Praying against rejection

January 18, 2013 in Five Minute Friday,prayer

I didn’t intend to write today. It’s late today, I will be so far down the list of blog hoppers, why bother? And yet, the word for 5-minute Friday is haunting me: cherish. Because for all the posts out there about happy relationships and loving moments, I know so many of you are not living them. This take on the word cherish is for you. If you love words and letting them flow freely so you and others can learn, join us at Lisa Jo’s today.

First reaction to the word cherish? Hallmark cards, loving families, marriages that last a lifetime. Then words, reminders of how God cherishes us enough to send his son. But sometimes, those are words and images are more of a slap in the face, a reminder of what you don’t have. Stories of being cherished can make you sick or angry if rejection surrounds you. Perhaps you have a father who can’t even remember your birthday. A husband who is more of a roommate than a soulmate. A womb that will not  carry a child to full term. A child who has embraced the world’s rejection and sees no hope. Dear friends, I promise you are not the first to feel rejected in this way. You are not the first to watch rejection choke out hope in someone you love. You are not alone. There is hope. Fight to find that hope because the pain of rejection can suffocate, drive us to believe the lies of Satan who loves to advance the idea that no one cherishes us.

Stand firm sweet friends. Devout yourself to loving others and loving God. And once you become whole, convinced of your standing in God’s eyes, pray for your father, your husband, your broken children. Pray for God’s love to pour into your soul, their souls. Pray for a crack in their heart to realize that regardless of circumstance there is one who loves us without rejection. Pray that the love you feel for your father, your husband, your children, could be received through the crack that God’s love creates. Pray, sweet, friends. For rejection, belief that no one cherishes you, it can drive humans to life-taking acts.

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Jen Ferguson January 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I love how you have reminded us to fill ourselves up and then let that overflow enable us to pray for those who have hurt us.

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Making Our Life Matter January 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

What a great post. In this busy day and age, cherish isn’t a word you hear very often. Have a terrific week!

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Cindy January 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Wow, I know what you mean! How many FMF’s have I struggled to do thinking it might be too late or too lame? Today’s FMF was challenging for me as well because I have usually not cherished the things I should have until it was much later. Often I cherished things because I had not properly acknowledged them in the first place. Thanks so much for sharing and keeping it real. Bless you!

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~Karrilee~ January 18, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I LOVE love love that you so cherish those who don’t feel this way – and reached out to them… to us! Because honestly – even those of us who do know that we are – we don’t always FEEL that it is true! Thank you for your compassion for the ones who will blog hop and feel themselves sinking in despair… Take Hope… no matter your feelings, the Truth is still true… you ARE Cherished… each and everyone!

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Becky Daye January 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I am way further down on the list! Thankful that you decided to write anyway! Thank you for your honesty in this post. There are so many hurting and this message is so necessary. Thank you for posting!!

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Stephanie Wafer January 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I like to just randomly click and see where God would lead me in the many link-ups on Lisa’s page. Glad He took me to yours 🙂 Sometimes we don’t feel cherished and our circumstances don’t point to a life of one who is cherished. Regardless, the Cherished One cherishes us and nothing separates us from that. Even the trials of life- those allow us to reach out and cherish each other in the darkest times. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Nikki January 19, 2013 at 4:51 am

Your perspective is always a breath of fresh air. please don’t ever stop sharing from your heart….it reaches mine.

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denise January 19, 2013 at 11:40 am

Fabulous post.

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