By Joni Ames
Sometimes we go through things and feel like nobody understands or cares. What’s important to us does not seem important to others.
Family members may think it’s more important to watch their TV show than it is to help you with something. A friend may disregard the value of your time and always show up late. Those you love may not notice or seem to care that you need a little bit of loving attention. You feel like if you died, no one would barely notice.
You may need a shoulder to cry on and someone calls you and talks for a solid hour about all of their problems without giving yours any concern. Someone who makes a promise to you drags out the fulfillment of it.
Sometimes it’s more important than that. Sometimes our situations are so extreme that we even wonder if God is interested in our plight.
Don’t let fear, anxiety, despair, and depression overtake you. I’m here to tell you - God cares.
One day I remembered hearing the verse that says that God will not let anything come upon us that He doesn’t know, in advance, we are able to handle. (1 Corinthians 10:13) I was absolutely overwhelmed and I hollered out, “God! Not only can I not handle this now.... But just in case you didn’t know it...I was at my breaking point LAST WEEK! Have mercy! Please!”
It’s a good thing we have God’s Word to run to in such times. It lets us know, “We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses.” (Hebrews 4:15a)
He’s not just standing in the heavens gloating over our trials and temptations, pointing a condemning finger at us. He actually cares and sympathizes with us.
Furthermore, He is busy dispatching angels and working out all of the details to perfect our victory.
“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever.” (Psalm 38:8)
He will never leave nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)
Sometimes situations actually are urgent and more desperate than others give credence to. But sometimes we simply overthink things and get caught up in the paralysis of analysis, letting our imagination of the outcome overwhelm us. Whatever the case, God cares. He knows what we can or can’t handle.
Be kind to yourself. Quit trying to be Superman or Superwoman. We can’t always be everything to everybody else. Especially when we are going through things. Self care helps us to be better suited to help others as well.
Avoid added stressors that are self-inflicted. There are times when we, ourselves, are able to eliminate some of the pressures we are experiencing. If we don’t, we end up exploding on everyone around us like a pressure cooker. That’s not good for anybody.
We need to make ourselves aware of our own limits. Even our people limits. Learn to say no. Don’t think you have to accept every invitation to be with people when you need time aside in peace and quiet to deal with your thoughts and feelings alone with God.
Silence truly is golden. It may be wise to take time aside to go sit by a river bank and listen to the birds sing. No TV, no radio, and mute the cell phone.
But there are other times when the opposite is true. We don’t need to make a cave out of our situation and go it alone either. The Word reminds us, “Don’t forsake the assembling of yourselves together.” (Hebrews 10:25) Staying in touch with other believers can be empowering.
Balance is important. We must know our limits as well as our needs. We are in volatile times that require us to be discerning and wise. If we take proper care of ourselves, we are better able to take care of others. Let’s not listen to the lies of the enemy nor allow our emotions and imaginations run amuck.
“Casting down arguments/imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Don’t give up on life. Don’t give up on the desires of your heart. Make your thoughts and self talk line up with God’s Word.
Be good to yourself. Remind yourself of God’s promises for your life. Speak them out loud as declarations.
Speak God’s Word over yourself. Take communion even if it’s just by yourself with crackers and grape juice. Remind yourself of past victories like David did when he faced the giant.
God is working on things behind the scenes that you do not see. He has dispatched angels on your behalf. He never has and never will forsake you. Trust him.
God cares. Believe it.
Love and blessings,
Joni’s Updated Spring Schedule 2019
Now to April 18: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
April 19-21: Easter in WV with daughter & grandkids.
April 22-23: Traveling to Florence AL.
Wed., April 24th, 6:30pm: Grace House, Pastors Eddie & Mikki Lawrence, 1946 Florence Blvd., Florence, AL
April 25-31: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Available to minister along I-64 on way to the Midwest, then throughout the region. Contact Joni to schedule.
May 1-2: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
May 3-4: Prophetic Conference, Glory River Church, Pastor Marvin Hazel, 220 W. Wilshire, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116 (Details TBA)
May 5-15: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Third., May 16, 9am-Noon: Private youth staff training, Facilitated by Nicole Guthrie, Youth Pastor, Hillcrest Covenant Church, Overland Park KS.
Thurs., May 16: Evening is open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Fri., May 17th, 6:30pm: Private Mtg., Schonfeldt’s, Overland Park KS
Sat., May 18: Lawrence Wilson’s group, Harrisonville, MO
Sun., May 19th, 10:00am: Life Church, Nevada, MO
Sun., May 19th, 6:00 pm: The Church at Pleasant Ridge, Pastor Malachi O'Brian, 22500 E 299th St, Harrisonville, MO 64701
May 20-24: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Sat., May 25th: Wicklines, Wichita, KS
Sun., May 26th, 10:00am: Kingdom Life Ministries Church, Pastor Scott Miller, 505 S Ridge Rd., Hesston, Kansas, 67062. Website is Hesstonklm.org
May 27-31: Prophetic School. Jubilee Church, Pastors: Dan & Cindy Crevier, 701 N. Mur-len, Olathe, KS. (Details TBA.)
June 1-2: Jubilee Church, Pastors: Dan & Cindy Crevier, 701 N. Mur-len, Olathe, KS. (Details TBA.)
June 3: Return home to SC for grandson’s birth.
June 3-22: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Sun., June 23rd, 11:00am: Vangard Church, Pastors Samuel & Andrea Tyler, 650 W. Blackstock Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29301 (Exit 21b on I-26)
June 24-???: In Sacramento CA region. Contact Joni to schedule.
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