While I was looking for a past blog to potentially republish this morning, I saw a theme in my blogging—dealing with worry and stress. Over the years that seems to be my continual struggle. And today I wanted a shortcut to help me with my stress.
Okay, this is it–Enough is enough. As my friend’s mom says, “This is foolishness.” My stress is foolishness. This pace of life is my new normal. I’ve pruned and evaluated everything in my life. I am doing my best to live my priorities (with adjustments as necessary). God always sees to it that I have done what’s important.
My new normal needs to be to trust God and not fear that He’s holding out on me in my life. The theme I’m seeing in the fierce women of the Bible I’ve studied so far is the same—fear God is holding out on them and subsequent distrust of God. Their lack of trusting God leads them to make poor choices and make their lives messier than need be.
I want to learn from the women I’m studying in the Bible. God is not holding out on me or any of us. He never has and He never will. “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5).
God always has and always will be with me and help me. My peace is found in living the life He’s planned for me, not being a slave to my insane to-do list. Living at His pace and trusting Him demands I jump off the high-speed treadmill I’ve been trying live on. It means I talk to God throughout the day and not stress about the future, even one hour into the future. It means living in the spiritual discipline of being in God’s presence throughout the day. It’s not easy; that’s why it’s called a discipline. But it’s easier and more rewarding than living life stressed.
What craziness of life do you find yourself in today? Be honest—do you feel God is holding out on you in some way? What has been your area weakness over the past few years? What are you weary of struggling with? Will you trust God with it today?
Sometimes we give our weaknesses power over us. But Christ died to give us freedom from what holds on to us. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). Amen and Amen!
I will think on this truth and let it renew my mind when stress tries to seep in. What about you? Will you today say about what holds you back, “This is foolishness!”? Will you:
* Trust Him?
* Walk and talk with Him throughout the day?
* Accept the freedom Jesus died to give you?
Where have you struggled to trust and obey God? Now is a great time of year to go to the next level with God!
Brenda Garrison is an author and speaker who empowers women with the confidence to live their calling. Brenda is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry Leadership with a Concentration in Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of three young adult daughters and live near Metamora, IL.