Unknowns

 Yesterday evening I was asked to pray for a woman just diagnosed with breast cancer and scheduled for a PET scan today. A flood of memories filled my mind as I recalled those moments not so long ago – I immediately went into my problem solving mode (forever the analyst!) and then God whispered…

Celeta, you know Me!

Why yes! I do! And then the words poured out faster than I could type…eloquent? perhaps not. true? I believe so.

How can we tell? Go to the source! These are only a few verses, but I believe it proves the point…throughout His Word, God is ALWAYS with us – fighting for His us.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10 NIV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil 4:6-7 NIV

But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. Luke 21:14 NIV

I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken..  Psalm16:8 NIV

They will have no fear of bad news;  their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.  Psalm 112:7 NIV

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding Proverbs 3:5 NIV

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  Psalm 56:3 NIV

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deut 31:6 NIV

 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes… Isaiah 61:3

Wherever you are today – whatever the situation creating those not so fuzzy feelings… allow God’s Word to soak into your spirit.  The truth is, beyond this fleeting moment, none of us know what the future holds…we do, however, have the opportunity to know who holds it!

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Cha-Cha-Changes…

Well, well, well…isn’t it interesting how you can see something directly in front of you, but not see it at all?  Last week I wrote about motion sickness…it made great sense to me, but of course I was looking retrospectively.  Nothing wrong with that, retrospection gives us a clearer picture of experiences God uses to grow us.  The trick is future application!

When I wrote last week’s entry, in my mind I was thinking, “Boy, there are a lot of changes on the horizon! Not worry, Celeta – your focus is exactly where it needs to be!”  Right…

Later in the week I came across a note/journal entry from two years ago that spoke of changes and how God needs to take me completely out of my comfort zone and put me in a scenario where I would have no bearing…the result? Increasing my dependence on Him.

When I read the entry I thought, “Wow! Isn’t that interesting?”  Originally, I thought it meant everything I knew – every facet of my physical existence would be turned on end… Whew! What a relief to realize that although my life was changing dramatically, God wasn’t taking my out of my world, He was bringing someone in to my world to shake things up – I can do that kind of change!  Not so fast, Sparky…as quickly as plans came into view, they started changing…ah geez…that motion sickness was setting in again!

Insecurities seem to be bubbling up like there’s no tomorrow…yet in announcing changes to family and friends, I am reminded of my primary objective…to fulfill God’s purpose in my life.  Yes, that is the desire of my heart…could someone please send the memo to my flesh????

What to do? Focus…or rather Re-Focus on God’s promises…

When I start thinking “I can’t seem to figure things out!” remind myself He will direct my steps…

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

When I start thinking, “this is too much – it’s too hard” remind myself to persevere – He will see me through…

“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished. ” 2 Chron 28:20

In other words DON’T GIVE UP! No one ever said change is easy…it is however, essential to growth.  My emotions are like a see-saw and even though I’m still struggling with desires of the flesh and desperately trying understand what God is laying out before me, I have to remember and find comfort in the fact that He’s the one who has written the change order, He’s REALLY good at His job, and He will get me where I’m going!

 

 

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