Thoughts for Today, Thursday, June 23rd

Phases 3My thoughts are a bit rambled. But here I go nonetheless. It has been a rough week. The challenges keep coming and I am doing my best to stand on God’s Word. That He will never leave us nor forsake us. When I committed to my writing in January, little did I know what I would have to write about. I knew that I would be writing about God’s Word and how it applies to my life. I knew I would be writing about some of the challenges I face. But I am truly in a hard place. Working three part-time driving jobs here in Vegas and still being virtually homeless is not where I saw I would be. I was hopeful for the hours so I could pay my bills and get caught up. The trickling in keeps me behind and living in a weekly keeps me in a cycle that is just a little bit crazy.

Never thought I would be putting myself on blast but I am still hopeful that God will work this out. I am determined to go forward. However, sleeping in my car in 108Β° weather is not helping my determination at this point. I am willing to move from this state to another where I can actually get a full-time job. Praying about where and trusting that I am led by the Holy Spirit. I have over thirty years of experience in the administrative field but God has not opened that door here in Vegas. I have a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design but need to work on some areas. The time spent on these part-time jobs makes that almost impossible. I do need to write though to keep my sanity, so here I am. I am glad that this is a venue where I can come to keep my sanity.

In trying to make the best of the situation, I am still optimistic despite what it looks like. And, when what needs to happen happens, God will get all the glory. Have you ever been at a point where you don’t even know how to pray? I pray God’s Word and the enemy keeps throwing the darts. Playing dodge ball right about now with the shield though.

Rest in His Arms 3As I type this post, I also flip back and forth through the Reader to see what others are writing. I am inspired by the post from BeautyBeyondBones and share the link to the post here. In her vulnerability regarding her battle with anorexia, she addresses the darts from the enemy coming in requests and/or comments about what it was that drew her to that place. In her power, she took a stand for her boundaries and refused to allow the enemy access. One of the quotes she used resonated with me. It is β€œSometimes you have to burn the bridge to keep from crossing it again.”

I feel like I am there. There are some bridges I need to burn and they are about me and not others. I was inclined not to post this but because of her courage in admitting her weakness at this moment in time, I am empowered to do the same. This does not diminish my faith nor my belief that God is there for me and that He will not leave nor forsake me. What it does do is get me out of my emotions. That is certainly where we fall, the ever-changing emotions. When we succumb to them in a pattern of destruction, it only adds fuel to create more. This, in turn, creates a cycle that is frustrating more than anything and keeps us repeating emotional work that has already been done. The destruction being those negative thoughts or the emotions of despair, failure, doubt or worry. I am ever so humbled that the fighting spirit of this young lady helped me to revisit my own.

Flesh and Enemy3Today’s thoughts end with the fact that as we share our journey, you never know who you are helping or how. And, even though our challenges are so different, the result is that we will stand in the power of our Lord and Savior Jesus and not give any power to the adversary. Please take a few moments to read the post from the link. Stay empowered and thank you BeautyBeyondBones!

P.S. This post did not start out highlighting another but I am humbled and privileged to do so. This is how the day unfolded, in His arms and encouraging others in our needs. Praise Him!

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13 responses

  1. Keep praying — the desires of your heart are reaching His ears. πŸ™‚ Your example of faith will definitely bless you and others. I pray a door of opportunity will open for you soon.

    Romans 8:26-27 “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate the reminder and even when we are speaking the Word to our hearts and minds, the faith of others brings to remembrance the ones we may forget. Of course, being led by the Holy Spirit.

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  2. I’m sorry that you are going through such a trying time right now. It’s so hard to trust that Joy cometh in the morning after we have awaken so many mornings and nothing new seems to be changing. We really must dig deep during these times. When we are trusting our Lord no matter what, just know the devil hates it and really keeps trying to wear us down…When God is for us, who can be against us…tough sometimes for sure. Have you thought about a women’s shelter for temporary stay until on your feet again? I will be praying for you. Stay focused on God, He will provide soon…I just know it!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am encouraged for sure thanks to you all. I am believing that what I am going through will certainly be an encouragement for someone else. I believe with certainty what you speak and know that God has me. What’s interesting is that after writing the post and reading posts from others, I feel even more revived. I have extended my stay where I am thanks to answered prayer and I know that this too shall pass. God has never failed me. What I realized after reading I’m Not Invincible by BeautyBeyondBones is that the feelings we experience when going through are used by the enemy for discouragement and despair as well as further attack. After reading her post, I felt encouraged and empowered because I know in my mind and heart that I have the victory. We do have to take a stand against the negative emotions and do not allow them to fuel the fire from the wicked one. I am certainly blessed and have a reason to smile after meeting such heartfelt writers here at WordPress. Thanks again and thanks for reading.

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      1. Amen! Half the battle is being aware that the devil is using it for despair! Just as you said …
        Our God is GREATER than any TATIC for the devil…we must keep focused and trust right on out of the attackπŸ—‘πŸ›‘πŸ—‘πŸ›‘πŸ—‘πŸ›‘
        Praying for you and our site of believers!β€οΈπŸ—‘πŸ›‘πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™‚

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  3. Hey V, you keep fightinga and carrying your cross. God is good and He will open a door for you. And in that, He might take you to Vancouver, WA – just a little settlement north of Portland, Oregon. I recommend Vancouver because when I lived there I enjoyed the blessing of two wonderful churches led by generous, God-fearing pastors. One church has changed but the pastor’s name was Chappelle and the other church is still the same and it is called Crossroads Community Church and the Pastor’s name is Daniel Fusco. They are on fire for God and they are active in the community. I “attend” their church online and know they would reach out to you and help you in your need. And, the neighborhood is pretty darned good. Portland has a lot of work to offer (but I would not recommend living there as our friend has informed us that the poor people have been pushed out of the city and corraled in Gresham where there is lots of crime. Best to stay in Vancouver. Never give up. πŸ™‚

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    1. Appreciate the info and thanks for your prayers as well. I will keep standing!

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  4. Interesting listen I’m going through some stuff as well and I write about God’s word to me in my blog don’t worry, it’s short but was so powerful to me. I was sitting in my office and I had to close the door because I could not hold my tears anymore and that’s when God gave me that verse that I talk about, it just lifted me up. I hope it will do the same for you. God loves you and if he allows you to go through this its for a reason. He says that anything meet for bad he will turn to good for those that love him, what comes to mind now is this. Don’t focus on the enemies darts – remember Peter on the water? Once he took his focus of Jesus and in the surrounding circumstances he started to sink. I know that your situation is real however atleast you still have a car to sleep in. You know in my own situation I try to take some positive out of it keeping my focus on Jesus. Keep on writing don’t give up

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    1. You are so right and that is just what I have done. I took my eyes off Jesus. However, before I read this I just started back doing the right things again. I have been praying for consistency and this may be the test. No matter what else is going on keep going strong doing the right things. There are a couple things I would like to mention. I am still in the weekly though it is consistent prayer until God brings about the the changes. I did also get my focus back on the positive things. He is working it out. Thank you very much and I will be following you. Support is a true blessing! We will keep praying for each other.

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      1. You are right support is a true blessing. To God goes the glory. Thank you for following me. May God bless you greatly.

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  5. Been there, done that, with a wife and two young kids! It is really a test of faith. Is there some other city, state, country where Jesus needs you? Graphic design, creativity, in His Image, yet unemployed like so many of the same vocation that I know this side of the pond. (Atlantic ocean.) My son’s freeware app (the previous one was malware) also studies graphic design. Our best friend also holds a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design, she has extensive experience yet also is unemployed. I will pray for you to get a way out.

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    1. Thank you for your prayers. I am currently in a weekly place and God is providing. I have two driving jobs and I am trying to be still. Trusting God is the only way right now.

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