There is nothing-no circumstance, no trouble, no-testing that can ever touch me until, first of all it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a GREAT PURPOSE, which I may not understand at the moment. As I refuse to become panicky, as I lift my eyes up to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will ever cause me to fret-for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is- that is the rest of VICTORY!!!!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

The "what if ? "

Its funny because I wrote part of this two years ago. Another example of how human I am. Even in the things I write sometimes I needed reminded of them. I can just write them and you can just read them but if neither of us use them to better our lives and walk with Christ its all for nothing. Thank you Jesus for allowing me to stumble upon this today and be reminded of how much You are in control. Its easy to lay it out for all to see and do when things are great but when things are difficult may I still praise You and show You in a glorifying way....

So i wonder how many of you spend so much valuable time worrying about things??? Maybe some of you have been called worry warts a time or two. I know its something i am guilty of, and that is just worrying about things we can't have much control over anyways. We spend so much time and energy worrying about whats ahead instead of focusing on whats right in front of us. Someone once told me that the best way to handle worrying so much is to instead of putting a question mark at the end of all our worries put an answer. By this i mean take whatever we are worrying about and adress it as if we already have an answer by writing down a negative outcome and a positive one. What this does is it puts things into perspective and allows us to have a clear look at what it is we are worrying about.

Maybe its money, a relationship or job you are worrying about so say to that worry ok if this job doesnt work out what is the worst that can happen and what could be the best that could come from it???  Maybe its a possible health diagnosis that has really shaken you up. I have done this alot with many areas of my life and in theory it sounds amazing and it is very helpful. Its taking the unknown and saying "ok Satan throw it my way if that were to happen I will still be ok, I will still rejoice and I will still proclaim the name of Jesus."  It takes the "what if" time out of the game and removes the time that Satan has to work on us and grind at us with the agony of fear, anger, and anxiousness.

We often take our worries and give them over to the Lord trusting that whatever concerns us it will too concern Him. Our worries are so important to God but there will be times when what we worry about doesnt have a happy ending or the ending we would have liked. If we address both the good and bad before we really have an answer this just helps prepare us for what could happen. Whenever I start worrying about things i get my little pen and paper out and write ok if this doesnt work out how i would like what is the worst that could happen and whats the best. When i do this i often find myself being more aware of the blessings i do have instead of what i dont or might possibly lose. I find myself taking the time to remember that regardless of the outcome of my worry I still have God, my family and so on. It helps me to see that regardless of the outcome I'm going to be ok still. If you are struggling with some worries in your own life right now take the time to go ahead and answer those worries with a postive outcome and a negative one...then take it into perpsective. God is still with us even when that job fails, a relationship fails, money is tight, that diagnoses comes. What is it that you are worrying about??? is it something you have no control over anyways??? take a little time and answer the what ifs, then take those worries and the outcomes to Jesus and let them go. Trust that whatever the outcome will be you will still be ok and there are still blessings around you that are so beautiful.

"In the midst of the roller-coaster ride our emotions sometimes take us on, we have to constantly bring our minds and thoughts back to the Truth. The Truth is, God is good, whether I feel like He is good or not. The Truth is, God loves me, whether I feel loved or not. The Truth is through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ on my behalf, I am forgiven, whether I feel forgiven or not. The truth is, God will never leave me or forsake me; he is with me all the time, even when I feel alone or forsaken."

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