Dear Dr B,
I have several family members and friends who have chronic illness and pain. I also work in ministry with many people who are going through a number of difficult struggles. It’s just my nature to want to do whatever I can to help. I pray for them, but I have to tell you that I also tend to carry their burdens with them and allow their struggles to really get me down. How can I empathize, support, and give Godly advice without suffering with them, feeling like I have to solve their problems, and having it negatively impact me? [more]
Difficulty trusting God has been an issue since the beginning of man. I’ve often struggled to trust God. Often we search for what He has already given.
I wanted desperately to trust God more, but trusting Him was an area of weakness for me. This particular morning, however, He took a different approach with me.
“Yes, Lord, I know. I just seem to keep struggling. Please help me trust you more.” He surprised me with His next response (which was a typical clue to me that it was the Lord and not my own thoughts):
“It’s really not that complicated.
It wasn’t easy going at first. It’s hard for this do-er, this achiever, to still my mind and rest in the moment. As I prayed over the concerns in question, it was as if I sensed the Lord saying, “We’ll get to that.” “But Lord,” I responded, “What about…?” “We’ll get to that too.” And thus began the 31 day journey to better understanding how to lean on and trust the Lord more deeply.
In today’s society we are applauded for doing it all, but that comes at a cost. Today’s post gives you permission to not be the strong one.