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Barb's Mantle

Our church is undergoing a 'face-lift', or remodeling job, if you will.  We will also be adding on to the church for Sunday school rooms, offices, new kitchen and fellowship hall, and adding a baptistry.  The job is getting done, bit by bit.  The carpet is going down and our new beautiful chairs are being put down in the sanctuary. Each time we go back to church, something has changed or been finished.  Seems there is always something that needs to be done.  I'm sure, even after the remodeling is done, there will  still be things that need to be done or changed.

We go through so much turmoil at times and we wonder, "God, are you there? Have you forgotten me?" We don't meant to usurp his power, but we do by even thinking that He would leave us with our troubles, not holding to his promise to be with us.

Hebrews 13:5 [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

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Almost everyone is familiar with the term "having a millstone around your neck". Life and it's miseries, worries, and frustrations sometimes make you feel that a weight is hanging around your neck dragging you down in the mud. The burdens of life are too much to bear. Often, one may go to extreme measures to cast off this millstone. Psalmist David himself had this to say:

Psalm 38:4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

Have you ever had a week that was so overwhelming that it made you physically tired? You just felt so drained and out of sorts that you were unable to function. Function to me means being able to type on this keyboard lots of the time {web ministry} and I didn't even feel like sitting here and typing away at something I love - had desire, but no will power. I was constantly lying down to take a nap, getting up and not feeling the refreshing I thought I would feel when I got out of bed. Now that gets to be depressing.

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."  - Proverbs 18:24

Most of us have had many friends over our lifetime.  Some of those friends have been life-long friends.  Other only last for a 'season', and then they are gone.  Many of these friendships evolve into a 'family-type' friendship; in other words, the friend is just like part of the family.  And, when we lose one of those friends, it's an upset to our ego, and our self-esteem falls.  Perhaps we have trusted these friends enough to share things we might not ever discuss with others, and then we feel betrayed.

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