A lot of times I view every problem that I have as major. Some days it seems like my expertise is making mountains out of molehills. When I focus so intently on a problem, it causes me to focus on God less. God is the source of my strength. I am not the source of my strength. I may have to keep repeating that to myself. When I have a problem and it seems like it is going to mountain status, I have to bring it to God. When I have a problem and it is at molehill status, I have to bring it to God. When I look at my problems from God’s point of view, things aren’t so bad. I can breathe, I can laugh, I can love. I can do all of these things freely without worry. I need to embrace those moments fully(I am going to work on that). I will always face some sort of problem but God will always be with me.
Shalom and Blessings
“Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, LORD. ” Psalm 89:15(NLT)
When you wake up and feel the whole world bearing down on you, that is a day for you to fill up with God’s strength. When you wake up and feel like everything is going to be ok, that is a day for you to thank God for strength. The Bible says that the rain falls on the just and the unjust, so we cannot think that just because we are believers that everything is going to be perfect all of the time.
God gives us strength for every day of our journey. We just have to decide if we are going to accept it. I find that when I wake up with an attitude of acceptance. Or when I pray for an attitude of acceptance, I am on my way to a better day. God is in control and I just have the opportunity to live with His grace.
Shalom and Blessings
“Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.” Psalm 105:4(NLT)
What would your day look like if you made the choice to seek God first? I know we say it a lot but actually putting it into practice is a whole different story. The third step prayer simply says “Thy will be done”. Even taking the time to take a deep breathe to see where God is in a given situation is helpful.
When I take time to focus on God and His plan for me moment by moment, I take my eyes off of myself. My focus changes. I can be a help to others instead of a hindrance. So today I am going to choose to seek out God in all situations. I believe this will make my day go better and guide me.
“Take delight in the Lord,and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4(NIV)
Some days are harder than others to find joy. When the sun is shining and you feel like everything is going your way, its easy. When the sky is grey and you feel like you can’t do anything right, its hard. If you are having a bad day, pray and ask God to reveal His joy to you.
Keep it simple: did you wake up this morning? Do you have food to eat? Do you have clothes to wear? If the answer is yes, I would say you have a lot to be joyful about. Just taking a moment out of your day to be thankful and show gratitude can go a long way. It also helps to believe that there is joy to be found. When I take my focus off of myself and see where I can help someone else, I find joy.
Where do you find joy?
“Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.” Psalm 21:6 NIV
Awareness-everyone seems to have a different opinion of it. To me, being aware means seeing everything for what it truly is. To become aware involves stopping, opening our eyes and hearts, and seeing things as they are. Everything that I have is a gift from God. Am I truly living that way? Being aware means knowing myself(my thoughts, my feelings, my likes and dislikes). It takes patience, time, and effort but is totally worth it. I read something last night that is so similar to today’s reading. So now I know that I have to take my time and be aware today.
How are you showing awareness today?
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting righteousness” Psalm 139:23-24(NLT)
In times when we are struggling we may be quick to look to friends or family members to hear us vent and share our pain. Often times they are not able to understand or convey empathy toward what we are struggling with. In those times, it is important to lean on God. He is always available to listen to our concerns and heals our hurts.
Who are you looking to today?
“I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all of my fears. Those who look to him will radiate with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened”. Psalm 34:4-6(NLT)
Sometimes you just need to breathe deeply and take it easy. There are so many things to distract ourselves with and our brains are working on overload. Take time to pause and reflect on your life, your joy, your spirit.
“Be still and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world”. Psalm 46:10 NLT
Through good and bad days we have to remember that God is the giver of all good things. He wants the best for us no matter what. Some days we just have to rest in God’s goodness and have faith that He is working things out for our good.
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge”. Psalm 62:5-8 NLT
Today’s devotional reading invites us to trust in God instead of trusting in ourselves. When we lean on God’s strength and wisdom, we end up better off than when we try to think “I’ve got this” and spin our wheels until we have no choice but to rely on God. Whatever you are facing today know that God is already seeing you through.
Psalm 37:3-6 “Take delight in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun”. (NLT)