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It's Ok Not to Be Ok- Day 14

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Scripture: Psalm 25:16-18 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.  Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.

Devotional: King David’s prayers recorded in the Psalms are some of the most authentic and transparent expressions of human emotion. In this psalm, David gives us a hint of what can contribute to our affliction – sin.  Although David was considered a “man after God’s own heart”, he was also acquainted with the depravity of sin, and the consequences and destruction that sin would reap in his life, and in the lives of those around him. 

It’s critical to recognize that sometimes, our feelings of loneliness can, in part, be a result of feeling separated from God because of our sin.  Anytime you face loneliness, time alone with God is critical, because it gives opportunity for you to be convicted by the Holy Spirit of your sin, and to confess that sin before God and receive His gracious forgiveness.

Never underestimate the power of confession in the midst of your emotional struggles.  When you’re not OK, a time of self examination is in order.  David wrote: Search meGod, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”(Psalm 139:23). Would you do the same?

Reflect:

  • Spend some time in prayer confessing your sins.

It's Ok Not to Be Ok- Day 13

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Scripture: Psalm 68:6 God makes a home for the lonely…

Devotional: We started this week’s devotions talking about our created need for community.  Not only did God create us for community, but this passage shows us that He will provide that community for us in the midst of our loneliness. 

Home can be defined as the place where you feel accepted and loved.  It’s that place where you can be yourself, let your hair down and not fear rejection. Some of us grew up in places that never felt like home.  Maybe you still have not experienced that feeling of home. 

But God promises to make a home for you. Ultimately, none of us are made for this world.  John 14:2 says, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”As followers of Jesus Christ, we each have a heavenly home awaiting us.  But you also have a place here where God makes His home with you.  And no matter where you are or who you are with, you are home with Him.

Reflect:

  • Have you ever felt extreme loneliness in your own home?
  • How might these words today help remedy that loneliness?

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