Losing Heart

 "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Today I felt defeated, even though I had not even gotten out of bed yet! Can you relate? I was picturing my day ahead-already knowing the pain I would be in. Thinking about it, reflecting on it and just feeling defeated. When I read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Paul's words echoed in my heart. I needed those words. I still do, as it is 6:30pm and my pain has not left me yet. As I read these verses I see my need to read God's Word more and reflect more on Him and not on my pain, for it is "wasting away." Hallelujah! Knowing this makes it easier to deal with. My inner nature (my soul) is being renewed each day...but ONLY if I choose to get into God's Word and meditate on its Truths.

 If I choose not to read or have had a bad day and don't get time for His word I am not renewing my mind. I am reminding myself of my pain and the feelings of "woe is me" creep in...slowly at first but then if I think too much on it it consumes my thoughts. 
You see, our pain is preparing us! It is God's work to get us ready for something beyond what we can ever imagine! He is good-Praise Him in and through your pain today. So friend, do not dwell on your pain today; rather dwell on the Lord. He will never leave you or forsake you.


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