If You Can’t Find Him, Read This

By Samantha Sianghio via thoughtcatalog.com

Have you ever had a day when you weren’t sure He was near?

Reaching out to God feels like hearing that a guy likes you and wants to get to know you, but doesn’t make an effort to do so. You sit in a corner, wondering what you did wrong.

The truth is, God is there, but we can’t command him to show up in the exact ways that we expect. 

God allows us to have bad days to discipline us, but that doesn’t mean he is punishing us. He only wants us to be better and in each bad day that we face, God gives us a lesson to learn. Maybe he wants us to learn to trust Him to bring us through a bad day.

God loves us, and this is why He lets us have bad days. He wants us to grow into beautiful people. His love for us makes us grow big also and we become filled with blessings – blessings like being loving, caring and compassionate to others. God gives these to us through difficult times, through bad days, hard weeks or even tough years.

It is God who is placing that desire in our hearts to get to know Him and we are longing to know Him because He wants us to, so just let things be because He is already with us. 

We do not find Him, we seek Him and it’s completely normal to be discouraged sometimes, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying. When God comes, you’ll be able to forget all your difficulties and be grateful for your longing.

When It Hurts, When Times Get Hard, Don’t Forget Whose Child You Are

 

Nobody promised you that life would be easy. Nobody told you that you were going to live a life in which you only walked through rose petals. Sometimes life will have thorns, and sometimes life will have bruises, but the One who gave you this life has the control. He will not leave your side. He is with you. He will never let you go through something that is too hard for you. He has equipped you for every single battle that you will face on this earth. He has given you the wisdom to think and persevere. He has given you the strength to get back up again. He has given you the capacity to resist any wiles of the devil. He has given you knees, hands, and a mind to pray with so that whenever you may find yourself about to give up, you would call His name.

No matter at what point of the storm you are at, He will deliver you. Be strong. Be brave. Be faithful. Calm down. Leave everything in God’s hands. Don’t ever forget who you are, you are a precious child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The enemy is not more powerful than you. Greater and more powerful is He who is with you, than the millions of demons, stresses, sicknesses, and problems that may stand against you.

You are not an ordinary being. Even the devil fights for your soul, but he’s not going to get it now or never. In Jesus’ Name, we shall overcome any hardship that life may bring. Don’t give up. Don’t hurt yourself. Don’t try to take an easy way out. Take Jesus’ hand, and you will pass this storm.

I promise.

Create a “You Spot”

No matter how many children, roommates, dogs, or monsters under your bed you have residing in your home, you deserve a “you spot,” a place you can escape to and leave the rest of your world behind.

This “you spot” can be an office, a den, a small corner by the window, a quiet nook in your garden, or any other place that you can be completely by yourself. Designate this spot as yours, and make sure everyone in your home is aware of it, even Fido or Whiskers. This is the place you will come to clear your mind. Keep a journal and some markers or crayons in your spot for creative moments.

Meditate, stretch, lounge-whatever makes you feel happiest. Think of time spent in this place as a time to unwind, a time to shed the day’s frustrations and stress, a time just for you.

“You Spot” House Rules

NO PHONES ALLOWED. No one, no matter who they are or where they are calling from, is allowed to invade your space. They can leave a message and you can get back to them when you feel refreshed.

NO SCHOOL OR OFFICE WORKS ALLOWED. It doesn’t matter if you have a big exam, a huge deadline, or housework that needs to be done. You will be able to tackle it more efficiently if you give your mind a little downtime to unwind.

NO MONEY ISSUES OR PERSONAL MATTERS ALLOWED. This is not the time to balance your checkbook, clean out your purse, or pay the bills. Nor is it a time to organize your day planner or make a to-do list.

NO CHILDREN ALLOWED. Though they may be the angels on your earth or the stars in your sky, your children are not welcome in your sacred place. If they are old enough, use this as a learning experience for them to explore their own quiet time.

NO PETS ALLOWED. They’re cute and furry, yes, and sometimes even great stress-busters, but pets can be a distraction. They need attention, and this is a time for your attention to be focused solely on you.

NO STRESS ALLOWED. The most important thing to remember is this: stress of any kind is not allowed to creep into your “you spot.”

Take Time For You

Imagine how incredible it would be to pencil a little time for yourself into your daily schedule. Don’t worry, you don’t have to uproot your current lifestyle or pull away from the people who depend on you most. Taking time for yourself can be as simple as slowing down a little bit.

Sleeping in when your body cries out for more rest, spending quality time with girlfriends you haven’t seen in a while, eating foods that nourish your body and energize your spirit, and painting your nails red and your walls a golden yellow hue.

I am writing to recognize people like you who work so hard and give so much of themselves to others. It’s to remind you that in order to take care of the people in your life, sometimes it’s best for everyone if you put your needs first.

There’s joy to be found in everything you do. You can nourish your spirit, your mind, and your body every day. Begin your journey with a smile, and start taking steps toward the happy, healthy, stress-free life you deserve.

Promise Me That You Won’t Give Up On Love

This is going to be about me and what I feel and this one is for us.

 I have come to terms with myself because I have learned my lessons.

Someone who is willing to move across the city and make someone else a priority deserves someone who is going to do just the same for them. So please keep that in my mind before giving up your life. Ask your person of interest if they would do the same for you. I now understand that a good man will pursue me with genuine intentions and consistent effort. We should never have to close our eyes at night and wonder if we are enough and if we are loved.

Someday, in the most strange and unforeseen place, love will find us. Maybe it will be with a coworker, or a stranger at the grocery store.

Just promise me that you won’t give up on love just because someone gave up on you. It’ll be there, just wait and see.