Is anyone else feeling what I’m feeling?

John 4:25-26

The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

In November of 1999, I stood in a little church in Eastern Kentucky and gave my heart to Christ. I had stood in the same pew for about 6 Sundays and each time the Pastor gave an altar call, I felt like I needed to go forward. The others that stood there with their heads bowed couldn’t see the guilt and shame I wore. Something in me knew the only way to be set free was to give my heart to this man named Jesus who died on a cross so that I wouldn’t have to continue to live like this.

A portion of the song they sang that day said:

Just as I am without one plea but that
Thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee
Oh lamb of God I come I come

Just as I am and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot
To Thee who’s blood can cleanse each spot
Oh lamb of God I come I come

Charlotte Elliott. Just as I Am. 1835.

It was just like that, I heard those words and I knew that Jesus had shed His blood for me. He was calling me to Himself, no one could hear it but me, I can remember looking around and thinking, “Is anyone else feeling what I am feeling?” It was the ridding my soul of one dark blot, that Jesus’ blood could cleanse it and all I had to do was come.

So I did.

For those of you on the fence on Sunday mornings, as you stand there like I did in the pew feeling those words were written just for you, know that Jesus is who He says He is. Like the woman who said, “I know that Messiah is coming, the One called Christ.” Christ  was right in front of her.

Jesus is right in front of you. He calls to you through the words of songs and through the Scriptures. Maybe someone said something to you and it just happened to be something you read about Jesus or a song written about Him. That’s how He speaks.

Next time you feel that heart tug toward the altar, obey and go forward. You will never be the same. He is so worthy. Anything you leave behind for Christ will be nothing compared to what’s in store for a life that is lived for Him. Promise.

Till next time!

~Shana

 

 

 

 

 

From a Worrier to a Warrior

Worry is a snatcher of time, an obsessive compulsive behavior that kidnaps the joy and security of our minds. Over the last few years, I have had to train myself to think about what I am thinking about. I am determined to get to the root of what causes me to worry and as anxiousness creeps around me, I am learning to replace it quickly with the power of the promises I am given in Scripture. It’s not an easy task by any means. I still fall prey to the enemy, in fact he is very creative and changes his tactics often. He is very well aware of those tender places, but I am no longer a slave to the worry. Instead, I have watched the enemy and how he uses these situations to cause me to worry and I am fighting back with an arsenal of Scripture.

So how do we combat the worry in our lives? Here’s what I am doing. When anxiousness and worry hits, I begin to make a list. Really.. write it down.. for example:

  • That financial situation that keeps me up at night.
  • An upcoming procedure on a grandchild.
  • The endless to do list.
  • That nagging sense of gloom and doom..

Now, you make your own.. go ahead, I’ll wait.

There’s just something about seeing it on paper isn’t there? In John 8:12 my heart is reminded that at the moment I trusted Jesus, I no longer walked in darkness. Those worries I had caused confusion, fear, and left me scrambling for a solution. But as I wrote them down, I saw how bringing them out into the light and digging into God’s Word for what He had to say about them lifted the power they had over me. For example:

  • Matthew 6:25-34 helped me to see that the Lord is well aware of those financial worries and if I put my trust in Him, I will see Him provide for me.
  • Nahum 1:7 helps me when I begin to worry about my loved ones.
  • Psalm 1 helps me when the pressures of a busy life are upon me.
  • Philippians 4:8 helps me when life feels gloomy and I have a sense of doom.

It takes lots of practice! You won’t master this over night but in time, you will begin to reprogram your thoughts with God’s Words and see how you will go from a ‘worrier’ to a ‘warrior’!

Till next time!

Shana