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Pain Insists Upon Being Attended

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21 thoughts on “Pain Insists Upon Being Attended

  1. Thank you for the kind words Rae.

    There is no cookie cutter answers for your pain, much pain takes much time to work through, but, ‘Calvary’ does cover it all.

    You are one of God’s unique, beautiful creations, here for a reason, and as God’s child now, your past must not be allowed to define your future.

    I like to go to You tube videos of the old and new Gospel songs, (I love country Gospel, old person lol) for a good cheer me up, and reading the comments often help as they speak of stuff we all face.

    If what you are doing is not working, its probably God prodding you to be brave and make some changes.

    Nannygranny

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  2. thekepthub says:

    Hi Rae, just started following your blog a week or so ago and I must say it’s refreshing to find a Christian who’s so open about the difficulties they face and the bouts of doubt that try (as if they could) to quench our faith and still be so open to still run to God….

    I’m sorry for all that you’re going through and grateful that you have such an incredible support structure…

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  3. Thanks for the follow! (: You know I was scared at first. But God is good. He’s working with me and I feel it’s my purpose to share that. So maybe someone who is going through similar trials can know they’re not alone. I felt alone and know how bad that sucks. But anyway thanks so much for your sentiments. Blessings!
    *Rae

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  4. [1] Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: [2] By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God. [3] And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; [4] And patience trial; and trial hope; [5] And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.

    [6] For why did Christ, when as yet we were weak, according to the time, die for the ungodly? [7] For scarce for a just man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man some one would dare to die. [8] But God commendeth his charity towards us; because when as yet we were sinners, according to the time, [9] Christ died for us; much more therefore, being now justified by his blood, shall we be saved from wrath through him. [10] For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son; much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

    -Romans 5

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  5. Rae, I’d like to know your take on this:

    For the past several days, I have ramped up my reading of scripture and books about God and faith. I have also been very open and vocal in expressing my beliefs and faith. I was feeling very clear and secure spiritually. I was functioning in the present moment and doing good work.

    Then, late yesterday, I was conned: I purchased what turned out to be a very inferior product that I really couldn’t afford. The salesmen, who came door to door, misled me and misrepresented the product. When I discovered the poor quality later, I felt crushed because not only had I been careless, the young men and I had shared our religious beliefs: we had talked about our beliefs in God and the importance of strengthening that belief…long before it is too late. (one young man’s mother had just died.)

    What was worse, though, was that purchasing something impulsively when I cannot afford it, is an old pattern for me. So, not only was I crushed, I was disappointed in myself.

    It got worse. Later last night, I fell into another old habit; I found myself in an imagined conversation with the people who had destroyed my financial and material security 15 months ago. (I was wrongfully fired and lost my home, income, credit, reputation, friends,…)

    And it got worse still…most of last night was spent in a twilight sleep where a dozen or more memories of being mistreated, marched across my consciousness.

    This morning, I feel a bit beat up and stunned.

    What do you think is going on here?

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  6. Smoke Onthewater, sounds like a lot of life going on at once. I’m sorry you were conned. Some people are very charismatic and manipulative and it’s sad because the ones they prey on are the ones who usually mean well.
    *Rae

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