I am in a battle today. It is in my mind. No, I am not mental or crazy, just distressed a little in my thoughts. The trouble is, the little distresses in my thought life can build and become a full blown barrier to my faith walk. It has happened time and time again. Unfortunately, I know how to build faith barriers far too well, and want to try something different this time.
In order to try something different I must realize that how I have done something before, doesn’t work. To repeat something that doesn’t work is insanity, so not sure why we all do it. But, most of us do.
My mental battles usually fall into a pattern:
- Someone says something that sticks in my heart and hurts. Or someone treats me in a way that causes my insecurities to stir a bit.
- Or, something happens that sticks in my heart, bringing up fear or worry, doubt or discouragement.
- I think too much about what was said, what happened or how someone acted and take it to a larger place that begins to build a case in my brain.
- There the battle begins. My perspective gets filled with negative junk and the spiral seems to go out of control. Do you relate?
Most women are vulnerable to the things that distract us from turning to God. Things such as:
- Doubt. Questioning God’s Word and his goodness.
- Discouragement. Looking at your problems rather than at God
- Diversion. Seeing the wrong things as attractive solutions
- Defeat. Feeling like a failure, sometimes so much so that we see no use in trying.
- Delay. Putting off doing something so that what God has called us to do or what we wanted to accomplish never gets done.
These 5 D’s are tools the enemy uses.
Jesus had an interesting perspective that has the power to change our lives. And, it is different than worry, stressing over people’s actions or reactions, and different than fearing every little problem. It had to do with acceptance and trust.
Today’s truth: Matthew 6, medley of verses
“I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will drink, what you will eat, what you will wear. Look at the birds, your heavenly Father feeds them…are you not much more valuable than they? Your heavenly Father knows that you need these things. Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added as well. Do not worry about tomorrow. Sufficient for today is its own trouble.”
- Life is filled with troubles. Accept it.
- Do not worry, God is your provider
- Do not worry, you are valuable to God
- Do not worry, God sees your situation, your life and knows your needs
- Seek God and lose your worries in Him.
- All things you need will be provided as you seek God’s Kingdom in your life.
- Don’t borrow trouble from tomorrow, each day has it’s own.
- Trust God one day at a time. Believe that you are valuable to Him and He will care for you.
Jesus says I don’t have to worry because he will always provide for me and care for me through life and its daily troubles. He does this because He loves me and I am valuable to him. He is my Heavenly Father and He knows What I need.
Well…what are we waiting for? Today take your hurt feelings, wounded heart, and all your cares to Jesus. Thank Him that He can handle them better than you. Thank Him that you are valuable to Him and that He cares for you. Thank Him that He knows what you need. Thank Him that you can learn to live just TODAY, and not borrow from tomorrow or hang on to the past.