I am going to apologize ahead of time, if this comes across the wrong way. This is a subject that has caused me some hurt as I began my journey. Now I really believe that I am over this, that I've grown from this experience and have begun to heal. But this is something that I still would like to talk about.
I am sure that you have heard people say that, when you change your life for the Lord, that you are going to lose some friends. I have heard many pastors say this over the years. And I had accepted this as fact. It made sense to me that when you change your life for the Lord, you stop doing things that you used to do. As you stop doing those things that you also stop being around people that are still doing those things. So yeah, people that were once close friends may not be so close any more.
Each time I heard this said, I really thought I understood it fully and expected this to happen as my life really did change. But what I didn't expect was that some of my Christian friends and Christian family members would distance themselves from me. I totally did not see that coming. What I expected was that other 'Christians' would accept me more. That I would be welcomed into a closer relationship with them because I was one of 'them' now.
When I noticed this happening around me, it did upset me, at first. But it did not deter me. What this actually did was push me closer to Lord. God is my focus, my goal and who I am striving towards. Not the people around me. So as I continue on this journey, with all the ups and downs, trials and tribulations. I know that God is always there.. So anytime that I feel alone, I get into my word more, I go into prayer more anything to be closer to Him.
I realize that God has changed me a lot. And I hope that He will continue to change me as I grow closer to Him. So if I lose more friends or even more family members, I will continue to stand strong and I will always choose You Lord. Remember we are often tested in this life and these are usually things meant to help us grow. Just don't fall backwards, stand strong even if you have to stand alone. The best part of this is that even when you feel alone, you are not because God is always there.
Deuteronomy 31:8 8And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
Hebrews 13:5-6 5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6So that we may boldly say, The LORD is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Numbers 23:19 19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
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