he uses these things to eat away at us, pecking at us like chickens do a sick chicken until it dies.

Finally, after many years of searching, I have found a weapon that combats Satan right where he’s working. It’s effective. It’s easy. And best of all, it gets quick results.

It’s remembering this phrase, “This is a reason to pray.”

Staci’s post will continue on Wednesday, August 21st. Keep watching and see how “Satan cannot be where God is.”