Are You as Frustrated as I Am?

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The news and social media trolls are enough to drive a person to distraction. Are you discouraged? Me too!

Yes, I’m frustrated. I’m discouraged. I need a break.

Not from blogging, but from the news and Facebook.

I like to know what’s going on just as much as the next person; although I’ve never really cared about the lives of celebrities. I just like to keep up with current events and see how my friends are doing.

[Tweet “I just don’t think I can do it anymore. The opinion wars have pushed me over the edge.”]

I’ve written about this before:

Christian Women Bullies – although bullies do come in both genders.

Truth, Opinions, and Popularity – what’s most important?

Do You Know What Jesus Despised Most? – you might be surprised.

Last night, as I read through comments about current events, specifically Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner and the Duggars, that were both hateful and condemning; I decided I’ve had enough.

Of course I have opinions about both those situations, but my opinions won’t influence or change anything. They are just—my opinions. That doesn’t make them true or right. And even if you believe with all your heart you’re giving the “Christian” view, it’s still through the filter of your personal experiences and understanding. And that doesn’t make it true. I’m sorry it just doesn’t.

So for now, I’m taking a break from people’s opinions and I’m running head long to the Truth.

Jesus answered, “I am the Way, Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Our opinions don’t really matter. I know. I’m sorry. You want your opinion to change the world. I’d like that too. But unless our opinions are perfectly aligned with His, unless they perfectly point out the way to the Father and life eternal through the truth of Jesus . . . they’re just not helpful.

 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.[c]

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4–9

I need His peace, and I’m not getting it through the news and Facebook. I need to focus my thoughts on what is “true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.” So, I’m taking a break…

 You can still reach me on Twitter or Google+. Email me at deb@debwolf.com. Or leave comments on blog posts. I’ll still be here five days a week.

I want to pray for you. Celebrate your joys and lift up your struggles. So, please keep in touch. I will do my best to reach out and stay in touch with you too. If we interact primarily on Facebook, please let me know other ways we can connect.

I wonder . . . Are you as discouraged as I am?

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1st Week in June 2015

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She writes about adoption, womanhood, homemaking,
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Take a few minutes to go over and check out their
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Inspiration2Rachel Quigley inspires her readers at
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She says, “With our oldest in college and our youngest in
kindergarten, my heart swells with the beautiful plan
of the Savior who knows all too well what we really need,
even when we think we have it all figured out.”

Check out her great analogy . . .
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Motivation2Cindy Fincher writes
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She says:
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Authenticity
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Integrity
Faith
Love 
Jesus”

 Her post, Be One Who Makes Others Brave blessed me.
I loved this . . . “in the ‘no judgement, no criticism zone’ 
there is a space that fosters acceptance & kindness.”

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21 thoughts on “Are You as Frustrated as I Am?

  1. Oh, Deb. I am so sorry you are discouraged. Especially when your ministry here is such an encouragement to so many. I love that you run headlong into the TRUTH and admonish your readers to do the same.

    I too am heartbroken for all that is in the media right now. I chose early on to limit what I read about it.

    I am praying for you this morning as I write this, asking God to renew you and remind you of just how much he is using you in HIS world wide web.

    Embracing the journey,
    Christi

  2. AMEN SISTER!!! Oh, I am so there with you. I am so sick of hearing and reading about Bruce/Caitlin. I don’t remember Chastity/Chad getting so much press, but I guess we just forget and move on to the next controversy in life. I wanted to jump up and shout, “YES!” when I read about how my opinion is still through the filter of my personal experiences and understanding. It doesn’t make it right. What is right and true is found only in Jesus Christ. I call that verse, “The Whatevers.” Thank you for posting this great post! Ironically, I’m sharing it on Facebook (and Twitter).

  3. I have a tendency to listen to the news on NPR as I’m making breakfast, and, like you, this week I had to just take a few days off. I loved the silence and was more motivated to pray in those early hours, and I was blessed by the absence of sadness, violence and public brokenness. I’ll go back to it eventually, because I don’t want to live in a bubble, but there are times when we need to come away.

  4. I’m with you, Deb. Some days I wonder if it’s become a disease for our nation. For real, I believe it’s something that should be set at the throne in prayer. Eyes on Jesus overrides it all and brings peace. Your blog here does a sweet job of lifting the Name of all names and encouraging others.

  5. Yup, I just can’t go there, so I don’t. I think there is sin in a multitude of words…and I am going to keep mine about Redemption! Love this, Deb:Our opinions don’t really matter. I know. I’m sorry. You want your opinion to change the world. I’d like that too. But unless our opinions are perfectly aligned with His, unless they perfectly point out the way to the Father and life eternal through the truth of Jesus . . . they’re just not helpful.

    My mental health and emotional stability is imporatnt to me…so I don’t indulge in that stream of endless banter. I have learned the hard way.

  6. Deb this is so timely and truthful. My husband and I were discussing last night what we think our views should be on these issues as Christians, and I am most definitely going to share this post with him. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and encouragement to run towards what is true, and hold that above our opinions/others opinions/desires to argue and prove a point!

  7. Right with you Deb and applaud you for choosing to step away and immerse yourself in the Word. We need to be saturated in His presence and be careful what our eyes see. I too am tired of these same headlines you mentioned and am turning myself to read the headlines in God’s Word. Here is to a time of refreshing. I know you will be blessed as He restores your soul.

  8. Thanks Deb,
    For saying just exactly how I feel. Most of the time opinions bring division . The world is good enough at doing that. We are called to love as Jesus loved. Over this past year I’ve seen ministry divide because of differing opinions in leadership and it just breaks my heart at the ruin left in the wake.. Like you said if it is not in the Bible then we need to keep out and keep our opinions to ourselves.
    thanks again,
    Bonnie

  9. Thanks to you all for your great encouragement. It’s a blessing to know I’m not alone in this. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts here. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate each and everyone of you!

  10. First, I’m sorry you’re feeling discouraged and frustrated- that’s an emotional combo I’m no stranger to so, I feel your pain.
    However, I generally strongly disagree with most of what you’ve written above. . . sorry. And, I hope you see the irony in the fact that your opinion of what is the truth about what we’re all supposed to be is the source of your unrest.
    I hope to encourage you with this: the peace that passes all understanding is from God. It doesn’t necessitate us removing ourselves from things that cause unrest- that is man-made peace. If you gain peace from removing yourself from all those that aren’t doing “it” the way you think they should be, that is a peace I and everyone else (with or without Christ) can understand.
    The miracle, the peace that you can give glory to God for, comes in midst of unrest. It comes when you stay put and yet still have peace- that is something those without Christ can’t understand and don’t have access to. So, weary sister, while I hope that these emotions pass quickly from you. . . and maybe even from you coming apart to refocus on God, don’t fall victim to the world’s way of attaining peace- get it from God. He can give it to martyrs in the worst circumstances- those that can’t be escaped- I feel confident He is able to give peace as you see news, FB posts, and comments that don’t line up with your opinion of how things ought to be.

    1. Ren, I think we’ll have to agree to disagree.

      I won’t stick my head in the sand, and I definitely know the peace that comes from God Himself.

      My frustration is the shouting past each other of opinions that I doubt truly change anyone’s views. As you know, I’m a believer of speaking the truth with gentleness and respect. And His Truth will always speak better than my opinions.

      Thanks for stopping by, for sharing your thoughts, and for being understanding of the emotions of discouragement and frustration. God bless.

  11. I hear you. I’m sick of it too. I don’t watch the news much at all and I’m limiting fb time as well. It’s ridiculous, the things we choose to debate on when it’s plain and clear in the Scriptures.
    I’m so glad for the Truth, aren’t you? Thanks for sharing your heart on Grace and Truth today!

  12. Oh boy, do I ever get this. I just got back from a Facebook break. Sometimes it is just too much. I long for simpler days…days without so much technology, days where families actually TALKED. Enjoy your break and be refreshed in the Lord. Stopping in from #GraceTruth.

  13. Oh, I hear you!!! So true! Twitter does limit what barrages us because only a few words can be said. We don’t get as lured in. A local friend and I were catching up over lunch today about how much we do not like these topics getting so many voices and opinions out there. LOVE your honesty here. The Word is all that matters. We absolutely need that filter. GREAT post!

  14. Awww friend, how awesome to see how God has interwoven our hearts on this same subject! Why is it we can so easily get lost in all the hype, but in the mean time miss Jesus passing by in so many little ways each and every day. God pull my eyes away from this continually luring screen, and help them be fixed on you Lord…only you!

    Great post Deb! So love getting to come and link up here with you!
    Jen Avellaneda

    1. Amen Jen! Thank you so much for coming over and sharing the link to your post. It’s outstanding. Enjoy a blessing-filled weekend.

  15. Everyone has their own opinion and/or perception, and it shouldn’t be confused with “facts” or “truth”. “Wars” have been fought,and friendships broken because of the inability of men to understand the idea that EVERYBODY has a different viewpoint. I have learned to keep mine to myself most of the time, and follow God’s Word in Philippians 4:4–9! 🙂

    Sweet blessings dear friend; thanks for your open honesty here!

  16. Deb,

    The social media world can be so disheartening. It is good for our souls to take a break from all the noise. You have wisdom about the nature of our opinions. Opinions don’t equal truth. Thank you for this post.

  17. I’ve had to take a step back and purpose in my heart not to read anything that is full of bantering and people’s emotions. Oh we need Jesus, in all of these situations. I do best when I turn the noise down and just pray.

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