Confession: I skipped class today…
“What? You did what, Sissy?” My mom is probably asking this question in her head and THEN wondering why in the world I would write about it. (Hi Mom! I love you ;) ) But here’s why…
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy amidst the simple beauty of nature.”
Anne Frank was the wise, young woman that wrote these words, and this is basically what she’s saying. Whenever we get so consumed with our own problems/fears/worries, the best thing for us is to go to the place where we feel closet to God: nature.
While I am not suggesting that we skip work or class or a meeting whenever we feel stressed, today, I didn’t go to class in order to spend this time to remember that God is my first priority, not grades. It’s because of Him that I am able to go to class and even make grades. I had forgotten this.
So do whatever it takes for you to remember who it is that you are living for and from. Don’t be irresponsible–I’m not giving you a “Get out of jail” free card like in the game monopoly–but I am encouraging you to find your strength in Christ and be empowered by that strength to do all that He has given you to do.
“In return and in rest, you shall be saved.
In quiet and in trust shall be your strength.”
Take time to rest in beauty of God… Take time to appreciate Him for all that He is in our lives. See and BELIEVE that He is the reason for every occurrence/occasion in your life.
Go outside and rest in God!
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Have you ever found yourself in a situation that seemed impossible to overcome?
Just like this poor squirrel after Tennessee’s “500 year flood,” failure becomes easier to accept as we lose hope in the possibility of succeeding.
Here recently, I’ve been reading in Joshua. Over and over again, I’ve read the same words that God says to Joshua. Here’s the background though… Basically, Joshua is the new leader of the people of Israel since Moses died. It’s up to Joshua–under God’s guidance, of course–to lead the people into the promised land. The promised land, though, is being ruled by kings of different nations that don’t believe in God. In order to enter and live in the land that God promised them, the people of Israel have to fight these different kings and nations. Despite how impossible it appears for the little people of Israel to defeat these established nations all joined together for the sole purpose of destroying them, God tells Joshua, “Do not be afraid for I have already delivered them into your hands.”
Does this mean that bad things will never happen to us when we are being “the best Christian?” No, not at all. The fact that we live in a world full of sin is what causes bad things to happen to us; therefore, don’t ever use your state/degree of troubles as a measurement of how pleased God is with you. Instead, see every hardship as an opportunity to hear Him say, “Face this struggle with all of My strength because I have already given you the victory.”
Like the squirrel in the previous picture, stand up and face the obstacle that seems impossible. Remember that faith in God even the size of a mustard seed can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). With God, you can do all things because He is the one that gives you strength (Philippians 4:13).
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your week knees, and make straight paths for your feet.”
So whenever you find yourself in a situation that seems impossible, have faith! Remember that God is with you and that He is whispering in your ear, “Do not be afraid for I have already given you the victory…”
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