Today I felt like crying, and did not know why. Then I realised I have had many things to deal with recently, so I sat on the sofa, thinking...
I felt this way before when most of my friends and relatives were going through the pain of separation/divorces. Others were frustrated because they could not seem to find suitable life partners. I had also lost friends through death. Thinking about the times I felt this way,previously, I recognised that it is a pattern. Over the last few months, I have been having one bad news after another. I am still in shock about more recent news I had earlier this week (two friends in trouble with the law). My Mother aslo called with another blaster yesterday (Consequences of a wrong choice she previously made). I feel somewhat helpless with some of these cases, knowing that being on the other side, I would want someone to help me in practical ways too.
When people hurt and I am aware of it, I feel the pain too. The Bible tells us to rejoice with those who do rejoice and weep with those who weep. Therefore, I know this is the will of God. However, I can feel the spirit of heaviness hovering around me and if I allow it to seep into my spirit that is dangerous because I would be entering the enemy’s camp un-armed for battle. When this thought came to me this morning, I remembered an entry I made in my diary a year ago. I found it and it reminded me of a few truths. It does seem like everyone around me is currently going through some form of crisis and so no one is there to help the other up. I decided to share it with you, hoping that it will be a reminder to you. Be blessed!
I do not keep a normal diary, I make notes in A4 lined books [sometimes I voice record them or type them straight away—it depends on where I am when I get the inspiration]. This means I generally have long entries. Hence, the reason I’ve had to break up the entry into smaller more reader-friendly versions. These pieces will follow as seven separate articles. They include:
Introduction | Entering The Enemy’s Camp |Bondage vs Freedom |Re-claiming my stuff|Fear versus Fear |What is the spirit of fear? |Now that we know that we are more than conquerors
These are now posted for your viewing as follows:
You can now access them via the Janice Writes section of my website: write2shine.com
Janice, I am sorry you are going through a rough time. You have been such an encouragement to so many people--certainly to me. Sometimes the enemy comes in like a flood, threatening to suck you in and drown you. It happens. The past few days I have been under a cloud too, thinking that what I do is not appreciated. But that is not so. I know it is just the enemy trying to throw me down, then step on me....So, my friend, KEEP LOOKING UP. ... Helen
As I was telling Amy just the other day - awareness of the enemy's ways is the greatest weapon I have seen effective in cutting him down to size and rendering him powerless over me. Knowing and remembering the Truth that comes only from God is the next weapon that seals the deal - He is with you wherever you go; no weapon forged against Him can stand; our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the powers of this dark age; He Who is within us is stronger ... need I go on? And you, sister, be of good courage - you know that our Savior has overcome the world and all the trials it can bring. Use this as you encourage your friends and loved ones to strive for a faith strong enough to help them stand and conquer in the victory that belongs to the Lord! Blessings, sis! XXXO