Thursday, October 29, 2009

isn't it wonderful what He's telling me today?

As I posted earlier, struggling with this feeling bla bla....
God, with His tender love gave me this:

If only I had.....
by Lisa TerKeurst

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32 (NIV)

There's a simple little script many of us play in our mind—simple, yet incredibly dangerous. Dare I say it's one of the biggest things that hold us back from feeling fulfilled in our relationship with God. It's a script tangled in a lie that typically goes something like this: I could really be happy and fulfilled if only I had …
… a skinnier body.
… a husband.
… a husband who was more tender and romantic.
… more money.
… a more successful career.
… a better personality.
… a baby.
… smarter kids.

I don't know what your "if only I had" statements are, but I do know that none of them wil l bring fulfillment. They might bring temporary moments of happiness… but not true fulfillment.

In the book I just wrote, Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl, I expose the "if only I had" lie with this truth: Apart from a thriving relationship with God, even if we got everything on our list, there would still be a hollow gap in our soul.

Instead of saying, "If only I had" and filling in the blank with some person, possession, or position, make a choice to replace that statement with God's truth. Here are some examples that have helped me battle the temptation to let people, possessions, or positions take God's place in my life.


I no longer say, "If only I had a daddy who loved me.…" Instead, I say, "Psalm 68:5 promises God will be a father to the fatherless."

Maybe your gap isn't left by an absent father but by a friend who hurt you. Or perhaps a husband who left you. Or the children you've longed to have and still don't. Whatever that gap is, God is the perfect fit for your emptiness. Pray this paraphrase of Luke 1:78–79: "Because of the tender mercy of my God by which the rising sun will come to me from heaven—to shine on my darkness and in what feels like the shadow of death to me—I will find peace."


I no longer say, "If only I had more possessions …." Instead, I recite Matthew 6:19–21: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Any possession I ever long for, no matter how good it may seem, will only be good for a limited time. In light of eternity, every possession is in the process of breaking down, becoming devalued, and will eventually be taken from us. If I set my heart solely on acquiring more things, I'll feel more vulnerable with the possibility of loss.

Possessions are meant to be appreciated and used to bless others. They were never meant to be identity markers. It's not wrong to enjoy the possessions we have as long as we don't depend on them for our heart's security.


I no longer say, "If only I had a better position .…" Instead, I say the words of Psalm 119:105: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." I don't need a better position to get where I should go. I don't have to figure out my path and jockey to get ahead. I need God's Word to guide me. As I follow Him and honor Him step-by-step, I can be assured that I'm right where He wants me to be doing wh at He wants me to do.

Whatever "if only I had" statement you are struggling with, you can replace it with solid truths from Scripture that will never leave you empty. It's a bold assertion to make but it's true. When God's Word gets inside of us, it becomes the new way we process life. It rearranges our thoughts, our motives, our needs, and our desires. Our soul was tailor-made to be filled with God and His truth, therefore, it seeps into every part of us and fills us completely.

Dear Lord, I acknowledge only You can fill those empty places in my heart. Help me to stop the "if only I had" cycle and instead be set free with Your truth. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

I just can't stop thanking Him for His love, His faithfulness...His abundant care to me!
Coz He is!

i need you

Lord, I need to be with You right now..
You are the only one who knows me and truly understands what's actually going on with me.
I was reminded yesterday, that pride and insecurity is a sin.
Am I feeling insecure now? I don't know, but for what reasons, do I have things that people are jealous about? People would think that I got them all, but no.. I don't think so. Is it a part of me when I feel insecure, I am not sure.

I need to be with You alone, Lord.
I want to bow down and cry on Your feet. That's what I truly need.
It's not that I don't have a friend, I do have closed ones, but I just can't explain to them.

I need You, Lord.
I feel that I miss someone, but I can't tell him that I do.
I miss my college times. Really..
I want a chemistry.
I feel tortured checking on facebook, don't know why, it's silly, yet I still do it.
My life seems perfect, but what is this feeling I have inside?
My life seems as happy as others, but why I always think that others are better than mine? That's why it is torturing me checking on others' facebook.
The other part of me is shaking my head seeing this part of me.
So silly, so funny.. yet it's true. And it hurts me!

I need You, dear God.
I need You every morning, every noon, every evening... every time! always!
I need You to help me managing my time, my words, my thoughts, my mind, my money... everything within me.
I need You to manage my today, my tomorrow, my forever.
Dear God, I need You.. can't live a single second without You.

I need You..
and thank You for reminding me, that You are always here for me, You will be there for me too..

I need You and I love You.
You know, that I can't live without You..

Why are you downcast o my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise Him,
my Savior and my God.
Psalm 42:5

I will learn from Jesus, that He could tell everything to the Father, yet He believed that Father knew the best for Him.
From David, he struggled with his life, he sinned! Yet, God called him as a man after God's own heart.
I wonder, how David did that..
I want to walk with You, Lord, I can't do it without You.
Now, I realized that all my feeling are real, and You don't look down on them.
Though, I feel myself unworthy to have such feelings, but for You, I am the apple of Your eyes.
You never look down on me, Lord.
You care about my feelings.
You care that now I am struggling living my life to please You.
To stop sinning against You.
Not to be worried, anxious about my life.
I am struggling!
I am sad and devastated, that I fail so many times.
In fact, I failed today. I was so worried.. this anxiety was all over me.
Why could a very little single thing ruin my day? It's torturing.
But, yet, You care about it, Lord.
Though You know, that I know, I shouldn't be, but You still care.
You are here, helping me to wonder why.
Yeah... coz, actually, there's nothing wrong with me.
When I couldn't find a reason to give thanks to you ....
I just can give thanks for God is so good to me.
And You are faithful to me.
You care about me, Lord...

I need you.