I’ve come to realize…

that time continues on with or without us.

You may be less surprised than I, but time really doesn’t care about our hurt feelings, grudges, hopes, dreams, or childhood aspirations. The common reply to most of these is “give it time”, when the truth of the matter is, time doesn’t care. He isn’t waiting around the corner, flowers in hand, and he most definitely isn’t standing at the end of the tunnel with his arms open wide. Father Time is not your pappy.

So what should we be saying if we aren’t giving the grand advice of time? How about “give it God”? What would happen if we gave our worries, anger, bitterness, and aching hearts to God? After all, he is with you at all time, and he created you in the very beginning. He cares for you. He is your father — the best one ever.

So, if you are in the melting pot of people who have been told to give it time, let me tell you something different: give it God. After that, just be. Do not try to make sense of it all, and most definitely do not try and fix it yourself. Give. It. God.

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Hey There Delilah

Some time later Samson fell in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in the valley of Sorek. -Judges 16:4

(Delilah was found in a land that meant empty.)

So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me what makes you so strong and what it would take to tie you up securely.”
-Judges 16:6

 15 Then Delilah pouted, “How can you tell me, ‘I love you,’ when you don’t share your secrets with me? You’ve made fun of me three times now, and you still haven’t told me what makes you so strong!” 16 She tormented him with her nagging day after day until he was sick to death of it. 17 Finally, Samson shared his secret with her. “My hair has never been cut,” he confessed, “for I was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as anyone else.” 18 Delilah realized he had finally told her the truth, so she sent for the Philistine rulers. “Come back one more time,” she said, “for he has finally told me his secret.” So the Philistine rulers returned with the money in their hands. 19 Delilah lulled Samson to sleep with his head in her lap, and then she called in a man to shave off the seven locks of his hair. In this way she began to bring him down, and his strength left him.
-Judges 16:15-19

I have one simple question for you: “What is your Delilah?” What is it that you have fallen in love with — that lulls you to sleep at night? What have you found in your emptiness — that has pleaded with you for your weakness? What is it that wishes to “tie you up securely”? What appealing appearance will be responsible for your death?

Is it your girlfriend or boyfriend? Is it an addiction such as drugs, alcohol, sex, or cutting? What is it that you are allowing so close to your source of life — allowing yourself to be completely blinded to? What will be the death of you? Think about it.

Etymology source: http://www.mahalo.com/nahal-sorek/

Stand Your Ground

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
– Ephesians 6:13-17 (NLT)

Out of all of this, and the many times I have read it, three simple words stood out to me (this particular time): “Stand your ground…”.  Stand. Your. Ground.

  • When you are faced with the memories of your past, stand your ground. 
  • When forgiveness is a word of impossibility, stand your ground.
  • When your mind is your greatest enemy, stand your ground. 
  • When you doubt who you are, stand your ground.
  • When you don’t see what you were created to be, stand your ground.
  • When you don’t know where to turn, stand your ground.
  • When fear embraces your heart, stand your ground.
  • When you never fit in, stand your ground.
  • When no one understands, stand your ground.
  • When you are in immense pain, stand your ground. 

This list really could continue on; it can be shaped and molded to your individual live, but regardless, the instruction never changed. The words “stand your ground” apply no matter where you are in life.

That being said, it’s up to you to act and react to life. Will you crumble and fold under the pressure? Will you fall back to habitual happiness? Or, will you stand your ground?