The past two weeks I’ve been consumed with guilt. Illness has left me lying on the couch or in bed while my children watch way too much “Scooby-Doo” and the toddler eats her weight in fruit snacks.
And guilt that the house is falling to shambles, that I can’t homeschool today, that my husband has to come home after a long day at work to fix dinner and clean up, that the responsibilities I’ve signed up for are being neglected — all of it has completely paralyzed me.
When your life suddenly stops because of sickness, guilt and doubt very quickly worm their way into your brain. You begin to think foolish thoughts like:
“I’m letting everyone down.”
“No one else can possibly do ________.”
“My kids are going to turn into mindless couch potatoes.”
“I’ll never feel good again.”
Doubts are like little seeds Satan plants in your head when you’re at your lowest. He knows when you’re weak, and when you’re physically weak, that’s often when he strikes.
“Be self-controlled & alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8
So, what do you do? What should you do?
You can either succumb to the devil’s way of thinking and let guilt paralyze you, or you can take action. Here’s what I’ve been learning lately . . .
What to Do When Doubt Creeps in & Guilt Overwhelms You
1. Run to the Lord. Seek His wisdom, and the Lord will generously give you what you need.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
2. Resist the devil. Satan wants you to lose faith in God and give in to your fears. He will do everything in his power to fill you with anxiety and distrust of God. Tell him to scram!
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you…”
3. Let people help you. Pride often keeps us from asking assistance. We’re self-sufficient people; we don’t need help. But that’s Satan filling your head with lies. God did not create us to live in isolation. We marry and have families to negate loneliness.
When you share your struggles, others will come to your aid. Let them. One day you’ll be able to repay them for their kindness.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?”
Remember that God wants you to come to Him with confidence. Hebrews 4:16 says:
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Running to the Lord, resisting Satan, and sharing my struggles with others has been and continues to be a challenge, but doing so has turned my focus off of my self, which is where Satan wants it to be, and on to others. The advice, prayers, and encouragement from family & friends have blessed me beyond words. And it’s amazing how much your attitude affects your health.
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Are you dealing with doubt in your life right now? Are you experiencing guilt?
What is your favorite scripture to help you combat those feelings?
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Praying God’s richest blessings on you,