Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Are You Facing an Overwhelming Situation?

I had never faced anything like this before.
Photo by nimble photography (Flickr)

Due to a serious and unfair accusation from a friend, my credibility was damaged and friendships were lost. That led to feelings of paranoia, imagining what others were saying about me.

My desperation for love and attention was to blame for not stopping the escalation of events before they got out of hand. But bearing the consequences alone was more than I could handle. Due to the delicate nature of the issue, there was no way I could defend myself without making matters even worse.

I felt totally overwhelmed.

During that time, a friend counseled me to memorize scripture. In so doing, I began to experience God’s presence and compassion.

Thus, Psalm 18:16-17(NIV 1984) became very real to me:
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.

Though my situation didn’t suddenly resolve itself, I was able to think more rationally and make good decisions about what I needed to do next. I’ll continue this a little more next time.

Until then, how are you doing today? Are you drowning in the deep waters of depression or anxiety? Or perhaps you’re feeling as if some of life’s circumstances are overwhelming for you.

Please don’t give up.

I pray, as you seek God’s presence and direction, you will experience the hand of God taking hold of you. He cares about what you’re going through – whether or not you caused the circumstances.

Never give up on God’s compassion and ability to rescue you. He is your redeemer.

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15 comments:

  1. I know overwhelming, for sure. I'm going to make myself a Promise Card with this verse right now. :) Thank you, Sheryl.

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    1. You are most welcome, Sheila! Praying for you.

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  2. Good idea Sheila. I think I will memorize that verse also. Thank you for sharing this story Sheryl. I know so many times I am the one who seems to be the cause of my troubles. It is good to be reminded that He cares about me regardless of my poor choices. But my choices are improving every year as I learn more and more of God's word and to trust His word rather then man's word.

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    1. You are growing and growing, Barbara. I see it!! I am very proud of you (in Christ).

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  3. Pondering this verse a bit... I really like the word-picture it paints. (In King James, since that's the version I chose,) "He took me" makes me think of a strong daddy picking up his little child and cradling him in his arms. :)

    And then "He delivered me" because "they were too strong for me"... I love it. I remember one time in particular that my dad stood up for me as a child. I'm not strong enough for all this, but that is precisely why God is coming to my rescue! I'm just really loving the language!

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    1. I love the word picture you gave, too, Sheila! Thank you for sharing it.

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  4. I used to be a people pleasing flaming codependent. All it did was break me physically and emotionally. Now I know that what others think or say about me is none of my business. The only thing I question now is if my words and actions are pleasing to God. Life is so much better this way and simpler too!
    Also, if someone believes an untruth about me and it changes our relationship, they weren't a real friend to begin with.

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    1. Hi, Liz. I SO understand! I started this story last week and will continue it for the next two weeks .... so stay tuned!!
      Thank you for dropping by AND leaving a comment. Please do so again. ;)

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  5. Friends, and even family, can be harsh and unfair at times. It's comforting to know that God is always there to lift you up. Thank you for the encouraging article.

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    1. Indeed and indeed! I honestly don't know what I'd do without His love and compassion.
      Thank you for stopping by, Josh. Please do it again!

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  6. LOVE that Psalm 18:16-17 verse!! Grabbing it to memorize and pass on! THANKS!

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    1. You're very welcome, Sandra! I love these verses, too! Did you read Sheila's comment, using the KJV? I like the word pictures she gave.
      Thank you for stopping by. Please do so again!

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  7. Life's realities certainly can present some unpleasant feelings, but having faith in God will always get you through. Thanks for your wonderful encouragement. Lots of love, your husband.

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    1. You're so right, Bert! And, by the way, thank you for identifying yourself ("your husband") - or else I wouldn't have known who Bert was! ;)
      Actually, I do want others to know my husband posted a comment. So identify yourself each the time, Hon. I love you, too.

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