Turning the Page on Suicide Podcast–Transforming Impossible Circumstances

Welcome to Turning the Page on Suicide. Insomnia has made me feel close to losing my mind this week. Honestly, it is difficult to speak truth over negative and dark thoughts.  I know what God is capable of when I am at my weakest yet living without restful sleep is impossible. I am tempted to despair.

God transforms the impossibilities in our lives. Scripture testifies to miraculous change in people with ingrained sin patterns, physical struggles without a cure, and mental illness, though some didn’t even know Jesus. Sometimes God heals in an instant, other times, like for me, it is a slow change.

The writers of the gospels wrestled with despair throughout the New Testament. Lives were transformed but all who dared share the gospel endured great hardships or loss of life. Their minds, bodies, and spirits were taxed to breaking. The disciples lived and continued in their weakness, because they kept the same habits, no matter what they encountered. “Now we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this surpassingly great power is from God and not from us. We are pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed… So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you” (2 Corinthians 4:7-9,12 BSB).

Here is what we need to do:

  • Acknowledge suffering.
  • Repeat what we know to be true of God and our circumstances.
  • Survey God’s mighty work in the life of Israel, the prophets, Jesus Christ, and our own.  
  • Observe that many are saved through suffering.
  • Praise God in all things.

My insomnia is worth the chance to connect with you. Do not give up. God loves to work with what we deem impossible. Live as a mighty example, despair will not win, no matter what life throws at us.

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Turning the Page on Suicide Podcast–Mercy and Justice are Not Separate


(Must get the CHIRP app to listen to all of the podcast, but here is the transcript.)

Welcome to Turning the Page on Suicide, I am your host, Karisa Moore. Tangled up in my story is injustice. I have been seriously wronged and those who did harm are going on with their lives with no apparent consequences.

God is peeling back the many layers of bitterness I feel to reveal my false beliefs about His true character. He is both just and merciful. I want one or the other, but not both at the same time. God is not quick to condemn any of us because it is his will that none should perish. His mercy means that his justice will not come when I demand it. I will experience injustice because God gives all of us every opportunity to repent. I suffer because of His mercy. If I want him to judge others who have hurt me, I also am asking for Him to judge me. If I want mercy, he is also merciful to my oppressors.

Nothing hinders God. Our experiences, both good and bad can change the course of mankind in the hands of an omniscient (all knowing) God. Example after example of the oppressed turning the tide on evil is recorded in scripture. Look around you. Do you see men and women doing great things out of great suffering? Your life matters to God and he is deeply aware when you have been wronged.

Until our perspective can take in all the needs of mankind, we will never judge rightly. We will lean to harshly towards condemnation or to loosely towards mercy. In repentance, trust and obedience we become better judges of character, our own and others. We show mercy because God has been merciful to us.

Follow me at http://www.turningthepageonsuicide.org or email me with your story at turningthepageonsuicide@gmail.com. Your story, even the chapters of injustice, are worth writing.

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