It doesn’t take much effort to see the mess, the brokenness, and the chaos in this world, and earlier this week as I thought about my present challenge, I felt like I’d been belted in the gut by a two-by-four plank.
I’m knocked to the ground. I can taste the dust in my mouth, the pain as my hands and knees thud into the gravel road. Of course, this has not happened to me physically, but emotionally, through disappointment and discouragement. And now I must choose. I don’t want to wallow in this negative state, so I talk to God and ask Him about it. He reminds me of the latest scripture promise that He has given me, so step one, I read that and I focus on His wonderful words.
Then I have a discussion with God about trust. I know that parts of me can trust Him, but perhaps not all of me. I know I am holding onto beliefs that are not true. Once again, I must choose to remind myself of the times when God has helped me. I also remembered that sometimes we can relate to God a bit like our parents. And, of course, our earthly parents are not perfect. I remind myself that God is indeed the perfect father. And He is for me.
When I’m struggling, I talk to those who will build me up, pray with me, and encourage me, even though my situation will not change overnight and sometimes my friends don’t know what to say.
I use the brain rewiring tools I have learned through The Lightning Process and the Switch also to change my state of mind. I love that these tools help you to deal with what’s happening in the here and now without having to rehash any traumas from the past and that they’re very effective.
I think of Gideon, who was hiding from responsibility when God asked him to save Israel against the Midianites. Gideon didn’t believe in himself, but an angel told him he was a mighty man of courage. And what would Gideon have thought when God took the numbers of his army down from thousands to three hundred? I know I would’ve been freaking out.
I love so often that God does things unusually. I love how he sends out the worshippers first. I spent time in worship and had time with friends and did some fun things. And in the course of my day, I was reminded of how much I have to be thankful for. I can rest in His word, be thankful, and once again choose to trust. I choose life as once again I wait.
Ephesians 3:20 Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination. He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. (TPT)
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