Need spiritual encouragement...please

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by Luann53051, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. Luann53051

    Luann53051 New Member

    Hello all!

    My drama with my business continues. I have been working so hard to get things rolling for myself, but I doubt myself so much. I pray to the Lord everyday to give me confidence and strength, but when I need to "step out of the box" and make something happen, I am frozen in fear, indecision, and lack of confidence. I believe the Lord has brought this business to me, to assist my family financially. However, I have not yet seen any of the fruits of my labors as of yet. It is so frustrating.

    In the meantime, our family is still struggling financially. I have so much to be thankful for--my family, church, my friends, my health. I have so much more than many other people do. I praise the Lord (sometimes on an hourly basis) for the blessings I do have. I realize that money isn't everything. It is just frustrating because I feel like I can make a difference, and help my family a bit. Maybe then, I can buy my kids some new clothes. Or, I could get my haircut more than once a year. Maybe then, we could afford to get the health insurance coverage we used to have. Maybe then, my husband and I could put money into our church offering plate without looking at each other in panic, wondering if the van is going to break down, and we will have needed that money. I know that I sound selfish. Or, even whiny. I apologize for that.

    I am just beating myself up today, and my self-esteem has taken a hit. I can feel so confident some days, ready to take on the day and perform at my job as I need to. Then, self-doubt creeps in, and I am frozen in fear because I doubt myself. Then, the financial stress gets to me, so I feel even worse about myself. It is a never ending cycle.

    Not sure what you can pray for, but please keep me in your prayers.

    [This Message was Edited on 01/12/2004]
  2. PrayerWarrior316

    PrayerWarrior316 New Member

    Hang in there and take it one day at a time.

    Circumstances may come against us, But we can rule over the circumstances when we have the Light and Love for the Lord inside of us.

    I will certainly be praying for you.

    Many Blessings to you, Judy <a href='' target='_blank'><img src='' border=0></a>
  3. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    I will be praying for 'you in general' that sounds like what you need.

    You are beating yourself up big time!!

    Give all this worry to the Lord, and ask Him for His Peace (Shalom), and He will take over all this stress and free you so that you can do your job, live your life without second guessing yourself with every little thing!

    As for the church donations, remember the poor widow woman who cast her two mites (which is a tenth of a penny each), and He said that her offering was more than those that had cast an abundance of money in the offering??

    It was all that she had, and it was accepted as though it were a fortune! Read it, its; 'Mark 12: 41-44'. It is not what we can give, its the though behind it.

    Lets face it, God does not NEED our money! Its our attitude that counts with Him. He said He loves a 'happy giver', so if you had one dollar that you could spare, than that would be sufficent in the eyes of the Lord, as long as you gave it with a happy heart.

    He would increase it a hundred fold if necessary. If you gave your money for your food, that would not please Him, as none of us can give our food money and be a 'happy giver'!

    I will be praying for you lady, you are much too concerned how the world is viewing you, its the Lord's view of your heart that is all important.

    That 10% thing went out at the Cross, it does not exist anymore for His people, it was a Law, He fullfilled the Laws on the Cross!

    Shalom, Shirl

  4. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    Sending prayers up for you tonite. Don`t be so hard on yourself, believe and it will be a success.

    Best wishes,
  5. dash

    dash New Member

    Dear Luann,

    Listen to your sisters in the Lord. They are speaking God's wisdom to you.

    Anxiety is such a thief. It robs of us our peace, our ability to move in God's direction, even of our image in Christ. I understand, because at times in life, I've been paralyzed by fear and anxiety.

    One of the best ways to fight anxiety is to focus on the Word of God. If we will fill ourselves with God, we have no room for troubling thoughts. (Right now, I am "preaching" to myself, as well as you.)

    David wrote in the Psalms:

    Ps 94:17-19
    17 If the LORD had not been my help, My soul would soon have dwelt in {the abode of} silence.
    18 If I should say, "My foot has slipped," Thy lovingkindness, O LORD, will hold me up.
    19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Thy consolations delight my soul.

    Jesus, called the Holy Spirit our Comforter. So, I am asking God that He comfort you with His Holy Spirit and restore your peace.

    In the love of Christ,
  6. advancewithcourage

    advancewithcourage New Member

    I hope you will find my words encouraging. They are spoken to myself as well. I find myself facing so many of the struggles that you face in different ways.

    I will share with you what I am learning lately and what God is showing me. ALL our circumstances and irritations are designed by God to show us where we need to change our patterns of thought, belief and life.

    I think it is normal not to have self-esteem in these circumstances because you are human. We know deep in our hearts that we are fallable and that no matter how hard we try that our plans may fail, our goals may not be reached, and our dreams may die. I have been learning that what I really need in my life is not to feel good about and trust in myself, but God.

    Where I am incapable, He is capable.
    Where I am weak, He is strong.
    Where I am unsure, He knows the way.

    I think so much of the fear, and misery I put myself through is caused by the following.....

    1. I am depending on myself to achieve MY goals, MY dreams, and MY desires.

    2. They are MY goals, MY desires, and MY dreams. I often forget that God has a perfect plan for my life. His plan is that I develop godly character and become more like Jesus daily. Problem is that this is not always what I am seeking and I forget. My illness has taught me that God's plan does often include things I don't necessarily like, but He loves me and wants what is best for me always.

    If God wants your business to fail, you don't want it to suceed. If it fails, it will be because God knows it would ruin you, your children, your family, or someone's life. If it is His will, it will succeed most certainly if you go to Him for guidance -which it sounds like you are trying to do. God honors the attitudes of our hearts and not our external success or failings.

    I hope this encourages you some. Glean what you can. I don't know you personally, so I am just trying to tell you what God has spoken to my heart that I have found helpful.

    I like to listen to tapes and read books by Zac Poonen, a believer and Christian leader in India (available for pennies) from his website and free from Charity Gospel Tape Ministries (has website). He encourages me along these lines and helps me to enter into a state of peace, rest and trust in God regarding my circumstances.

    I HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO THOUGH! We are all still growing, little by little. The important thing is not how fast we progress, but that we are going in the right direction.

    All glory to Him,

    "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it will not bear fruit" - this is my life's verse and it is what God is trying to accomplish in all our lives - that we should die to what we want and seek only His will for our lives.