Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I'm Coming Up!




My mind has been set on my circumstances lately and the what if's. What if this happens what are we going to do?

Fear, worry, anxiety, anger, all of these have had a turn with me...and you know what they left behind, depression.

Well, he's an unwelcome guest, and I want him gone!

For the last month I've let our circumstances dictate my feelings and give me a very narrow vision of life.  He wants me to forget all the things I have to be thankful for, so in response we started a gratitude journal as a family.

Psalm 150:6 "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

I can't think of a much better way to get day by day in tough uncertain times than to take my eyes off  of myself and throw up thanks to God.

"Psalm 121:1-2 "I lift my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
So, while I'm working with God to get through this storm, I will also reset my mind to those things that are true, lovely and praiseworthy.  "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you" Is 26:3

I will make my requests known to him, with thanksgiving, and allow the peace of God which transcends all understanding guard my heart and mind.

I'm comin up out of the pit I've allowed myself to fall in and I'm gonna let God plant my feet firmly on whatever path he has planned for our life. Scary? yes. But,

I can do all things with Christ that gives me strength to walk through each day in His power!

Thank the Lord I don't have to do it alone, I have a God that will hold me with his righteous right hand!
And even though it doesn't feel like he's there or listening I know in my heart he is, and that my feelings can't be trusted.

He's holding tight to me even when I want to pull away from him. I hate hard times and I hate waiting even worse! And I can't wait for the day when I can look back and smile at this time in our life...just not yet.

My biggest question that I've been asking myself lately and want to ask of you is, if God doesn't answer the way we want, and if the bad thing we fear really does happen despite all of our praying, will we still be able to say "God, you are good, and not my will be done,but YOURS." I would like to think so.

Romans 8:5,6 ""Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires...but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace"



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Blessings,




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23 comments :

  1. I do know how it feels to face hardships in life. I loved your scriptures and your decision to be grateful and trusting. One of my favorite scripturs that has helped me through some hard moments is Proverbs 3: 5-6.
    Blessings to you and I know you will keep the faith.

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    1. It's not easy as I'm sure you know, but it is a choice, and one that I've chosen to do. Thanks for the scripture.

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  2. Bless you sweety for trusting, and having a thankful heart.

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    1. God Bless you Denise for your encouraging heart!!

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  3. We had similar thoughts in mind today:) Resetting our mind and heart away from our circumstances and to Him is the way out of the pit. Sometimes it's so hard to do! Yet He is faithful and will draw near when we draw near to Him. Beautiful truth here!

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    1. lol, sometimes I run across others writing that have very similar thoughts to my own. It's a reminder to me that I'm not alone! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. yay! I love the idea of a family gratitude journal. What an awesome idea.

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    1. Thanks Andee! I wish I could take credit for it :) but it is Ann Voskamp's book 1000 Gifts that gave me the idea.

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  5. Can I just say, "I'm with you!"? I've really tried to put into practice this idea of being open to the amazing things that God is doing in my life -- in the everyday. If I have the right perspective, my eyes see so many ways that God provides little gifts.

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    1. The right perspective can be so hard when in the middle of a trial, but it makes all the difference in the world:)

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  6. Having a thankful journal has been a great blessing to our family as well. Focusing on his blessings does change our mindset from focusing on our problems to praising our Savior. Blessings- stopping by from Faith filled friday.

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    1. Thanks for stopping over and commenting.
      Blessings to you too!

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  7. I love the gentle weaving of peace through your beautiful devotional thoughts here...I pray for a deep understanding of the Lord's purpose to remain as this storm blows over and moves on...

    Blessings...

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  8. I post each week about the little things I am grateful for and have never had a week with nothing to say, no matter what. It definitely helps.

    Depression is a persistent and always unwelcome guest. I hope you get him checked out and moving on soon.

    Sarah
    http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I bet, when you start to intentionally look for the good around you the bad stuff seems to get smaller. And there are so many things to be thankful, many we take for granted.
      Nice to "meet" you!

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  9. "If God doesn't answer the way we want, and if the bad thing we fear really does happen despite all of our praying, will we still be able to say 'God, you are good, and not my will be done,but YOURS.'"

    In my experience, yes and YES. The bad things happened, one after another, and I was surprised by grace--the grace of the Holy Spirit rising up within me to praise the Lord even when I was afraid I wouldn't be able to, the grace of taking a deep breath through the wracking sobs to say, "Wow, ok. This is how it feels, the thing I was always so afraid of. And the Lord is with me, carrying me, and I WILL survive."

    Of course, it's not an easy process but He is there every step of the way. Starting a gratitude journal helped me reverse my depression too (though it still rears its ugly head every week or two). Praying for you...

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    1. Thanks for sharing that. What's that saying, "What doesn't' kill you makes you stronger,"...so true.

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  10. Hi Alecia, love your thoughts on trusting Him in the hard times. Even when (especially when) things don't turn out the way we expect. It can rock our worlds. I always think about the account of Joseph. Could someone's life be any crazier or look any gloomier? And yet... God knows what He's doing.

    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Linking up from Faith Filled Friday,
    Susan

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Susan, you it's funny i was thinking about Joseph as well, and whether I would be able to have his faith in his situation. it was one thing after another, that tested his faith and I'm sure made him wonder at times if God's plans for his life were good after all. But he endured and held on strong to his faith, and as it turned out God's plans were for GOOD! So hard to remember in the middle of a battle, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  11. Thank the Lord I don't have to do it alone... yes, yes, yes! I could not imagine doing it alone. In a similar period myself. Really feeling your words today. Thank you for being open to share your heart!!

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    1. Praying for you Jen, and thankful with you that we aren't alone!

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  12. Alecia,
    I am blessed by your reminder today. I needed to hear this again! Fear is a tactic of the enemy! I appreciate your linking up and sharing on 'Encourage One Another' Wednesday! I hope you will always share your encouraging words here. Blessings this week!

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline for the opportunity to link up!
      Fear is such a crafty weapon isn't it? So effective for him.

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