Thanking God today because I’m alive, have an awesome relationship with God, and am at a place in my life where I can truly say I have found peace. The storms still rage on in everyday life all around me, but in the midst of it all, I am blessed to be able to enjoy the peace that only God can bring. There are so many things I can complain about, worry about, stress about, get frustrated about and even cry about…..but today I’m a peace. At peace because l know that I’m a part of God’s plan; that he destined me for a purpose; that He chose me before I was born; that He will never leave me; that He protects and watches over me; that He comforts me; that He guides me; that He listens and actually cares.
So yes, today I’m at peace, celebrating my birthday, because for 38 years my God has carried me through and loves me!
It’s so easy to worry about any and everything. In fact the devil does his best to get us to do just that. From finances, to relationships, to our kids, to our health, there is plenty to worry, stress over and be anxious about it. In fact things can be going great in your life and yet and still, thoughts of worry can creep up into your mind.
God has been teaching me so much lately and I am happy to say that I have grown to a point that not much really worries me. Thanks and praise go to God, His Word and the Holy Spirit, for teaching me how to pray and not worry. I know for a fact that it was nothing that I did on my own or taught myself to do.
Lately, however, I feel like Satan has become fixated on this area of my life, because he knows that God is strengthening me in regards to prayer. Just when I think I’ve mastered it, and I’ve let my everyday problems, circumstances and issues that arise just roll off my back while I continue to give it all to God, all of a sudden, the devil tries a new tactic – getting me to worry about the future and stuff that could happen. Just these last two weeks, I’ve been plagued with thoughts out of the blue like:
‘when are you going to finally get a new car? you know its going to break down for real next time’
‘you don’t want your son going to public school for middle school do you? that’s when they change for the worse’
‘how are you going to afford to send him to college when he turns 18?’
‘more and more family members are being diagnosed with cancer, what if you’re next’
‘what if your job starts laying off people, you haven’t even begun to rebuild your savings back up’
‘what if you die tomorrow? did you revise your will? is your life insurance current?’
‘what if something bad happens to mom/dad, how are you going to take care of them?’