Tuesday, July 16, 2013

God speaks to us in unique ways


i was jolted awake in the middle of the night at around 1 am and felt so anxious, and couldn't figure out what was wrong.  i tried playing solitaire to get my mind off of whatever was bothering me, i even tried playing on pinterest.  nothing was helping me go back to sleep.

i think i opened every app on my phone just because i was "bored", and finally decided to open my bible app.  
(which is what i should have done in the first place)
i opened up my verse for the day which was romans 8: 31-39.

romans chapter 8 verses 31-39
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

i decided to share these words on facebook, and then finally drifted off to sleep after praying for what seemed like an hour.
i woke up this morning to a couple of responses to my facebook status.
two of my friends stated that they awoke at 1 am feeling anxious also.
whoa...
instant chills.  
my friend caitlin decided to share her devotion with me too.

psalm 73: 26
My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.
it's almost as if these two devotions were meant for me to read.  
when feeling down or depressed, (which is what i have been going through lately) you need to realize that even though you feel this way, God is always there and he is our hope.  no matter what happens to our bodies, or how depressed we may feel, we can always depend on God.  he is forever planted in our hearts, and will never leave us or forsake us.
and if our God is for us, who can be against us.

so if you find yourself awake in the middle of the night feeling anxious or like something just isn't right, don't fret, open up your Bible or simply just pray.  sometimes God waits until the odd hours of the day to deliver his most influential messages.
...and it seemed as if God had a message for a few of us at 1 am this morning :)

7 comments:

  1. This is so weird. Literally last night I couldn't sleep I was so anxious..like to the point where I thought I was going to have a panic attack. I have also learned that god often answers our prayers, but not in the way we think he will..so I am keeping a look out for what in the world is going on!

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  2. Aww! Crazy how several other people woke up at the same time, with the same feeling!! God def works in His own timing that's for sure ha!

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  3. I don't know if you ever listen to life church sermons (Craig groeschel) but he did one on worry and I've been so much less anxious ever since I heard it. You should look it up!!

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  4. Beautifully written Jennifer. God is always sending us messages, it's just up to us to listen.

    :]
    -Samantha
    http://substanceandsoul.tumblr.com

    P.S. I love your blog layout changes :]]

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  5. I just love how God knows just what we need exactly when we need it. What a blessing! I myself suffer from anxiety and depression. God has brought me so far from the old me and I thank him every single day for helping me to become the person that he created me to be!

    What bible app do you use?

    xoxo,
    Laura
    suzieloublog.com

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  6. Sweet girl, you just made me cry. Thank you for this. I needed to read it so so bad. "and if our God is for us, who can be against us." AMEN!!! I hope you are feeling calm and love right now, for you are very loved :)

    xo

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