Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

Because of the all-encompassing nature of my son’s OCD diagnosis and treatment, I’ve had to step away from some ministry roles within the last month.

There is no denying it – I’m sad about this.

And more than once I’ve found myself questioning whether or not I made the right decision to step away, because of the sadness and disappointment I feel.

“If I’d done what God really wanted me to do, wouldn’t I not be feeling sad?”

“Maybe the disappointment and sadness is telling me I made the wrong choice.”


But God put this verse in my mind this morning:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”

~ John 14:1

God kindly paraphrased this in my mind, for my situation:

Just because you’re following Me doesn’t mean you’re immune to negative feelings.  Don’t be swayed by them.

Because at the end of the day, I DO feel like the decisions I made were the right ones.  And feeling sadness and disappointment about it is normal, I suppose – they were ministries I loved and felt passionate about (I still do!)

But to say that those feelings mean that I didn’t make the right decision is the wrong conclusion.  And probably a lie from Satan meant to detract me from what it is God wants me doing right now.

Which is to minister to my family.  To my son.  To attend to what needs doing at home.




2 thoughts on “Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

  1. Praying for you and your son. Sometimes you have to take a step back and take care of the family for a little bit. No shame in it. Bless you and your tender heart ❤ I know it's hard when you want to serve but you do what you have to! Saying prayers.

    • Thanks for your kind words, encouragement, and prayers. I just visited your website and I’m looking forward to diving in and reading more soon!

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