There’s a song titled: “Love Lifted Me” that I had a solo part in many, many moons ago. Today the chorus comes flooding back to me as I feel myself being ever so slowly lifted from the muck and mire of stinking—thinking. “Love lifted me! When nothing else could help! Love lifted me.”
Have you ever had one of those days or weeks when everything seemed to cause injury to your soul? When it felt like everyone was out to get you? Or worse yet, have you ever had a moment when you felt like nothing you ever did mattered or would ever matter again?
Regardless of what your thoughts or feelings were/are, I think it’d be true that we all have down moments. We all have hours or days when life feels bad, when all the faults and flaws of our past can assail and/or accuse.
What’s a soul to do in such moments? When the enemy of our soul stands accusing us, lying to us,k telling us that we are worthless, that the people who say they care really don’t and never did? What are we to do sisters?
In a word—FIGHT! Yes! We are to suit up and fight the battle that ever rages to capture and enslave us, rendering us totally ineffective for Kingdom work. We need to tell our souls to RISE UP! Suit up! We need to; we must remind ourselves that the battle has already been won! We have been set free! We must preach the Gospel to our own souls!
“I once was lost but now I am found! Amazing grace!”
Dear valiant warriors! See the Master of the sea! He hears your cry and He is ever present to lift you up! May we fix our eyes on Him. He is the Alpha and the Omega! He knows the beginning AND the end, and He has everything in between all sorted out! So whether we see or not, whether or not we know all the details for how it’s all going to work out, let’s hold fast to our faith; knowing that the place where we stand is holy ground. No matter what happens, God is with us.
Stephanie D. Paul serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.