Central to the Heart

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A Lot Can Happen

Never-Alone-by-Holley-Gerth1A lot can happen in two years, that’s for sure. So much has changed since the last time I published a new post. Life is like that, isn’t it? Change is always constant. Sometimes change can be painful too.

Moving forward after difficult changes in life isn’t going to be easy. No one promised it would be. However, there is a promise out there for you, and for me, that can help us realize that even through the pain of life’s circumstances we are not alone. I think that may be the best part of moving forward – knowing that Someone walks those difficult times with us.

We don’t always feel the Presence of God. More often than not, life can be filled with so much hurt and loneliness and questioning. We won’t always know the way to go when we are trying to move forward. I know that when I am unsure and wondering what is going on in my life or what am I supposed to be doing, I let it discourage me to the point that I just feel like giving up. But deep down, giving up isn’t really what I want to do.

What if, in the questioning and uncertainties of our lives, God could enable us to become more dependent on Him? Are the questions we are left with in the midst of brokenness questions that God can use to help us grow deeper into His strength?

When we get to a point where we just can’t see the point, then we are left with nothing… BUT GOD. Whether we feel Him or not, no matter what, He never lets us go. When we can no longer keep going, when we cannot hang on a second longer, He will never let go of us.

That’s why, for me, I think the best part of moving forward is trusting that Jesus is there each step of the way. It’s been a difficult road, and I have lost my way more than once. I will not always go the right direction. That’s just me. I’m not perfect, yet when I fall apart I can trust the One who is Perfect.

Jesus is our Light, and He is the Light that I pray we will be able to see even when we feel surrounded by darkness on our journey towards moving forward. You are loved, and love is always with you.


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Brokenness

shatteredBroken people have broken ways of seeing themselves: You’re not good enough. Nothing you do will ever matter. Why do you even try so hard; you’re going to fail. Everything you say is worth nothing. When you leave here, you won’t have made an impact. YOU ARE A NOBODY!

I wish feelings like these would stop consuming so much of our thoughts. The devil wants us thinking like that. In fact he will probably say things like: Go ahead and hate yourself. Get mad at the world around you. Be ungrateful for who you are. Be angry. Be upset. Deny God loves you.

Please God, help us. Help us to not believe lies. Help us to stop feeling worthless. You see us as Your treasured, valued, and precious children. You love us so much! Help us to stop being controlled by our fears and the lies the devil tells us. Our fears lead us to these negative thoughts that are lies, but God, Your perfect love casts out all fear. Help us to believe your TRUTH.

Why do we think we are not enough? Why do we think we are failures? Why do we think we have nothing in us that is worthy?

None of us are perfect, and as a result we keep seeing ourselves as people we are not. We feel like we have no value because we do not feel perfect. Instead we feel broken.We may strive for perfectionism so we can be ‘good enough,’ but even our definition of perfectionism can be messed up.

We are just broken people, yet in His hands, our brokenness can be made beautiful and our weaknesses can be made strong (see 12 Corinthians 1:9). I hope we can believe His TRUTH and live by who He says we are even through our brokenness.

 


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God is With You

God-Wants-to-Hold-You-Up-by-Holley-Gerth1As people living in a messed up world, we all know what struggle is, and it can be really hard sometimes.

Know that in the midst of sorrow you are being thought of. You are not alone, and you have friends, family, and an AWESOME God who will hold you up! That’s what love is all about, and our God is love, and it’s amazing!

It doesn’t end there though, our Father’s love is “agape” love – love that is unconditional. Unconditional love isn’t earned by the things you do, it is freely given to you just for you being you!

God does not demand perfection, He just wants us!

So, my prayer for you is that no matter what kind of  a mess you may be going through, you would know and realize that God is right there with you through it all. Whatever it is, I hope you know that even through all the hard work and stress, God is with you, and He is for you!


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Who You Are In Christ Part 3

perfectionSo often I try to find my worth on my own instead of looking at who I am in Christ. I look for ways I can make myself good enough without Christ. even if that means pretending to be someone I am not. I try my best to live as perfectly as I can. That is what I seek. I seek perfection in all areas of my life, and I am always disappointed because I never reach perfection. I feel like that is when I question God with my doubt and lack of faith. But I don’t want others to notice my doubt and lack of faith. I don’t want them to see my failures and mistakes. I definitely don’t want them to see my insecurities and the thoughts that go running through my mind. So, I pretend. I act like I’ve got it al together, that I don’t need help from anyone for anything.

I may strive for perfection, but I am as far from it as anyone could possibly be. I selfishly pretend that I can reach my goals on my own, that I need no one. I selfishly try to be good enough in my own strength, so others don’t realize how weak I really am. But honestly I am just a broken person in need of a lot of help.

Maybe, just maybe I am not the only one who feels this way. I know it’s tough to think you are supposed to have it all together for everyone, but I am pretty sure God gave us people in our lives because He knows we need them and we cannot live life alone. Think about it. In the Garden of Eden, God knew that it was not good when He made Adam and Adam was alone. So, He made Him a companion, Eve. And then it was good.

We need each other to get through this life. More importantly we need Jesus!