Just when you think you've hit rock bottom, someone will hand you a shovel.
So says author Jill Shalvis in one of her books. And I find this to be true in life myself. Life has not been easy the last several months. I try to stay positive in the face of adversity of all kinds by reading Scripture, reading Christian books with a positive, re-affirming outlook, and praying regularly. But then someone will bring me down with a thud. All it takes is a little criticism, a little "you did what?", and I've fallen off that positive plateau. Someone has handed me a shovel and I'm digging myself in deeper with a whole series of negative, life-draining thoughts.
But when I fall into that pity party pit, I climb out as fast as I can by pulling out my Bible, phoning someone who will be affirming, putting on some music or going for a walk. Why hang out in the pit when you can be on the pinnacle?
"Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of eveil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Ephesians 6:10-13
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.