“They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun. For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:16-17 NLT
I read Revelation 7 this morning and these last two verses were very encouraging to me. I am so excited that I someday get to live with God in heaven. I can’t even imagine how wonderful it will be. Being in the presence of God for eternity seems like a pretty awesome blessing. I won’t have any more mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual pain. Just writing this is making me smile.
It is so cool that in heaven I won’t have any more neck pain or back pain; I will just be healthy all the time. I won’t have Depression, Anxiety, or OCD; I will be with Jesus in paradise. I’m going to try to remember this when I have bad days. No matter what happens, God loves me. He has saved me and I will someday live in eternity with Him.
I have been doing pretty well lately; my medication has definitely help lessen my intrusive thoughts. I’m also learning not to take them seriously when they come. I have still felt a little depressed sometimes, but I am able to cope pretty well lately. I’m so thankful God has blessed me with peace during this crazy time. I know there are good and bad days with any mood disorder. I’m so thankful I’ve had mostly good days lately. However; if I have a bad day, I’m going to try to remind myself my life on Earth is just temporary. There are many different struggles we go through in our lives, but they will disappear once we go to heaven. Of course, it’s not easy or even realistic to be joyful all the time. There is definitely a time for mourning, but it is so cool that once we get to heaven we won’t have to mourn anymore. We will be living with our perfect Father. It is hard living with OCD. It is hard living with Depression and Anxiety, but God loves me even though I struggle with these. Mood disorders are caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain. Having a mood disorder does not mean you lack faith. Most people don’t say you lack faith if you take Tylenol for a headache. So why would people say that if you take an antidepressant? It’s okay to take medication. Medication has been very helpful for me. However; it makes me so happy that there will be a day where I no longer have to take it. When I get to heaven, I will be healed of all my pain. I’m so thankful God loves me so much.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NLT
When I have a crappy day with parenting. When I feel like I can’t do anything right. When I feel like I don’t know how to parent. When I feel like a failure. It’s so encouraging to know there will be a time when I no longer feel like that. I’m so thankful I have been saved by God’s grace so I will get to live with Him forever. I’m also thankful I can look to God for perfection with my parenting. I’m so thankful His grace never runs out. When I mess up, He forgives me. No matter what. God loves you, too. All you have to do is accept his love. You might feel unworthy, but Christ has made everyone worthy of God’s love. You just have to accept it. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, you can be forgiven. It doesn’t matter how others have made you feel, you are worthy. God loves you no matter what.
“There will be a day with no more tears. No more pain and no more fears. There will be a day when the burdens of this place will be no more. We’ll see Jesus face to face.”- There Will Be a Day by Jeremy Camp