Oh Ye of little faith! It’s very easy to doubt, even one or more of the disciples had their moments. That’s when and where your faith comes in, and it must come above all else.
For just a moment, let’s go back to kindergarten and have a little lesson in the alphabet. The letter B comes before D. In the same way, belief will overcome doubt; try as you might, there will be days when the alphabet seems backwards.
If you do find yourself in a season of doubt, ask the Holy Spirit to come and put clarity on your heart. Immerse yourself in ways that lift your faith and that in turn will help to restore your belief in God and in His will for your life.
Romans 12:1 Tells us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Engaging in prayer and practices of faith are one way to renew your mind spiritually. Other ways are community groups, bible studies, and a commitment to consistent time for personal prayer.
Feed your belief and let your doubt starve; God will be there to lift you up and love you in a way you never dreamed!
Have a story to share about how you let go of your doubt, share in the comments.
I have a very important question to ask you. I”m not saying that I was, but if a guy asked me out to the show or to the mall or something like that on a weekend, would you let me go? What I’m trying to say is I think I am old enough for you to be able to trust me with a guy. It’s not like I’ll stay out all night. I just think I am old enough to go out to a show or a dance with a guy, and I know I would probably have to meet him there or something cause I know you wouldn’t let him drive me. Plus I only want to go out with a guy in the 9th or 10th grade and they can’t drive. Do you understand what I’m trying to say? I hope so. Please think about it ok?
(and now here the truth comes out)
You see there is the kid he is in 10th grade and he is 15. Well, he likes me and I like him and he asked me if I’d go out with him sometime. I told him I didn’t know. (I knew I would have to talk to you about it first before I gave him an answer) He is real nice and is good in school and he is in choir too.
Well, just do me a favor and PLEASE think about it. PLEASE!!!!!!
Gotta Go Love,
OK, so the reason I am sharing this comical note is because I kind of wish I could do that again now! However, at the age of 45 I think my parent’s would finally commit me. On the other hand, my mom may actually enjoy it! LOL
Kidding aside, if you have ventured out into the dating world following divorce, then you know just how hard it can be. I was very blessed to be in a relationship for 6 months with a wonderful man. One day I was told by a friend that I was being hypocritical of my post that said I would never settle. (click here to read)
I found myself being very comfortable in the relationship and no matter what, during those months I was genuinely happy. What I wasn’t seeing was that my happiness was based on the fact that I had someone in my life, not necessarily that he was right for me.
Do I have regrets? No way!! I made a new friend and at the same time I learned a lot about myself. I learned what I will accept in a relationship and what I absolutely will not! I really got to know myself while I was busy trying to get to know him. It really surprised me how much I grew while I was dating him. I also see now what I lost, things I stopped doing that I never should have and I am very excited to do those things again
The lesson I learned, is no matter who I am dating, I should NEVER let go of who I am. I should CONTINUE to do the things that I want to do!! Hopefully someday I’ll find someone who also shares in those same things.
So back to the note written to mom and dad. What can I take from that now reading it 31 years later? Well, if I”m being honest the qualities of the guy that I pointed out to my parents were what I thought they would approve of. So the real question here is: What do Iapprove of?
Have you had similar experiences in dating following a divorce? Please share.
I can remember when I was little and my mom or dad would always ask in an angry tone “don’t you listen?” or “why aren’t you listening to me?” Well I’ve been asking myself that exact question for the last few years. My divorce recovery has not always gone the best, there have been good and bad days but for the most part I can say I am proud of where I am right now. Except for just one thing…I still do not know how to listen.
I am referring to listening to my inner self, thoughts, questions and fears. During these last few years I have found much difficulty in trusting myself to make decisions even the simple ones. I have sought out advice from everyone I am in contact with on pretty much all aspects of my life and I still find myself in limbo. I have heard over and over again what a patient woman I am yet I cannot seem to find the patience within my own being.
When I counseled last she recommended to me that there really wasn’t a need for me to come back, that took me by surprise and kind of upset me. Then she asked what I had hoped to gain from our sessions and I couldn’t answer. Why was I really there? She said that it looks to her like I am feeling stuck. I quickly agreed. At this point in my life I had hoped that I would be on a clear path yet I am still trudging through some mud and jumping over puddles.
Today, I watched Soul Surfer, it is a VERY inspirational movie about a young girl who loses her arm in a shark attack. This young person overcame every obstacle set in her way and she realized her dream of becoming a professional surfer. There was one scene in the movie that caught my attention along with my heart. I think it fits almost every situation that deals with loss and the message I took from it is that you just have to be patient and listen.
I am going to try my best to focus every day on just listening to my body, mind, and heart and then live my day accordingly. At the same time making sure that what I am doing is guiding me towards my future, whatever that may be. The lines below are from the scene I referenced. You can also click here to view the clip.
If you can offer suggestions on learning to listen to your inner self please share!!! I would love to hear what you have to say!
Go ahead, tell me how everything’s going to be okay.
Yea that’s me Mr. jump-right-in-and-fix-it, maybe I should just keep my mouth shut for once.
I’m done, aren’t I? I can’t even paddle out to the line up passed the big waves. I don’t understand, what happened to… I can do all things. Why? Why did this happen? Why did I have to lose everything?
You didn’t lose everything Bethany, not even close. That shark didn’t kill you, you’re here, you’re alive, you have your family.
But what am I suppose to do now?
I don’t know…
Then how am I suppose to know?
When the times right you’ll know. You just have to listen.