Forgiven but Forgotten

How often do we accept the notion that Jesus forgave us and yet we choose to forget Him?

As I sat there in the company meeting this week, overlooked and undervalued in my current title, I remembered a time when the executive leading it had promised me a different position—one which better utilized my skills in a greater capacity. She told me that she’d reach a decision by December as to how that would pan out. Well, that conversation was in September and I still haven’t heard about it since then. (And yes, I’ve followed-up, but to no avail…or response.)

I then looked to my right, at the supervisor who had promised me I’d be promoted and in charge of a position they were looking to fill two years ago. I remembered how hopeful I had become upon hearing this news at the time. (But I never got the opportunity to shine since they hired an internal candidate instead and explained how it “wouldn’t make sense” for me to be in charge of someone much older than me.)

Again, I thought about how badly I wanted a new job and was reminded of the plethora of contacts I still have in my back pocket. But out of those 350 job applications I have placed out there since last year, I have had interviews with just four. (And still not a single job offer from any of them.)

The enemy did a good job in reminding me of how much I’ve been forgotten about and overlooked these last several years. So I prayed to God for the 74918903113th time.

When will this end, Lord?

He didn’t answer my question, but instead provided me with insight.

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The Devastating Effects of Depression

Today, a lot of people are talking about the tragic death of Chris Cornell. (Although I bet the majority of them haven’t recently listened to his music. Today, they probably will.) If you listen to some of the man’s lyrics overall, and even reports of his last performance, this guy was desperately trying just to tell us something. Here is an article that I found rather interesting in regards to that.

Too often, those that have been consumed by the darkness of depression are also trying to tell us something. It’s about time we started to listen. Continue reading

Remaining Patient in His Timing

Help me to believe in my unbelief.

The words a friend of mine once suggested I pray at a time when my world was collapsing in front of me several years ago. At the time, I was hurt, frustrated and full of sadness to an extent that it blinded me from ever seeing God’s plan for me several years later. Unbeknownst to me at the time, He was setting the stage to teach me some valuable life lessons, draw me nearer to Him and use these things (including this blog) to help encourage and inspire others in their walk with God.

I find myself now in a similar situation with this endless job search that is driving me nuts. Continue reading

Waiting Well

Being patient and waiting on God’s timing. If you’re like me, this is something I fail in pretty much every day.

So why does God continually subject us to this aspect that He just knows we’re always going to come up short in? What is, or what could be the point to all this torment? Okay, I get it—letting go and letting Him work it all out, right?

Well, maybe there’s more to it than just that.

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Destined for More than This

Do you ever wake up in the morning knowing that you’re destined to do something great? A feeling that there just has to be something more to your life than where it is now? Or maybe you are one of the few that actually loves what you do now and can’t think of anything else in the world you’d rather be doing. For people in the latter, life is pretty fulfilling once they are “living the dream.”

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The Power of a Good Song

When I’m at work, I like to zone out to some good house music. The power of song can get us thru tough times or rough seasons in life. And it’s even more powerful when you’re listening to a catchy tune and hear subtle Gospel-oriented lyrics unexpectedly tossed in to a mix. It brightens up the day and provides encouragement, especially in the toxic workplace that I find myself in currently. Continue reading

Dealing with Our Thorns

I find what Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12 about dealing with difficulty quite inspiring and encouraging. Even though God may not completely remove us from a troubling issue pressing upon our hearts, He often joins us in the midst of the storm to provide the strength we need to overcome it.

2 Corinthians 12:7b-10
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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