Thursday, October 4, 2012

{5} Cry If You Want To


Phew! I'm worn out.

This "write for 31 days on one topic" isn't just tiring because it's a lot of work and writing.
It's tiring because I boo-hoo every single day.  It's an honor to read your requests and pray for you, but it's terrifying to sit at a keyboard each day before a holy God, wondering how to reflect even an ounce of His Light into your dark wait.  I simply cannot do it.  But where I am weak, I trust He'll prove Himself strong.


So I've been a crybaby lately.  Perhaps, if you're in a painful wait, you've been a crybaby too.  That's okay.  The Bible is full of tired waiters crying out to God.  Today, I'm including a few of those verses below.  My only point is this:  You don't have to fake happy.  Cry out to God if you need to.



Okay, and before I show you those crying verses, I want to celebrate something with you...
Remember last week I told you Christian writer/speaker Deidra Riggs is writing for 31 days from the perspective of being a black woman?  (31 Days in My Brown Skin)  Well I am so humbled to be featured over at her fabulous website talking about life as a white mama to a black baby.  Please go read my post?  I'm bursting out of my (pale) skin in excitement!

And now... a few sweet crybaby verses that remind us it's okay to ask God what in the world is going on with the pain and delays...



"How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? [...] Consider and answer me, O LORD my GOd; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death."  Psalm 13:1-3

"Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.  My soul is also greatly troubled.  But you, O LORD -- how long?" Psalm 6:2-3

"How long, O LORD, will you look on? Rescue me..." Psalm 35:17

"But when I hoped for good, evil came, and when I waited for light, darkness came.  My inward parts are in turmoil and never still; days of affliction come to meet me." Job 30:26-27

Don't let these verses discourage you; we have plenty of Light to explore still this month. On the contrary, let the verses remind you that you're free to cry out to God with every ounce of doubt and hurt you feel.


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Today was Day 5 of
31 Days of Waiting:
Day 1     Day 2     Day 3     Day 4     Day 5     Day 6     Day 7     Day 8     Day 9     Day 10     Day 11     Day 12     Day 13     Day 14     Day 15     Day 16     Day 17     Day 18     Day 19     Day 20     Day 21     Day 22     Day 23     Day 24     Day 25     Day 26     Day 27     Day 28     Day 29     Day 30     Day 31


8 comments:

The Kirks said...

Loving this series and LOVE your "Sisters" post on the other page. I don't know why I am so astonished at your wisdom every day when I read your posts. It is just amazing to know a person that is so "real" to me but so wise as well. I love you all the universe!

RACHEL said...

Thank you, sweet Heather! As much as I clearly love online community, there is no replacement for "real" friends. Especially those I met in third grade and still love today. :) You mean the world to me!

Sharon B said...

Love this reminder...so often I find myself trying to be strong or brave when all I want to do is cry!

RACHEL said...

Sharon, did you read Ann Voskamp's blog today? I had to smile at how perfectly it fit our series over here. It's about finding joy in the cracks of all that's broken, and overcoming cynicism. Crying out to God in honesty is what I'm talking about today -- not cynicism. Still, her post is perfect for when cynicism creeps in: http://bit.ly/R3IcO4

Dina said...

You wrote an amazing piece over at Jumping Tandem.

RACHEL said...

Thank you so much, Dina. I know you and your blog! And I'm so happy you liked my piece.

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