Thanks so much for all your sweet notes and encouragement this weekend! I’m so glad that I took a couple of days to just rest and relax. It is amazing how different a situation looks after a good night’s sleep.
Although I’m not ready to share the details quite yet, I promise I will in time. It is just a lot of emotional stress. During times like this, it is easy for me to allow Satan to whisper in my ear how hopeless I am and how God can’t be trusted with my situation.
I have been spending a lot of time in prayer and in my Bible, and now things don’t seem so desperate. Tonight, I just wanted to share some of the truths that I have come across this weekend that helped me.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (ESV)
Matthew 7: 25-34 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (ESV)
Philippians 4: 4- 9 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplicationtwith thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (ESV)
When we go through hard times, Satan will do everything to keep you down and in a rut. The last thing he wants is for you to trust God and to lean on Him during a tough time. God uses the tough times in life to grow us and to allow us to grow closer to Him. It is times like this that makes God’s blessings so much sweeter, and it is the time that we gain the most wisdom.
I don’t know what each of you are facing, but I’m sure you each have had days like I did on Friday. Don’t allow Satan to take control of these times. Lean on Jesus. Am I saying that God will magically give you whatever you want? No. But I am saying that God is in control of our lives and situations, and He can give you peace during difficult and uncertain times.
Do not believe the lies that Satan tells us, instead believe the truth! Stay in the word of God and allow Jesus to heal you through his word.
Thanks for letting me be all serious tonight. Tomorrow, I will be back to normal… as “normal” as I get anyway. 🙂
Guess you all know how I voted… 🙂
Hope you all had a great weekend!