Sunday, October 13, 2019

Through God's Eyes

Yesterday we had a nice little family reunion with my parents, brothers, and sisters, etc...  Sounds nice, right?  Well it ended up being so, but beforehand, I was a nervous wreck.  I'm sure that sounds really strange to you, and it is, but you see I suffer from anxiety.  So any little thing can make me anxious.

I can't tell you how miserable I was before this reunion.  I cried, I panicked, and I had myself all worked up.  I talked to God, and I talked to myself.  Why?  Why was I so afraid of being around my family?  They are a wonderful family.  I mean these are people I love and grew up with, so why am I so anxious when it comes time to be around them.

Then, as I was reading my devotion yesterday, I read this:  "Beware of seeing yourself through other people's eyes".  Was that it?  Was I so afraid of how they view me?  None of them have ever given me any reason to feel that way, and I realized it's me.  I see myself this way, and I think I'm projecting this onto my family - onto everyone around me.  Because I suffer from social anxiety, I automatically assume that others are judging me.  I feel inferior; I'm afraid of doing or saying something that will make me feel stupid or embarass me.  This is all me; I'm learning that.

We can't discern how others feel about us, and God doesn't want us to feel this way.  He doesn't want us to try and please others; He only wants us to please Him.  When we try to please others, it takes away from our desire to please God.  God wants us to see ourselves through His one who is deeply and eternally loved.

"When a man's ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him."
Proverbs 16:7

Sunday, October 6, 2019

God Has A Solution

I don't know about you, but most days I struggle with life's situations or circumstances.  I definitely don't handle them as well as I should, and I usually don't understand them.  This is when it is so important for us to trust God. ("Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." Proverbs 3:5)

So many times I wonder why this is happening or what is going on in my life.  The problem here is that I'm human; I don't think like God.  His ways are higher than mine.  He can see beyond this day, beyond this moment.  He sees the big picture.  We have to trust that God knows what He's doing.  He is doing what's best
for us.  We may not see it right now, but one day we will.  We'll look back at a moment in our life and realize that God was at work the whole time.

Just try to remember a time that you didn't understand what was happening in your life, and now look at that situation and how God worked it out.  "Go to sleep...God already has a solution."

"Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.'"
John 13:7

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Keep Going

Do you ever have those days when you feel so defeated?  I know I do.  Actually today was one of them.  I was trying so hard to try and find something to write about.  I was searching for what God was going to put on my heart to write.  There were so many distractions; I just couldn't seem to concentrate.  So yes, I was feeling defeated, but then I saw it...a little sign.  It said "Get back up" - God

Isn't it amazing how He steps in at just the right moment to help us with our troubles.  So often I let life defeat me because I'm too busy worrying, or too busy trying to do things on my own...when all I have to do is stop and pray.  Just tell Jesus what's troubling you.  Just talk to Him.  He already knows, He just wants to hear it from you.

Every prayer, every whisper, every tear...He hears them all.  Don't you know the Lord is cheering you on?  He wants you to be victorious!  So keep on trying, keep on trusting, and keep on believing!  Don't give up!  You can do this with God!

"...When my heart is overwhelmed;  Lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
Psalm 61:2