The God Who Stays

I don’t know what it is, but I can’t seem to get myself (and kids) to church on Sundays lately. I wish I knew what was causing my hesitation. In the past, we’ve been regulars. Besides being in a global pandemic, I don’t believe I have any valid excuses for not going. So what’s the deal? I don’t know…

I do believe I’m still getting spiritually fed, from reading scripture…to attending bible studies….to watching our pastor’s sermons online, etc. But have my kids been fed enough? Have I taught them enough? I’ve heard the statistics regarding college-age kids who don’t keep up with church attendance during those early adult years, and it’s sad. I need to do a better job in this area.

As I was beating myself up today, this song came to mind. So many of the lyrics pertained to my thoughts about myself, if I’m being honest. If I were God, would I have given up on myself by now?  I definitely label myself as a lost cause, and I feel that way, as well.

Why hasn’t God turned away from me and walked away…labeling me beyond repair? I feel absolutely broken beyond repair in so many areas right now. I fall short so often. When will I learn? I’m grateful God doesn’t see me the way I see myself because I’m damaged goods. I know it and fully admit it. I also know God is in the “restoring” business, so I will continue asking Him for restoration.

Romans 8:38 (NIV) tells us that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Did you get that? Nothing. Not guilt, shame, sin, failures, or even the enemy. That’s cause to celebrate!

The lies we tell ourselves and the lies we believe aren’t from God. God speaks the truth because God is truth. The enemy is the father of lies and I don’t want to be anywhere near him. I choose Jesus now and forever. He will stay beside you and me. He won’t run away like so many humans…even those we least expect to leave us. He’s here to stay. In fact, He does more than just “stay”, He goes against the crowd of people who leave us. He runs in our direction, even if He’s the only One. It happens to be one of my favorite parts of the song: “You’re the One Who runs in my direction when the whole world walks away.”

Have you ever felt like everyone was leaving you and choosing to walk away? We know the reality is that those in the world will leave us at one time or another. The ones we love the most might abandon us. We might lose friendships because of various reasons. They may go running away when we need them the most.

But the One Who will never fail us is God. He’s here to stay, even when we’re all alone. He opens His arms wide and invites us in. What a place to rest!

I may have shared this song before, but I love it. I’m not here to preach or act like I’m better than anyone else, so please hear me when I say that. I have so very much to learn. As I continue learning, I like to share what’s on my heart. Perhaps it will encourage someone else who’s in the same spot I’m in. Maybe it will give them a little hope knowing God sees them and cares. As for me, I can only follow the God Who stays…

(Click here to listen/watch this song on YouTube. I don’t own any rights to these lyrics or video.)

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18 Comments

  1. Julie

    Take up the Armor of God and say a loud no to the enemy who is the author of any thoughts of “not enough”, my friend! Our God will never fail to strengthen us for the battle! PS— Love the song too!

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    • rochelleb@me.com

      Thank you, Julie! That armor of God is certainly necessary on a daily basis. Thank you for the encouragement…

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    • Connie Rucinski

      Your writing always hits me on target Spot on I used to be regular as I needed that outlet to be with my church family. I long to go back but with a mask feels not right
      The song is true I don’t feel worthy I am in a spiritual slump Tired of our world in a upheaval. Prayers for all Your words always touch me ❤️ Love you 💓

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      • Rochelle

        Thank you, Connie. I know it’s hard to be at church with a mask. Ours is optional, but Dominic has had a some long-lasting coughs, where I don’t feel comfortable bringing him. I’m glad my post spoke to you…I think. lol I don’t wish any sad feelings for anyone, but if that’s how they relate…then that’s how the relate. Maybe people will feel less alone this way. I pray for that! It’s easy not to feel worthy and to get into a spiritual slump. I have to trust God will get you (and me) back out of the slump. Cling to Him! Thank you for reading and commenting. Love you, too! Thank you for always supporting us….

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    • rochelleb@me.com

      I was writing that I thought I missed responding to you, but then I saw I did. It’s just wasn’t a long message. So, I’ll just add another one being you’re on my mind. 🙂

      I admit, sometimes I forget to put on the armor of God in the everyday situations. I sure remember in the hard ones, though! I really need to tell the enemy to take a hike and leave my family alone. He’s causing havoc and I’m tired of it! God, and God alone, has to be my strength in order to get through this life. There’s no doubt about it. Thank you for reminding me of that. (How do I forget sometimes? Because I’m human??)

      I love that song, too. It’s what led me to write this post. I’m so very grateful that He will never leave us/me. He will come to us even when the wold world leaves us. We have Him. Praise God! Hope you’re all doing well. If you think of it, please tell John hello! 🙂 Take care Julie and thank you for sharing this with me and the rest of my readers. God bless you!

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  2. Nikki

    Thank you so much for sharing what was on your heart. I have definitely felt beyond repair and can, on and off, depending on the day but thankful for the truth that you shared that Jesus always stays by our side. Thank you for this encouragement today and I also love that verse in Romans. I am in deep reverance of this truth to him. Thanks again friend!

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    • rochelleb@me.com

      The enemy sure likes to play with our minds, doesn’t he? But our God is bigger than him and bigger than our feelings. Hallelujah!

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  3. Theresa Boedeker

    ” the One Who will never fail us is God. He’s here to stay, even when we’re all alone. He opens His arms wide and invites us in. What a place to rest!” Yes. So thankful for him. We can’t rely on our feelings and thoughts, but his truth. So hard to do sometimes.

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    • Rochelle

      Yes, our feelings are fleeting (and currently what I’m struggling with tonight!) and can’t be relied upon. But when I go to His truth, the answers, the comfort, and the direction are there. The promises, too, that we can cling to! What a blessed race we are to have the written Word to guide and lead us. Thank you for your comment and for taking the time to read my post! God bless you…

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  4. Susan

    Thanks for sharing. I felt like an old friend was talking to me over coffee. Sharing words to encourage me. Thanks for the chat,friend. It was so needed.

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    • Rochelle

      You are so welcome, my friend! I wish we lived closer so we COULD have a cup of coffee together and discuss the mysteries of life and give each other more encouragement. But until then, we’ll use our platforms. 🙂 I’m so happy this post was timely and needed for you, just as it was for me. Bless you!

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  5. Kara

    I’ve also had trouble returning to in-person church, Rochelle. It’s so easy to get stuck in our patterns. Love the encouragement – God does not see us as damaged goods, even though we may feel this way (I know I do). Thanks for this post 💕

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    • Rochelle Bauer

      I’m so glad it encouraged you! Yes, there’s something holding me back from going. I know I have to fight it, but just haven’t had the willpower to do that right now, even though I know He would give me His strength. Damaged goods…yes. That’s how I feel lately. The enemy sure likes to make us believe all of the lies…he’s so sneaky! Praying for you, friend…

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  6. Julie

    You’re not a mess anymore than the rest of us. We all need lots of grace!.Truthfully, online church is easy. It was hard for me to go back too. I have found that going to an actual building is about making a new routine. And planning the night before. It’s hard when you have kids to do all that planning. Kudos for whatever you can do!

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    • rochelleb@me.com

      Thank you for that grace, Julie. I really appreciate it. You’re correct…we all need lots of grace. I think this whole pandemic has most of us confused, not knowing what she should and shouldn’t do…when we should or shouldn’t do it, etc. Getting into the habit of doing online church is hard to break. But with one younger son still left here with us…we need to do get physically back to church. A new routine is right! I think we can all cheer one another on as we start new routines again! Thank you for your thoughts. They were very insightful for me! God bless!

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  7. Cheryl Baldwin

    Dear Rochelle,

    This article so resonated with me. I have been struggling with praying. I overthink it , I think. What you wrote tells me God just wants me to be me and just talk to Him. He does love me right were I am and isn’t about to criticize me or give up on me. He sees I love Him, trust Him, and if it bothers me, He KNOWS I love Him. What a wonderful (understatement) God we have!

    Thank you Rochelle

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    • Rochelle

      Yes, Cheryl! I completely agree with you. I believe God wants a relationship with Him more than anything. I try to think of Him as a friend, which He is, when I pray. I try to leave the “fluff” out and talk to Him like I would my best friend. I don’t think there’s a right way to talk to Him, He just wants us to TALK!

      One year, many years ago, a mother lost her young daughter. I followed her Caringbridge site, and after the daughter died, the mom asked, “Why even pray if God’s not going to do what I’m begging Him to do.” (I know she was really grieving when she wrote that…and perhaps doesn’t even remember writing it!) It broke my heart. I know what it’s like to lose a child, but I saw prayer differently. I truly believed God wants a relationship with us. Whether His answers are yes, no, or maybe later, He just wants us to come to Him just as we are.

      He truly is a great God, isn’t He? I don’t know where I’d be without Him. I’m so glad this post resonated with you, Cheryl. We all struggle at times…but I’m thankful you shared your struggle here. I can now pray for you in that area!

      He loves you just as you are, Cheryl. No strings attached, no “right words”, just you. 🙂 I hope you gain peace and comfort knowing that! God bless! It was so nice to hear from you.

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  8. Allison Wixted

    Yes that God will never leave us, even when we can’t feel His presence!

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