Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:6-11
There are times when it feels beyond difficult to breathe, think, or act. There are times when fear takes you hostage and you feel as though there is no ransom that will release you from imprisonment. You have more bills than bucks, more month than money, more debtors demanding payment than people repaying their debts to you. You can’t remember your last vacation—if you have ever had one. But you know you’re long overdue.
But what if we started each day praying to our shepherd Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father-Mother? What if we prayed for the strength and courage to endure, the skills to see, hear, and think with precision, and the clarity and discernment to act with determination? What if we released the things that we are not (or not yet) capable of handling and instead focus on those tasks and issues, that through God and Jesus, we can resolve?
What if we did our best in every aspect of our life and relied on Jesus to show us the way, and relied on God to make the way possible? What if we stopped talking and thinking about what we can’t do and instead focus on what we can do? What if every day we took one step closer towards the unknown, knowing that God is right there and visualizing Jesus holding our hand?
There are so many positive what if’s….
Think about it.
I love you all. I pray that we’re all strengthened by God’s Word and Jesus’ walk. I pray that those warriors and ambassadors we read about in the Bible give us the extra pep in our step to declare, “Yes I can” and then we do it with passion and purpose. Pray for me as I pray for you.
Father, as You know, I am going through many tests right now and there are times when the pressure seems unbearable. But I grit my teeth, bear down, and exhale as I put my faith in Your protection and guidance. There are times that I want to cry without ceasing, because I feel like I’m in over my head and the only way to turn back is to simply fall on my face, lay there, and fail. I don’t want to fail Lord. I don’t want to be a disappointment to You. So each day I pray to You for the strength to not only make it through but to see the possibilities for tomorrow.
I know that I’m not alone in this. You are always with me. I feel and know Your presence. I know that there are other believers who struggle with the same issues, more issues, or worse issues. I know that the enemy, in its limited capability, hides around the corner waiting to ambush me with lures of temptation and traps of fear, to knock me off my path. But I declare that each day I will pray for the strength and conviction to overcome temptation and fear, defeat mortal mind, and take one step closer towards fulfilling my purpose.
It is because of You that I live, survive, thrive, am blessed, and am a blessing to others. In You I place my anxieties, for only You can destroy them. Only You can make wrong right, turn darkness to light, solve the insolvable, and do the impossible. In Jesus’ Name I pray to You. Amen.
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