Sometimes knowing why is just not our business. Not every battle is about us. Knowing why and how is God’s business and we can eliminate a lot of stress and anxiety by trusting that God is always about His business. He who watches over us will neither sleep nor slumber. There is no one greater than Him so why do we feel the need to do His job? Let’s start doing our job, which is trusting Him and thanking Him for the glory.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 NIV
I take my prayer time very seriously. In that time, I’m restored. My tank is refilled with love and encouragement. I receive wisdom and clarity. Not to mention, all of the people I help by praying on their behalf.
Lately, I find that my precious prayer time is being stolen. The culprit: worry. Instead of focusing on a Mighty God, I find myself focusing on mounting problem. Instead of thanking God for His blessings, I’m trying to find solutions to every real and perceived crisis that keeps popping up. When I realize what’s happening, I cast my cares on to the Lord but foolishly I pick them right back up and play with them in my mind. Before I know it, I’ve spent 30 minutes worrying instead of praying. I end up exhausted and feeling stressed and hopeless.
What does it take to get through my thick skull that God has me covered? He already has my problems figured out. There is nothing too big for Him. It’s time to reclaim what has been stolen. It’s time to give God praise for the victory.
“Can any one of you by worry add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:27 NIV
Don’t be afraid to wait for God’s best. Settling for less than should never be an option. Don’t think that your season of waiting is in vain. It’s in this time that your faith and trust in God grows. God is preparing you to receive His best. You serve a Great God who wants to give you great things. Why would you ever want less than that?
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV
There is always something to be thankful for no matter what season of life we’re in. Each season has a purpose, whether it’s a season of sowing, patience or harvest. Open your eyes and truly appreciate whatever season you’re in. Seasons are never permanent, they are constantly changing and always offering something new.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
Lord, even though you knew I would complain, curse, have a bad attitude and be tempted to grow weary with doing good today, You still woke me up. In spite of my potential to add to the negativity of world, You saw my potential to add positivity. You still chose me to be Your hands and feet on the earth. Lord, I’m amazed at Your ability to see the good in me. Every day that You give me breath, You give me a chance to be the person that You know I can be. I can’t adequately express my gratitude. Thank you, Lord, for Your mercy and love endures forever.
Confused but never in despair. Beat up but never broken. Rejected but my spirit is never crushed. With every battle, I grow stronger and wiser. The bigger the giant, the more confident I am that my God is mightier. He is not only by my side, He has me surrounded by His strength and love. I am completely under His protection. I am more than a conqueror.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 NIV
I just can’t stay down, no matter how many times I fall. Quitting is not in my spiritual DNA. I know that frustrates my enemy and I’m ok with that. My Heavenly Father will always pick me up. He will always fight my battles. I will always win because I have the Lord God Almighty on my side.
“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” Proverbs 24:16 NIV