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Freedom From Banging Our Heads Against The Wall

I have felt a weight on my chest lately.

It feels like an elephant is standing on it to check out the view. It feels as though one of those giant cement balls from Looney

Tunes cartoons is resting on me. It feels like I have the weight of the world on there.

And I suppose I do. What’s the world bring us? Bills, bills, and bills, and elephant-sized challenges. What’s the Lord bring us?

FREEDOM from our challenges, peace, joy.

It sometimes feels like I can’t breathe. The weight of being a new husband and father (to my dog Pongo) can be a lot heavier than

expected. The demands of the 40-hour work week, both on the job and the limited time off, is straining. And to think I worked so

hard, unknowingly looking for stress like this! (Be careful what you wish for, it might just come true!)

As children of God, we are to be free of this.

  • And he saith unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? – Mark 4:40
  • Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. – Luke 12:32
  • For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. – Isaiah 41:13

God, our greatest friend and helper, is here for us. Like a true Father, He wants to take our hand, walking us through our

troubles. He wants us to lay our troubles at His feet so He can take care of them. This isn’t just a neighbor down the street who is

offering to take a look at your broke down weed whacker when he gets the time, this is the Lord, demanding us to give Him

WHATEVER problem we face.

That’s not only if we feel like it or if we don’t feel quite prepared ourselves, that’s in every single instance. The only problem is

that we don’t want to. Even the tallest hurdles, something stubborn inside us, or something prideful, cries out “I want to try at

that!!” We may be yelling out “AHHHHH!!! I can’t do this!!” But we still continue trying it alone, and continue beating our heads

against the wall with each failure.

We need freedom from clinging to dying efforts. Look at your life, you know there is something in it that just isn’t working, no

matter how hard you try. Let God take control, and He’ll work the miracles you have been wanting to see all along.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1

I have been reading a blog, laneannmiller.blogspot.com, and it has truly inspired me. I never met this Hopkinsville woman and had never even heard her name until after she passed away five days ago, but Lane Ann Miller is having a great impact on me right now.

The 46-year old school teacher, wife, mother, and devoted daughter of Jesus spent the final six months of her life sharing with the public – people she knew well and people she never met – intimate details of her bout with stage 4 colon cancer. But she shared it with just delicacy and care, taking note of every detail along the journey, not just her imminent fate, something I believe most of us would be completely overwhelmed with. She had Bigger things in mind. 

Blogs are a slice of our culture today, people are able to share what’s on their heart with the masses whether they have a major publisher or not. And though there are millions of blogs and only a small percentage are actually read, Lane Ann’s blog has earned many followers from a grass-roots beginning back in October, when this small-town family from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, shared what had hit their hearts. Lane Ann and her husband shared several of the toughest questions they were facing, for all the world to see and ask alongside, and her husband is keeping readers up-to-date on how the family is coping with their loss.

Below are a few of the questions Lane Ann asked within her second blog entry, October 15, only days after she had learned of her illness:

  • “If I question how to spend my time in the next few weeks, does that mean I’m not trusting God?”
  • “If I have random thoughts on what/who I would want for a funeral, does that I mean I’m not looking forward to living on the rest of my life?”
  • “If I’m not all perky and positive with the standard ‘pat’ answers of how good God is, does that mean I’m not godly?”
  • “If I say I know God is going to heal me completely, is that me presuming God will do it?”
  • “If I say I know God CAN heal me…and if I completely trust God to do that…how do I know what HE wants to do? Or maybe better than that, does it even matter if I know what He wants to do?”

Lane Ann had bolstered this with her Faith in an all-powerful God, who held her in His arms every step of the way. She wrote: “I choose to endure whatever He decides for me in a way that makes someone see Jesus…”

Please, I invite you to read into this amazing blog. I have only just begun, and it already has started to reshape my heart. See what it can do for yours. The peace they have shown during this storm has been beyond inspiration, it’s proof that it can be done. No matter what the circumstance, we are capable of peace when we are walking with the Lord. Also, please offer your support to this family, they are just beginning to walk through this trial, they can use as much love as possible.