By Shannon Parish
On a tiny, desert island, a few palm trees struggle
against the biting wind as a lone person stands against their bending trunks
seeking refuge from the raging storm. The
feeling of abandonment and despair screams in their brain in rhythm with the
beating of their own frantic heart.
Perhaps this is descriptive of what you are
experiencing in your life now. An
island in the midst of a storm, alone, desolate, exposed and without protection.
If it isnít, think back to a time when it was.
And if you have not experienced this isolation and feeling of abandonment
before, prepare yourself now by girding up your faith with the verses listed
below, because these times will come.
When you go through frustrating and difficult times
with the people around you, I encourage you to read the following verses.
These became a major source of strength and encouragement to us when we
were stranded on our own deserted island. David, Jeremiah, and Paul could not
have expressed their frustrations and anger more candidly, nor could I or anyone
else have put things in better perspective than Paul did.
God will not leave us without answers, nor will He
leave us comfortless.
Ps 35:1-28 /
Ps 36:1-37:4 /
Gal 5:12-6:10 /
5:44-48 / Jer 15:19-21 /
2 Cor 6:1-7:2 /
2 Tim 2:24-3:7 /
Phil 2:1-5 /
4:26-32 / Romans 8:31-39 /
Duet. 31:6 /
Joshua 1:5 /
Hebrews 13:6 /
Not only do we suffer as individuals, we suffer
in our marriages, health, peace of mind, . . . and our children and families
suffer. This should not be.
But it is! At least we don't
have to "go it" alone! There
is something about sharing one another's burdens that makes all of the burdens
seem much lighter. We have refuge
and strength, encouragement and laughter, prayer and reinforcements in warfare
when we stand together. "If
one can put a thousand to flight, two can put ten thousand to flight. . . just
think what can be accomplished, if we ALL join forces together in this evil day?
The enemy has destroyed enough people throughout history without adding
you, your family, or ours to his slimy list!
A Cartoonist, Graphic Facilitator and Creative Life
Coach, Shannon Parish devotes her life
to encouraging those who are fed up with the 'status-quo' and are determined
and pursue their purpose and destiny in life through one-on-one mentoring,
facilitated workshops and retreats.
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