Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Why is My Soul Downcast?

14 comments
 

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
~Psalm 42:11



It is one of those days. You know those that creep up slowly on you and before you turn around you know it has already hit you. I am talking about the downcast soul. Things are great on the home front. Things are great in the ministry. Also, we got some great news today that will bless our family in big ways. All of God's well laid plan. Yet, the downcast soul hangs on. It looms over me like a coat of despair. I am trying to shed its ugly hold but it not the shedding type. It "feels" bad. But again, it is an emotion. I am reminded by this Psalm that no matter what I may "feel" like I will put my hope in Him. I will praise Him. That is the cure. That is what will cause the gloom to depart. So I wave it goodbye in faith. God is bigger than the coat of despair. I have clothed myself with Christ and you despair are not welcome. You make things too stuffy. You see I am free. So off you go.

14 comments:

Darla said...

the enemy is angry..i have felt that too today...go see what God is doing on Nicoles page...I love that HE is on the move...and I believe all the prayers that i have sent up and all the emails I have sent to her...HE is going to reach her...

www. nicole_austin.blogspot.com

Meg said...

We are free, indeed! Praise is the answer...sometimes it is really a sacrifice of praise, but it will help get rid of the despair. Thinking of you. Love, Meg

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

We all have those days. Know that I'm praying for you and love you!!

steph.

Anonymous said...

Angel(a),

May His face shine upon you. May He renew you with strength. You are a pure joy and I intend to make you laugh, I mean giggle. Let me think of something funny! The only thing I can think is ants in the pants and doing the belly dance while drinking a mocha!
Kara

Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Thanks everyone for your encouragement! I love how iron sharpens Iron!

Darla, that address does not work for me.

Kathy at Sumballo said...

Thanks for such a transparent post. I wonder, as women, if the very emotions that bring us so close to our Savior also fail us at times, leaving us limp in the wind for no good reason. Your response is healthy and beautiful: the sacrifice of praise. Thanks!

Darla said...

sorry, i think it was supposed to be a hyphen instead of the underline...I am very exhausted today, she emailed during the night and is or should be in the hospital now...she was violently ill, and left me know that she was not turning away...just headed to the ER.

Pray for my family, my Step father is in the hospital with blood clots in HIS lungs..i will keep you postedon my blog as soon as I can get back to it. Love me

The Small Scribbler said...

I was sad on my way home from the grocery store this afternoon. (Maybe this was triggered by my backing into a LARGE pole.) Anyway. I was sad and I thought of this verse and I praised and praised and now I'm not. Thanks for the reminder.

Kate

Christine said...

Set free...ahhh what a relieving thought! I hope your soul is refreshed today!

Email me and I'll let you know where I'm from...I don't want it on the big ol' internet!

jodi said...

Praying for you and your emotions. Feel better soon!

Rosemarie said...

I've had the blues too lately!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks.

Even in the midst of our gray moods, we have so much to be thankful for. Glory!
Heavenly Voice

RobynAnnLawson.com said...

Feeling like this today.. was searching for the reference to that verse and your blog came up....

Thanks for posting that reflection!

Anonymous said...

Hi Im Natoya. I felt like that all night last night and this morning. I'm a student and I'm not sure how I did on a test and well...i'm really worried. Your blog was soo encouraging. I'm still a lil sad but it did help a lot. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, that was extremely valuable and interesting...I will be back again to read more on this topic.

 
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