There are many stories that come our way at the Hamilton Post Magazine, yet the best ones are always those that are real, raw and authentic. I especially chose to publish this one as it testifies about the transforming power of God. And as the adage goes, if God can do it for one, He can do it for you. -Lisa Hamilton
Christal Pinchback: "My life was an endless cycle of disappointment. I was filled with so much negativity that every chance I got, I was compelled to tell someone about all the garbage in my life. I was the human trashcan that couldn’t wait to dump my miserable life on anyone who crossed my path. I was the one that people scrambled when they saw me coming, as I had nothing good to say. I was the walking dumpster that everyone avoided."
"I was going through a lot; I despised my job; my family was in shambles and it seemed like every friend I had was doing better in life than I was. Have you ever been there? Every time I got to speak to someone, I would unload my problems, it was like I could not stop until I got it all out. I felt so heavy and I was looking for relief. Normally talking with friends, family or friendly coworkers helped, but this time it was different. I knew I was becoming a burden so to appear “normal,” I just relented with saying “I’m fine” whenever someone asked how I was."
I could not understand why my normal routine did not work. Normally, I could talk it out, listen to a good sermon and crank some Gospel tunes to get back on track,
"This time it wasn't working. I knew I needed to reconnect with God, but his presence felt so far. When it was time to pray, I felt like I had so much going wrong, I didn't know what to pray for first."
"I needed something more. I found myself at the Christian Store, hoping to find something to center me. I went through aisles of Bibles, books, planners, pens, and I came across the devotionals. One brightly colored Women’s Devotional caught my eye entitled
“Be Still and Let Your Nail Polish Dry.”
Exactly. Be still and let God work behind d the scenes.
"I immediately bought it and could not wait to get home to read it. Leaving that store made me feel like I regained a piece of hope. I started to read through my Devotional and in the lines below I would write a prayer to God about what I was going through and little by little that weight I was feeling started to lift."
I realized that the reason I was feeling so heavy was because I was trying to give my burdens to the wrong people, then isolating from my loved ones because my burdens were not theirs to carry. I was looking for relief in people when that was a job for God. Now, I do believe that God does give us people in our lives to help us along the way. However, we must be careful not to put them in a place only God can be.
In 1 Peter 5:7 it says,
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
"God is concerned about our troubles, he desires for us to come to him and give him our anxiety, disappointment, and shame."
He alone will give us peace that surpasses all understanding.
"God wanted to hear from me, but he also wants to hear from you. I encourage anyone reading this to prioritize God in your daily walk, cultivate a true relationship with him, because in him there is peace and so much joy."
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