When a Walk Through the Sisterhood Hurts Your Heart: A Lesson from Psalm 55

When a Walk Through the Sisterhood Hurts Your Heart: A Lesson from Psalm 55

Today we are honored to bring back to guest post for us today my dear friend and former Ask God Today team member, Christy Pearce, as she shares from her deepest memories. Please welcome her in the comments. 

When a Walk Through the Sisterhood Hurts Your Heart: A Lesson from Psalm 55
by Christy Pearce

“For it is not an enemy who taunts me—then I could bear it.” Psalm 55:12 (ESV)

I scrambled to fill the gaping hole her words left behind.

Blows loaded with phrases like “I don’t want to get together” and “This will be the last time I respond” shot straight through my heart. Worst of all, they came from my sister-friend—my prayer companion and accountability partner. With the flip of a switch, the closeness we shared blew away like chaff quicker than you can say “David and Jonathan.”

Those messages she wouldn’t respond to were pleas laced with prayer and hope that we’d be restored to friendship. But now, four years of hoping and praying later, nothing. If anything, it feels like the chasm only grows deeper and wider with each passing day. 

And the shadows of what we used to be makes my heart hurt. @christylouhoo Click To Tweet

I admit it was complicated. Our pastor (and my husband) was all but kicked out of the church. There was intense emotional wreckage in the wake of his resignation. I thought sisters knitted together in Christ could weather the storm together, but she wanted to get away from the storm even if it meant getting away from me.

Truth: Our earthly relationships are never going to be all sunshine and pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows. No way. We’ll all have tough times, empty space and hurt. But I know this—God has enough love to heal our hurts and enough grace to fill our empty space.

I totally get David’s heart in Psalm 55 when he writes “For it is not an enemy who taunts me—then I could bear it.” He aches that loyal ones have turned against him. In the blink of an eye, my faithful friend turned away, too—and it was unfathomable.

But David knew his loving God would pull him out of the mess. He says this later on in verse 22:

“Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22 @christylouhoo Click To Tweet

David “cast his cares” on our trustworthy God to lift him out of sorrow, and as promised, the Lord sustained him. The Lord sustains us, too. My friend fell short, but the best friend I’ll ever have is Jesus. And it’s humbling. I’ve never been as good a friend to anyone as Jesus is to me. Not ever.

Jesus is the only thing that can cauterize our hurting hearts. Jesus loves us when we’re hard to love. Jesus loves us when we reject Him—even to the point of death on a cross. He loves my sister-friend the same way.

Sadly, there’s no happy ending for my friend and me. Just the hope that when Christ comes back all that’s broken will be mended. What’s lost will be found. Hurting hearts will be healed—forever.

Until then, I pray in the power that overcame the grave. I pray that my friendship will be revived one sweet day this side of eternity.

If you have lost a sweet girlfriend and
want us to pray for you say “Amen” in the comments.

Christy Pearce AGT

Christy Pearce: Wife, stay at Home Mommy of 3. A writer and speaker-proclaimer of God’s Truth!

My mission is to share with you how God speaks into my life EVERYDAY, even in those diaper changes!! I want to share how I just can’t look at this life without seeing God’s hand teaching me, loving me, and drawing me to Himself.

I invite you to learn with me. I have been so blessed by what God says. By His grace, I will get better at reflecting Him. Maybe this will encourage you to do the same.

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The Gift of the Magi – A Reflection of the Great Christmas Sacrifice for All Mankind

The Gift of the Magi – A Reflection of the Great Christmas Sacrifice for All Mankind

I’m excited to share an old, old story that I first heard when I was a little girl. It has stayed with me ever since I heard it.

The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry was first published in a New York Newspaper back in 1905, but the message of this tale is a timeless classic. The plot centers around the Christmas gift exchange of Jim and Della Young.

Times were tight for the pair as Jim’s pay had been reduced. And Della was literally scraping together pennies to buy her sweet Jim a gift.

Della didn’t have enough money to give Jim a gift that would honor him and express her love for him. So a sacrifice was in order. The only asset Della had was her (more…)

Warm Hearted Wednesday Link Up – What Christmas Song Speaks to Your Heart?

Warm Hearted Wednesday Link Up – What Christmas Song Speaks to Your Heart?

Welcome to Warm Hearted Wednesday!

#WarmHeartedWednesday Prompt: The Power of Song. What Christmas Song speaks to your heart? Click To Tweet

Christmas SongWarm Hearted Wednesday Prompt: The Power of Song. What Christmas Song speaks to your heart?

I’m amazed at how powerfully a song can impact our spirits.

A song can make memories or bring back memories–good, bad and even painful. A song can conjure feelings ordinary words can’t. A song has the power to motivate, agitate or soothe. I’m embarrassed to say the waterworks threaten whenever (more…)

Want Freedom From Want? Thank God Today

Want Freedom From Want? Thank God Today

Today, we would like to introduce you to our friend Emily Gehman. She has written a powerful and thought provoking guest post today! Tell her what you think and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Here’s Emily:

Want Freedom From Want? Thank God Today

by Emily Gehman

A few years ago, my brother gifted our parents with a painting by Norman Rockwell called “Freedom From Want.” It depicts a family sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner: Dad stands as Mom presents the perfectly golden turkey; brothers and sisters laugh; aunts and uncles chatter across the table while one family member glances back toward the viewer contentedly.

“Freedom From Want” hangs on our wall now, reminding us we truly have no real wants.

But I find it interesting, ironic perhaps, and a little sickening at how quickly we forget our true freedom from want. Sometimes I wonder if we are not entirely free from it but in bondage to it.
(more…)

Partner with Ask God Today and Do Some Christmas Shopping!

Partner with Ask God Today and Do Some Christmas Shopping!

STARTS TODAY! Would you consider partnering with Ask God Today — plus you can get a little Christmas shopping done…?

But first, we want to thank you for already being a vital part of our ministry! We would like to expand who/how we reach you and we need a little help.

Ask God Today Ministries is kicking off our first fundraiser to help raise money for…

Wait for it…

A Women’s conference in Summer 2016! We have a desire to minister to ALL women, ALL generations, and ALL cultures. With YOUR support you can help make this a possibility. 

The details are still coming together, but part of those details is in the numbers. We have to raise money for the many expenses, or the conference will not be possible.

How YOU can help

It’s easy to support Ask God Today by doing a little Christmas shopping online! And tell your friends-there are tons of great, cute products over at MixedBag.

 

If you would like to help, follow this link (or share it) www.mixedbagdesigns.com/?fundraiserid=507243 , and shop! Make sure you see our number (507243) in the Fundraiser ID# so we get credit!

You can also add the referring participant’s name to give them credit for the sale!

The fundraiser is running for a limited time–from November 18-December 2. We were told all items should ship on or before December 16.

So, get shopping and help Ask God Today reach our goal for conference budget!

You can check out some of the reusable bags in this video:

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We appreciate your help and support! 

If you have any questions or would just like to donate please ask us in the comments. Thank you. 

Brenda and the AGTM Team 

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