The overwhelming sadness,
The tears that blind the eyes,
The weariness though unexplained,
The barely hidden sighs.
The heaviness of heart and soul
That bends one to one's knees,
The tears that come at any whim
That no one ever sees.
The need for isolation,
To fight this all alone,
Forsaking friends and family
When faith cannot be shown.
The stresses mount with increased pain,
There's trouble on all sides,
But all alone you wage this war
And dry the tears you hide.
Your work no longer interests you,
It's hard to concentrate,
The things that once brought you such joy
No longer contemplate.
The clouds that hover overhead
Can blind the mind as well,
And blocks the beauty of each day,
On negatives you dwell.
Wake up, my friend, you're in a war,
This battle you must win.
The enemy's deceiving you,
Don't take it "on the chin".
These are his greatest weapons
To conquer Christian hearts,
The helplessness, anxieties,
His often favorite darts.
To make us ineffective,
No longer filled with joy,
We've given him his greatest gift
When faith he can destroy.
Wake up, my soul, and listen
For these are just his traps,
You need not fight this on your own,
God's weapons we unwrap.
It is a battle of the mind
And you must take control,
For attitude's a choice, you see,
If you would be made whole.
Some "garment" you must wear each day,
Your choice, it's up to you.
Will praise or pity be your thought,
On what will your mind chew?
To worship or to worry,
Where will your focus be?
Remember God is still in charge,
So blinded eyes can see.
You are a gift God wants to use,
Effective you must be.
Remember all He's promised you
And Satan's traps you'll flee.
"...to grant (consolation and joy) to those who mourn in Zion, to give them an ornament--a garland or diadem--of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment (expressive) of praise instead of a heavy, burdened and failing spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness (lofty, strong and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice and right standing with God), the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3 (Amplified Bible)
"...and be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold." Nehemiah 8:10b (Amplified Bible)
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