I am still working my way through the recently released book, No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending. I am enjoying it so far and wanted to share some good quotes with you.
Here is one on pretending:
"How often have your tried not to cry your own tears? Maybe you're like me, and you weren't prepared for life to be shockingly painful at times. Or maybe you believe, as I did, that you have to fake fine because God wants strong, un-anxious Christians. I know I am not the only one who minimizes my pain, works hard to get out of it, or just pretends that everything is okay. But I have found that if we minimize our suffering to a 3 on the pain scale, then we only heal at a 3 as well."
"And if we silence our own cries, then we will inevitably silence the cries of those around us. We cannot carefully address the wounds of others if we are carelessly addressing our own."
"I assumed God had healed my heart, because I couldn't feel pain anymore. Instead, I had simply mastered suppressing every emotion I ever felt, and I gave God credit for a healing I had never experienced. I was faking fine--not intentionally, not even consciously--but I was not really fine."
"When we fake fine, we run the risk of faking forgiveness--and in doing so, we cut ourselves off from the real thing."
Many of you are tired and wounded and need some help through your trials here so here are a few reminders I would like to share with you about overcoming trials:
1. TRIALS ARE TO BE EXPECTED
2. TRIALS STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH.
3. GOD IS SOVEREIGN IN TRIALS AND WILL HELP US THROUGH THEM
"But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth." 2 Timothy 4:17-18
4. GOD COMFORTS US IN OUR TRIALS (AND HELPS US TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS IN THEIR TRIALS)
5. GOD REWARDS THOSE WHO ENDURE TRIALS
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him." James 1:!2
There are many more Bible verses on trials you will be encouraged by here. .
If you are interested in reading No More Faking Fine along with me, you can find it HERE in paperback, Kindle or Audible.
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