Constant Faith

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sometimes I just need to be alone with candles lit, a highlighter, prayer notebook & my bible. 
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by daily hassles (money problems, family issues, school overload, body issues, etc.) 
Sometimes I question the path i'm on, if I should have made different decisions in the past, if i'm making the right decisions for my future. 
Sometimes I wonder if i'm living up to what is expected of me by Him and if i'm following the plans He has made for me. 

But then I am reminded... 
"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."--Lamentations 3:22-23.
"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"--Matthew 6:27.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?"--Matthew 6:25.
"Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."--Matthew 6:34.
"All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."--Psalm 139:16.
Sometimes I compare myself to other women more often than not and question my own worth and abilities. 
Sometimes I lack fundamental communication skills in important relationships for fear of losing the relationship altogether because of my impatience, insecurities and negative self-image
Sometimes I think if I only looked this way or had this material possession it would somehow make me a happier, better person.

But then I am reminded... 
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth & rust destroy, and where thieves break in & steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy & where thieves do not break in & steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."--Matthew 6:19-21.
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner-self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."--1 Peter 3:3-4.
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."--1 John 4:18.
Sometimes I say outloud, 'why me?' when things don't go the way I want them to. 
Sometimes negative attitudes from others overtake me & bring me down to their level.
Sometimes I wonder why the good things are always to come instead of happening in the present time.
Sometimes I wonder why things seem to come easier to others, why they can accomplish things I can't seem to do.

But then I am reminded...
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love & of self-discipline."--2 Timothy 1:7.
"Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."--Hebrews 12:10-11. 
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance." James 1:2-3.
"Do everything without complaining or arguing."--Philippians 2:14.
""My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect by weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." --2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
We all have insecurities & life issues. I think it is human nature to feel like our own issues are bigger than those around us. We are constantly comparing and criticizing ourselves (more so as women, I think.) It is a little silly that I can forget there is a loving God who is jealous for me & loves me unconditionally in my flaws & all. My faith is tested daily & I am ashamed to say that I let the world overtake me & distract me from the Lord, my constant source of happiness. The amazing thing is that he is a forgiving God. I am determined to be undistracted this week by stressors & remain faithful and grounded in His love. :) 
I hope you all have had wonderful weekends!
Jordan Linna

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