TALK to someone… PLEASE!!!

We all need someone to talk to…

People talk to me all the time because I’m a good listener, I give them my undivided attention, they trust me, they feel comfortable, they know I genuinely care, I give good advice when asked and I won’t put their business out there. Also, this is one of my callings. As I tell people, I’m here to love, not judge. I help people see the good and most importantly seek God in every situation. God can make everything, even bad things, work together for good.

So, a few years ago a friend was going through a tough time and while we were talking, out of the blue she asked, “Debbie, who do you talk to when you’re going through stuff?”

When I’m going through stuff, I talk with God first

Who do I talk to when I’m going through stuff? I talk to God first! People see me coming and going and looking my best, not knowing what I’m going through. Not knowing that God is keeping me sane.

Let’s be real. Things are not good all the time. Bad things will pop-up at any given time. When that happens, I talk with God first, calling on the name of Jesus. I tell God all that’s on my mind, everything that’s bothering me, weighing heavy on my heart. And I talk with Him about people and/or situations that try to mess with my peace, take away my joy, make me feel hopeless and helpless. I don’t hold back, I let it all out.

While I’m talking with my Father, I’m in His presence. I feel His love, His peace and His joy. My Father makes me strong when I’m weak. His love keeps me going, encouraged, empowered and motivated to be my best, look my best and do my best no matter what I’m going through. He gives me His peace when fear, worry and doubt try to creep in. And He fills me with His joy when sadness, depression and anxiety try to take over. God through Jesus, gives me comfort and hope when things look and feel hopeless. He is my help when I feel helpless.

When I talk with God, He listens attentively. Then He gives me specific guidance about what to do or not to do and when. He tells me who to talk to, what to say and when. Honestly, you have to be careful who you share things with. Not everybody that smiles with you cares for you.

After I talk with God, I talk with my husband, my best friend. My husband is my soulmate and we talk about everything, good, bad and ugly.  

Talk to someone… please!

In a heartbeat I’d tell you, talk to God first when you’re going through stuff. But the truth is, not everybody is going to do that. If you’re not going to talk with God then please find someone to talk to. Talk to someone you trust or a professional.

Talking really helps. You will feel better; if not instantly, it will happen over time. It will make a difference. When you talk things out with someone, sometimes just by hearing yourself, you figure things out on your own or realize that it isn’t as bad as you thought or that you need help. Or that person can help you see things from a different perspective, give a new outlook, offer new ideas, help you sort things out and see the light at the end of the tunnel. As my mom use to say, “Two heads are better than one.”  

If you’re going through stuff, please, please talk to someone! If not today, soon, okay.

Bible Reflection

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Psalm 26:3 NLT

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1 NLT

“The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” Proverbs 27:9 NLT

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 NLT

“That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:19 NLT

“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.” 1 Peter 1:8 NLT

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

From Deb’s Red Heart to yours…

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