Faithful ExpressionNew Every Morning | February 4, 2021
Yet God doesn’t always intervene. And it’s healthy for us to voice our feelings, doubts, and questions to God and about God with our safe people when God seems absent. While our feelings are our true feelings, it doesn’t necessarily mean our feelings are the truth. But we start where we are, and sometimes where we are is disappointed, hurt, angry, disillusioned, or even incredulous. It is a faithful expression of our trust in God that God can handle our emotions (that God designed us to have).
—Beth Taulman Miller, What Loss Can Teach Us: A Sacred Pathway to Growth and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
How could your emotions today be a faithful expression of trust in God? Join the conversation.
Those who know your name trust you
because you have not abandoned
any who seek you, LORD.
—Psalm 9:10 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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I agree that our God given ability to have emotions are truly us even if they are not truthful. They are a “faithful expression of our trust in God , (and) that God can handle our emotions”. I think there is value in emotions. Our inner being expresses itself through them. God most certainly understands them. They speak to God.
Thankful for the first meeting with the doctor of my counseling team. I’m in no need of medication. It was very pleasant and encouraging. I meet my counselor on Saturday.
Super progress on the underbody of my latest model and some improvement to an earlier version yesterday. Received the underbody diagram for a car I hope to model. It’s Pullman sleeper, lounge, buffet named after a river, the Missisquoi, that ran through my boyhood town, Swanton, VT. If I were ever so fortunate to own a railroad passenger car, this would be it In service, with some upgrades along the way, for a very long time, it was one of the longest serving Pullman cars.
Snow starved skiers flocked to the slopes where the recent snowfall greatly improved conditions.
More snow tomorrow. Praying for very positive developments for Julie and Marcy. We all need God. Thankful God is ALWAYS THERE. Fellowship tomorrow on ZOOM. Thank You, Lord.
Well I certainly am feeling many emotions currently. I tend to not allow myself to feel them and I certainly don’t express them. I am currently angry with God and wondering what and why and how….
This new lawyer is all business and she provided a fee schedule and bills monthly. I did not get much sleep last night as I realized that this is going to costs more than $10, 000 based on her fees. I am scared to death that I will actually be left penniless. She has noted that the “separation agreement” does not say anythiing about attorney fees and so they may have to be paid by him. I pray that she can refute the agreement totally but at least I pray to be reimbursed for the costs of a divorce I never wanted. Another thing that concrns me is that her last email seems to indicate that she wants to talk to h. I do not believe this is something that could be true. Maybe she is going to try to find out information regarding him. I guess I’ll find out next week.
Prayers that Robert and Erich’s counseling is helpful. What good news about no new meds.
Prayers that Jill and her students continue to have good interactions and positive days, may positive outcomes follow.
Prayers that Ally’s doctor’s can correct her vision issues and that David’s doctor’s can correct his balance issues.
Many years ago when my mama was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was scared. I felt God was far away and not paying attention. I was angry with God and experienced a lot of guilt over my feelings. A dear friend in my small group told me God is big enough to handle our anger. That one statement changed my life. I learned that God sits with us in our feelings and was there even though it seemed to me God was far away. So I asked God to help me trust Him through my frustration and sadness and hope that my vision issues will clear and David’s spirits improve. Thank You for Your faithfulness, Lord .
I don’t have a recent upfront Rachel. I’m assuming she continues to progress. I know she hoped to leave the hospital by the weekend. The hospital is in Charleston and she and her parents will remain there for several weeks so that her team can monitor her progress. Thank you for continued prayers. David for some reason , didn’t get his scrip for his antidepressant filled until he was off it for several days. By Saturday, I could tell a difference. He was sad and teary. We got his scrip filled and he started back on it that day and today (Thursday) I could tell he is feeling better. Praise God. Update on my eye appointment: Dr. Said I still have some post-op inflammation in both eyes, more in my right eye. He recommended I restart prednisone drops 4x daily and see him in a week. Please continue prayers. We had a dear church member pass from COVID. Please pray for our fellowship and for Kathy’s family. we know God is faithful.
Robert, I enjoy hearing about your models. I wish I could have lived during th golden age of train travel. Getting to ride cross country via train is on my bucket list. Thankful to hear that your counseling session was productive and no new meds are needed. praying for your and Reich’s relationship and continued progress. Prayers for Marcy and for her healing. Julie, praying for a resolution for all issues with H. That you will feel God’s presence. Praying for your and Megan’s Safety and that God will soften H’s heart. For all, I pray safety and that better distribution will lead to more access to vaccine. Praying for a stimulus package that will help see us through. Blessings to all!