Truth is…I’ve made anxiety an idol in my heart. I worry about self, instead of trusting God for strength. Being obedient is more important, then what others think. Everyone will always have an opinion about everything. The Bible has authority over my life. 
Lord…You are righteous and Holy. Thank You for the gift of salvation. Your sacrifice upon the Cross.. so my sins would be forgiven. Until my last breath, praises to You I bring!

Proverbs 12:25 ~ Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.

Phillipians 4:6-7 ~ Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Being a Christian brings assurance, that trials won’t destroy us. They’ll  strengthen and test our faith in God. The world can be in complete chaos, yet peace fills our soul. 

Deep-rooted trees can withstand heavy winds and rain. Those who nourish their soul with God’s Word, won’t be shaken by outward circumstances. Jesus is our refuge and shelter from life’s storms.
John 16:34 ~ These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

James 1:3-4 ~ My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Flesh vs. Spirit

The inner struggle of a Christian is..Feed the flesh and enjoy temporary pleasure and happiness. Surrender to God, and live in His will. Your soul will be at peace.

Look to the world for worth and validation. Be disappointed and feel worthless. Find your identity being a child of the King. Come to know love that is everlasting and unconditional.

Listen to the lies of satan. Feel regret, shame, sorrow, and despair. Rest in the Lord’s promises and experience joy, hope, healing and comfort.

Keep focused on God

​The world gives us a false sense of security. There’s no assurance in looking to others for worth. Only Jesus Christ can fill the empty void in our soul. When we trust and obey Him..unshakeable peace will be present. 

Satan will try to remind us of past sins, but God’s grace has covered them all. What comfort knowing, nothing and no one can separate us from His love. Lord…You are the refuge in life’s storms. Forever, I’ll bring You honor and praise!

 Proverbs 3:5-6 ~ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

Romans 3:23-25 ~ For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.

Surrender to Jesus

Do we strive for man’s approval or God’s? Are we trying to impress others or live in obedience. Have we gotten too comfortable with worldy ways?

Do trials cause us to draw close to Jesus, or question His ways? Are His promises of love, faith, hope, joy and grace enough to make us surrender our lives?

I’ve lived for other’s approval in the past. It does nothing but bring disappointment and insecurity. My heart yearns to daily be obedient to Christ. To walk in His ways, not my own.

When hardships come, I don’t always welcome them graciously. The flesh wants to avoid and resist at all costs.

The Holy Spirit indwelling my soul, brings peace and calm within. God’s Word convicts, and shows where repentance is needed.

I encourage those going through difficult times, having their faith tested..and being purified by trials. Rest in Jesus. Cast your burdens upon Him. You are loved and treasured, by the Great I Am! 

​As someone who suffers from a chronic illness, here’s a few things I think would be helpful to know….

Never make someone feel like they have to prove their pain and sickness to you. The words ” I believe you ” and I will pray for you “.. mean more then anything. 

There is a grief process that comes along with being sick all the time. It is letting go of expectations, and surrendering control to God. After all, He always knows what’s best. What the future holds. 

Why we become afflicted with illnesses. The reason healing may not happen on Earth, but in Heaven. Though my body is worn and weary..my soul is daily renewed by God’s Word. 

What it ultimately comes down to is.. As a child of God, Will I trust Him in the joyful and sorrow filled times? With every beat of my heart..the answer is YES!