Forebodings and Feasting.

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“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” Mark Twain

Proverbs 15:15 sets the scene for this regularly visited, now edited blog post ‘All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances]’.

What if my child gets sick?

What is a foreboding? The dictionary describes ‘a feeling that evil is impending or that something bad is going to happen’.

Ever had that? Have that?

It can often happen when you have experienced disappointment. The habit of waiting for the next bad thing, or, on the other hand I speak to some who feel so blessed, and things are going so well, their mind hovers around ‘things are so good something will go wrong soon enough’.

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I find evil forebodings can be constant, an irritation, a dripping tap of what ifs and dread. You know the storm will come, it’s just when.

What if it happens again?

That familiar, subtle presence hovering over and gnawing at our everyday existence. Solomon exhorts us to ‘Catch the little foxes that are ruining your vineyard’.

Catch them. Name them. In this case evil forebodings.

What if they reject me?

You need to know I am not one to give ‘the obvious’ Christian answers, you know by now that I’ve known and still the know the reality of struggle and darkness in my family – but I do know the freedom of God’s promises.

What if nothing.ever.changes?

Isaiah 30:18 says: “Therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you…. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him….”

Joyce Meyer writes ‘God is looking and longing for someone who’s waiting for Him to be good to them. God wants to be good to you, but you have to be expecting Him to move in your life’.

What if he doesn’t get better? What if….? What if….? Arggghhhh. 

Again, the other half of the verse says ‘he who has a glad heart has a continual feast (regardless of circumstances).

You might feel like it would be easier to paddle board across Niagara Falls than find a glad heart status and if this resonates with you and the forebodings are something you are experiencing ask someone to pray with you, to speak life over you and remind yourself of God’s word for your life.

We were not meant to handle life alone, I love the power of community.R

Remember this…‘fear fears community‘. 

Does this verse speak to you?

Have you been able to recognize the forebodings that gnaw at you, the little foxes destroying?

Do you need to be reminded of God’s promise again today?

 

I’d love to hear from you – leave me a comment.

Enjoy a feasting weekend, love Michelle xoxo

 

Evil Forebodings

Woah, that’s a heavy title to dance into the weekend Michelle! Stick with me this might just help your weekend, and the days following.  I read a verse this week, it was an ‘aha’ moment for me, shedding light on many conversations I have, giving a voice to a common experience.

Proverbs 15:15 in the Amplified Bible says this ‘All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].”

What is a foreboding? The dictionary definition describes ‘a feeling that evil is impending or that something bad is going to happen’

It’s a constant, an irritation, a dripping tap of what if’s and dread – of waiting… a familiar subtle presence hovering over and gnawing at your everyday existence, Song of Solomon 2:15 ‘Catch the little foxes that are ruining your vineyard’. Catch them, Fight them, Seize them. To do so we must first recognize them and name them.

It has a name. An evil foreboding.

The next verse goes on to say ‘he who has a glad hard has a continual feast (regardless of circumstances) You might feel like it would be easier to paddle board across Niagra Falls than get to a glad heart status and if this resonates with you and the ‘evil forebodings’ are something you experience ask someone to pray with you, to speak life over you and remind yourself of God’s word for your life. We were not meant to handle life alone, I love the power of community.

I’m not going to give you  ’10 steps to a glad heart’ but I know scripture is so full of promises like this one in Psalm 27:13, David writes: “What would have become of me had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!”

I’ll leave you to find your own promises…and if you can’t. Get back to me. I’m loving this book too which challenges you to live a life of gratitude. Thanksgiving. Eucharisteo. It changes everything.

You need to know I am not one to give pat Christian answers here, I have known the reality of sickness, mental illness, alcoholism and depression in my family and still do and I know this is often no quick fix – but I do know the freedom of God’s promises.

My Mom is a great example of not allowing forebodings to rule, whilst having many reasons to let her soul be downcast  – she has learned to live a glad heart, to allow her soul to prosper, to ‘take thoughts captive’ – focusing above.

To feast!

On that note – Praying you know God’s best for your weekend!

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” Mark Twain