Ups and Downs

That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility.

~ Rumi

I don’t know about you, but my life has been filled with ups and downs.  The ups are amazing, but the downs can become detrimental to my spiritual well-being.  Why?  I become fixated on things that are out of my control.  I allow myself to be overcome with anxiety.  When I am overwhelmed with anxiety, I stop listening.  I stop listening to reason – reason of my heart and mind, reason of my God and reason of my angels.  Thus, allowing myself to become incapacitated.  I feel like there is no hope in sight.

A few weeks ago, I was struggling with a multitude of health issues and felt that I had hit bottom.  I felt like a desolate soul. I was an emotional wreck.  So, I reached out to a few of my good friends.  They reminded me that I was protected and that God was with me.  They told me they loved me.  One of them introduced me to a woman who I would consider gifted.  She looked at me, tilted her head, and said:  “Why are you not listening to your angels?  They’ve been telling you all is well, but you’re not listening.”

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying,
This is the way, walk ye in it,
when ye turn to the right hand,
and when ye turn to the left.
~ Isaiah 30:21 ~

Well, I received the perfect message.  Because of my Mom, I have a great belief in the guidance and protection of the angels.  Within minutes, I was awash with great relief. I was reminded that no matter where I was on my path – up or down, no matter my obstacle – God and His angels are always with me. The feeling of desolation tries to creep back into my soul, but I force it out.  I force it out because I am reminded of my new friend’s words, but more importantly, I am reminded that God is my only hope.

Since that day, messages abound.  I know that no matter my path, no matter my obstacle, all I have to do is listen.  God and my angels are always listening, so must I.  They are my protection along life’s path.  Through all my ups and downs, every single day with all of my breath, I remind myself that with God all things are possible.  He is my strength.  He brings me life.  He is my breathe.  They “comfort me when I’m beat down, broken.  Hold my heart when it’s split wide open…my sole protector.”  I just need Him.

I just need U. ~ TobyMac

Last night put the heavy on me
Woke up and I’m feeling lonely
This world gotta a way of showing me (showing me)
Some days it’ll lift you up
Some days it’ll call you bluff
Man, most of my days I ain’t got enough

And all I know
Is You’re my only hope

When I’m up when I’m down (uh, huh)
When the wolves come around (tell me)
When my feet hit the ground
I just need, I just need You
On my darkest days (uh, huh)
When I’m losing faith (tell me)
No, it ain’t gon’ change
I just need, I just need You
Lord, I need You
Yeah, I just need You

Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me
Thy rod and thy staff

They comfort me when I’m beat down, broken
Hold my heart when it’s split right wide open
Turn these eyes to my Soul Protector
Break the will of this born infector

Cuz’ all I know, all I know
Is You’re my only hope

When I’m up when I’m down (uh, huh)
When the wolves come around (tell me)
When my feet hit the ground
I just need, I just need You
On my darkest days (uh, huh)
When I’m losing faith (tell me)
No, it ain’t gon’ change
I just need, I just need You
Lord, I need You
Yeah, I just need You

When You pull me closer, I come to life
When You pull me closer, I come to life
When You pull me closer, I come to life
When You pull me closer, I come to life

When I’m up when I’m down
When my feet hit the ground
On my darkest days
No, it ain’t gon’ change
Oh Lord, I need You

When I’m up when I’m down
When the wolves come around
When my feet hit the ground
Yeah, I need, I need, I need, I need You
On my darkest days
When I’m losing faith
No, it ain’t gon’ change
Ain’t no way this thing gon’ change, it’s You

Is You, I need
Is You, I need
On my darkest days
When I’m losing faith
I need You, I need, Is You, I need
Every single day, every breath I take
I need You, I need You

Writer(s): TOBY MCKEEHAN, DAVID BLAKE NEESMITH, BRYAN FOWLER
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