White Cat's Paw
 

Jessica 

Christian Blogger, Cat Lover

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As a Christ follower, each day I am called to renew my mind which then affects my body and soul. My goal is to a.) be more like Christ, b.) share my journey/wisdom and c.) pet cats!

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Romans 12:2

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

Let Truth Triumph Pain

When we are in pain, we don’t feel close to God. Let unchecked, our mentality of the situations won't improve and we believe (falsely) that we are alone to deal with this negativity. In the end, these painful feelings will make us stray from God.


More often than not, when things don't go our way, we seek pain relief and not God.


A women is contently reading a book with the caption, "The Word Wednesday"

Dealing with pain is understandably difficult. Pain feels overwhelming because we don’t know when it will end. When adversity or calamity strikes us down, our survival instincts kick in. We become alarmed and aware when our hearts bleed. When our pain glows bright red in our sight-how can we focus on anything else? We must make leaning on God a habit so when emergency strikes we will be prepared with guiding wisdom instead of knee-jerk reactions.

Three bible verses come to my mind for encouragement: Psalm 46:1-3 , Deuteronomy 31:8 , and Proverbs 3:5-6.



Psalm 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.



Deuteronomy 31:8

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.



Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.



Lean on God's truth which is reality. Even when we are unsure of the path before us and we don’t see His promises in that moment, God is still holding us.


Could it be that our version of God is not actually God? Have we accidentally leaned on a counterfeit? Are we trusting too much on outside circumstances or feelings than God's perfect word? We can double-check ourselves by asking these questions:


Does your version of God

  • Save

  • Forgive

  • Direct and NOT condemn

  • Is love

  • Is justice

  • Is all-powerful

  • Is all-knowing

  • A promise keeper


If not, He isn't YAHWEH. We must remember that our perspective of God doesn’t change who He is!


I’ve heard that walking in truth is kind of like how a train moves. It starts first at the head of the train and as you make that turn the caboose or feelings will eventually come after and align. If we allow the caboose to lead our train, we will end up moving backwards and away from God.


Remember that you’re not alone! Every Christian and person in the Bible has also suffered heartaches-including Jesus who wept from grief! Feelings are NOT bad. They simply cannot be a guiding force in your life. The heart is fickle, but a godly mind knows the straight path.


It is important to remember that guilt trips will NEVER correct our hearts. Only God's love can make a LASTING effect. Perhaps the whip will move you a little forward but if you keep whipping yourself, you're only going to get beat!

This pain WILL end for in Revelations 21:4 states "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Our Jesus who rose from the dead can surely end death and suffering!


May we renew our mind's daily so that we can bear fruits of the Spirit such as patience and self control. These virtues are essential to helping us through the trials we will face in a God honoring manner.


Let our hearts not rest on anything else but God’s love, truth, and promises!


As always, I am here for you. If you do not feel comfortable leaving a comment, you can email me at w3llnesswithjessjess@gmail.com! I check my emails daily ☺



God bless! ❤

Text reads, "Sincerely, Jess" and "Romans 12:1-6"
 

Prayer

Father God, I come before you asking you to help us renew our minds. Our strength so easily dwindles and we grow tired. How easy it is to lose sight of you! Help strengthen and guidance us. Give us patience to endure all things! I know you hear us cry. Comfort us as we mature in our faith so that we may one day be finer than all the precious stones of the world! Thank you for loving and forgiving us when we fall short.

In Jesus holy and perfect name I pray, amen. ❤

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