SOUL POLL: What Do We Do Now?

The Soul Poll comments revealed some of you have suffered much. Which made this post all the more difficult. Whatever our affliction, God is who we run to when a dark hour casts its shadow over life: GOD knew the dark hour was coming; GOD has been through a dark hour Himself; GOD knows we will come out of it. God spoke to our darkest hours (especially the ones that afflict us for like decades) through the Apostle Paul. I'll end with his encouragement: "so I wouldn't get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations...At first I didn't think of it as a gift & begged God to remove it. Three times I did that & then he told me, My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness"
2 Cor 12

9 comments (Add your own)

1. Anonymous wrote:
How do one move on? I've asked for forgiveness to people I hurt but they won't forgive!! I still hurt, I've been abused.... Why can't I be happy?? I accepted the Lord over 20 years ago n still I'm thinking of taking my life.... Will God forgive me for that! I'm no use here in this world. I keep screwing up my life n everyone around me!!

I don't belong in this World!!!

February 17, 2011 @ 4:12 PM

2. Heather Palacios wrote:
Anonymous - I'm sorry you feel this way. Do you have someone you can call? If not, email me, & I'll put you in contact with a great counseler who I love (& see!). I am praying for you today. I don't know your name, but God does. "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you not harm you; plans to give you a HOPE & a future." Jeremiah 29:11

February 17, 2011 @ 4:13 PM

3. jack0224 wrote:
It is very difficult to push past the pain and let go. I have suffered emotional hurt, that left me bitter, resentful, and in such a dark place I felt like I was screaming and no one could hear me. I found that by clinging to God tighter and tighter everyday, I could get through it. Even when I couldn't do it myself, I knew He could. When I couldn't forgive, He could. When I couldn't stand, He was my feet. When I couldn't function, He was my strength. I still struggle with forgiveness and letting go of past hurts, but I know with the power of the Holy Spirit I can move forward and leave it in His hands. Apart from Him we can do nothing, but with Him all things are possible.

February 17, 2011 @ 4:13 PM

4. Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous -I believe part of the problem with our culture is that most Christians, at least in my experience and I was one of these until about 8 years ago, believe what the person behind the pulpit says and what the person on TV says the Bible says. If you are going to place your soul in the hands of God, wouldn't you want to know this God inside and out? Wouldn't you want to research Him by reading His word? IF you believe Him to be your Savior, then you also should believe that He died for you, that He suffered for you, that He paid YOUR penalty on the cross. He has defeated Death, He has created the universe, He has known you since before you were born. He died for you and loved you while you were still sinning. He loves you the way you are. He knows about EVERY affliction, every hurt and every need you have. He has cried with you, bled with you and bled for you! And HE LOVES YOU! Satan wants you to believe that you are not worthy, Satan wants you to believe that you've been through so much that you are worthless, Satan wants you to be impotent with rage/worthlessness/ guilt and shame. He is the father of Lies and his #1 goal is to keep us from the Truth. Your choice is simple, who are you going to believe? Are you going to allow yourself to be used by and loved by a God who IS love, who created Love and who ADORES you and wants to HEAL you - scars and all. Or do you want to keep believing that life is too hard and I give up. Look at who God chose as his disciples, look at who He healed, look at who Jesus loved. He loved tax payers, prostitutes, thieves, illiterates, thugs, victims and persecutors. Rest on the truth in YOUR bible. Open it up right now and let the comforter come in and show you truth. Allow God to shine HIs light into your life, I guarantee that if you allow Him to do that, and if you line your will up with His, your life will change. You will not only see light in the darkness - you will also BE IT! May His Spirit be upon all of you today, May His power be upon you and May TRUTH pervade your soul.

A Daughter of
the King

February 17, 2011 @ 4:14 PM

5. Godsy Girl(TM) wrote:
Excellent reminder. Gonna have to Facebook this. :)

As for the first comment, believe what Heather said. God sees you. Remember, counseling is not a bad thing or a cop out. Christian counseling is tops. Tried it? Keep trying until you find the right person (remember how relentless the woman with the issue if blood was). Don't give up.

Please find someone to talk go. Please be in a Bible-teaching church, please take advantage of every resource available. Regardless of how you feel, God knows you, has called you by name to live a full and abundant life. I'm praying for you.

I agree that we don't take enough responsibility in our healing. We have to know, study and internalize God's word for our own healing and wholeness. I just heard someone say many Christians want to be spoon-fed God's word from the pulpit. We must travail and endure the process of healing. Sometimes, its immediate, other times it takes (what seems like) a lifetime. Either way, we must remember there is a balm in Gilead.

February 17, 2011 @ 4:15 PM

6. wrote:
-I lived a lifestyle of partying, traveling, Vegas & racetrack; in part I was introduced to the latter.
-I was also brought up baptist my entire life, so I guess I rebelled for over 20yrs
-Once I reclaimed my faith through God's grace & mercy, HE slowly started changing me.
-Then I wanted my husband for 19 yrs changed & my now teens changed!!!
-This has not happened; we've grown apart. He still has his interests & I have mine which are totally opposites
-Through CHRISTIAN marriage counseling my therapist made me aware 'if it wasn't b/c of my husbands addictions, I would NOT be close to GOD nor have a deep relationship w/HIM' as I do now.
-Through REGULAR counseling, our therapist revealed to me [& him] that he was not going to change nor did he have the desire to change
-I have not lost hope however, I don't know what the future holds as it is out of my hands!! As P.T said this weekend, I continuously hear GOD saying...'JUST FOLLOW ME & thru baby steps..I will LEAD the WAY'
-We are now living as roommates & soon I will have an empty nest
-I've slowly asked GOD to take away this bitterness & resentment I have for waiting so long, for my hubby putting me through much emotional & mental abuse [even though for years I feel I've been an active participant]
-Only HE has a plan for me & I am eagerly yet patiently waiting while working on not only 'following HIM...but "following HIM wholeheartedly' ...until then all I can do is Pray & bless my husband and my children regardless.
-I feel change is coming. Keep me in your prayers & thanks for this post!

February 18, 2011 @ 10:57 AM

7. LeadHership wrote:
you guys have been through so much. thank you for taking the time to share your story. you KNOW that what you and God have conquered is for your betterment...and the hope of another. Thank you!

February 18, 2011 @ 4:01 PM

8. Anonymous wrote:
Thank you for your prayers!

February 21, 2011 @ 6:47 PM

9. LeadHership wrote:
Anonymous - thank you for letting us stand in the gap for you.

February 21, 2011 @ 8:29 PM

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