Everyday we meet or talk to people who are experiencing immeasurable trials and tribulations during this leveled economy. We encourage each other, but if we don’t have faith, the words disappear in the air.
Faith is believing in what you cannot see. I am a big advocate of positive thinking, speaking, and actions, but even to me things occasionally look bleak.
My faith has increased though. I know that obstacles come before blessings. God is preparing me for something big and beautiful. I let God know that I have faith in Him, His plan, and His promises. Christians are not impermeable to problems; instead, we are equipped to deal with problems because we believe in Him, and we know how to use the tools He’s given us. The worse things get, the more I praise God and remind Him that I have faith that He is my provider, leader, comforter, alpha, and omega.
It’s not easy. Sometimes I do see with my eyes instead of with my Spirit, but the more I pray, the less I use my eyes. But as my faith rises, I can see the abundance of grace and favor that God overtly and surreptitiously bestows on me each day. I’ve learned to appreciate the little things, and look for God’s grace and blessings in everything. I know now how I took a lot of things, including God, for granted. I don’t think that my tribulations are punishment; instead, I know that trials grow me and make me more aware. Through these trials, I’ve become more creative in solving problems, making money, and dealing with issues. I’ve had to adopt a different frame of mind and levy the resources that are available to me. In this, I’ve discovered new interests and abilities that I had no idea were inside of me. I like to think of this time as a Renaissance.
The cartoon above from Mark at www.joyfultoons.com inspired this post because I realized that especially during this time, I must turn my cup up and fill it up with faith. I take it one day at a time.
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Determine Your Day in the Morning
What is your first thought each morning? What is the first thing you do each morning? Did you know that Satan is really, really busy in the mornings trying to set the tone for your day. You must beat him to the punch.
In the early years of this millineum, I dealt with the worse demon that I’ve ever dealt with, depression. Each morning that demon took over, making it difficult for me to see God or anything good about myself or my life. I woke up each morning looking forward to the time of the day that I could get back in the bed and close my mind in slumber. My first thoughts of the day were of worthlessness, doom, fatigue, helplessness, and fear.
And then one day, God stepped in, and I learned that I didn’t have to listen to Satan’s voice…that I’d chosen to listen to Satan’s voice instead of God’s. I was surprised that I had a choice. Every since then, I wake up in the morning ready to call Satan a liar. My first thoughts of the morning are not on myself, my husband, my business, or my agenda; instead, my first thoughts are of God and His greatness. I thank Him for waking me up, and invite Him to give me His thoughts.
Every morning I say aloud some empowering affirmations. In these affirmations, I am repeating God’s words and reiterating to myself who I am. These are powerful, positive statements that unleash affable actions of self-expression and great expectations for the day, for example: “I am a victor, not a victim. God inspires me. I attract peace, love, and joy. This is going to be a great day!” If you tell yourself when you first wake up that today is going to be a great day, you are setting in motion your actions for the day, painting your environment for the day, and taking control of your life. You must believe that it is going to be a good day no matter what. If you tell yourself first thing in the morning that “something good will happen to you today”, you will look for the good in everything. Positive, empowered, joyful living starts in your mind, takes action through your words, and burrows into your heart. It is a practiced state.
Determine yourself how your day is going to go each morning. Wake up with God on your mind and praise on your lips. Know that each day is a new day full of new favor, grace, mercy, and opportunities. Praise God!
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