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I took stock of myself the other day, and didn’t like very much what came back as the report.

I have tried to carry others’ burdens, but forgot to ask the Lord to lift my own from my shoulders.

I have prayed for others, but forgot to ask God to help get me out of the way so that He could work.

I’ve cried with my brothers and sisters, and been an ear and a shoulder for many, but forgot to curl up in my Father’s lap and be comforted myself.

I have counseled countless others, but forgot to accept counsel from THE COUNSELOR myself.

I’ve been drained, but forgot to go to the well that never runs dry.

I’ve given of myself, but forgot to accept what was freely given to me.

I’ve run myself ragged, but forgot Jesus’ command to “come aside and rest.”

I forgot, I forgot, I forgot...

But as one of my favorite singers reminds me, “We fall down, but we get up.”

The enemy would love to continue to use this eye-opening revelation to beat me up and wear me down, but my spirit just won’t let him do that.  The Spirit of the Lord has raised up a standard and I must stand behind it in order to be triumphant in this race.  I wish others would see this with me, but the Bible says that in the last days, even the elect will be deceived.  I realize that I cannot do this on my own, and there are moments when I forget that I’m not alone, but still, this “human suit” can get heavy sometimes...

Then I remember that Jesus died that I might have the right to the Tree of Life.  Life!  Life more abundantly!  Someone that knew me before I knew myself gave up HIS LIFE so that mine would not be hopeless or helpless.  I might feel weak at times but it is in that weakness that His strength is perfected.  It is in my confusion that His clarity shines through.  And it is in my confession that I am made whole again.

I am so tired of people being beaten down by the devil and his tactics, and I get weary of hearing the various ways that people try to ineffectively fight back.  It is only through Jesus Christ that we are victorious.  I love you enough to fight with and for you.  I love you enough to tell you when you‘re right and when you‘re wrong.  But most of all, I love you enough to lose your friendship temporarily here while knowing I will gain you your life in Heaven eternally.

I don’t need your sympathy, I need your prayers.  I don’t need your support, I need your prayers.  I don’t need your well-wishes, I NEED YOUR PRAYERS!!!  Right now, prayer is the only effective weapon, because too many lives are at stake.



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