John: Day 23

Glorify Your Son

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Today's Text: John 17:1-26, Isaiah 42:8, 1 John 5:20

Text: John 17:1-26, Isaiah 42:8, 1 John 5:20

This has been a difficult week for me. I am heartbroken. I am utterly aching with loss. I feel upside-down in my sadness. Have you ever felt this way? Honestly, I wonder who hasn’t. What is your heart aching for today as you read these verses in John 17?

Sometimes when I find myself in the depths, cracking my Bible open is the last thing I want to do. But for some reason, today, I craved falling into Scripture. I felt that God had something for me here, in this passage. And oh, how rich this passage is, especially for the aching heart.

The hour had come for our Savior. As I read His prayer, I can almost feel His aching, His longing to protect those who’ve come to believe in Him. As He anticipated the events to come, He pleaded with the Father for the disciples He loved:

“Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You, Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.”
-John 17:11

Can you imagine being in the presence of Christ as He is praying for you? Sitting in the same room with Him, hearing Him say just before, “in this world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” and then watching Jesus turn His eyes heavenward and, in prayer, put your life and soul into the Father’s care?

When I read Jesus’ prayer today, something cracked open. I felt the fervent love He has for me, the fervent love He has for us all. Right after He prayed for the disciples, He prayed for those who will believe (John 17:20). Jesus prayed for you, and He prayed for me, too—for all who would come to trust in Him.

He knew this world. He lived it, walked it, saw the desperation and the brokenness. He knew what it would mean for us to be here—that we would face a seemingly endless stream of trial and tribulation. Knowing what was to come for His disciples and for who would believe, He said:

“I am not praying
that You take them out of the world
but that You protect them from the evil one.”
-John 17:15

He did not pray for our suffering to end, or for the pain and sorrow to cease. Instead, He prayed for our protection as we face these trials and circumstances. He prayed that we would not face them alone, but with the support of our community and our God.

“May they all be one,
as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.
May they also be one in Us,
so the world may believe You sent Me.”
-John 17:21

The idea that Jesus is not only near us, but in us—not only for us, but a part of us—brings comfort to my heart as nothing else can. I in them, and You in Me” (v. 23)—this is His will for the Church.

Whatever you face today, we as believers are one in Him, and this oneness tells the world of the glory of God. Perhaps that is why writing this has felt so healing for me: it has reminded me that I am not alone in heartache. We are all still in this world, though not of it, and whether it is joy or suffering that binds us, God is glorified in our unity.

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  • Andrea, you will never realize what a blessing this was. The past few months I have been praying that I would understand Jesus’ love for us. My pastor, devotionals, and people in my church have been consistently telling me “you cannot love others, love yourself, or do anything until you grasp God’s love for you.” It’s been haunting me! I just couldn’t break past the wall. Until this devotional. Jesus prayed for me. For all of us. For my protection and happiness and understanding. He was thinking of US before his death. What a better way to see someone’s love for you. Your explanation of this chapter has helped me so much more than you will ever know. Thank you so much for writing this!

  • Williamson07

    I am also a bit behind in my studies but this reading made me think of a sweet friend and young mother of two. She is battling a persistent breast cancer that is wearing on her body but not on her positive and determined spirit. She loves the Lord and would appreciate all the prayers she can get. If anyone reading would please pray for her I would be grateful!

  • I am a bit behind in this study, but Tracy, if you are reading this, know that I prayed for you this morning with tears running down my cheeks. Wish I could give you a hug!

    • She Reads Truth

      Kelsey, thank you for being such a sweet friend and sister in Christ. Grateful for you and your prayers for this community!

      – Stormye

  • “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You, Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.”
    -John 17:11

  • This day has been immensely disheartening and has left my heart aching. As I sit at home thinking about what I should do, it’s so easy to get on my phone and jump from what I’m currently feeling. Thank you Jesus for this reading! I always remind myself how God is with me and knows what I’m going through, but it makes me so happy to know God prayed FOR ME! For my protection and well-being, and for that I am incredibly thankful. Along with that, Jesus is in me, I am one with him! And that seriously helps me in times like this. Thank you Jesus!!

  • Today marks February 1st. I dread this month each year. Though my grandmother has been gone many years, two years ago I lost my miracle at the end of my first trimester. This month, I shall cling to my Jesus like never before. This heartache shall strengthen me as I trust Him to guide me thru it. I take comfort in John 17. Thank you.

  • Heather Fringer

    I absolutely love this paragraph written by Andrea:
    Can you imagine being in the presence of Christ as He is praying for you? Sitting in the same room with Him, hearing Him say just before, “in this world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” and then watching Jesus turn His eyes heavenward and, in prayer, put your life and soul into the Father’s care?
    I seriously cannot even begin to imagine how amazing that day will feel.

  • Wow. As I read this I prayed – God make this scripture new and fresh as if it’s the first time I’ve read it. I had much of the same experience reading this passage as you did. This immense love Christ has for us, and the Love the Father has for Him. So many times I reflect wrongful characteristics in Christ because of my experience with others. This passage pointed me right back to the true, endless, LOVING character of Christ with whom I can freely come to with any prayer and no fear. And much like you I was experiencing much sadness prior to ready this scripture – and normally in my sadness yes I turn to other things – but I had a deep longing just to go read and Be with my Father. So blessed by this.

  • Rochelle Walker

    So blessed by this. Thank you for writing out of the depths of your sadness. This was a very vulnerable thing to write, and I bet it blessed so many.

  • God is in us is so much deeper than he is for us. He lives in me and works In and through me. A shift from me to him. What about those moments that I make a poor decision or choice. Does he leave… that is not what I see in scripture … I see that I am really the one pushing him away! Wow! A shift of my thinking has happened! Praise Jesus!

  • Keri McCue

    I’m thankful for passages like this. Little nuggets of wisdom as to how we, as a community of Christ, should interact and care for each other. To become ONE. To encourage and pray for one another. This is something I always need reminding of!

    http://www.littlelightonahill.com

  • So they, so the world, so the love, etc. John 17 is something I am drinking deeply of this morning. The compassion and purposes of Christ in these prayers speaks volumes to me today. Love, unity, peace, joy, and reconciliation to the Father….. only possible through the Son. Thank You Lord!

  • Love this devotion for today! What a beautiful image, Jesus praying for us…. I just think of the song “oh, how He loves us so, oh how He loves us…” Amen! The creator of heaven and earth cares to listen and son of god drops to his knees because he cares to pray for me.

  • Melissa Wall

    He did not pray for our suffering to end… but protection and love from community: this rings so true… in all trials I have faced I feel God near and know He’s got me: protection.

  • Wow! These words jumped off the page today! Ch. 17 vs 5: Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began. Sometimes as I read Gods word I still wonder, now how did this whole God, Jesus thing start? Praise you Lord for continuing to reveal to me your word! Love you

  • Wow, reading this scripture and devotional today, I’d like to share something for all my beautiful SRT women. If you feel up to it, Would you mind reading something I wrote on my facebook?
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1648578565156019&id=100000116739105&ref=bookmarks
    This is just a snippet of my testimony and I truly believe God gave me the gift of writing to be able to tell my story, how He saved me life and hopefully help others in the process. For all those who are currently going through depression, anxiety or going through unfortunate circumstances where you feel alone or hopeless, I want to share a small part of my story to help you gain hope that God is always in control. It’s meant to be shared so pass it on if you feel it could help others you may know that need it because I desperately want to show what God has done in my life. It would mean a lot to me and I am constantly praying for all of you wonderful and strong daughters of the King <3

    • Candy

      Beautiful writing. Thank you so much for sharing your link. May God continue to bless you as you fight back in this life. Much love!

    • Kristi

      Thank you so much for sharing this today. You’ve conveyed in words exactly what I have been wanting to say to a loved one who is struggling with depression. I am going to pass on your post to him and trust that he will find encouragement and strength through your words and testimony.

      • Katalina

        Thank you so much!! Please free to pass on the message because it’s meant to be shared! This is what God has called me to do and all of you <3 my best to your loved one

  • Danielle Frakes

    I try not to fear because I know Jesus is with me. He knows me and knows the plan he has for me. I want to know him more and more each time I open the word and pray. He protects me from evil but I wish he could just take evil away from the world.

  • “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:20-21
    I didn’t realize Jesus prayed for us as Kaitlyn too said in the comments below…I feel SO loved today!

  • Thank you for this beautiful post. It is wonderful to see Jesus’s prayer of protection over us and his love for us.
    Andrea, I am so sorry for your heartbreak. I pray that the Lord comfort you in your time of need. “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Ps 34:18

  • yes yes yes! Thanks for constantly bringing the light the truth of going through the trials and following Jesus. Oh how he blesses us as he surrounds us with those who can walk them with us.

    http://www.in-due-time.com

    • Diane Clayton

      Your first lines captured me. I am in the middle of a situation causing me great anger, disbelief,but mostly pain.
      After this started I came home praying for forgiveness for things I said. But as much as I wanted that I was still hurt. Writing pages of Scripture on peace,faith,trust. Still in the midst of an individual lying to me and others. Trying to convenience his employer I m wrong.I am writing, this prayer tells me how much he loves me. Thank you

  • Diane Huntsman

    So many grammatical and spelling errors in my post!! Sorry to any teacher that reads it! ;)

  • Debbera Vail

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRFrKTecEBw, this is my prayer for all of us. Thank you Lord.

  • I am so amazed at today’s reading and devotion by Andrea, as I’ve been in midst of a heartache, trials and uncontrollable circumstances. I know the Lord has not for sake in me. However in my human nature I feel alone. Jesus is my only comfort. Being a part of SRT community has been so good for me too. I look forward to every morning sitting down with my cup coffee with all you ladies. In unity. I don’t understand why our family has been going through this for the past three years even though it’s painful I know my Jesus hasn’t left me. I pray that this year 2017 will be the year that my husband gets a job. And most of all that our family will be stronger

    • Irina

      Praying with you. God is in your business and has been preparing something wonderful for your family. Just believe.

    • Candy

      Praying for you and your family Mari. Jesus will never forsake you!

    • Mari

      I too had grammar errors or spelling. Thats what I get for voicing my post and not proof reading

  • Can you all pray for me? I was called to a difficult job thousands of miles from my home, friends, and family but because I saw God all over it, I left everything and everyone and followed Jesus. He has been so faithful but the job is difficult and my colleagues are hostile because of my love for God. I’m at a crossroads and desperately need some work things to line-up for my review, most importantly a book contract. Please pray that I continue to glorify God no matter what. I’m asking God to set-up an unheard of miraculous situation. I’m asking most importantly for wisdom.

    • Alexis

      Praying for favor in your job! I had the same thing happen to me, and I couldn’t understand why I was in such a hostile/ dark place. God used that to mold me, and I ended up in the job of my dreams, with wonderful people who are practically family and doing something I love. Without that dark job and time of trial, I wouldn’t have enough experience to even be considered for the job I have now. Hopefully this encourages you. Hang in there and know God is with you.

    • JoAnn

      Lord, Your ways are so much higher than our ways and Your understanding so much greater. Please provide Hope with peace that she is on the path You have set for her. Give her a unexplainable joy in this time that she may glorify You in the midst of all that is going on. Lastly Lord I ask for You to give her wisdom to open up doors with her colleagues so she can understand their hearts to fully in order to reach them. All this Lord is asked in the name of Your son Jesus – amen!

    • Danielle Frakes

      Praying for you! Lord, please guide the path you have for us. Let us remember your plan is good! I am sure the plan is not easy, but help us to endure through the trials together.

  • Diane Huntsman

    As we read about trials and suffering, as we endure trials and suffering, it’s hard to not live in the expectation of more trials and suffering, it’s hard to not wait for the other shoe to drop when there’s a calm.. suffering is a guarantee to be sure, but living waiting for it is no way to live.. as sure as the sun rises, calamity falls, but and a big but, Jesus grants us sunshine and days to treasure as well.. often times I have a very difficult time entering into the joys Jesus has given because for petes said trials are promised!! I think we rip ourselves off of truly experiencing the good days because we fear the bad days sure to come, at least I do anyways! I don’t think we need to try and prepare ourselves for disaster by keeping somber and attentive to the next bad thing.. Jesus never leaves us right? So He’ll be right there with us when that trial comes barging in.. He’ll give us what we need to endure and cope with whatever it is that has interrupted or lives.. in the meantime, embrace the quiet or somewhat normal days.. laugh heartily, don’t hold back really entering into the joys of the moments.. perhaps it’s in the drinking in the goodness of God in the calms that fortifies us with His strength for the storms.. anyways, if you’re like me, let’s stop waiting for the show of doom
    And gloom to drop and just enjoy life each day it comes.. and for all of your enduring hard times presently.. weeping will last for a night, joy will come in the morning.. your suffering is hard yes, but seasonal yes.. joy will return!!! Xoxo

    • Cindy

      Thanks for the beautiful words this morning !

      • Irina

        Thank you, it’s so true for some people. My husband is one of them, and I pray that he will realize it and see by his spiritual eyes that sun has been always shining even after the most devastating storms.

    • Colleen

      Thank you Diane!!! What encouragement! I have been struggling with that fear of waiting for the next shoe to fall. It really does steal the hope and joy of the day. Thanks for putting into words just how normal it is to fall into that trap. Time to embrace the good gifts of God, without dread of the next trial, cuz God’s goodness and kindness will shine through no matter what. Hope you have a wonderful day, Diane! ❤️

      • Diane Huntsman

        Aww so happy I could bring a little encouragement your way today!! Blessing friend!! I hope you had a super magnificent day!!

  • I knew the Spirit groaned for us, but I still never realized that Jesus took time to pray for us before His betrayal. Wow. I feel so many emotions surfacing with this knowledge. The Creator of the Universe…the One who deserves all of our supplication, thanksgiving, and praise prayed for. us. Thank You, Father!

  • What perfect timing of this message. Going through rough times that I am allowing to get the best of me and leaving behind all the worst feelings and stressors. I need to remember these words and focus the energy on praying to the One who has said we will never be alone. There is no promise to take away the things of the world, but a promise to never face those things by ourselves. We just have to call out and ask, something I am learning to be better at every single day.

  • Jennifer June

    I read often, but rarely comment. This piece touched my heart so deeply, a soothing balm to a tender heart this morning. Thank you, dear writer. You are not alone in your grief. Much love from Arkansas.

  • Ashley Motes

    I can’t help but look at John 17:21, “May they all be one, as You, Father, are in me and I am in You. May they also be one in us, so the world may believe You sent me,” and feel stirred. Jesus prayed for us, for me! And not only that but prayed about us being able to show that Jesus is definitely a true being that indeed came to earth, and yet, we falter. I falter every day and so does the world, but we have come to a crossroads where christians are looked upon as hypocritical and judgmental opposed to revealing the awesomeness and reality of our Savior. That is my prayer for this country, this people, that we would show love, compassion, truth to every one we know (and don’t know). We are capable of so much and to know that Jesus prayed for us just fills me with hope and encouragement that it is indeed possible for me to reach the potential he has for my life.

    • Jodie

      Amen! The church must come together as one in Jesus, so that the world may know Him. This is His prayer for us.

  • As I read John 17:1-26, I was thinking that the experience the disciples had was not only great, but extremely humbling, as there is much power in praying. I am completely humbled by the thought that Jesus prayed and is still praying for me, a sinner, that I may come to know the Father, and make me strong enough to endure and resist the devil while I’m here, and to remain in Him as He remains in me, as He remains in the Father, and the Father remains in Him. Glory to God and Jesus as they sit on their thrones, ruling and controlling the human condition! May we as believers forever seek to know, trust and love the Father through the love of Jesus Christ, Amen. My suffering and aching will increase, but if it helps me to have a better relationship with God and to see Him in the end, I’ll gladly endure with His help.

  • Jennifer Wood

    I came heartbroken today too. Precious thoughts. Not only did He pray for us, but He is still praying for us. “He always lives to make intercession for them.”- Hebrews 7:25b

  • Tina Putney

    The most striking thought to me isJesus prayed for me and for all who would believe! That’s the God I serve! He prayed for me to not live in fear but in the safety of his arms! Thank you Daddy! I love you too!

  • [email protected]

    Like many if you, what seemed to jump off the page was, Jesus did not pray for us to be taken out of this world, but that we would be protected from the enemy. That we are in this world, but not of it. That we are one with Jesus! It reminds me that I must claim this protection, speak it out loud. That is one of the many reasons I love SRT, they point us to Truth and encourage us to memorize it! The truth that came to me as I was reading today was 2Tim1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and sound mind”. I pray that we would all claim this out loud today. I pray that we would boldly use the sword of the spirit! I know when I speak the Word out loud, especially on days I am struggling, the power of the Holy Spirit is magnified. God has given us His Word to protect us, but it is up to us to know it and use it!

  • “He did not pray for our suffering to end, or for the pain and sorrow to cease. Instead, He prayed for our protection as we face these trials and circumstances. He prayed that we would not face them alone, but with the support of our community and our God.”

    These are the words so many need to hear. Last Friday, there was an active shooter at my old K-12 building. Only 1 was injured and the staff and students reacted incredibly brave and fast. Jesus has been glorified through this, but there is still (understandably) fear as the staff and students head back today. Please pray from the WLS community that they may feel and know Jesus is present.

    • Renee

      Praying for you!

    • Angela

      I just Googled the shooting that you mentioned. Based on the words from the shooting victim’s dad, it sounds like the Lord is already being glorified through this terrible situation. Praying that even more people lean on Him and grow closer to Him during this time. Praying for your entire community.

    • Sarah

      Praying for your community!

  • Alexis Maycock

    This was very empowering for me…to know that we are not alone and that Jesus intercedes on our behalf to the Father…there is such peace in that knowing.

  • Nancy Grant

    I had to learn, years ago, to rest in the knowledge that God my Father knew my despair and that, if I would give myself time, the depressing thoughts would leave and I would, once again, know peace. Believe in Him, cling to Him; He will see you through. He will not leave you; His Holy Spirit will comfort and guide you to a place of grace. Love and prayers for you, Tracy. Isaiah 41:13 is a verse I cling to in times of need: “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” He is always with you.

  • While this wasn’t the focus verse of the day, it jumped out at me… Verse 15 has Jesus praying that God would not take them out of the world, but to protect them from the evil one. Lately, my head has been consumed by thoughts of suicide because I see no end, no way out of the pain. It is a fight every day that I am often too tired to fight. Here, Jesus says He doesn’t want God to take me out of the world, but to protect me while I am still in it. While I can’t stand up rejoicing that I suddenly feel great about it and my soul is at peace now, at least it is something I can hold onto.

    • Christy

      Prayers for you today, Tracy.

      • Kim

        Tracy I have just prayed for you that a community believers would envelope you this day so you will know that are not alone your struggles, and within the community you will find council to walk hand in hand with you at this time, continually pointing to the goodness of Christ.

    • Julie

      Tracy, my prayers are with you today. May the Lord bless you as you read his word and heal the pain inside. I have struggled with depression and feelings of hopelessness as well. I still have some hard days, but I try to remind myself of the truth from the Bible over the lies that my depression tells me. I know some christians do not believe in medication, but I do. The Lord used it to heal me. Praying for wisdom and comfort for you!

    • Tammi

      Praying for you, Tracy.

    • Kelsie

      Tracy, I pray that you hold on to this verse. That you remember whose you are. Jesus prayed for you many years ago. He prayed for your protection and that you would be filled with him. He says that you do not suffer alone, therefore you do not have to face it alone. We may not be standing beside you, but this SRT community is lifting you up and praying that you fight the good fight. I will continue to pray for peace over your heart and a joy that fills you like no other. Stay strong sister.

    • Alexis Maycock

      Yes Tracy, Jesus is interceding for you…fighting for you…He loves you so much. Hold onto His love and peace and you will find strength. Amen.

    • Kathleen

      Tracy, just want you to know you are not alone in your suffering. I have thought so many times, “Lord, I’m not meant to be here, this world is too hard and I am too soft. But I’ve come to realize that is a lie. This scripture has reminded me of this fact. Often times it seems that life sucks! But maybe it’s those very hard things in our lives that God is allowing to bring us to maturity. He wants us to look like his son, Jesus! I don’t know why it’s most often the hard things that bring the greatest growth. But I do know that as I yield to his touch, trust him in the process, believe that he is good and he really loves me, I am finding the journey more enjoyable. Life really is a gift, lets not waste the gift but unwrap it and pursue a deep relationship with him, I promise you, it will be worth it! I’m praying for you Tracy! Love your sister in Christ, Kathleen

    • Jacki

      Tracy, praying fervently for you. Please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline- 1-800-273-8255. They will help you and put you in touch with someone in your area who can regularly help you. Jesus is for you always, and there are people out there who care.

    • Brandi

      Hey sweet sister! My heart is hurting for you and with you this morning. I’m so sorry for this heavy, overwhelming burden you are struggling under! I just wanted to reiterate some of the things are sisters have shared – You are not alone. We are standing in the gap today for you. When you are too tired, we are still standing! You are loved and treasured by the Creator of all things! You are precious to Him! I’m praying He will enable you to get a glimpse of how wonderful you are to Him today and that you will feel His comfort, His presence in abundance! He’s got this!

    • Karen

      Tracy, know that we are praying for you. Know that you are loved. Know that God created you for a reason. Know that He loves you beyond any comprehension. Please let us know, in the days to come, that you feel our prayers and are seeking help.

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      Praying for you Tracy….you are not alone!

    • Allie Smith

      Tracy, I am weeping with you from afar. Wish I could be there with some chocolate and coffee and we could just listen to Jesus-centered music & cry together. You are His dearly beloved, and I know Christ aches knowing your struggles. But He knows our weaknesses and chose us anyways—you are dearly loved! I echo what Jackie said: please call the suicide prevention hotline, or text! There is a text version too if calling is too much: (just text “GO” to 741741). I will be praying for you today. Keep pressing on…even though it seems too much <3

    • Suzanne

      Tracy – you are a beautiful precious daughter of the most high king and He has a plan and purpose for you on this earth. YOU ARE LOVED!!!

    • Mari

      I’m praying for you Tracy

    • Christine Marie

      Tracy I echo the other women when I say you have a purpose and are dearly loved by your creator. He has a purpose for you, and knows you better than anyone. He loves you Tracy. Please don’t believe the lies of the enemy that suicide is the only way out.

      “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
      ‭‭John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

      Surely if Christ died so that you can live, He wants you here and has a plan for your life. You are dearly loved Tracy I along with numerous other sisters in Christ are praying for you as you are hurting.

      -Christine

    • Candy

      Dear precious Tracy, suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. As a nurse I wonder . . Have you seen a doctor about this? Perhaps your depression can be helped with some medicine? Sometimes our chemicals in our brains can be low and with the right pill it’s like the bright lights are finally shining again. I know that’s how it was for me. You say you see no end, no way out of the pain. Jesus knows the way out-take his hand and don’t let go! Praying for you sweet sister in Christ!

    • Clare

      This is so real – your pain is so vast – but remember (as we read on here the other day) Jesus does real, he wrote in the dirt, he cooked fish, he walked and talked. There are no quick answers, but in the midst of that, as Jesus prayed for you he lives alongside us in the reality. As you say, something to hold onto in the darkness, and praying along with these other Godly women that your light would soon start to shine xx

    • Tracy

      I hope the ladies who prayed for me today come back to read this. I know God heard your prayers today, and provided me with a reprieve from the darkness. Things aren’t magically better but regardless, I felt at peace. I do have bipolar disorder type 2 and am under close treatment for this. Being a nurse, I learned long ago I have had this problem likely my whole life, and have delayed treatment in my adult life for fear of stigma in my career. But the point comes to where I will have no career if I don’t continue treatment. It seems the harder I try to get better and to beat this, the harder Satan comes at me with depression. It has been and likely will be a lifetime struggle, one that God has allowed in my life for a reason. I know this won’t be the last time I have a depressive episode, but knowing I have you all to lift me up truly makes all the difference. I so much long for a group of godly women locally to sit and chat and just share life. That hasn’t happened yet, but I am so glad to have you all.

      • Candy

        Much love Tracy! As a fellow nurse you know that caring for a mental disorder is just as important as a heart or lung problem. To me taking treatments should NEVER be a stigma to your career-it shows that you take the same good care of yourself as you do your patients! I too have missed having a local group to sit with and our SRT sisters are so precious to me right now. I pray that you will feel that oneness with us and also find some local sisters too!! Much love from Oklahoma!

      • Karen

        Tracy, So glad I came back to check on you and so good to know you are feeling some peace. Many years ago a wise Christian Dr. told me to kiss that little pill every morning, swallow it, and thank God that He had created someone on earth to make the pill that would help me move forward every day. With Jesus and a few medications, I am able to get out of bed every day and live a productive life. I pray that you continue to seek Jesus first and he will give you answers. Love to you!

      • Lexi

        Tracy, I’m just now reading your original post, as well as your most recent. I too struggle with mental health…chronic anxiety and depression. It is absolutely exhausting and disheartening. Every day is a giant battle. I feel like I could have written your original post…I know all those feelings all too well. Please know that you’re not alone in your struggles…there are many of us here on SRT that struggle with mental health issues. Reading everyone’s comments and encouragement is so so good for my soul…it gives me brief moments of reprieve. I will be praying for you…sending you much love. ❤

  • churchmouse

    As Jesus prepared to face His earthly death, He prayed for His disciples and all future believers to be protected and to persevere in the truth they had received through Him. As I age and the time of my earthly death draws nearer, may I leave a legacy of faith for my family and friends. I pray that they would stand firm in the Truth and that they would be part of a community that does not waver. Thank you Andrea for reminding me to do what I can to leave such a legacy. And so thankful for Jesus.

  • Victoria A

    This was a hard one for me today. I was recently shunned by my community, literally kicked out of my church. Though it was a very complicated and painful circumstance- it leaves my husband and I completely alone in the town we’ve been living in for 4 years. This isolation makes it so hard to feel like we can be one with the body of believers when we’ve been so deeply hurt by the church. Some moments the only thing helping me to hold my tongue is this verse about all believers being in unity. How can I strike my brother (however deserved I feel it is) when God has show. So much grace and calls us to give grace, be united, and LOVE others. I’m thankful to be reminded that even when my community has abandoned me, my God never will. He is faithful to protect me through my suffering so HE can be glorified. I need to focus that my pain will eventually bring God glory as I allow him to lead me through it.

    • Stacy

      Praying for you.

    • Megan

      What a hard situation. I said a prayer for you.

    • Marie Smith

      Praying for you.

    • Sarah_Joy

      I’m sorry you’re hurting. Praying a prayer for you this morning.

    • churchmouse

      Praying for you and your family, Victoria. It is especially painful to be wounded by “friendly fire.” I have been there. I bear the scars still. And it is hard to control the righteous anger and submit to loving them by holding your tongue. BUT GOD, in His timing and in His way, will bring you to a pleasant pasture yet again. The wound will heal and eventually the scar will remind you of His faithfulness more than the pain of that event. Holding your hand from here, friend. Stay close to Jesus. He is right there with you.

    • Kelsie

      Sending prayers your way. I am humbled by your ability to bite your tongue because of what the Bible calls you to do. I pray that one day I will be as strong as you in this way.

    • Tonya

      I have journeyed the path you currently walk. He will fight for you, you need only to be still (Exodus 14:14). As we read in John 15, remain, abide, dwell, be still in Him. Entrust yourself to Him (1 Peter 2:23).

    • Ellen

      Praying for you and your husband

    • Mari

      Prayed for you

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  • Elisabeth

    A good help for me this morning as I prepare to go into surgery to see if we can discover why I’m struggling to get pregnant and when I do, I’m miscarrying. God is with us in the middle of this! I would so appreciate your prayers, my sisters.

    • Dana

      Praying for you and a successful surgery. ❤️

    • Tina

      Elisabeth, God be with you , as are my prayers….hugs and love to you dear Sister in Christ..xxx

    • Loida

      Elisabeth, we’re praying for you.

    • April M.

      Praying for you Elisabeth!

    • Whim

      Praying with and for you both. Isn’t it comforting to know that Jesus prayed for all of us. This really touched my broken spirit, to know He is always here with me walking through the difficulties of this world. I’ve not always done the right thing, and as is our human nature, shame and pride has kept me from asking for help. He loves you and me the same! Isn’t that comforting? I pray that you both heal , I don’t know your story, but I believe a church of Christ followers would not abandon. But they are human too, and sometimes we judge those we shouldn’t.

    • churchmouse

      Praying for you and your family

    • Rachel

      Dear Elisabeth, I pray your surgery is successful today. Lean on Jesus every step of the way. He is enough!

    • Emily

      Praying for you as you go into surgery and praying the doctors find answers for you. Know you are not alone in this journey. And my prayer is that you will look back and see God’s hand at work in your story.

    • Ellen

      Added to my prayers.

    • Hilary

      I’ve been there too, Elisabeth. Praying for some answers for you today!

    • Mari

      Will pray right now

    • Kendra

      Praying!❤️

    • Candy

      Praying for success and answers for you today!

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