you gotta learn to look up
The past two weeks of my life have been non-stop. Working 40hrs, then Fine Arts practices, then photo shoots to raise money for missions trips, then Volunterring as a high school leader at my church. It's a lot. I barely have time to sleep, eat and shower let alone breathe. Today's post isn't a complaining one (although I could use a good venting session.) Today I wanted to share with you my heart's strength. My heart's hope. What my souls has been gripping on to tighter than ever these past couple weeks. What has been keeping me going. It's cliche but hopefully it touches you.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, through prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to the Lord..." Phillipians 4:6
What I love about this verse it that it's showing me a message that isn't even in the words of the scripture. In this verse it says to "present your request to the Lord." That shows me that God cares enough about me, that even in the midst of Him reminding me to chill out and not worry that He still wants to hear my requests. He still cares for my need. He still yearns for my cry. Wow. If that doesn't open your eyes to the goodness that is God, then I challenge you to stop reading this post right now, get on your knees before the Lord and pray. There is no greater love than the love from our Father.
Next it says,
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus..." Philippians 4:7
I love this next verse because life sometimes feels like a storm. At least mine is a mess, 25/8. I usually feel so overwhelmed with my daily responsibilities and issues. I can sometimes forget that not only is God our PROVIDER, as in what we worry about will be taken care of, but He is also our peace. As in, when we worry about our issues that have yet to be taken care of, we can still have peace. Isn't that wonderful? That we serve a God who not only takes care of our issue but says "while you're waiting on me, I'll give you peace." I know there's plenty of moments that in between me presenting my request and seeing it fulfilled I lose hope. I lose my faith in God. Yet here in Phillipians He is speaking to us how in every situation we can have hope that God will come through and peace while we are waiting.
The last part of this scripture says,
"Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think of such things.." Philippians 4:8
This is scripture finishes with a positive encouragement giving us the solution to hope. Isn't it funny how God tells us what to do and it usually always starts in your mind? The solution isn't to press a button for faith, or take a pill of hope. The solution isn't to get more sleep, drink more coffee, yell at your students or fight with your friends. It's to change what you think about. AHHHH! Is this not blowing anyone else's mind?! God is basically saying the way to hope, and peace, and an anxiety free life is to think about nice things. What!? That's it? Yeah. That's it.
So I challenged myself with this verse that everyday I will wake up and be thankful. That I will think about things that make me happy. Think about the goodness of God and all the amazing things in my life (even if it's just 2 things, lol kidding...) This mindset change made this week I'm in so much easier for me. I call you guys reading this to action. If anything I said relates to you in some way, try it out. Read these verses in your quiet time and apply it to your life. I promise you won't regret it. In fact, I've been praying for you and I know for a fact that God wants to speak to you. Today. So open your heart and ears to hear what He has to say. Thank you, and God Bless.
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