Sometimes life can be so smooth and easy and then other times it can be so frustrating and unpredictable. I obviously prefer the smooth ride, I’ve been on the unpredictable one and it has a lot of heartache and pain! I think we all kind of like to know what lies ahead, so we can prepare and be ready for whatever comes our way. However life does not work that way, we have to be ready and prepared not matter what. We have to be ready to stand firm in all of life’s twists and turns.
I have noticed in myself this week that when things get a bit shaky I would rather run and switch plans than persevere through. As I am realizing this, I am thinking back to all of the times I have ran instead of pushing through. It has never paid off, I’ve done it in big and small things. We had a lemon of a car, instead of fixing it one more time, we made a terrible trade and ended up in a worse situation than we began with, now we have to live with it. We/I have made many quick decisions like that, they seemed like the right thing but they were not. I can reason them to pieces at the moment, but when I step back and look at the big picture it makes much more sense to make calculated decisions, pray about things before jumping in whole heartedly.
This week for example, it was this precious dog! ? I basically thought we had her potty training locked down. We went a whole week with no accidents and then yesterday she was peeing faster than I could clean up after her. I told Allen I was checking our her return policy, I was serious. I wanted to run and quit, I am seeing this about myself and trying to fix it, it just isn’t all that easy. When we made the decision to get her, I was all in saying I would do whatever it takes, however when push came to shove I wanted out. I was so quick to give up.
As usual, as I began my Bible study, it spoke right into this area of my life. The 31 day creative way to love our spouse challenge spoke right into my life, today is the first day we are doing this together. Today’s challenge was simple, we need to pray for our spouse, I woke up to a text saying that Allen was praying for me. Funny how that made my outlook on today switcheroo, I love how it feels to know he is praying for my day and I am praying for his.
The thing I need to remember and I think that we all need to remember is that God has got this life, we are His. My identity is found in Him, not in bad choices that were spur of the moment. He loves me no matter how many times I run, He is always waiting for me to run back to Him. When I put my trust in Him, I am capable of persevering. When I try to fix life and let worry creep in, I make a wreck of things.
So when you think of throwing in the towel, lean into God. Depend on His everlasting love, grace and mercy. Persevere through the toughest times, don’t give up or give in. I’m not going to lie, these last two days have been rough on me for many reasons, I can get down easily when things don’t go my way. Life can be hard, but (and this is a big but?) when we let God have control and not let life’s ups and downs run our minds we have something extra special going for us. We let our identity be found in Christ, we don’t have all of the answers or need them. He has all of the answers and that is all that matters.
“Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” Psalm 139:16-17
God sees all and knows all, we have to trust that to Him. Not just a bit of it, all of it! 100% of it, all of the time! We have to be on guard everyday, we can’t take a vacation from our faith. We have to put it into practice everyday. When we let out guard down, we are opening ourselves up for the enemy to come in and wreak havoc on our minds. I get so aggravated once I realize what I have done! I know better, but I also know whose I am and each day is a fresh go at it!
So here is to Thursday being all that it can be! Stay safe and if your surrounded by snow like we are, have fun in it! We intend to once we make it back to our Daddy in wky!
My prayer today is to simply trust God with my life, the big and small. Let Him take full control and to make beauty out of ahses, when I have done things quickly and irrationally, He picks me back up and makes something beautiful out of them. Let Him make something beautiful out of your life today. It’s a brand new day, just live for today and go with His flow!