Scripture Sunday Vol. 22

     Happy Sunday!  As per usual on alternating Sundays, today I’m sharing a “Scripture Sunday” post.  I always love talking about my faith here and I get lots of kind feedback from y’all on these posts, so “Scripture Sunday” has to be my favorite series I’ve ever started on my blog.  That being said, if you don’t like reading about the Christian faith, please feel free to scroll through my blog a little more until you find something that strikes your fancy (my “Black Friday Online Shopping Guide 2017” post is filled with deals that extend through Cyber Monday if you want to check that out!).  Now, let’s get into the post already!

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Today’s Verse:

Psalm 34:18; The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

      Life is full of hardships and unpredicted negative blips that seem to throw everything off of its course.  One in my life that especially stands out is the time that my divorced mother lost custody of my younger sister and I in the spring of 2013.  There was a complicated event that took place that ultimately caused my parents to decide that my father’s home was the best for us to live in (at least for the time being).  At the time that this happened, my father along with my stepmother and younger brother had been living in another state for just over a year, meaning my sister and I would have to adjust to a new state (a few hours away from our mother), new schools, and new household rules.  I remember feeling absolutely devastated when I found out I had been enrolled in my new school.  I didn’t want to leave my mother’s town, my friends, or my spot on the cheerleading squad.  I was absolutely terrified of making new friends and leaving my old life behind.

     Now, almost five years later, I’m perfectly fine.  I’m actually glad I live where I do now.  Don’t get me wrong, I had a few really great friends where I used to live, but now I have several that I couldn’t imagine life without.  My current school is so much bigger than my old one, meaning I’ve had the opportunity to experience more diversity, choose from a larger variety of courses and sports (I’ve played lacrosse for three years now and love it, but lacrosse still isn’t even offered at my old school!), and have other educational opportunities (like WJMC) that I might not have even been noticed for in such a small town setting.  Besides time, what has changed my perspective?  How?

     Prayer and growth in my relationship with Christ have changed my life in ways I never imagined.  Yes, I was Christian and I did go to church in my old town, but I didn’t really engage in my relationship with Christ, especially in comparison to the way I do now.  Since that summer of despair and what felt like the end of life as I knew it, I’ve begun to understand that God is always going to be there for me, even when I question the fairness of what He’s allowed to happen in my life.

     Short and sweet, Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”  If that isn’t the truth I don’t know what is.  Over time I’ve discovered that nearness and started to lean on it so much more than I thought was even possible back then.  Looking back on all the fear, anger, and sadness I felt that summer in comparison to the confidence and joy I feel now (for the most part anyways.  I know I definitely still have my bad days, but don’t we all?), I can assure you that God saves the crushed in spirit, just like the verse says.

     This week, remember that even in the darkest of times, God is always there.  It’s hard to imagine and harder to explain, but even though God knows what has happened and what will happen (good and bad) in your life, He still wants to comfort you in it and build you back up.  Try not to push back.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!

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