I have been wasting much of my time lately being anxious and consumed about the problems in my life and my loved ones’ lives, and the turmoil in my country and the world. Oh, I know the verse, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). I pray every day, and I pray for God to intervene in my life and the lives I bring to His throne of mercy and grace and love. But I have carried the sadness and concerns away from my prayer time, and I have dwelt on them.
My energy level is low. My expectations are low. That is what happens when we dwell on how big our problems are instead of how powerful and loving our God is.
Today, I am approaching my world differently. The problems are still there, and some of my concerns are truly sad and heart wrenching. Eventually the problems will be resolved one way or another. Eventually I will do a happy dance or I will grieve. But today I will do neither, for there is still hope. So today…….
I will praise God:
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalm 68:29
I will dwell on the promises of God:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD. Isaiah 54:10
Today I will thank God for past answers to prayer and victories:
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
Today I will think of the people I love and remember better times when there was fun and laughter:
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. Job 8:21
My day is better already. Blessings on your day!
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© 2016 Jeanne Dial