Friday's Encouragement: GOD Hears Our Cries

God hears our cries!

The other night, I was pouring my heart out to GOD about my circumstances and my feelings. I would hate for someone to read my journal! As a child, when I wrote down my thoughts…I would always throw away the paper…b/c I never wanted anyone to read them! So, I have no journals from my youth. I had to write it down to feel better. So, I wrote and write I still do…and that feeling to want to throw it away…is still there.  I’m like man! I would not want anyone to read these things, I write! I guess it’s just so personal. So, I battle with myself on rather or not, if I should keep them – to reflect upon them in the future to see how far I have come. Some habits die hard! 

Anyhow, back to my crying out to GOD. Right after, I finished writing my entry. I get a notification on my phone that I received an email message. It was from my Pinky Promise sister Heather Lindsey! That email msg, she sent out was so right on time and what I needed...and it made me knew that GOD had heard my cry! 

Here it is below: 

[As I went about my day today- the Lord kept putting this scripture in my heart so I figured I would share it with my Pinky Promise sisters! :) 

James 1:2-8--Count it all pure joy, my sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does

I'm not sure what kind of pressure or tests you are facing but I want to encourage you. When we face the trials of life-- you are NOT alone. You may feel alone, you may feel empty, you may feel like the mountain is too big but usually when we feel that way-- we have stopped trusting the Lord and we started to trust our own ability. At some point, you have to stop wrestling with God. At some point, you have to decide that no matter what, you're going to trust Him. At some point, you have to get angry about Satan messing with you. It's time to do something about it when we go through these tests. We must cry out to God, vent to Him and pour out so that He can pour back INTO us. 

Sis, you cannot do this on your own. You must stop trying-- aren't you tired???! Usually, God lets us kinda wear ourselves down and stands right there-- ready to catch us when we're weary. I have learned from so many times of trying to control my life that I cannot. I have learned that I must rest in all of WHO He is instead of my degree, my past experiences or whatever else. So when I get hit with a test now-- I quickly run and sit at His feet, I don't try to FIGURE it out.. & neither can you.

So if you're getting tested-- count it all joy! You are GROWING in Christ!! How cool is that?! God is weaning you from YOU so that YOU begin to finally start looking like HIM. If you're lacking wisdom on what to do-- as you can see-- God says, "ask me!! But when you ask-- don't doubt all of who I Am-- ask me & believe that I'm going to SHOW you what to do." You may feel like you cannot hear from God & I ask you what are you doing right now? Have you spent time with God today? In order to hear God's voice you must spend TIME with Him. If you spend 20 hours a week watching TV and 1 hour a week with God-- you will recognize your favorite actor's voice over the Lords. And over time, that actor will plant more seeds in your heart than Christ CAN. You wouldn't recognize my voice if we didn't spend time together. So, lets stop complaining about our tests & trials & start getting excited! You are ONE day closer to everything that GOD called YOU to do. Rest sis.]

That told me...He heard my cry AND it didn't just stopped there....then my phone buzzed again, it was a text notification from someone! It was someone, I was hoping to hear that showed me, yet again...He heard my cry! So, don't ever thinks He doesn't hear you. He does! Cry out to Him!