Where is my hope - is it in Jesus, who is always with me, or do I have no hope, because I'm failing to look beyond myself?
Hope has many sides. I can hope a relationship is mended, but who do you supposed does the mending?
Do I believe it is me and you -- only we can make things better -- or do I reach out to the Lord, seeking His help for my every need?
It is a constant battle between the heavenly realms and the world. I live in the world, but I am not of the world. I am a child of the almighty God.
I am so weak. I give in, give up. Satan has won a skirmish, but God overcame Satan -- God wins the battle. He is my every hope, my constant hope. When things overwhelm me, I must remember, I must say, I must believe, "I trust You Lord. Help me see the light." Remove the darkness Lord. Remove the pain, remove the struggle.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." ~ Psalm 46:1
"do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. ... Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. ... Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
~ Romans 12:7, 9-12, 16d, 17, 21
Do I have a course of action for today?
How will I know if it is in line with His will?
Will I ask for His guidance every step or will I forge ahead, unmindful of His Presence?
Not every plan is for today, but another day. I / we cannot run quickly, but wait for the Lord's response. It will be Yes - No. Sometimes His response is Maybe - Not Yet. Whatever His answer is, I / we will know it is the right time. I must remain close to Him, His word. I must listen for His still small voice that comes to me when I least expect it. I must be willing to go where He sends me. Sometimes when I / we abide ever so closely to the Lord, His will and my will / desire are intwined, and when that be, there is nothing that can stop me from moving toward the destined goal.
Do I let discouragement destroy my day?
Do I get caught up in the pressures of the day and become stress-filled?
Stress is not of of God. When I trust in Him, when I seek His assistance throughout every moment, and thank Him, stress will fly out the window. Then I will not say words that are unkind or unfruitful.
Help me slow down Lord. Help me accomplish all you have for me this day.
Do I carry burdens not meant for me to carry - my own or another's?
I am responsible only for me. I must give all those I love and care for to You. I must give my goals, my desires for another to You. It is Your will Lord, not mine.
"If God is for us, who can be against us?" ~ Romans 9:31
"For with God nothing will be impossible." ~ Luke 1:37
Help me focus on You Lord, past the pain. Help me Lord believe, realize, without You, I am so insufficient, so insignificant, so weak.
I want to trust You more, completely, without fail, in big and small events.
One says I want to know about God. Another says I want what you have. Another still says I'm tired of this, I want a man, a job, a relationship with my wayward children, health.
We all have wants, desires. Through the years, they trickle down, but unless our wants and desires, our will, is in line with Your will, all we want remains unfilfilled.
How do I show trust to another?
How do I make another understand I must trust You to accomplish great and wonderful things for me?
"Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? ... What can man do to me?"
~Psalm 56:3-4, 11