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There Isn’t an App For Life’s Ups & Downs

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I’m not saying this because I need anything, for I have learned how to be content in any circumstance. I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Sometimes , no let me correct that- a lot of the time I find myself in ‘a mood ‘. I’m either frustrated with a few things that I wish could be better. Or I’m complaining about something that I have no control over. I’m absolutely sure that you have found yourself in that place a dozen different times.

We live in a ‘right now ‘ world of clicks and posts. Smartphones and tablets . We’ve gotten used to having the things that we want with the click of a button. But the only thing technology hasn’t changed is the ebb and flow of life . We’re still subject to the human experience with ups and downs.

There isn’t an app for erasing that argument with your spouse or the situation at the workplace. You can’t just click your way out of the frustration you have over the promotion you didn’t get. Life would be nice if we could just go to a YouTube video and get the hang of it.

I’m going through my own set of frustrations with my current life circumstance.I’m 45 going on 46 in October and I live with my parents. I’m also disabled and a widow of two years. Add the ankle surgery that I have to have and you’ve got the lyrics to a great country song. Is there Facebook chat group that will make my situation any better? I highly doubt it.

As you can probably guess I have an opportunity to complain about how unfair life is. And some would say that I’d have a right to whine about the unfortunate events that have left me in this terrible state. Honestly, I’ve done that. I’m not going to lie to you; I have wallowed in self pity. I’ve also added being angry at God to the list. After all of my temper tantrums were over, I found out that nothing had changed. Most importantly I found that God hadn’t changed. He was still there patiently waiting for me to unload my heavy heart and soul onto Him.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff— they protect me.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭CEB‬‬

The loneliest place to be in the world is to be without a home for my heart. When I feel the emptiness of being without my husband and the loneliness of my cold bed- I ask for the comfort of my heart. I know that The Lord is aware of my disposition and I remember that He alone has an ‘unfailing love ‘ for me. I know this because I have experienced His love for me time and time again. Yes it’s intangible and no I can’t reach over and put my arms around it when I’m lonely. But I can depend on His love to be there when all else fails.

We’re all human. We’ll have those moments of feeling alone and insecure. Our insecurities are the reminder that we have a great need to feel whole. You will never have enough money to buy peace of mind. Yet free of charge you can have ‘the peace that passes all understanding ‘ –

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭ASV‬‬

Maybe the best things in life are free after all. I’ve got money, food and shelter; I am blessed. There are many people who are in my same situation that are not as fortunate. I’m blessed with a family that supports me and I’ll be eternally grateful to them. I know without their help I’d be homeless and a beggar. So I’m constantly putting things in life into the proper perspective.

Today take a look at the things that make you feel frustrated. Are they really that bad? Or maybe think about the loved one that you have to apologize to- did you say ‘I love you ‘ to them as you left the house? Frustrations are a part of life and they can be managed. But nothing is more important than not taking a loved one for granted. Just a thought for you to meditate on.

So while you’re going about your day- emails, texting and tweeting, remember that the God of all creation is not an emoji. He’s real and just as accessible as your iPhone. You can store your insecurities and fears about life into His inbox. His love is unfailing- trust me, He won’t crash on you. Take time off from the smartphones and tablets to get in touch with Grace. You won’t regret it.

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I'm a writer, blogger and the author of book Facing Goliath. Licensed & Ordained 96 National Chaplains Association. Christian and unapologetically Democrat. Widow, daughter and the sister of two extraordinary gentlemen. For the past 27 years I have battled a chronic autoimmune disease called Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. As a result, I've had 13 surgeries and been in and out of rehab (nursing homes) since the age of 26. I've also been addicted to alcohol and abused my opioid pain medication. Of course I had a good mix of sunshine and rain. Eventually somewhere along the way I came to realize that God had a better life intended for me. That's when I stopped being overwhelmed and started overcoming! Since then I have experienced more joy and peace than I could've ever expected. That's also when I realized that my mess was my message. My message ( or at least my focus ) is that of overcoming adversity in the Christian life and communicating the advantages of hardship and obstacles. I believe that my life has given me a unique perspective on the subject. This is the mission that the Lord has given me : to enlighten, inspire and encourage others. I'm a spiritual being having an earthly experience ! So that means that it's important for us not to be so spiritually minded that we're of no earthly good! Simply put I want to have a positive impact on people's lives by sharing love (not judgement). As Muhammed Ali said 'doing good is the price you pay for the life you have on earth '(paraphrased). If I was given the choice of being a millionaire over being able to positively change lives of others - I'd choose the latter because you can't put a value on the eternal benefits of a life in the service of Christ.

8 thoughts on “There Isn’t an App For Life’s Ups & Downs

  1. “The loneliest place to be in the world is to be without a home for my heart.” I love that expression and it is so true . Sometimes, we place our heartburn in the hands of a mate, who has not learned or had no desire to keep it safe, causing injury to it. Oh, but to know the Lord and to completely give our heart to Him who knows us. To have him take that lonely, broken heart and hold it in His tender hands as He heals it, molds it and changes it is a beautiful thing of grace.

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    1. I know that you know exactly what I’m talking about with the ‘loneliest place to be…’ . I’m so happy that The Lord has given my heart a place to call home- man’s love with all it’s benefits of companionship will still fail us, even if it’s only by death but God’s love is unfailing, enduring and faithful ! Whew ! I swear I smile just thinking of the love that I get from my Father !

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  2. This was truly an inspiration. I can’t wait for more. Thank you so much for sharing Shan. I can’t help but be inspired by you! Our GOD is good and HE definitely shines brightly through you! ❤

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  3. Your heart for God is so clear in your writing. It encouraged not only my heart, but my soul.
    I especially love the part where you said.. The loneliest place is to Not have a home for your heart… A home for my heart… It left me thinking..

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