Looking back has never helped anyone, like Lot’s wife, looking at the past only paralyzes you. But looking ahead moves you forward. We all want to move forward to be our best selves in 2022. However, nothing will change unless we all start making better choices and understanding and accepting dark days and difficult situations lie ahead if we want to experience a more abundant life.
God wants me to learn how to trust in Him at all times. Including this time where I have not the slightest clue where my life is headed. I have zero insight into my future and have received no calculations regarding the life ahead of me. Some people get excited at a future entirely unwritten or shielded from their eyesight, but such uncertainty spikes my anxiety, creating unhealthy, ruinous thoughts about myself and others in my mind, stirring negative emotions of frustration, bitterness in me, and exacerbating fears and feelings of abandonment, loneliness, and being misunderstood within me.
No one in their right mind has ever gotten down on their knees and asked God to send them trouble. At all cost, we try to avoid misfortune and pain, as much as possible. Since our day to day troubles are overwhelming, draining us of our hope and energy. Adversities are never-ending and sometimes, it is irritating to know that Jesus Christ guaranteed we will face troubles in this life. So where is the comfort? What is the peace? Lord what is the point to my pain? But maybe…the answer to the last question is the one we need.
Grind culture will be and has been the death of many Americans. And with the rise of social media it appears as if you are not doing enough in comparison to your followers to be success, to claim wealth, status, and to discover happiness. But what if I told you peace and contentment does not come from attaining massive amount of wealth, but it comes looking within and admitting how important it is for us to rest, reflect, and allow God to rejuvenate our souls.
“Only Jesus can judge me,” and this is a true, biblical statement! The same Savior who bore our sins and crucified them on the Cross is the only One capable of rightly judging any of us. So, if God gave the right of judgment to the Son, why do us as Christians fail to realize this. Why do we feel compelled to evaluate and criticize other people’s lives when our own hearts are not in the right place. Sometimes, it is good to have a refresher about how a critical, self righteous spirit does not bring glory to Jesus!
Acts and blessings of God’s unfailing love can catch us off guard and surprise us when we least expect it. His unfailing love are daily reminders showing us how much God cares for us, and although He is the Great God of the Universe, His concern for ruling is as great as His interest in the intimate and weary moments of our lives. To experience this wonder, all we have to do is open ourselves up to His love.
A relationship without trust will never last this especially includes your relationship with God. To believe and see God as reliable and completely trustworthy Person, helps you to endure life’s many delays and disappointments. But when trust is absent, so is the power to persevere potentially opening the door to resentment and bitterness. So it is important to take preventive measures and discover why God’s love is the love you can always trust.
Who you trust is one of the most important things in your life, because who or what you trust can make or break you. The Bible comprises several commands encouraging us to place our trust wholeheartedly in the Lord God Almighty. Not placing our trust in ourselves, our spouses, our jobs, our money, so we can live happier lives. With our trust in the Lord, we will never fall victim to fear, because God is God, and there is no one like Him.
Sometimes, you wonder what is the point in hoping for change if life always knocks you down. Every time you put your best foot forward, you face unexpected unemployment, a flat tire, a failing relationship, the death of a friend or pet. It seems like life can never give us a break, and God is nowhere to be found. I know exactly what that feels like. In this blog post, I investigate the apprehension to hope in fear of opening myself up to more pain and unmet expectations. I question do I dare to hope as I confront the realities of my situation.
Sometimes, it really does feel like these rough seasons are here to stay. That there is no silver lining in sight. Your circumstances have pummeled you to the ground and you cannot find another reason to smile or go on. But I challenge you my friend, to not look beyond what you see, but to take a great harsh look at your reality. To see how the Lord God is working in your situation and how He is highlighting the unrecognized blessings in your life in new ways!