Uninvited

Rejection…

One of the most terrible feelings in the world. The very feeling that you don’t belong, or that you are undesired. It hurts so much, and we all have experienced it. Sometimes rejection destroys us. As Lysa says, “Rejection steals the best of who I am by reinforcing the worst of what’s been said to me.” It was destroying me. My painful encounters on the playground started echoing thoughts of worthlessness. God used the Uninvited book as a tool in my life to help me overcome depression, which developed from the low self esteem that rejection gave me. That is why I am so excited to participate in Lysa TerKeurst’s Uninvited Book Tour this week!

uninvitedReading Uninvited has been such an amazing experience. I knew I was depressed for years. I was fully aware of my sadness, but I never understood why. A few months ago I saw this book on social media and it changed my life. Lysa wrote about her heartbreaking experiences such as the times she sat lonely in parties, and I instantly connected with her. I realized how much I had let my past hurts define me. I became the lies the enemy fed me. He told me I was worthlessness, unable to make a friend, doomed for disaster, and so on. Because I believed the lies, I couldn’t walk in confidence. I walked around believing people were looking at me with disapproving eyes. These were all lies.

Lysa TerKeurst’s encouraging words helped me realize that. She talks about how we can overcome these feelings of rejection by fully inviting God in. She reminds her readers that Jesus loves us so much. We wants to personally know us and be with us. He wants to share our hurts and comfort us. When we feel sad and uninvited, we need to bring it to God for healing. It is when we invite God in that we can live confidently. We can “live loved.” That phrase is one that I repeat to myself, a phrase that Lysa shares in her book.

This book is amazing because of the presence of God and the author’s transparency. She spoke from a place of understanding, and pointed out that God understands too. It is wonderful to be understood, and to finally understand yourself. This book helped me overcome depression. By knowing what was wrong in my life, I could finally get better. I learned the truth to destroy the lies. The truth that this book quoted from so much; the Bible. Ultimately, I know that I am loved, and I seek to live loved. Just because I feel rejected because I was invited to a gathering, or because I was stood up, doesn’t mean there is something wrong on my behalf. Life happens, and when we know we are living in God’s infinite love, we don’t sit in desperate rejection. With that, I thoroughly recommend Uninvited to everyone who might be hurting from rejection or even to those who want to counsel others. God has done a wonderful work through it.

Even when you’re overlooked by others, you are handpicked by God. In her new book, Uninvited, New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst will help you live like you really believe that truth! You can get your copy by going to http://www.uninvitedbook.com.

Wonder

The Earth is really a beautiful place. Life is also very beautiful despite all the trials we encounter. This is something I have really come to learn in my freedom through Christ. When I look at gorgeous views such as the Grand Canyon or flowering fields, I feel as though I see them differently from how I used to when I didn’t know Jesus. There is an extra sense of beauty in freedom. Even recently, when I overcame my depression had a greater sense of freedom, and on my way home from a retreat, I couldn’t help but be enamored by the golden hills we drove through.

So why am I telling you this? Well, my current obsession song perfectly talks about the beauty that is experienced when someone is free. This song is called “Wonder” by Hillsong United. If you listen to the Christian radio stations, you may have heard it by now. In order to conserve space, I will not post all the lyrics, but I encourage you to check them out because it is a beautiful picture of what it means to be free from our sins and chains! However, I do want to slightly explain the song. You will find that the song refers to “second life.” It has images of water baptisms and the first opening of eyes such as when one is born. The song continues with this new birth and explains the feelings of wonder, freedom, and fearlessness. When we live in the freedom that Jesus provided for us, there is a magical feeling to it. Our desires for acceptance, fears of uncertainty, and feelings of sadness are gone because a child of God can feel His love, and have faith that He provides. We can trust that He understands.

Here is one of the best things to know: we have the choice to live in this freedom! Whether you are saved or not. To those who don’t know Jesus, He waits like a gentleman to be invited into your heart. All you need to do is say “Yes! I want you, Jesus, to live in my heart and I want to live my life for you!” and the freedom is yours! That simple! Though I must inform you, this is a decision you have to make everyday. Even to those of you who have accepted Jesus, sometimes we don’t live in freedom. I will be the first to say that I do not always choose to live in His freedom. This happens because I get distracted with the things in the world such as my responsibilities or friends. Although you shouldn’t neglect your responsibilities and friends are wonderful, don’t let them steal your attention. When you are heaven-minded, which is to be focusing on Jesus and what He has planned, you can live in this freedom. Even though this choice isn’t always evident (trust me I know!), it really is there.

Make the choice to experience God’s freedom to the fullest! He has created a beautiful world for us to explore and there is no comparison to the intimacy you feel with God when you are gratefully enjoying the gifts He has given us!

Psalm 19:1 (ESV) The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

The Hope Psalm

Salutations friends! For this week’s post, I want to share with you one of my most favorite psalms. I actually have two favorites as of now, but I want to share this one with you. This particular psalm connected with my feelings of depression which gave me hope. I call this psalm the “Hope Psalm,” otherwise known as “Psalm 42” or “Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?” Not only did it connect with me, but it reminded me of God’s presence. God not only understood, but He knew. I was not alone in my tears, but God was with me. He wanted to comfort me, and all I needed to do was let Him.

So here is the psalm :

Psalm 42

Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?

To the choirmaster. A Maskil[a] of the Sons of Korah.

42 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
    for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?[b]
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
    as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
    and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
    a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation[c] and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
    therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
    from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    at the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your waves
    have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
    and at night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock:
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning
    because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,
    my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”                                                                                                             11 Why are you cast down, O my soul                                                                                       and why are you in turmoil within me?                                                                                Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,                                                                                   my salvation and my God. (ESV)

Wonderful pslam, isn’t it? The big reason why I love it is the hope of happiness! Gosh, in the midst of depression it is SUPER hard to have hope for tomorrow. It’s like life is crashing down. This psalm talks about that. It feels as though we are forgotten by God, and our enemies (be it depression or any circumstance you are going through) seem to mock us. It seems as though we have nothing left but loss. And for me, I kept remembering being happy and joyous in the Lord such as in verse 4, and I was sad because I didn’t feel that way anymore. Thankfully the psalm doesn’t end at memories of happiness!

It states “By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life (verse 8).” God’s presence is with us, and we “shall again praise him, (our) salvation and (our) God!” By no means are we meant to sit in sadness for ever. Life is hard, but our God is greater than our problems and our circumstances. You may not be happy right now, but have joy, brothers and sisters. Our Lord is with us, and we have happiness coming our way. No matter what. There will be one day when we “run on greener pastures” as Phil Wickham put it in “Heaven Song.” Trust in God, because He is our hope and salvation, and through/by Him, we can have joy even when life gives us every reason to cry! 

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In other news…

I have come to my conclusion. I will be continuing with weekly posts on Mondays. It’s a nice day because it gives me the chance to share something I may have heard at church, and I can offer something that may provoke thought for you throughout the week. Of course, this doesn’t mean I will only post on Mondays, but this is my promise to always post on Mondays. If you press that follow button, you can always be notified when I do post!

Until Later!