The Intersection Between Faith and Feelings:

(just some beautiful weeds that made me cry and made me smile while walking with the girls this week…)

(just some beautiful weeds that made me cry and made me smile while walking with the girls this week…)

I feel abandoned.
I feel forgotten.
I feel uprooted.
I feel hidden.
I feel left behind.
I feel unseen.
I feel forsaken.
I feel weary.
I feel alone.
I feel ________.

These are my feelings.
It's ok to feel like this.
These are legitimate feelings.

My feelings are real,
but they are not truth.

Repeat after me, outloud:

"My feelings are real,
but they are not truth."

And if you're feeling brave,
then whisper outloud what's true:

"I am a child of God.
His plans for me are good.
He never leaves me.
He never forsakes me.
When I am out of faith,
He remains faithful.
I can trust Him.
I am a child of God.

He is good.

He is trustworthy.

I am loved.

I am a much loved child of God."

My dear friend taught me that. Feelings are real, but they are not truth. I think a lot of believers really get screwed up in the intersection between faith and feelings.

Feel it.

It's ok.

Jesus, Paul, Gideon, David, Joseph, Job... they all felt it. And they didn't try to cover it up and act like they didn't feel it either.

One of my favorite proverbs says, "Honesty is like a kiss." So be honest with how you feel. Honesty leads to intimate friendship. So tell God about it. Somehow, really telling God how I feel abandoned by Him, somehow that brings me to this place of knowing He's right here. Been here all along.

"Draw near to God" might mean telling the Lord how you really feel.

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"Draw near to God and He WILL draw near to you." -James 4:8

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