My Dear Loving Father, It has come to the last day (Day 3) of the challenge:
The 3 Day Quote Challenge that Alethea of Alethea’s Mind nominated me for.
Because of what You have laid on my heart to share today, I am ever so grateful for Your whispering my name into her ear. This is a month that recognizes Mental Health Awareness. For every word You lead and allow in this post to express the love You and Your Son carried for us on that cross even after experiencing the anxiety that sucks the life out of our weak flesh, please bless our dear Alethea just as profoundly. Because of this opportunity, You will be allowing me to share Your love and truth with so many others who suffer with anxiety, and are shamed by it so harshly either by their own condemning mind or the cruelty and ignorance of others who call it sin, and insulting to You. It makes the world of difference to know Your Son suffered His own moments of anxiety and agony... three times in one night… even after praying. His example shows He understands, and allows His words to help us to know that anxiety is real, human, and heavy. And His example also tells us what’s best to do.
The Rules for the 3 Day Quote Challenge:
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Post a quote each day, and why you like it.
- Nominate 3 different bloggers each day.
Quote for Day 3…
is a quote said three different times in three different ways in God’s word. It is that Jesus agonized! Suffered! Had sweat as great drops of blood! Was sore amazed! Heavy! Exceeding sorrowful unto death! Fell on the ground! Kneeled down! He even asked God (His Father) if it were possible to change His circumstances, to remove His challenge, to find another way to do what He was being expected to do. Just like you and I do sometimes when we wish God would rescue us, or at least just change what we are currently going through. Even after He was ministered to BY AN ANGEL who strengthened Him, He was still in agony and prayed more earnestly! His human flesh was waging war. The flesh that He took on for you and me. He felt the need to pray like this 3 different times. And He warned us to pray because while our spirit is ready and willing, our flesh is weak and vulnerable to temptation.
But Jesus also loved us! He knew our Father loved us! And He thought we were worth it. Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done, not His own. And just for the record, Jesus was simply obedient! There is something to be said for someone when they can follow through on something that is so hard to do that they agonize with heavy sorrow over just the thought of it! THAT IS ANXIETY! Obedience (aka follow through) is a commendable trait! It speaks for the soul that was faced with fear, but chose to turn over there fears, dread, sorrow, and all that they worry about to the one who can see us through. Placing our trust and faith in God! No matter what the outcome… as I am sure you remembered Jesus did not have His cup removed, His hour passed, and did not have His circumstances changed. He was still put on the cross! For you! For me! ❤
❤ THAT IS THE JESUS I LOVE! ❤
❤ I’m so glad you didn’t give up, Jesus! ❤
Below are the passages!
“And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”
– Mark 14:33-38 KJV
“And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
– Matthew 26:37-41 KJV
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”
– Luke 22:41-46 KJV
Congratulations to the nominees! I pray the challenge is fun for you as well!
Thank you, Alethea, for letting God use you!
So many people need to know anxiety is not the end of the world,
however… He completely understand what it feels like to have the weight of the world on their shoulders! Literally! May you be encouraged and blessed! ❤
❤ THANK YOU, JESUS! ❤