Distant Hearts

I think most Christians have those times in their walk with Christ where they feel a bit distant in their hearts. I’ve been in that place for awhile – feeling a little sad and out of sorts – a bit discouraged. Things which once brought pleasure seem to have the joy sapped out of them.

In my ministry life, I’m feeling like my teaching ministry isn’t bearing fruit and sometimes question whether I’m making a difference at all. My devotional life and time in the Word has been slipping. I sense my heart is distant and I’m not growing. I’ve been a Christian for 50 years now, so it’s a hard thing for me to admit I’m struggling in these areas.

One thing I know for sure, while my heart feels distant, God is not. He’s as close to me in my struggle as He is when all seems well. He has not moved – his steadfast love has not changed.

Psalm 119 is very dear to my heart. I re-read it today and found comfort in knowing that the “man after God’s own heart” felt this way at times too. Here we find David often crying out before God in the midst of his struggles, acknowledging that his help would come from God’s Word. Even when he felt like a lost sheep, He knew the Shepherd was near and would deliver him, put the song back in his heart and words of praise on his tongue.

I find assurance knowing that when the heart of one of His servants strays and feels distant and cold, the Good Shepherd is there seeking, drawing her heart back through His Word.

This post is written for Five Minute Friday Link Up. The word for today is “Distant.”

Author: barefootlilylady

Wife of one, mother of 2+2, and Grandma of 6 (3 girls and 3 boys!) and full-time caregiver for my sweet Momma with Alzheimer's. Passionate about Jesus, grandkids, Awana Clubs, gardens, quilts and cooking.

3 thoughts on “Distant Hearts”

  1. Special prayers for you, dear sweet Cindie!

    On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 10:36 PM Barefoot Lily Lady wrote:

    > barefootlilylady posted: ” I think most Christians have those times in > their walk with Christ where they feel a bit distant in their hearts. I’ve > been in that place for awhile – feeling a little sad and out of sorts – a > bit discouraged. Things which once brought pleasure seem to h” >

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  2. Dear Precious Lord I lift up my beloved saintly (in my eyes!) sister, and I ask YOU to pour in an especially LARGE bucket of joy and encouragement today! Please open her eyes to see all the joy she has brought to others, all the teaching that has been implemented, all the hearts that she has lifted. Draw her close to YOU today in YOUR warmth and gracious love and assure her of her immense progress in her life journey to be with YOU. with all the love in my 🐞heart Amen

    On Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 8:30 AM TheDoodles49 . wrote:

    > Special prayers for you, dear sweet Cindie! > > On Tue, Jul 23, 2019 at 10:36 PM Barefoot Lily Lady comment-reply@wordpress.com> wrote: > >> barefootlilylady posted: ” I think most Christians have those times in >> their walk with Christ where they feel a bit distant in their hearts. I’ve >> been in that place for awhile – feeling a little sad and out of sorts – a >> bit discouraged. Things which once brought pleasure seem to h” >>

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