Everyday Struggles and The Shepherd’s Help:

Raise your hand if you have ever had a “blonde moment.” Or if not blonde moments, moments where you had a momentary blank in the thought process, and people called you out on it. (Side Note: If you legitimately just raised your hand, you have become my new favorite person, and I am giving you a cyber high-five.)

Now if any of you know me, you know I am prone to have these moments. A lot. On most days, I am willing to embrace these moments and laugh them off. I most of the time can say, “It’s a part of my charm,” and not worry about what anyone thinks. But there are some days where my dumb moments and the comments made about them, bother me. It’s mainly days that have been really rough or downright awful and I have become weak and vulnerable that this happens. In these moments of weakness, that is where the enemy begins to say lies, and I really struggle with not giving in and believing them.

Allow me to ask you this: Have you ever done something really stupid? Have you made a really bad mistake? Have you ever done something  and in the heat of the moment you deemed it okay, but afterwards realize that that was not the right choice to make? Have you ever been ashamed of your actions? Have you ever wondered how people might view you if they found out what you did or a secret you’ve kept hidden?

I have. We all have. We are human. Because we are not perfect creatures, we all make mistakes, and I think that that is something we need to know and remember. We also need to remember this information in order for us to have compassion on our brothers and sisters in Christ, and not judge them for their actions, for that’s God’s job not ours.

There are days where I honestly struggle a lot with one of the two scenarios I mentioned above. I may have asked for forgiveness from God for my actions, but I am still harboring the guilt and shame I felt the first time I felt convicted.  And though I know that the moment I asked Jesus to be my Savior, that all of my past, present, and future sins have been forgiven, I still struggle with these emotions and how people view may view me differently because the stuff I’ve done or if the secrets I keep inside were to ever come to light.

But then I hear the little whisper of truth from God that I so desperately need to hear. 

I don’t have to hold on to the shame or guilt, and more importantly I don’t need to worry about what other people think, and here’s why: If I start worrying and stressing about what other people think, then I lose sight of what God has done for me, and what He thinks of me.

Galatians 1:10 says, “10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a bond servant of Christ.” (NIV)

This scripture is so powerful because forces us to look inward and see if we are going to worry more about what people think or what God thinks. And at the end of the day, it is what God thinks about us that is what truly matters. Do you want to know what He thinks about you? “You are fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), and He loves you.

 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39)

You see, it doesn’t matter what we have done because nothing is going to ever come between us and His love for us. That is beautiful. Now, I am in no way advocating the idea that you can do whatever you want and live life on your own accord because God loves you, but rather I challenge you to follow Him and trust Him more because He loves you so passionately.

Do you want to know more about Him?

11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me15 as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10: 11-14) 

He knows us. He knows our hearts and He loves us. He is willing to lay down his life for us. And though this is a common message to write about, I feel that this is something that we should never forget.

In the same chapter from John, Jesus states, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; 28 and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.

That is so inspiring isn’t it? We are His sheep. We can never perish. No one and no thing will be able to snatch us from His hand. To perish according to Merriam-Webster is to, “suffer complete ruin or destruction,”  and this is such a beautiful truth because though we may struggle, when you become one of God’s children you will never be ruined or destroyed. I know we all struggle with things that are hard; therefore I want to encourage you to remember how much God loves you. The situation you are in may bend you, it may break you, but it will never destroy you. And going off what I posted last week, it is worth noting that He will carry you through all of your struggles and hardships. That, my friends, is so beautiful and amazing.

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Thank you all for reading today, and feel free to leave comments below. I love you all beautiful people and I hope you all have a great week! 🙂

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