Faith Over Fear: Day Five


Barefoot Devotions // Faith Over Fear Series / Friday, May 11th, 2018

Season One // Day Five

Pondering

Grief is a deeply painful emotion of human life. You are often left feeling emotionless with an empty blanket of space as you learn to navigate through the events life has placed before you. You grieve for many reasons, such as a loss of a loved one, a friendship, an animal, or a job. Grief is a normal and natural human response to the pain you are feeling. As you navigate through the different emotions, know that it is okay to grieve, you will grieve differently than others, and there is not a set limit on how long you will grieve. It’s an emotionally draining process that requires a closeness with God even in your anger. If you allow the emotions to sweep you into the empty blanket of space, you will be swallowed into a pit of despair. Your heart will become blinded by the darkness and the emptiness of emotions you are trying so desperately to escape. Jesus is calling you away from this path as he desires to be near to you during your time of need. You can rest assured knowing he is close to your broken heart.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near the broken hearted; He delivers those who are discouraged.


Praying

Heavenly Father, you know the depths of my grief and the raging emotions that are swallowing up my heart. Guide me with your sustaining hand as I am trying to work through this time in my life. I am drawing near to you as your word says, knowing you are close to me during my brokenness. I am placing my trust in you knowing that you have my best interests at heart and you will deliver me through this season of my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!


Practicing

  • Take your circumstances and your emotions that are swallowing you up and place them in the hands of God.
  • Go to him in prayer and tell him about your troubles and allow Him to work in your heart to change you, mold you, and shape you into the person you are supposed to be so that you are aligned with His will.
  • Ask Him to take the hurts and help you navigate through them and believe with confidence that He will. Thank Him in advance for doing this for you.
  • Fight through the emotions, the pain, and the discouragement and keep moving forward. Never look back unless you’re praising God for what He has done. 

Xoxo,

Hannah B.

P.S. I hope you are enjoying this series and learning to rise from ashes and blooming into your faith. It’s not easy. It’s a cycle and it gets better. We always have hope! It’s not too late to catch up on Day One through Day Four.  If you did enjoy reading this, please take the time to share on your social media feeds so that your friends can enjoy too. Be sure to find us on Facebook and Instagram too!

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