There are days when life throws unexpected drama, issues, troubles, pain, and you name it. There are moments that rip a momma’s heart right out of her ever loving chest. Moments that cause anguish, worry, and can totally freak us out. Most moms, myself included, like to feel that they are in control and when a situation arises that can’t be fixed and made all tidy with a little gorilla glue or pretty designed duct tape, we get our ugly cry and this-can’t-be-happening-to-MY-family on real quick. True Story! Just when you get through one difficult season a new one is on the horizon. Different circumstances but the same helpless feeling that tries to attach itself to us and steal our peace and joy. No one is exempt. This. is. Life. We all have been there and will be there again. How is that for encouragement, ha!
Sweet sister, may I remind you…as a beloved daughter of God, though your circumstances may cause you to feel helpless, you are not hopeless! Not. Ever. The enemy would like you to believe that the two are interchangeable but that is far from the truth. The fact is, you were never meant to be in control in the first place. Our place of helplessness invites us to a powerful and beautiful place of undone abandon to the One who knows all and cares about the tiniest details. In one act of surrender, God reminds us that HE is in control. It is in this place of humble surrender that enables us to exchange our helplessness for God’s hope.FULL.ness!
Phillipians 4:6-8 has been a special scripture to me. While attending a connect group at my church we were challenged to memorize it. In doing so, these verses became a life line to me that has given me hope and peace for many situations that has left my heart feeling helpless.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
The Word of God tells to not be anxious about anything……that means there is nothing that we should allow ourselves to be anxious about. Easier said than done, right? So How do we do that? It pretty much spells it out for us. We pray! We bring our anxious thoughts, our mound of worries, our list of fears, and our helplessness before God. We thank Him because thanking Him takes our mind OFF of our burdens and on to our Burden-bearer. Thankfulness helps us to align our focus back to our gracious, faithful and loving Father. Thankfulness infuses the trust that we have in our Mighty God. Thankfulness reminds us of ALL that He has done for us in the past. When we are thankful, we find peace! That peace…God’s peace, will actually set a guard over our hearts and minds! However, in order to keep our peace we have to keep reading. What does it say? After praying and releasing our worries to God we have to be proactive with what we allow ourselves to think about. We are to think GOOD thoughts…not the what if’s, why me’s or how-can-this-be thoughts. Stinkin’ thinking will take you right back to that pit of anxious thoughts, again! I get it. It is not at all easy. When you feel as though your world is falling apart it takes determined faith, stubborn courage, and stark discipline….but isn’t peace so worth it? Your peace and hope is important to God and it should be important to you.