Ever feel as if you heart has been pulled out of your chest and stomped on?
Ever fallen into a pit and have no idea how you got there?
Or have you found yourself in a pit and you are fully aware of how you got there but have no idea how to get out?
The list is endless of reasons that we find ourselves brokenhearted and in a pit. You are familiar with this list. You feel as if you wrote the list. Somedays you may think “What next?” And then you are sorry you said that aloud.
I have been in the pit and “Kathy wuz here” is scratched on the wall. Very familiar…
I know how dark the pit can be. I remember asking God, “Are you real? Is heaven real?” after my dad past away. Some of you might think, “Seriously, YOU asked that question?” The pit.
You feel helpless and hopeless.
Only, you aren’t.
This being Easter week, this is a very appropriate topic. There are two holidays that mean more than life itself to me: Christmas and Easter. I battle depression many times at Christmas, and I have written about it extensively. But I am team Jesus, so the depression doesn’t last long.
Because at Christmas, that baby came.
And at Easter, that tomb is empty. Defeated. Death became life.
So today, death can become life. Your pit can be empty. How do we get up out of that pit?
I see you straightening up already. Time to rise friend…
- Quit listening to lies. We look like the enemy when we listen to the father of lies and not our heavenly Father. Need a few: “You are not good enough”, “You will never amount to anything”, “You are broke: your financial situation will never get better”, “You would be married/have kids/not be divorced if you didn’t have a defect”, “You need to lose weight/gain weight (said no one ever to me)” and some of my personal favorites that cause me to question ever writing another blog or presenting another “Manic Monday” are “No one is listening to this-why are you wasting your time?” and “You are really not that good-this is actually quite embarrassing”. Lies.
- Replace those lies with truth. Need some truth? Here we go:
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49:16
I am important.
And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. Revelation 5:8
He not only is listening to my prayers, but He is collecting them.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
I am never alone. The God of the universe is with me.
Keep searching. The promises of God are endless.
3. Die to self. The cross requires death. When you see the pit, you feel the pull towards the pit-stop. Combat this with the truth of God. Natural self would have you think and believe things that are not true. The lies are all around us. Die to the lies! Refuse to believe anything contrary to God’s Word, casting the enemy to the curb.
Better days are coming. That’s a 100% guarantee with Christ. Claim truth. Cling to it. Eat, sleep and breathe it. Wrap yourself up in God’s Word so much that the enemy just looks at you and says, “Oh, I am not even going to waste my time.”
Eat some chocolate. Get a milkshake. Get a massage-yes!!! Go on a cruise with some fantastic sisters (Kim Houston, Rita Bellucci, Pam Skinner, Sarah Skinner, Peggy Mills and Cyndi Zuberer)
If you watch Manic Monday, next week is the Carnival Cruise edition.
The tomb is empty. Praise God.