Packing boxes are everywhere, unexpected expenses are multiplying like rabbits and I am struggling to trust that God has everything under control. What if I did not hear Him correctly? How can I leave family and friends after 38 years in the same town? I am spinning a dozen plates and my head is dizzy, my body is weary and I am Stressed Out!
There! I said it! I am struggling with anxiety and stress. Despite praying each morning, and many times calling out to heaven for extra help throughout the day, I find living in the present moment, dismissing anxiety from my mind (Phil. 4:6-7) and trusting in God's generosity, love and provision to be difficult. I may be singing "Jesus Take the Wheel", but I keep trying to manage and plan out my future.
Does anyone else relate? As I share my struggle with friends and sit in silence trying to hear God's voice, I am reminded that struggle is just part of living. I am encouraged to be gentle with myself, keep striving for peace and continually exercise my faith. Hard times can help us build faith muscles, develop empathy and compassion, and build character (and boy am I going to be a character!).
A song that has been ministering to me at this time of great changes is "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again", by Danny Gokey. The entire song is amazing, powerful, and seems to be written just for me. It reaches into my heart and challenges me to walk into all that God has in store for me.
One particular verse says,
Let every heartbreak
And every scar
Be a picture that reminds you
Who has carried you this far
'Cause love sees farther than you ever could
In this moment heaven's working
Everything for your good
Are you experiencing challenges, pain and struggle? If so, I encourage you to put your trust in God and let Him transform your pain and scars into something amazingly beautiful. Let's share our blessings with one another so we can rejoice in all that God has done and will continue to do in and through us.