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Timeline photosFor Chad Norris, coping with anxiety and depression meant prescription meds ruled his world. Until God spoke.
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🚩TIME TO CUT THE TIES?
“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord” - Romans 12:17-19
I hate to burst some people's bubble here but even the Apostle Paul told us that making peace with some people is just not possible.
Regardless of how much you try to love them, bless them, help them or forgive them, there are just some people you will meet in life that harbor wounds, hurts, and offense and you and I are merely the recipient of their venting. Many would call these types of people "toxic" and they definitely need prayer.
I will be the first to tell you that I have many times been the recipient of the anger, the offense, and wounds and would still attempt to reach out, help, and encourage these types of people only to inevitably go through the same cycle again down the road.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome or different results.
As hard as it is and difficult it may seem, For some people there comes a time when it is far more helpful for your sanity and health to simply bless them, pray for them and hope for the best for them, but you cannot remain yoked with them.
There is a term called "Jetsam" which describes debris that was deliberately thrown overboard by a crew of a ship in distress, most often to lighten the ship's load in order for it to make it to the intended destination without sinking.
let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. - Hebrews 12:1
Just because you choose not to associate with some people does not mean you hate them or harbor unforgiveness in your heart.
As a last resort, When any relationship becomes a burden, a weight, or a snare, it is time to evaluate and access what steps need to be done to assure that you aren't being pulled down by those that have no desire to remain on the same course as you. - Ricky Scaparo ...
Who you marry matters. ||
I’ll say it again for the ladies in the back who are currently in a relationship they just aren’t sure about.
“But he gives me butterflies. He sends me sweet texts that make my heart beat a little faster. He takes me on cute planned-out date nights. He pays for everything. He surprises me with flowers delivered to my work.” Sure, those ARE all great things and definitely a sweet part of being in a relationship.
BUT — What does his character look like? Who is he when no one is watching? When things don’t go as planned, what is his response? What is his relationship with Jesus like? What about his prayer life? Where are his priorities? Are his words uplifting and life-giving? How does he treat other people? How does he lead you?
Because let me tell you a little something I’ve learned in our short 4 years of marriage. The roses on the counter don’t mean a dang thing when your new baby has been inconsolably crying for three hours straight. When the exhaustion and sleep deprivation hit hard and you’ve cried more tears than you even thought you had. When you haven’t left the house in a week, haven’t showered, and can’t remember the last time you brushed your teeth or sat down to eat a full meal.
Marry the man who will take the screaming baby as soon as he gets home from a long day at work and tells you to go grab a latte. Marry the man who hovers over your daughter at bath time every single night and prays over her sweet life.
Because life isn’t always rainbows & butterflies. And who you marry matters. || I love you forever, K. 🤍
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