Dear brothers & sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
"Let Me help you through this day. The challenges you face are far too great for you to handle along. You are keenly aware of your helplessness in the scheme of events you face. This awareness opens up a choice: to doggedly go it alone or to walk with Me in humble steps of dependence. Actually, this choice is continually before you, but difficulties highlight the decision-making process. So, consider it all joy whenever you are enveloped in various trials. These are gifts from Me, reminding you to rely on Me alone. —Jesus Calling
Consider it joy…
…reminding you to rely on Me alone.
I don’t know about you, but my go-to instinct when faced with a trial is not to be joyful but to worry and stress over what the outcome will be. This is something I daily struggle with - worry… am I doing the right thing? did I pass my test? what do they think of me? When you think about it, worrying is leaning on myself, not on God. It’s not walking with Him, but walking by myself. We face these trials, not because God wants to punish us, but so as we go through the trials, we learn to fully lean on God. Trusting Him with whatever the outcome, whether it be good or bad. There is peace in knowing God is in control and is going to work for our good.
So… consider it joy!
"Trust in the Lord and do good…
I am not subject to limitations…
I am everywhere at every time working ceaselessly on your behalf…
…your best efforts are trusting Me and living close to Me”
Ps 37:3-4, Jesus Calling
I have been feeling a lot of uncertainty… Like I’m at a crossroads of sorts. I worry — am I making the right decision? am I doing what I should be?
Lord, I turn my worries and concerns over to You. Draw me close to you. I long to delight and live fully in Your presence. I KNOW You created me for a specific purpose. I know I am created to worship and bring glory to Your name in a way no once else can… Open my eyes, show me what that is.
"Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your hearts desires.
Make friends with the problems in your life. Though many things feel random and wrong, remember that I am sovereign over everything. I can fit everything into a pattern for good, but only to the extent you trust Me. Every problem can teach you something, transforming you little by little into the masterpiece I created you to be. The very same problem can become a stumbling block over which you fall, if you react with distrust and defiance. The choice is up to you, and you will have to choose many times each day whether to trust Me or defy Me.
The best way to befriend your problems is to thank Me for them. This simple act opens your mind to the possibility of benefits flowing from your difficulties. You can even give persistent problems nicknames, helping you approach them with familiarity rather than with dread. The next step is to introduce them to Me, enabling Me to embrace them in My loving Presence. I will not necessarily remove your problems, but My wisdom is sufficient to bring good out of every one of them.
— Jesus Calling
Refuse to worry! In this world there will always be something enticing you to worry. That is the nature of a fallen, fractured planet: Things are not as they should be. So the temptation to be anxious is constantly with you, trying to worm it’s way into your mind. The best defense is continual communication with Me, richly seasoned with thanksgiving. Awareness of My Presence fills your mind with Light and Peace, leaving no room for fear. This awareness lifts you up above your circumstances, enabling you to see problems from My perspective. Live close to Me! Together we can keep the wolves of worry at bay.
— Jesus Calling
"Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?"
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As much as I don’t like it, I tend to be a worrier by nature — I never really realized that my constant worrying is actually a sin. My worrying is saying, “God, I don’t believe Your Word. I don’t trust You to work this out.”
It’s also a control issue… Why do I think I can control a situation or how people will react to something I do or say? And then worrying over the outcome… All worry does is stress me out. It isn’t beneficial to anyone.
Lord, please change my heart and attitude. Help me to not worry over the future or things out of my control — help me to constantly know that You hold my future and my life… && that is a WONDERFUL thing!
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Jeremiah 29:11 - “For I know the plans I have for you”, says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Something I was reminded of this morning… No matter what the situation is, God’s promises remain true! Even if you cant see your way out, God has a way. Every hurt, heartbreak, let down, disappointment you face… God has a plan for it, and will use it to grow you up, to learn you something, & to bring you to something better! Hold on to His promise, my friend, He has a plan!!