"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." 1 Corinthians 9:13
Good word. So when life gets crazy and we are feeling totally overwhelmed with the desire to trust our feelings rather than the truth of God's word... We can know that there IS a way of escape. We won't be tempted with more than we can handle.
The other night a few of my friends came over and shared, with aching hearts, about how hard it has been this week to trust God with their singleness. They are being tempted with things like dating guys that clearly aren't best for them, or selfishly flirting with guys in order to feel beautiful, or just getting bitter with God for not providing them with the relationships they long for.
Though I'm married to an AMAZING man- I too shared some of their aches and definitely related to the temptations they were facing.
After spending time doing fun things to pamper ourselves in my living room... Like manicures and facials... We talked through everything we were feeling and were able to encourage each other to continue trusting Jesus with our hearts.
We didn't end the night feeling 100% better... In fact we still woke up the next morning facing some of the same pain that we talked about the night before... BUT we were undoubtedly stronger than we were before we talked to each other about it. Our perspective was better and our commitment to trusting God was renewed.
We aren't meant to walk through this life alone. The Bible says that Christians are a "body". This means we literally need each other, the same way a brain needs a working heart and lungs in order to function properly.
So sweet ones... You are NOT alone. Don't isolate when you feel tempted. It is okay to lean on others in the Body of Christ when you are feeling weak. Even if a church podcast or a blog (like mine) is your only way to receive strength & encouragement to continue walking with God... Use it! Don't try to do this life alone. It won't work.
Besides... If we choose to be alone... We are choosing not to have anyone to give us a facial... And if we do that then who will be there to put their salad on our face when we need it? ((see photo))