La La Land???

There is so much going on in the world. Honestly there always has been, but often times the happenings we see now, point to the end times. What many believe is linked to even greater turmoil, censorship, government control, financial disaster like never seen, system set up to take away our ability to buy and sale, and great persecution of christians.

I want to encourage those, following the media and seeing all the turmoil all over the world; do not let your focus be on the concerns of this world, leading you to fear and anger.

A joyful life is not obtained walking in fear, anger, hatred, strife and anxiety.

Over and over it states in the word; do not fear, cast your cares on the Lord, do not be anxious for anything, whatever is good and right think upon these things and many other scriptures that confirm, He is to be our focus, not what we see around us.

These scriptures confirm again and again; yes we should be aware, but not consumed. Yes we should share with others, but not fear what is to come. There is an urgency, I understand that, but if you are being robbed of your peace and joy, then the focus may be skewed and leaning away from the GOOD of our Lord towards the destruction of the enemy.

I would also like to point out that while we see many things come to pass, there are many more prophesies still to be fulfilled.

When I was a child, many thought the end was near. When my mother was a child, many thought the end was near. When my grandmother was a child, many thought the end is near. All the way back to the bible days, many, thought the end was near.

I am one that believes all things in scripture will come to pass, but I am also one that is not fretting the day, the hour, or the mess to proceed it.

Maybe I live in la la land, but I prefer to walk in peace and joy. Casting my cares on the Lord and walking faithfully forward, knowing that He already knows the plans for me. At times I may not like those plans, at times I may be uncomfortable, yet I can trust that I become stronger in the battle. There may be a day that I may even be killed because I am a christian. However, I choose not to worry about these things. I am going to just know that now, in this moment, I am free to worship and rejoice and shout out that HE IS GOOD. Each day He greets me, He is with me and none shall I fear.

The scripture on my heart this morning was; My God shall supply all my need.
What is interesting is, if you go back to read all of Phillipians 4…. it clears up exactly what that need is. Even in times of trial, the need was met. Even in times of testing the need was met. The need was not a grand house, a flashy car (donkey) or even the best clothing and food, yet the need was met.

He meets our needs, so the if and when and how need not be our focus.
Just walking in gratitude that He will do all that He has said is more than enough.  We must not focus on the crashing and slamming around us, but on how great our God truly is.

Phillipians 4, mentions our role, to have those needs met. I don’t think we need to fear the world. But I do believe these things will come to pass and we need to have our heart right with the Lord.

To those that read this blog, that do not believe, one day I pray you remember these words when faced with the happenings in front of you.

Blessings dear ones~

Old Habits Die Hard

I started my job, worked for two months and then quit my job. I went in feeling strong, but each day tore me down physically more. I wanted to push through the fatigue and pain, I wanted to be the marathon runner that reached the end of the race. I felt like a failure to have quit.

It has been two weeks now and I have noticed, those two months working really were a training time. I now have even more energy at home in my days  than before I started the job.  I have stepped away from the job making me ill and harming my body and my strength is returning and pain filled days are lessening. I now am in pursuit of writing and photography, as well as a part-time job. There is reason to hope for my future!

I see so much that I had learned in that very short time frame. I would never replace my meeting the co workers  or my experience with the kids creating laughter and joy filled moments. The long drive to work in the AM listening to focus on the family on the radio had developed some extra wisdom and very healing God moments for me.

However even with a hope,  there is one problem amidst all my revelation that I am called to not work full-time right now, there is no money at the end of the month. We are making ‘exactly’ our bills and not a penny more. While I should be thankful for that and I am , I am finding myself wanting to worry about the ‘needs’. The needs list is never-ending; Explorer needs fixed, the kids need school fees, we are thousands behind from the layoff and on and on the list goes. Oh, and did I mention groceries that are needed for 3 teen boys?

I find myself wanting to pick up worry, stress, doubt, depression, anger, frustration, self loathing and despair. I try to figure it all out in my own head, but there is truly no earthly answer.

It has dawned on me that my old fleshy habits have not died and yet here I was so very thankful just a few weeks ago. I now bring these things to attention, because I do not want to stay in my habits. Because I see them for what they are; fleshy old yucky habits, they have been exposed and I do not have to stay wallowing in them.

The awesome thing about failures as a human being. We can give them over to the Lord and He will perfect His work in us. His presence is enough to calm the frustrated heart, to give strength, to leave peace where worry once dwelt.

Whenever the enemy wants to come back at me with how my situation looks, I can remind Him what the word of God says. My God is enough, He supplies all my need, I do not need to fear or doubt but trust. I have victory over those past habits and even though they want to rise up, I don’t need to let them.

As hard as it can be at times and I want to pick up that old habit, I need to kill it and make sure it stays dead. I am a new creation! That joy has bubbled forth in me once and I don’t want to let the first trials coming along take it away. My joy is not dependant on the what if’s. My joy is in him. That is a habit I want daily! The habit of joy!

Challenge this day my friend: Be aware of your habits. Be aware of picking up wrong thinking or sinning again and address it. Take it to the one that can give you strength to develop the RIGHT habits.

Ephesians 4:22- 24

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.