Now you can take notes digitally! Jot down your takeaways here, and when you're done, SevernRunner.info will send you an email with everything you put in this section.
Life with God is life with faith, and faith over feeling every time. While worship often involves feelings, many of the deepest moments of worship are those that involve choosing. The deepest choice of life? Will I turn to God or away from Him in my pain and confusion? Which story am I going to believe? The one my pain writes, or the one Father has revealed in Jesus?
True worship involves the soul deep choice to submit the reality we can see to the one we can’t—to turn to God in faith in spite of pain!
Every time we miss the turn to worship, we crash into worth-less…
Where we go with our pain, what we turn to in despair decides everything in life….
Learning to worship through lament:
Worship: Choosing the Story of a Greater Glory Over the Story of My Pain.
Throw your pain at God.
Remember the resurrection!
21 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.’ 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
Choose the bigger story—
To Find Peace (in Hope) Face Pain (in Faith!)
“If you (choose to) hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31b-32
I feel ____________. (Fill in the blank with the truth your emotional storm, of how you feely deeply. Must be an emotion, not an analysis.)
I choose ___________. (Fill in the blank with a decision to trust the Truth of who God
is and how He loves in Christ; must be an action.)
We understand that processing through the difficult parts of life is not a one-time and done thing. So here are some starting point resources for you to continue your turn towards worship.
• Consider meditation with an App like Calm
Recommended Local Counseling Offices:
Resources for Processing Grief:
• The Book of Psalms (being surrounded in any Scripture can help)
• Grief & Loss Support Group at Severn Run (new session beginning this Spring)
• A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
• Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy by Bill Dunn and Kathy Leonard
• Grieving with Hope by Samuel J. Hodges IV
• Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Resources for Facing Addiction:
• Celebrate Recovery at The Transformation Center
• The Pink Cloud App - find AA and NA Support Groups
For Depression & Anxiety: