“Chonda Pierce” What a Friend We Have in Jesus

With mental health issues it’s so easy to just spiral down… To listen to the voices which have entangled us since before we remember… To forget that we have an angelic army led by Jesus Himself… 

This YouTube video contains quick spun off of hymns, that were and still are somewhat used. Hymns are the church songs that were used from (I’m guessing) 1750’s until the 1980’s when alternative Christian music started being used more and more. 

Growing up in the church, around the same time as me hymn were it. The music may not be in your style of music… So just read the words…

What a Friend We Have in Jesus was written in 1855 and is still so very touching today… I personally would put it up with Amazing Grace as a must know hymn. 

The hymn comes in towards the end of the video…

  1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
    Oh, what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
  2. Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful,
    Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness;
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
  3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our refuge—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer!
    In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
    Thou wilt find a solace there.
  4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
    Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
    May we ever, Lord, be bringing
    All to Thee in earnest prayer.
    Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
    There will be no need for prayer—
    Rapture, praise, and endless worship
    Will be our sweet portion there

What things am I sins and grief do I carry around? How many times have I not turned to God to be in His arms so He can shield me? 

Where Was God?

When I was a child, the church I attended ran a program called Pioneer Girls, the Christian version of Girl Scouts. One of the leaders was my favorite. From her and other leaders I learnt a lot of the foundations​ of my beliefs in God. 

Her family and ours were friends often sharing meals or celebrating New Year’s Eve, well you get the story… Our family really knew theirs.

Twenty five years ago a 4 year old boy was abducted from a park. This women was a close friend of the family and she was devastated. Her faith was put to the test. She asked where was God?!?! How could He let this happen?!?!

She expected her faith in God to be an umbrella where nothing would hurt her.

Do bad things happen to Christians? The Bible says the rains falls on the good and the bad… There are Psalms and Proverbs that ask why it seems like the wicked are prospering… 

So where was God? How could a God who has said He is Love allow such horrible and traumatic events? 

God was there… He really was… 

But so was sin… There are 2 types of wills at work here. There is God’s will AND there is God’s permissive will… The later is where we do what we want…

Good choices… Someone decides to take a taxi home from the bar. Someone chooses to assist an elderly person cross the road. Someone takes time to bless a person who is having a hard time financially. Someone takes the time to babysit for a young couple giving them a much needed time together.

Bad choices… Someone decided to drink and drive. Someone else exploits others. Someone chooses to rob a bank and someone else decides to abduct a 4 year old boy.

God never abandons… Hard times are a result of us or others or a combination of events all smucked together under the title of permissive will… 

There are no do-overs in life… We can’t go back and change how events lined up to what they now are… 

The good news is, God sent His Son and He became our do-now… There still are consequences and battle scars… But Jesus helps us to continue moving forward… And bonus… He’ll take our scars and use them so that others can either learn from our experiences or see that there is still hope as they see we have survived and that they can to..

It’s not easy either… We have a sign in our house that reads faith makes things possible not easy… 

Everyday I battle my mental health issues… Some days are easier than others… Some days really suck… yah the not easy days…

Sorry – no umbrella policy… Instead we have God walking beside us and possibly travel with friends for support…

 

If Only One

Anyone with mental health issues knows that there are days you are really dragging at the bottom of the pond. Where you feel you’re all alone and nobody in the world cares.

In Psalm 69:29b David writes “If only one person would show some pity; if only one would turn and comfort me.”

For me it’s when God randomly put the thought in my head very different from what I have been thinking such as “I wonder what’s happening with Jen today” or “gee it’s been a long time since I’ve heard from Samantha maybe we should go for coffee”. I believe that is a chance to be the “if only one”. They may need to meet up or are really need a hug and a shoulder, these are times when I try to remember that I have 2 ears and only 1 mouth and I reflect back to times where either they or others were my “if one only”.

So my question is for who are we the “if one only” ?

God and Handling Hard Times 

Psalm 66:10-12

For you have tested us, O God; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you placed a heavy burden on our backs. You let men ride over our heads. We went through fire and through water, but you have brought us out to the place of abundance” (NLT)

I have used the saying that God doesn’t give me more than I can handle…

BUT IT IS WRONG!

If I am capable of handling every situation then I don’t need God… 

Let me give it to you straight… I NEED GOD!

I know I cannot due my life all on my own. I simply cannot. My mental health issues​? Ah yah… God please! 

When I’m having a hard time and it’s a bad day you can know that I’m sending out text messages to my CR support friends and hubby… If I can think of it I have my Bible emergency kit on my smartphone… Verses that are special to me from other times I’ve spent with God… I put on the armor of God… I try to not use food as a comfort… 

The real truth is… I need God when my life seems impossible for me to handle… That is when I get to step back and see how God will guide me. I know that He has a plan for me (Jer 29:11). I know that God uses everything for good. Even the hard times… I get to know God better when I let Him guide.

My favorite Christian singer is Kathy Triccoli… She sings a powerful song which really fits the blog posting…

How Would I Know (YouTube)

If it wasn’t for the times that I was down
If it wasn’t for the times that I was bound
For all the times that I wondered
How I would ever make it through
All of the times that I couldn’t see my way
And I had to turn to You

How would I know You could deliver
How would I know You could set free
If there had never been a battle
How would I know the victory
How would I know You could be faithful
To meet all of my needs
Lord I appreciate the hard times
Otherwise how would I know

I remember all the times I had to cry
And at the time all I could do was wonder why
Why would a God so kind and loving
Allow me to go through all this pain
If I could see into the future
Then I would know the joy I’d gain

But how would I know You could deliver
How would I know You could set free
If there had never been a battle
How would I know the victory
How would I know You could be faithful
To meet all of my needs
Lord I appreciate the hard times
Otherwise how would I know

How would I know that you could
Make a way out of no way
How would I know if I never had a need
Brother, I know what you’re goin’ through
Sister, I know ’cause I’ve been in your shoes
But I can truly say that I know what God can do

How would I know You could deliver
How would I know You could set free
If there had never been a battle
How would I know the victory
How would I know You could be faithful
To meet all of my needs
Lord I appreciate the hard times
Otherwise how would I know
Otherwise how would I know

How would I know You could set free
How would I know You deliver me
How would I know You could make a way
How would I know You could meet my needs
How would I know
How would I know
I wouldn’t have known
I wouldn’t have known