I think that one way we can begin to take control of our thoughts is through faith! Faith is the hinge that holds us together, we just have to have the faith to step up. The plans are already laid out for us, we just have to step up and fulfill them. So I want to encourage you today to fulfill whatever it is that you know you need to do. Whatever is pressing into you, listen to the still small voice and be obedient.
It is time, it is all of our time. We have to have faith and to keep the big picture in mind. We have to take ourselves out of the equation, our fear, our insecurity, and our shortcomings. If you think about it, we honestly have very little to do. The first step is always the hardest, but the things that we work the hardest for always pay off the big rewards. If everything every time was easy, it wouldn’t be worth it. We would never understand the value of life’s situations, we would miss the lessons that make us into the people we have been created to be.
I needed this just as much as anyone today, life is hard sometimes. We all are battling some sicknesses that is lingering around for far too long in my opinion, it’s been nasty working outside, this adorable puppy is our third child (coming with all of her childlike responsibilities), while these are all doable; sometimes it’s just hard. We love our camper, but let’s be honest, the dog crate is so large it could double as a second table. I’m saying that as though there is room for a second table, ha!
As Emerson and I sit in the laundry mat washing the pee out of the dog bed, I am surprisingly finding myself grateful for this life. Sometimes, it’s just good to get my thoughts out of my mind and share them to feel better. It’s easy to let everyday life creep in and swipe our joy, but we have a far better choice we can make! We can choose God’s path, He has not promised that it won’t have bumps, but He has promised that it will be fulfilling.
I think we all need to daily remind ourselves of what we do have and not let life’s worries bring us down. This again is something that I think I say a lot but it is easy to let life get in the way of walking each day by faith. We don’t have to figure everything out and know how to do everything we just have to say yes and go where He leads. Giving up control has been hard for me, I daily have to give it back over. I can so easily let life get in my way and lose sight of the big picture. I am a work in progress, I think we all are.
I have a happy, healthy marriage, I have 2 healthy children, a bouncing baby puppy. We have vehicles that run, we’re not persecuted for our religion in our country, I have a large crazy family. This is only the tip of the ice berg of what I have to be thankful for, what are you thankful for today? Remind yourself of everything that you do have, not what you don’t. Walk today and everyday by faith. It really is that easy, we just have to make the move.
Start small and go big!
Where do you need to step out today, what is hindering your life from where you want it to go?
What do you need to share and get off your chest today? Pray, give it to God, let Him mend your broken and bent pieces.
May each day be joyful for you in 2017!