Purpose in Problems (blog by me)

If the book of Job taught us nothing else, it is that we should admit we (as humans) cannot determine the cause of problems. We cannot trace someone’s illness to their sins. Natural disasters are not necessarily caused by the sin of the land. It could be the Enemy attacking a perfectly innocent person. We can apply our heart to wisdom and see what we can learn from the problem. Ask yourself the following questions. What is at the heart of the tragedy?

Is it rejection? Have you rejected others? Are you in some way rejecting God? What can you do to comfort others who have experienced rejection? How should you pray for someone who is suffering from rejection?

Is it fear? How can you learn to trust God more? What can you do to comfort others who are experiencing fear? Is there a Bible verse that comforts you that can be used to comfort others? What should you pray for those suffering from fear?

Is it anger? Are you angry at God? Have you been honest with Him about your emotions? What steps can you take to forgive those who wronged you? Is your anger godly anger or worldly anger? How can you help others who suffer from anger? How can help bring about justice for others?

Is it sorrow? What is at the root of the sorrow? How can you remind others to have hope? What acts of kindness have relieved your sorrow? What things bring you joy? How can you bring joy to others? What can you pray for those who are experiencing deep sorrow?

Your problems and trials could be the beginning of a ministry. Your ministry could be geared toward others suffering from the same problems as you, but it all starts from simply being honest about your emotions and talking to God about it. We, as humans, all experience the same feelings at one time or another. It is refreshing to connect with others who feel the same way. Ask God to show you the next step in using your troubles and strong emotions to “love one another” (John 13:34).

Make Him Known (poem by me)

Guilt, guilt, like a scepter lying in wait,
Dread, dread, like a harbinger of things to come,
Heavy burden, like an atomic weight,
Fear, the steady beat of an ominous drum.

Cry out, you captives, ask for your release,
Throw off the chains of your prisoner’s cell,
Rise up and pray for God’s perfect peace,
Sing a song of praise to Immanuel.

Tell how God sewed up your broken heart,
How He set you free from your sinful ways,
How He changed your thoughts and gave you a new start,
That He’ll raise you up at the end of days.

The Lord deserves your adoration,
Make Him known to every nation.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…”
—Isaiah 61:1

Anxiety (poem by me)

You are balancing on a fallen log
suspended above a deep valley,
your own infant is in your arms,
hungry hounds are at your back
with teeth as sharp as knives,
howling and growling,
you say a prayer,
do not fail,
or else

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” —Isaiah 41:10

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The TV Kid (poem by me)

He likes watching life on reel,
Wait—listen to his appeal,
TV problems aren’t for real
so they are not a big deal,
which makes emotions safe to feel
and possibly to even heal.

He admits it and won’t deny
he will mourn and sometimes cry
when characters say goodbye,
but now you will know why
his eyes will be bone dry
when real loved ones fall ill and die.

I say, “It’s okay to live—
to hope, dream, and forgive,
You don’t have to be passive,
if you trust the Lord is active,
He’ll apply the balm of Gilead,
Take my hand—now it’s collaborative.”

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield
and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” —Psalm 18:2

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Quieting Anxiety (poem by me)

Anxiety has a voice,
a worst-case scenario,
someone’s dead or dying
on my cranial stereo.

It has visions too,
accidents and blood galore,
someone’s dead or dying,
a policeman’s at the door.

I take a deep breath,
and blow it all away,
no one’s dead or dying,
It will all be okay.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” —Isaiah 41:10

Battling Fear (poem by me)

What if fear made the event happen?
Wouldn’t we all…
  …be attacked by great white sharks,
  …die a slow agonizing death by spider bites,
  …or be mutilated by sinister clowns?

What if fear made the event happen?
Wouldn’t we all…
   …starve to death in a worldwide famine,
   …be rejected by everyone we know,
   …or standby helplessly as our loved ones contract diseases?

What if fear made the event happen?
Wouldn’t we all…
   …ward off those murderous thoughts,
   …attack them with daggers of peace,
   …and maintain a stupendously sound mind?

Let's start right now.

Trapped (poem by me)

People saying hi
& acting so friendly
I watch them walk by
but I can’t say anything
‘cause I’m trapped
in this glass box.
It’s all around me
It’s fear, anxiety, worry.
What should I say?
Who should I be?
No one can tell I’m trapped
Inside of me.

God sees.
Send down the rope
& be my rescue
so I can be free
from all that vexes me.
This is easy for You, Lord,
for You are strong and mighty.

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save… -Zephaniah 3:17

© 2016 Kim Bond

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Learning to Hope (poem by me)

I thought hope was too emotive,
I noticed how much time it wasted,
Worse yet—when it fails, it’s corrosive,
But hope is something God created,
To be risked and to be tasted,
I put my faith in You, oh Lord,
To show my heart the unexplored.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love… 1 Corinthians 13:13

© 2016 Kim Bond

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Burdens & Worry

Worry is a heavy burden. As if it were not heavy enough, worry causes other burdens like stress. Stress and worry can become overwhelming and even affect your physical body. In Mark 4:15-19, we can see that the worries of this life can even make God’s communication with us unfruitful. Is all of this talk causing you to worry that you worry too much? Good news! Today we will unmask and stomp on this culprit.

When we reduce worry to its simplest emotion, it is just fear. In Isaiah 41:10, God tells us not to fear or be dismayed because He will help us. He will uphold us in His righteous hand. When you catch yourself worrying and feel your eyebrows furrowed, remind yourself: I do not need to fear. God is my help.

The reason we continue to worry as Christians is because we are holding onto things we need to relinquish. What do you most frequently worry about? That is the very thing you should relinquish to God!

Sometimes we need to relinquish a situation. Jesus was faced with a situation in the Garden of Gethsemane. He relinquished His will in the situation by praying: Not my will, but Yours (Luke 22:42). If you are worried about a situation, a relationship, or your future then follow Jesus and say this right now: Not my will, but Yours. In that way, you have relinquished your will for God’s will to be done in your life. There is no need to worry anymore.

Some of us might need to relinquish control. Do you feel like you need to control other people? You might want to control the actions of your spouse, child, or parent. God tells us in Matthew 6:31-33 not to worry even about what we will wear or eat, but we should instead focus on His kingdom and righteousness. Then He will add these things to us. Take a moment now to tell the Lord who or what you are relinquishing control of so you can focus more on His kingdom. He knows all about you and your loved ones…your every thought and desire. Let go of your worry by letting go of control.

Sometimes we might need to relinquish schedules and tasks. We strive to keep up with everyone else whose lives seem perfect. All the while, it seems like we are two steps behind on bills, late to important events, and overly tired. Give God your schedule! He has a way of motivating us to do the right things at the right time. If you still worry, get it out of your head and onto a list and check it off as it gets done. God says His yoke is easy and His burden is light in Matthew 11:30. If your burden does not seem light, you could be taking up the burden of the world instead of the burden of God’s kingdom. If that’s the case, pray with me: Lord, I relinquish my schedule to you. I surrender all of my tasks that are not demonstrating the love of your kingdom.

It helps if we look fear right in the eye and dare it. Contemplate the worst outcome and the consequences. Much of the time, worriers are overly concerned with outcomes that have minor consequences. Just considering “What’s the worst that could happen?” frees us from the burden of fear. Relinquishing situations does not mean failing to try. It means we allow God’s will to steer our efforts. Relinquishing control does not mean failing to care. It means putting our focus on love instead. Relinquishing schedules does not mean blowing off important things. It means waiting for God to prioritize tasks and trusting Him to lead our daily path. As you let go of worry and unnecessary burdens, you will enjoy life more and draw closer to God.

© 2015 Kim Bond

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